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Idaho Walk Bike Alliance
Walking. Biking. Going Places.


Feature Articles

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!


Eight Schools in Moscow Participate in International
Walk to School Day

Guest Post by Erin Bacon, Moscow
Safe Routes to School Coordinator


Eight Moscow schools participated in International Walk to School Day on the 5th of October. Approximately 1,000 Moscow students celebrated by walking or biking to school. Schools joining in the festivities included: A. B. McDonald Elementary, J. Russell Elementary, Lena Whitmore Elementary, Moscow Charter School, Moscow Middle School, Palouse Prairie School of Expeditionary Learning, St. Mary's Catholic School, and West Park Elementary.
Students at S. Mary's Catholic School

A highlight of this year's Walk to School Day was the completion of the new parking lot, sidewalks, and crossing features at the Moscow Middle School. Students now enjoy a safer route to school. The middle school students had the opportunity to sign a banner thanking the Idaho Transportation Department for their support. The elementary school children received a multi-country flag pencil and a sticker saying, "I walked to school today!" 

Students were encouraged to walk with parents and in groups. Several of our schools hosted Walking School Buses coordinated and led by parent volunteers. Park-and-Walk locations were assigned near each school for children who wanted to walk but may live too far away. For children who were bused to school, we had University of Idaho athlete volunteers on hand to lead them in physical activities such as games and foot races, thus making our event inclusive to all children.

Safe Routes to School events like International Walk to School Day raise awareness for the need for safer walking and biking routes and the importance of walking or biking to school to support physical activity and protect the environment. These events also build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

The Moscow Safe Routes to School program is based in the Movement Sciences Department at the University of Idaho. For additional information, please contact Erin Bacon by phone at 509-432-4787 or via email at

What do U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson, Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter AND Captain Crosswalk Have in Common?
They Joined Idaho Walk Bike Alliance to Celebrate Walk to School Day Events!

Captain Crosswalk at Garfield Elementary (1 student's response!)

On October 5, Idaho Walk Bike Alliance joined with U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson, Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter, Captain Crosswalk, students, parents, teachers and staff from Longfellow and Garfield Elementary Schools and Hillside Junior High School, and other schools throughout Idaho and from around the world to celebrate Walk to School Day. View our Facebook album.

Lisa Brady of Treasure Valley Safe Routes to School program with Congressman Simpson at Longfellow Elementary School (see how many walked!)

Congressman Simpson and Governor Otter at Longfellow Elementary School

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. This year there were 38 Walk to School Day events registered in Idaho. Participating communities included Ammon, Boise, Bonners Ferry, Eagle, Idaho Falls, Iona, Kuna, Meridian, Nampa, Pocatello and Twin Falls. The Pocatello and Twin Falls events were covered in this KPVI story!

Captain Crosswalk at Garfield Elementary (Skip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah!)

Captain Crosswalk at Garfield Elementary
The National Center for Safe Routes to School assists states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. It also coordinates online registration efforts and provides technical support and resources for U.S. Walk to School Day and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation.

Why Idaho Should Fund
Safe Routes to School

By Executive Director Cynthia Gibson


Recently, the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance and the American Heart Association joined forces to lead a campaign to secure state funding for Safe Routes to School programs. Called Healthy Kids, this statewide coalition will educate communities, local decision makers and state-level decision makers on the benefits of active mobility for children.

"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."

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.

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. We will have more to announce on this initiative in the coming months. Stay tuned!


Boise Residents Gain Improved Connectivity
Greenbelt Completed within City Limits and ValleyRide Opens Main Street Station

ValleyRide's Main Street Station

Last month, the City of Boise celebrated a milestone when they opened a new 0.9-mile section of the Greenbelt in Ann Morrison Park. This section completed the pathway within Boise City limits, which now runs nearly 26 miles on both sides of the Boise River. City Council President Elaine Clegg was quoted on Boise State Public Radio: "This new section improves the connectivity that many rely on every day to get to and from work and school."

A milestone for Boise transit will be the opening of ValleyRide's Main Street Station on Monday, October 24. It will make it easier for those walking and biking to get where they need to go without relying on a motor vehicle. Idaho Walk Bike Alliance visited the Station on a recent #HikewithMike outing; you can see more photos here. One of our members was even interviewed for a story on KIVI TV about how the new public transportation hub offers pedestrians and bicyclists more options.

Join us in celebrating these wins for active transportation. Here's to finding more ways throughout the state to "Keep Moving People!"

