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Idaho Walk Bike Alliance
Walking. Biking. Going Places.


It's the Giving Season!
Will You Support Walking and Biking?

As a nonprofit organization, and Idaho's only statewide advocacy group promoting safety on our roadways for all non-motorized users, we rely on support from PEOPLE LIKE YOU!

Walking and biking aren't merely about transportation or exercise. Walking and biking are about building a safe, healthy community. They are about feeling safe enough to step out your front door and walk to dinner. They are about walking your child to school on nice sidewalks separated from cars. Or riding a bicycle with your spouse and children after dinner on a warm summer evening. Walking and biking are about locating a business where young, smart people want to work without having to own a car, yet remain mobile. These simple things become what connects us to one another, build our towns, and make us feel more connected to our neighbors.

Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible gift. Your generosity helps improve safety for everyone who walks or bikes throughout the state by choice or necessity. Together, we can make a difference!

Thank you for your support as we walk, and ride, on into 2017.

A Transportation Alternatives Program Success Story: Moscow Middle School
Guest Post by Nora Locken, Idaho Walk Bike Alliance Board Vice President and Moscow Resident

A few years ago, Moscow Safe Routes to School (SR2S) was hearing serious concerns about the safety of those walking and biking near Moscow Middle School. The middle school serves as a bus transfer location and is located directly across ‘D’ Street from both the City of Moscow Eggan Youth Center and a soccer field complex. There were several points of conflict on ‘D’ Street and in school parking lots.
Moscow SR2S staff connected Principal Kevin Hill with Dr. Mike Lowry and three of his civil engineering graduate students at University of Idaho. Creative solutions proposed by the engineering students excited Principal Hill since they addressed student safety, created a more streamlined bus and student drop-off area, while also preserving the number of parking spots available. This was a win-win solution. The City of Moscow was awarded Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds and teamed with the Moscow School District to improve safety around Moscow Middle School.
Thanks to combined funding from TAP and other sources, construction was completed in summer 2016 that included: two enhanced crosswalks, a new mixed use pathway, adding a concrete median on ‘D’ Street and parking lot realignment. Now students, and others, can more safely walk and bike to school or nearby activities. This is a wonderful story of collaboration for the benefit of all users!


Light Up the Dark!
Use Lights and Reflective Gear to Be Seen While Walking and Cycling

screen shot from "Bike Lights & Reflective Jackets - Do They Work?"

Can you see the biker in black in the photo above? Neither can we!

screen shot from "Bike Lights & Reflective Jackets - Do They Work?"

He starts to become visible at about 65 feet away.
Now that the days are getting shorter, chances are you are walking and/or cycling in the dark or in very low light conditions. In fact, the home commute the Monday after daylight savings ends is the most lethal day/time of the year for pedestrians, and likely for cyclists too.

Make sure others using active transportation on paths (such as the Greenbelt in Boise, the Latah Trail around Moscow, the Sandcreek Byway in Sandpoint and the Portneuf Greenway in Pocatello) and cars on streets can see you.

Check out this great video demonstrating how lights and reflective gear show up in different lighting conditions. The video is geared towards bicycling but walkers can pick up some pointers too!

Ceci Thunes Joins Idaho Walk Bike Alliance Team

Ceci lives in Boise, in a quiet neighborhood close to downtown, where she and her boxer mix, Peanut, enjoy the foothills and friendly dog parks. Ceci moved to Boise in 1987, and for most of her adult life has worked in and around downtown Boise, walking or biking much of the time. She’s had the benefit of watching the city evolve through stages of development and recession, and learned how smart growth requires progressive thinking and incorporates all modes of transportation.

Ceci has worked with several local companies in management capacities, including Asiago’s and The Modern Hotel & Bar. Most recently she served as the legislative intern with Gallatin Public Affairs. As the Safe Routes to School Campaign Coordinator Ceci will work closely with Idaho Walk Bike Alliance’s partners to move active transportation and healthy living policy priorities forward in Idaho. She has a BA in Economics and a minor in Political Science from Boise State University.
You Can Shop AND Do Good While You Make Your Holiday Purchases!
With Fred Meyer Community Rewards
and AmazonSmile

Did you know you can support active transportation while you shop? It’s something you have to do anyway, so make every pantry staple, splurge or special occasion purchase count.
Fred Meyer
Community Rewards


