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Idaho Walk Bike Alliance
Walking. Biking. Going Places.


Ride Idaho Rolls through
the Teton Valley; Brings Economic Boon to Driggs

Guest Post by Tim Adams

IWBA Board Member / Executive Director of Teton Valley Trails and Pathways

The City of Driggs along with Teton Valley Trails and Pathways (TVTAP) hosted the 2016 Ride Idaho group as they made their way from Ketchum, ID, through to Jackson, WY, and finishing in Idaho Falls, ID. Riders began appearing in Driggs midday on Tuesday, August 9. By 4:45 p.m. tents had been erected near the Upper Elementary School and the line was starting to form at the entrance to the beer garden that was also a fundraiser for TVTAP. The ride came through Teton Valley, ID, at a time when our area is enjoying the addition of some great assets in community - bike lanes and new pathways that were just completed in the past year.

We are really excited that we got to highlight our new projects to the 260+ cyclists that came through our community. We have worked hard with our city managers and county officials and staff to build infrastructure that will entice bicycle tourists to visit our valley. What better opportunity is there to show that cycle friendly communities will attract tourists and result in a positive economic boon for the community. Throughout the night, riders were not only hanging around the city center where their dinner was served and live music was playing, but also visiting local restaurants and bars, shops, and grocery stores.

On Wednesday, cyclists could be seen for miles on end along the Victor to Driggs Rail-Trail. Before heading up over Teton Pass, a climb and descent that most will remember for a long time to come, riders were visiting Grand Teton Brewing to fill their bellies with hearty barley pops to assist them in their climb. We are so appreciative of Ride Idaho to pick our community to ride through and hope they continue to make it a stop in future years.
All About Ride Idaho

Ride Idaho is an annual, seven-day, fully supported, cycling tour. The tour is organized and administered by Ride Idaho, a non-profit organization. But we can't take all the credit. It is by the power of many volunteers, working in each community or traveling with us, that we are able to provide a tour of this caliber. We have been pedaling our way through the state since 2005 with these intentions.
  • Inform and inspire cyclists with Idaho's beauty, hospitality and history.
  • Provide a positive economic impact in Idaho's communities.
  • Promote healthy, active lifestyles.
  • Raise awareness of safe cycling.
Learn more about Ride Idaho here.

Why Idaho Should Fund
Safe Routes to School

By Executive Director Cynthia Gibson
Safe Routes to School programs focus on improving infrastructure, law enforcement, education and encouragement activities to improve the safety and health of children so they can walk or bicycle to and from school. The benefits are advantageous for children and communities alike. Children arrive at school energized and ready to learn. They get a portion of their required 60 minutes of daily physical activity. And, the roads are safer because motorists drive slower and are more aware of people on the street. We hope our state leaders understand the value of this important program and will support our efforts to dedicate state dollars to the safety and health of Idaho’s youth.
Idaho currently receives approximately $3.5 million in federal funding per year to be used for biking, walking and Safe Routes to School projects. Unfortunately, this amount is completely inadequate. For example, the last grant cycle was for two years of federal funding ($7 million), and over $20 million of projects funds was requested. This is the same pattern we have seen every year since Transportation Alternatives Program’s (TAP) inception in 2013. We have yet to meet town leaders who don’t want their community, no matter how large or small, urban or rural, to be safer for people to walk and bike. We will have more to announce on this initiative in the coming months. Stay tuned!


Idaho Walk Bike Alliance 
is Hiring!

Want to Make a Difference for
School Kids in Idaho?

Bike to School Day, May 2016

We are looking for a superstar to be our Safe Routes to School Campaign Coordinator. Read the job description and apply today.

2015 Annual Report Now Available Online

Check out what YOUR support made possible in 2015. Not a member yet? Join the walking and biking movement here.

ITD Extends Comment Period for Five Year Project Plan (ITIP)

Help Get Better Local Bike/Ped Facilities in Idaho! Comment by 8/26.