Streets are for People Too!
We Unpaved Parking Spots and Put Up a Paradise for People on PARK(ing) Day


Florence (video on why she likes parks) and Frank Leone (George's Cycles)

On September 16, Idaho Walk Bike Alliance "took back" a parking spot (in front of Bittercreek Alehouse / Red Feather Lounge) and turned it into a "PARK" for people. Check out our Facebook album.


Since streets are for people too, we hoped to call attention to the way our streets are improved when we share them and highlight the need for more urban open spaces.
Left to right: Jim Byrne (IWBA volunteer / donor), Erin Bennett (American Heart Association), David Wali (Executive V.P. at Gardner Company), Patrick Riceci (IWBA Board President) and Jason Cudahy (IWBA volunteer / donor)

We chose 8th Street  for our “PARK” because it is such a fantastic example of how access for cyclists and pedestrians helps create a healthy, vibrant community. This access even boosts communities’ bottom lines because non-motorized transportation facilities provide tangible economic benefits. It’s just good for business.
Patrick Riceci (IWBA Board President) and Jeff Kuhns with Becky Mills (IWBA volunteer / donor)

North End Organic Nursery supplied our "PARK" greenery, and Uber set up next to us. We hope to "take over" all of the parking spots on 8th Street for next year's PARK(ing) Day and are looking for organizations to partner with us. Give us a call if you would like to help us "unpave parking spots and put up a paradise" for people in your community!
Ron Riley (IWBA volunteer / donor) with Cynthia Gibson (IWBA Executive Director) and Christine Bedard (Uber, an IWBA business supporter)
PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

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 places we've visited and events we've held in the past month.
Walk to School Day event (Longfellow Elementary, Boise) and the Snake River Valley Wine Region by bicycle (Canyon County)
Walk audit during the IWBA Board Retreat led by Don Kostelec (Boise) and City of Trees Marathon (Boise Greenbelt)

ITD Adds $1.4 Million for Bike/Ped Projects
Transportation Alternatives Program will Fund Improvements that Address Safety

In early September, the Idaho Transportation Board "approved a plan to use surplus federal funds on projects that will make Idaho's highways safer." Of the additional $21.7 million, $1.4 million will be allocated to the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), which funds bicycle and pedestrian projects.

As far as we know, this is an unprecedented move and represents a significant win for active transportation in Idaho.

Visit our website for some information from an Idaho Transportation Department news release that outlines the deadline, the types of projects to be considered, and some application requirements.

Contact us if you have any questions!

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 Opens November 1;
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 opens 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. 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.


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!

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!


IWBA Lunch Walks
for #HikewithMike
Idaho STEP Challenge

Thursdays @ noon
Center of Capitol Park, Boise

(read more here)

Pend Oreille Pedalers Trail Work Party
Saturday, October 29
10 am - 2:30 pm

Mineral Point
(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.

Looking Glass Academy
October 24-25

Idaho Walk Bike Alliance's Board President, Outreach and Development Director and Safe Routes to School Campaign Coordinator will attend 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, will focus on accessibility for the senior population of Star.

LOR Foundation Communications Conference
October 24-26

Boulder, CO
Our Executive Director will attend to learn more about developing and implementing communications strategies. This will assist us in being more successful in the work we do for walking and biking throughout the state.

Community Visits
November 2-3
Pocatello / Lava Hot Springs

Cynthia Gibson will visit towns in Eastern Idaho 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 want to schedule a meeting!

Community Mobility Institute
November 14-16

Idaho Falls
Idaho Walk Bike Alliance's Executive Director, Cynthia Gibson, will participate in this training as a facilitator and our Board Member from Idaho Falls will attend as part of a community group.  This intensive workshop brings together local leaders to receive in-depth training on issues at the nexus of transportation, community planning and economic development.

$1.4M in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Funds
Deadline: November 4

The Idaho Transportation Department is now accepting proposals from communities for bike / ped projects that address safety. Apply now!

2016 Every Body Walk! Micro Grants
Deadline: November 18

Grants in the amount $1500 will be awarded to projects related to increasing walking and walkability. Apply here.
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. 
Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans)

A PacTrans research team is seeking "to better understand safety issues and concerns on rural roads and facilities that accommodate more than one type of transportation such as bikes, pedestrians, ATV's, snow machines, and agricultural vehicles." Take this survey that will "help transportation professionals develop a better understanding of travel and infrastructure needs" in Idaho.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

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

Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho
Did you submit photos to the COMPASS "Treasure Valley: On the Go!" photo contest? Check out the winning photos of roadways, biking and walking, public transportation and freight in Treasure Valley!

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 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!

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!