Link your Fred Meyer rewards card to Idaho Walk Bike Alliance (#91348), scan it every time you pay, and we'll receive donations from their Community Rewards program, at no extra cost to you. It's easy to do, so sign up to link your card today!
  1. Visit Fred Meyer and sign in or register for an account at top right.
  2. Scroll down and click Link your Rewards Card Now.
  3. Enter Idaho Walk Bike Alliance or 91348.
  4. Select the bubble next to our name and click the Enroll tab.
  5. Start shopping to benefit the walking and biking movement!
NOTE: If you did not re-link your Fred Meyers Rewards card with the nonprofit of your choice after Fred Meyer's June 2016 customer re-enrollment period you were dropped from the system on July 1. You can check the bottom of your Fred Meyer receipts to see if your purchases are supporting the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance:


Shop online at AmazonSmile, choose Idaho Walk Bike Alliance as your charity of choice, and 0.5% of each qualified purchase will be donated to us, with no extra fees for you. Sign up now!
  1. Visit AmazonSmile and sign in with your existing account info or create an account.
  2. Scroll down to pick your own charitable organization instead of choosing one of Amazon's spotlight charities.
  3. Enter Idaho Walk Bike Alliance in the search box and hit the Search button.
  4. Click on the Select button next to our name.
  5. Check that you understand you always need to shop via to support Idaho Walk Bike Alliance.
  6. Start ordering online to support active transportation!

Idaho Walk Bike Alliance Staff Step Up for the
Idaho STEP Challenge

To encourage others to be active and healthy, Congressman Mike Simpson is attempting to walk over 2,900 miles; the 'journey' began June 1. This is the equivalent of walking from the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. to the Idaho Capitol Building in Boise.

Idaho Walk Bike Alliance staff have joined the #HikewithMike and are walking at noon on Thursdays. Meet us at the center of Capitol Park for a stroll around downtown. Follow Rep. Simpson's progress, sign up for updates and STEP UP to join the challenge too. If you are hosting #HikewithMike walks in your communities let us know so we can encourage others to join you!


Two Free Technical Assistance Programs Available for Your Community!
Application Deadlines are December 9

Do you want to make your community more prosperous and livable? Then take advantage of these two free technical assistance programs offered by Community Builders for communities in Idaho. The New Mobility West initiative helps address issues related to transportation and the Community Builders assistance addresses those related to community planning and economic development. Applications for both programs can be found here. Cascade used the assistance to develop an action plan for safer biking and walking. Learn more about what they did in this case study and videoWe are happy to answer your questions!

Become a Walk Friendly Community
Application Deadline is December 15

Join Sandpoint (Silver Level) and Coeur d'Alene (Honorable Mention) in becoming a Walk Friendly Community. Wouldn't it be great if there were more Idaho communities on the list?

The fall round opened November 1 and closes on December 15. There is no fee to apply but it takes approximately 20-60 hours for communities to complete an application. Find FAQs here.

Beyond the pride communities feel when receiving this designation, it helps them build alliances to make their towns and cities more walkable. How? The process compels the Mayor to talk to the Planning Department to talk to the Public Works Department to talk to local advocates, and so on and so on.

National Walking Summit Call for Proposals
Application Deadline is December 15

America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are holding the 2017 National Walking Summit in St. Paul, MN, September 13-15. The theme is "Vital and Vibrant Communities: The Power of Walkability." They are looking for conference sessions "that emphasize action-oriented and results-driven research, programs, policies, and partnership to promote walking and walkability." Have some ideas? Submit your proposal idea by December 15!
IWBA Lunch Walks
for #HikewithMike
Idaho STEP Challenge

Thursdays @ noon
Center of Capitol Park, Boise

(read more here)
YOUR support makes it possible for us to work for better walking and bicycling for all Idahoans.

Looking Glass Academy
October 24-25
Idaho Walk Bike Alliance's Board President, Outreach and Development Director and Safe Routes to School Campaign Coordinator attended this two-day workshop to learn how to assess environments for walkability and accessibility. The free event, hosted by the Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition Program, focused on accessibility for the senior population of Star.

LOR Foundation Communications Conference
October 24-26
Boulder, CO
Cynthia Gibson, the Alliance's Executive Director, attended to learn how to develop and implement communications strategies that better explain our efforts. This will help us be more successful in the work we do for walking and biking throughout the state.