Click poster to enlarge.
This is your chance to tell the Idaho Transportation Department to include non-motorized facilities on state highways! ITD has extended the deadline for public comments on its draft ITIP (Idaho Transportation Department Investment Program) through August 26 due to technical issues. If you submitted comments, please re-submit. If you have not, please do so.

ITIP (ITD's Five Year Project Plan) "includes programmed improvements to highways, bicycle routes, pedestrian projects, safety projects and public transportation." You can review projects here, broken out by each district, and submit comments about specific projects in your local communities. IWBA has submitted comments on several projects, and it is important for citizens to also comment on projects in their own districts.


Where the Giving is Easy

We Have a New Online Donation Platform


To make it easier to become a member or renew your support, we implemented a brand-new, user-friendly, online donation platform. You can give right on our website and you don't even need to create an account, unless you want to. We hope you like it!

Streets are for People Too!
We're Creating an Urban Open Space in Honor of National PARK(ing) Day on 9/16

Photo by Green City Munich: PARK(ing) Day Park, 2009

WHO:  Idaho Walk Bike Alliance

WHAT:  A temporary public park around the corner from our office in front of Bittercreek Alehouse and Red Feather Lounge.

WHERE: 8th Street (between Idaho and Bannock), Boise, Idaho

WHEN: Friday, September 16, 2016, 12 - 4 p.m.

WHY: To highlight the need for more urban open spaces and call attention to the way our streets are improved when we share them.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE: Stop by and visit us OR create one in your own community! Check out these photos for ideas.


PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

Walk to School Day
Join us for this Special Day on 10/5

The Idaho Walk Bike Alliance is working with Idaho schools to schedule fun events in celebration of Walk to School Day on October 5. International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. Last year there were 20 Walk to School Day events in Idaho. Learn more here, and sign up your school to participate in 2016!

Stay tuned to our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for announcements about participating schools and special guests.

Where in the State is Idaho Walk Bike Alliance?

Idaho Walk Bike Alliance has been busy working for better walking and bicycling statewide. Here are some of the Idaho communities we've visited in the past month.
sidewalk art/bench (Post Falls) & vibrant Saturday Market (Moscow)
walking path (Moscow) & bike racks @ Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute (Moscow)
bike path (Post Falls) & Yellow Dog Flats benefit concert (Moscow)
Newsletter header photo: sidewalk chess board (Moscow)

IWBA 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 in the next year. This is the equivalent of walking from the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. to the Idaho Capitol Building in Boise.

IWBA staff have joined the #HikewithMike and are walking at noon on Thursdays. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates on walk locations. Follow Rep. Simpson's progress, sign up for updates and STEP UP to join the challenge too!


Share the Trail


We are lucky to live in a state with such wonderful outdoor experiences. There is nothing better than hitting the trail for a run, hike or bike ride. So join us in taking the Share the Trail pledge, led by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and make trail experiences better for everyone. Take an etiquette quiz or watch videos on the six Golden Rules of trail use, and get out there.

Become a Walk Friendly Community


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 spring application deadline was June 15 but you could start preparing now for the fall round, which opens November 1. 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. Because 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.


Thank You to Our Supporters!

Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery / Boise Co-op / The Grove Hotel / Holzer Edwards Injury Lawyers / H.W. Lochner, Inc. / Kittelson & Associates, Inc. / MickDuff''s Brewing Company / Mountain West Bank / Old Boise 6th & Main / Pend d'Oreille Winery / PortaPros / POWER Engineers / St. Luke's Health System / Vitruvian Planning

IWBA Lunch Walks
for #HikewithMike
Idaho STEP Challenge

Thursdays @ noon
Boise locations
(announced weekly)

National PARK(ing) Day
September 16
Boise on 8th between Bannock & Idaho

(read more here)

Walk to School Day
October 5
Idaho Schools Statewide
(more info here)

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! It allows us to carry on vitally important work to ensure active transportation is healthy, safe and reliable for all Idahoans.