Webinars, conferences and other resources on active transportation issues:

Thursday, November 10
12:00 - 1:00 pm MDT

League of American Bicyclists, Alliance for Biking & Walking, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Webinar: U.S. Federal Policy Briefing
Tuesday, November 15
11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT

Smart Growth America
November 15, 2016
Sacramento, CA

America Walks
Webinar: Work While Walking: The What, Why, and How of Walking Meetings
Thursday, November 17
12:00 - 1:00 pm MDT

America Walks
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:

10 ways bicycle-friendly streets are good for people who don't ride bicycles

Bicycling Livability Fact Sheet

County Board approves pedestrian-only streets in Arlington

2017 Volvo buses to gain pedestrian and cyclist detection tech

The 50 best bike cities of 2016 (Boise is #27)
Seattle's new traffic garden is the perfect place to learn the rules of the road

Car and Driver
Self-driving Mercedes-Benzes will prioritize occupant safety over pedestrians

Catalyst (University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies)
Understanding the differences between biking and walking could improve transportation plans

Chicago Reader
After four recent crash deaths, will the City Council require truck side guards?

A plan for a bike trails across the U.S. - Mexico border

The case for all-women cycling clubs

Paris really is going to transform the Seine

San Francisco makes a guerrilla bike lane permanent

Say hello to America's longest 'rails-with-trails' bridge

What's driving the rise in traffic deaths?

You should be cycling with a boombox

101 small ways you can improve your city

How far can you take complete streets?

Fast Company
It's no accident some cities have higher well-being - it's because they discourage driving

Fast Lane (The Official Blog of the U.S. DOT)
Moving forward on the road to zero traffic fatalities

Food & Wine
This artist draws massive map doodles by riding his bike

A simple change transformed one of LA's busiest intersections into one of its safest

Car-free cities might be catching on

The Guardian
A world without cars: cities go car-free for the day - in pictures

Lots to lose: how cities around the world are eliminating car parks

Thousands of lorries to be banned from London for cyclist safety

Idaho Business Review
Clearwater Building adds four new concepts in one structure

Meridian / Deer Flats Roads: focal point for Kuna commercial, residential development

National recognition for streets in Ketchum and Coeur d'Alene

The Mercury News
Palo Alto revs up bike share system (potentially "making it one of the largest systems in the entire world")

Modern Cities
Drive-throughs & walkable communities: can they coexist

Momentum Mag
Cyclepreneurs: Compost Pedallers bike for a better food system

Pro Walk / Pro Bike / Pro Place is my new favorite festival

Top 5: the best safety gear for urban cyclists (you'll be surprised!)

Three amazing bicycle organizations shaking things up in their cities

National Association of Realtors
50 reasons why everyone should want more walkable streets

The New York Times
A glorified sidewalk, and the path to transform Atlanta

As evening commute gets darker, it also gets more dangerous, officials warn

The future of retirement communities: walkable and urban

What New York can learn from Barcelona's 'Superblocks'

Next City
Airbnb-style bike-renting app expands to London

New guide for planners offers advice on building safe streets

You can help map the accessibility of the world

Walking fends off loss of mobility, and it's not too late to start

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
UNC Highway Safety Research Center awarded five year $3.1M contract for federal pedestrian and bicycle information clearinghouse

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Walkable communities, groups could help pave the way to obtain health benefits

Multimodal millennials? A closer look using multifaceted traveler types

This easy maneuver, borrowed from the Dutch, could be life-saving for cyclists

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
10 stunning photos from RTC's Midwest rail-trail mapping trips

Missing: trails in the 2016 debates
Bike lanes 'one of the best investments into public health returns'

Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School in small rural communities: challenges and strategies to accessing funding

The Seattle Times
Seattle may drop speed limits to 25 mph on arterials, 20 mph in neighborhoods

Check out this solar-powered bike path that glows in the dark

The 4 biggest sins committed by reporters covering pedestrian deaths

American traffic engineering establishment finally approves bike boxes

A "Dutch Junction" with glow-in-the-dark bike lanes now exists - in Texas

Edmonton's quick-build protected bike lane grid: "A New Model" for change

El Paso's bid to create a regional active transportation network

People on bikes take over Fifth Ave to demand safe streets from de Blasio

What cities are learning about making bike-share more equitable

UN Environment
Global outlook on walking and cycling: policies & realities from around the world

U.S. Department of Transportation
USDOT announces Mayors' Challenge Pedestrian and Bicycle Awards at 2016 Safer People, Safer Streets Summit

Reformulating cities using people-centric design

Voices for Healthy Kids
2016 Progress Report

YES! Magazine
Even in the most bike-friendly states, women are left behind


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