Community Mobility Institute
November 14-16
Idaho Falls
Idaho Walk Bike Alliance's Executive Director, Cynthia Gibson, participated in this training as a facilitator and our Board Member from Idaho Falls attended as part of a community group.  This intensive workshop brought together local leaders to receive in-depth training on issues at the nexus of transportation, community planning and economic development.

Voices For Healthy Kids Grantee Meeting
December 15-19
Minneapolis, MN

The Idaho Walk Bike Alliance Executive Director and Safe Routes to School Campaign Coordinator will attend this annual event with other nonprofits from around the U.S. working on Safe Routes to School and Complete Streets projects.

Community Visits
Pocatello / Lava Hot Springs / Twin Falls

Executive Director Cynthia Gibson will visit these Idaho towns to look at biking and walking projects, meet with new and potential members and get to know local officials better. This type of  outreach helps us work more effectively for local communities at the state level. Give us a call if you would like to meet!
New Mobility West Technical Assistance
Deadline: December 9

Community Builders' technical assistance programs provide local leaders the tools and info to build prosperous, livable communities. This technical assistance will address transportation issues.

Community Builders Technical Assistance
Deadline: December 9

Community Builders' technical assistance programs provide local leaders the tools and info to build prosperous, livable communities. This technical assistance will address issues related to community planning and economic development.

U.S. Department of Transportation Transit, Highway and Safety Funds
Revised August, 12, 2016

The U.S. DOT has updated its table of pedestrian and bicycle funding opportunities.
Your opinion matters! Here's your chance to have a say. 
Congress for the New Urbanism
Charter Awards
Deadline: January 6

CNU is seeking nominations for "outstanding achievements in architectural, landscape, and urban design and planning." Apply here.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Petition to the Next President
No Deadline

Rails-to-Trails invites you to "urge the next president to make sure trails, walking and biking are key parts of transportation investments."

Do you have walking and/or biking related events, accomplishments or issues going on in your community? Let us know and we can help get the word out to your local media outlets. Because the more people hear about the work being done to ensure active transportation is healthy, safe and reliable, the safer we can make our roadways for all Idahoans. Contact Robyn by email,, or phone, 208-345-1105.
Webinars, conferences and other resources on active transportation issues:
National Institute for Transportation and Communities
Webinar: State-wide pedestrian and bicycle miles traveled: can we estimate it?
Tuesday, December 13
11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT
Wednesday, December 14
12:00 - 1:00 pm MDT

The League of American Bicyclists
National Bike Summit
March 6 - 9, 2017
Washington, D.C.

America Walks
National Walking Summit
September 13 - 15, 2017
St. Paul, MN

Every Body Walk! Collaborative
Social Justice Toolkit
Toolkit Resources

Perils for Pedestrians
Video Episodes
Don't miss these stories, reports, plans, etc. on walking and biking issues:

America Walks
America Walks statement on November 2016 election ballot initiatives

The Atlantic
You might not think about health, and its impact, like this

This is what a culture of health looks like in America today

Africa's first bike-share just launched in Morocco

Atlanta's plan to create its own Times Square

Berlin's most famous street will go car-free

The ideal cycling speed is 8 to 9 MPH, says science

Why 12-foot traffic lanes are disastrous for safety and must be replaced now

Why don't you need a bicycle license?

Why protected bike lanes save lives


Pedestrian-shaming campaigns have got to stop

Fast Company
The well-designed city is a healthy city, all over the world

Fast Lane (The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Transportation)
New quiet car standard to protect pedestrians

Mass transit wins big in ballot initiatives

Trial set for Idaho woman charged in fatal bike crash

The League of American Bicyclists
103 bicycle friendly communities awarded (includes Idaho communities)

Modern Cities
Black Friday proves we have too much damn parking!

Did this quiet Colorado town invent parklets?

Tactical urbanism reimagining Nashville's Broadway Ave

Momentum Mag
Cargo bikes: a two-wheeled enlightenment

Easy rider: how social rides are reshaping the New Orleans bicycling scene

Protected intersections: the latest trend in cycling safety

On the Commons
Walking picks up speed

Has the ideal low-cost bike lane separator finally been found?

The critical importance of bicycle infrastructure to public health

A plan to revolutionize biking in Berkley

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Active transportation agenda for the next president

Best of the Midwest: five major trail developments in America's Heartland

Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework outlines steps to creating safe and equitable access to parks

Milwaukee is claiming its excess street space for bicycling

The Urbanist
Streets in Seattle are getting a little calmer
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