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Idaho Walk Bike Alliance, Conservation Voters for Idaho and Idaho Smart Growth will host an informative conference call on Tuesday, January 19th at 1:00PM Mountain Time. Elaine Clegg of Idaho Smart Growth will explain the new five-year federal transportation bill signed into law last December in an easy to understand, common sense approach. Courtney Washburn of Conservation Voters for Idaho will host a discussion on what we can expect at the 2016 Idaho Legislative Session that is just now beginning.
To join the call, dial 712-432-0140, use participant access code #591844#
On Friday Congress passed the first long-term transportation bill in a decade. The five-year, $305 billion Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act doesn’t have everything we asked for, but it does help bring some stability to our push for better transportation choices in Idaho. Read our analysis here.
Please join Idaho Smart Growth for coffee and breakfast with Anna Ura and Karen Bubb of Surel’s Place, the 2015 Grow Smart Award winner for Mixed Use.
Surel’s Place, founded in 2012, is a nonprofit artist-in-residence program in Garden City. It aims to support local, national, and international artists by offering them the time, space, and shelter necessary to focus on their work. Surel’s Place shares that work with the public through free events including exhibits, classes, workshops, readings, lectures, and performances for people of all ages.
Karen is a co-founder of Surel’s Place as well as president of the board of directors and Anna is managing director. They’ll be on hand to speak about the nonprofit, what it has meant to the community of Garden City, and their recent Grow Smart Award.
This event is limited to the first 10 members of Idaho Smart Growth who register and pay in advance.
If you are not already a member of Idaho Smart Growth, you can join when you register (memberships start at $35).
WHEN: Tuesday, December 8th from 7:30-9 a.m.
WHERE: Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. 8th Street, Boise
RSVP: Call 208-333-8066 or email email@example.com.
Thanks again to our friends at Red Feather Lounge for providing a great breakfast with a local focus!
The 2015 Grow Smart Awards were a great success! See photos of the event below, and click here to see the list of winners.
More information on the awards here.
Thank you to our sponsors!
ACHD is taking public input on Capitol Boulevard from the Depot to the future Royal Blvd intersection. Whether you use Capitol regularly or simply want to encourage ACHD to make walking and biking safer, please go online and take their survey or send them comments. The comment period closes November 18th.
Concept 1: Center Running Bike Lane – This approach can work when connected with a larger network design, but that is not the case here. As a result, in this concept the connectivity bicyclists is quite poor at every access point. With no connection to Capitol north of the river, this option presumes they want to exit to the Greenbelt and 8th Street. If they don’t, they must use a vehicle lane.
Concept 2: One-Way Protected Bike Lanes – This is our preferred proposal. It provides the best connectivity and separation of modes. However, this option will need a clear transition for both cyclists and motorists where it merges with the bike lane on Capitol north of the river.
Concept 3: Shared Use Paths (in place of sidewalks) – This approach works best when the pathway is at least 12’, with one-half dedicated to people on bikes and one-half to people walking. It would need to integrate well into the larger bike and roadway network with crossings and connections on and off the street for bikes. It should be designed so that people on bikes are not required to cross at traffic signals as pedestrians. For safe and clear connectivity, this concept needs to continue on the east side all the way to the bike lane on Capitol north of the river.
Concept 4: Two-way protected bike lane – This concept does not connect well to the bike lane, Capitol, BSU, or for people biking to and from the pathway on Federal Way or north on Vista.
The Surgeon General of the United States is kicking off a new nationwide Call to Action this morning, aiming to help Americans lead healthier lives—by making walking and physical activity built-in features of more of our neighborhoods. Click here for more information.
Do you live in Boise’s Central Bench neighborhood? If so, we’d love for you to join us for this Placemaking Workshop which will focus on the old Franklin School parcel. We hope to collect community input and ideas for the future development of the site.
When: Tuesday, July 21st, from 7-8pm
Where: Old Franklin School site
Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to planning, design, and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well-being.
If you want to help shape your community and neighborhood please join us for this important exercise. No need to bring anything but your thoughts and ideas. Please RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information here.