Please consider becoming a member or donating a tax-deductible gift to bring us closer to the day when all Idahoans can move freely throughout their communities however they choose.

Want to donate more but can't afford to do it all at once? Sign up as a monthly donor and support walking and biking all year round.
YOUR support makes it possible for us to work for better walking and bicycling for all Idahoans.

Safe Routes to School Funding Campaign
Week of August 15

Jerome, Twin Falls, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Rigby, Shoshone
Cynthia Gibson of the  Idaho Walk Bike Alliance will meet with legislators, cities, MPOs (metropolitan planning orgs), advocates and transportation officials to explain our work to secure dedicated state funding for Safe Routes to School, and why it matters.
New Mobility West
September 12-14

New Mobility West is a partnership between the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance, Community Builders, Charlier & Associates, Idaho Smart Growth and Project for Public Spaces to provide technical assistance to Idaho communities so they make smart, long-term decisions about roads and the built environment. This technical assistance will help Victor create a more livable and vibrant downtown corridor.

Idaho Transportation Board
August 18
Rigby, ITD District 6
September 22
Shoshone, ITD District 4

Idaho Walk Bike Alliance's Executive Director will visit Rigby and Shosone to attend Idaho Transportation Board meetings and learn more about issues in South Central and East Idaho. These meetings are open to the public; you should attend too!
Every Body Walk! Collaborative Micro Grants ($1500)
Deadline: Coming this Fall

Grants will be awarded to projects related to promoting walking and improving walkability in communities across the U.S. We will let you know when the application period is announced so you can prepare. In the meantime, check out the 2015 grantees.
Your opinion matters! Here's your chance to have a say. 
US Department of Transportation

According to Safe Routes to School National Partnership, "USDOT has just proposed that states and cities measure the performance of their transportation systems only through the speed of cars and trucks and traffic delays - completely ignoring people who walk, bike and take transit." They have a handy form you can complete to submit your comments.
Ada County Highway District
Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
Adoption Hearing: August 24
"Commissioners will consider a $103 million spending plan on August 24, 2016 that avoids any increase in the base property tax but meets Ada County’s transportation needs with a lengthy list of new projects." Submit written comments in advance.

Idaho Transportation Department
ITD extended the deadline for public comment on its draft ITIP. Its 5-year plan "includes programmed improvements to highways, bicycle routes, pedestrian projects, safety projects and public transportation." Click here to view a map, learn more about specific projects, and submit your comments.
City of Boise
Good Neighbor awards
Deadline: September 1
Know someone who makes your neighborhood a better place? Nominate them now and give them the recognition they deserve.

Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho
COMPASS is seeking award nominations for "anything or anyone that is implementing the goals of Communities in Motion." Read more about it.
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.
Did you know you can support active transportation while you shop? It’s something you have to do anyway, so make every need or splurge 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!

Shop online at AmazonSmile, choose Idaho Walk Bike Alliance as your charity of choice, and 0.05% of each qualified purchase will be donated to us, with no extra fees for you. Sign up now!

Visit our website for step-by-step instructions.
Watch, register or save the date for these webinars, conferences and other online resources on active transportation issues:
Shared-Use Mobility Center
Webinar: Shared Mobility Toolkit
Thursday, August 18
11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT
12:00 - 1:00 pm MDT
Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho
COMPASS Education Series: Taking Public Transportation to the Next Level
Tuesday, September 7
Wednesday, September 8


America Walks
Webinar: First-Mile, Last-Mile: Connections to Transit
Thursday, September 8
12:00 - 1:00 pm MDT
The Health & Medicine Division of The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine
Workshop Webcast: Driving Action & Progress on Obesity Prevention & Treatment
Tuesday, September 27
6:30 am - 2:00 pm MDT

Smart Growth America
November 15, 2016
Sacramento, CA

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

Don't miss these stories, reports, studies & plans on walking and biking issues:

America Walks
America's Walking Renaissance

Architect Magazine
Steven Holl Architects Wins Planning Approval for Pedestrian Bridges in Kennedy Center Expansion

The Bemidji Pioneer
Duluth Installing 'Super Sidewalks' for Pedestrians, Bikers to Share

Bike PGH!
BikePGH Welcoming Bike Ride Recognized in White House Report 

Bike Portland
Our City has Memorialized Bowie and Prince in the Most Portland Way Possible

Portland's Drop in Car Use Frees Up $138 Million in Our Local Economy Every Year

Say Hello to "Crossbikes" - Portland's Latest Bikeway Innovation

"This is Awesome!" Photos and Notes from the Biketown Launch Event

A New Life for Urban Alleys

Yes, Equitable Bike-Sharing is Possible

World's 'Most Polluted Street' Will Go Pedestrian Only

They May Be Annoying, but Red-Light Cameras Save Lives: IIHS

Seats in the Street: How LA's Outdoor Furniture Creates a More Livable City

Dallas News
Counting Trees? Downtown Dallas Taking Steps to Be More Pedestrian-Friendly

Walkability Reaches a Tipping Point

European Cyclists' Federation
Dublin Makes Room for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Norway's Super Cycle Highways Plan: Never too Cold (or Dark, or Hilly) to Cycle

Paris: Inaugurated the First Stretch of REVe, the Future Express Bike Network

Federal Highway Administration Livability Initiative
Strategic Funding Restores Iconic Community Bridge Connection in South Park, WA

Diet from Design: How City Planning Can Prevent Obesity

Governors Highway Safety Association
State Highway Group Supports Red Light Cameras

The Guardian
Creative Crosswalks Around the World - in Pictures

6 of the Best City Walks - from Readers Around the World

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Solar-Powered Cycle Paths, Wheel-Friendly Escalators: Innovations to Make Biking Easier and Safer

The Huffington Post
We've Been Trying to Make Cities Walkable for Years. 'Pokemon Go' Did it Overnight

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Safe RESIDential Environments? A Longitudinal Analysis of the Influence of Crime-Related Safety on Walking

Why Planners and Other Built Environment Professionals Should Be Paying Attention to Pokemon Go

Bike Parking: How Can Something so Simple Go so Wrong?

National Association of City Transportation Officials
Equitable Bike Share Means Building Better Places for People to Ride

National Conference of State Legislatures
Percentage of Overall Traffic Fatalities that are Bicyclist and Pedestrian Fatalities by State - 2013 Postcard

The New York Times
Brooklyn Bridge, the 'Times Square in the Sky,' May Get an Expansion

Why Corporate America is Leaving the Suburbs for the City

Next City
Electric Bikes Figure Into California's Zero Emissions Goals

NYC's Vision Zero
Don't Cut Corners: LEFT TURN Pedestrian & Bicyclist Crash Study

Active Transport (Walking and Cycling) Planning for Equality

Funding Multi-Modalism

Google Maps Adds New 'Areas of Interest' Overlay

Study: More Bike Infrastructure Leads to More Bike Riders

Popular Science
This is What Humans Would Look Like if We Could Withstand Car Wrecks

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
From Trail Towns to TrOD: Trails and Economic Development

Why Bicycling Infrastructure Fails Bicyclists

In-Ground LED Lights Warn Cars of Approaching Cyclists

Legal Obstacles to Safe Streets: California Speed Limit Laws

Naomi Doerner on How Street Safety Advocates Can Support Racial Justice

Seattleites Own More Cars than Atlantans, and Other Surprising Comparisons

Streets without Sidewalks are Killing Florida Pedestrians

Westergaard: The Key to Bike Progress in Denver is to Give Up on Bike Lanes 

Cyclists and Streetcar Tracks Don't Mix

Urban Milwaukee
S. 5th St. Grows by Dieting

Washington City Paper
D.C. Council Unanimously Passes Bike and Pedestrian Safety Bill without Debate

The Wichita Eagle
Wichita Police to Match Homeless Riders with Homeless Bikes
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