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Idaho Walk Bike Alliance
Walking. Biking. Going Places.

Winter bike commuter on 95 year old railroad bridge originally built in 1923 over Boise River on the Greenbelt

Legislative Update  
The Session Continues

We continue to track transportation and safety bills, as some bills progress and others have not made it out of committee.
  • S1283 - Distracted Driving, electronic devices. We supported this bill because it banned hand held cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. This bill includes texting, searching the internet, wearing headphones, social media, talking on a cell phone, and taking pictures. S1283 did not pass the Senate floor.
Here is how the Senate voted:

AYES – Agenbroad, Brackett, Buckner-Webb, Burgoyne, Hagedorn, Hill, Jordan, Keough, Lodge, Martin, Nye, Stennett, Ward-Engelking

NAYS – Anthon, Bair, Bayer, Crabtree, Den Hartog, Foreman, Guthrie, Harris, Heider, Johnson, Lakey, Lee, Mortimer, Nonini, Patrick, Potts, Rice, Siddoway, Souza, Thayn, Vick, Winder

Contact your Senator if you don't like how they voted.

  • H508 - The electric-assist bicycle bill did not make it out of the House Transportation & Defense Committee. This bill, which would have defined e-bikes in Idaho Code, goes no further this legislative session.
  • H396 adds back in trails, paths, greenways or other ways for walking, running, hiking, bicycling or equestrian use so cities are able to use eminent domain for these purposes. This bill still awaits a hearing in the House Ways & Means Committee. We Support.
  • H469 removes the language that permits a school safety patrol member to properly report a violation to any peace officer. Passed both the House, 68-0-1 and the Senate 35-0-0, and now heads to the Governor.
  • H471 States that no person shall drive a motor vehicle in the extreme left-hand lane in a controlled access highway at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation. This bill has passed both the House 41-28-0 and the Senate 22-13-0. It heads to the Governor.
  • HB0058 (Utah State legislature) - Allows bicyclists in Utah to follow the Idaho Stop Law. This bill has passed the House and the Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy and Technology Committee. The Senate did not vote on this bill and the 2018 Utah session has now ended.

Walk Bike Summit Early Bird Registration Ends April 1st

Idaho Walk Bike Summit

Keep Moving On, Idaho!

May 16 - 18

Thursday morning Keynote Speaker Russ Roca
The Idaho Walk Bike Summit is May 16 - 18 at the Idaho State Capitol building.  Don't miss this exciting event that brings advocates, city staff, transportation professionals, planners, and elected officials from all over the state together to share information, learn from one another, and get to know each other. Our goal is to provide education and training to a diverse audience through a selection of relevant topics on bicycle and pedestrian design, advocacy, land use, funding options, health and wellness, and more!
Early Bird registration (only $50!) deadline is April 1st.  
Summit Workshops you won't want to miss

Safe Routes to the Summer Food Service Program
Erin Bacon, Moscow Safe Routes To School

Dutch Approach to Bicycle Infrastructure Design
Jaap Vos, Director of Urban Design Center at U of I

Advocacy and State Leaders
Representative Melissa Wintrow (D) District 19

If You Don't Count It, It Doesn't Count
Tom Laws, City of Boise Planner
Thank you
2018 Idaho Walk Bike Summit sponsors!

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors
City of Boise
Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
Pioneer Title Company
POWER Engineers
Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS)

Speaker Sponsors
ACHD Commuteride
Old Boise
Ride Idaho
Vitruvian Planning
Straightline Investment

General Sponsor
Idaho Falls Community Pathways

Contact us if you want to be a Summit sponsor!

 Attendance At "Filmed By Bike" A Huge Success!
400+ Fans Watched 20 Short
Bike-Themed Films 

Over 400 Treasure Valley bike enthusiasts turned out at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise on Thursday night February 22nd for the 2nd Boise engagement of Filmed By Bike: World’s Best Bike Movies.  Bike fans watched 20 short films from around the world that included a movie about a single-track trail loving dog, a mobile bike library, a bike builder, trick riding, mountain biking, trail building and more. 

Filmed by Bike, Portland, Oregon's famed bicycle-themed film festival is held every May in Portland.  The Boise film tour stop was hosted by the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance and Boise GreenBike and it raised funds for bike advocacy and equity. Thank you to local Olympian Kristin Armstrong for stopping by!

We would like to extend a hearty thank you to this year's sponsors: ASWB Twilight Criterium and the Downtown Boise Association, Boise Aeros Multisport Club, the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association (SWIMBA), Biz Print, BSU Cycle Learning Center, Boise Co-op, Precision Engineering, Shu’s Idaho Running Company, Bauerhaus Bikes, Bike Touring News, Dirt Dart Mobile Bike Service, Reed Cycle, Valley Regional Transit and Sun Valley Resort.

Pedestrian Fatalities Remain At 25-Year High For Second Year In A Row

From National Public Radio (NPR) by Camila Domonoske

After two years of marked increases, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. is holding steady with nearly 6,000 pedestrians killed in 2017, according to estimates from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Click here to read further

Idaho Walk Bike Alliance Welcomes Two New Board Members   


Idaho Walk Bike Alliance welcomed two new board members in the month of February.  We would like to welcome Alexis Pickering of Boise and Michael David of Ketchum.  Alexis will serve a 2 year term and Michael David will serve a 1 year term.  Alexis and Michael will join board members Pat Riceci and Don Kostelec of Boise, Bret Tinker of Eagle, Nora Locken of Moscow, Molly O'Reilly of Sandpoint, Chris Staley of Idaho Falls, Jamie Morgan of Coeur d'Alene and Niki Richards of Victor.   
Alexis is a Health Policy Analyst for Central District Health Department serving Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties. Growing up in with one foot in Bellevue, Washington and the other in Kooskia, Idaho, she quickly saw the stark contrast between each community and the health of its population.  As a teenager she didn’t know what public health was, but knew what it felt like to not have safe sidewalks in one town and access to great services, well-stocked grocery stores and safe, walkable routes to school in the other.
(Read more about Alexis here)

Michael David is the Bicycle Pedestrian Program Coordinator for Mountain Rides Transportation Agency. David enjoys the opportunity to promote the benefits of riding bikes and walking in our community through our Safe Routes to School and Walk/Bike to Work and School events. Michael is 2 years into his second 4-year term on the Ketchum City Council, and finds there is no better way to talk with the constituents and local business people than walking or biking around town.  
(Read more about Michael here)


Bob Anthony Joins Idaho Walk Bike Alliance
As Communications Director

Former state government public information officer, television meteorologist, and radio personality Bob Anthony has joined the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance as Communications Director. Bob has been a familiar face and voice to Treasure Valley TV viewers and radio listeners for 40 years. Bob is also a long time cyclist, daily bike commuter and former mountain bike racer. "I'm thrilled to join the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance to combine my media experience, passion for cycling and work for a cause I really believe in to improve conditions for walkers and cyclists statewide," said Anthony.
(read more about Bob here)

Pedestrian Crash Survivability

This chart demonstrates that speeding cars cause more severe crashes than slow moving cars. For example, a person walking or biking has a 90% chance of surviving a crash with a car moving 20MPH but only 10% if the car is moving at 40MPH.
Walk to Work Day
Friday April 6, 2018

(for more information)

Idaho Gives
May 3, 2018

(for more information)

Bike To School Day
May 9, 2018

(for more information)

Idaho Walk Bike Summit
May 16-18, 2018

(for more information)
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? Be a Monthly StRider Champion and support walking and biking all year long. Read more about monthly giving.
Below is a list of what we have been doing. YOUR support makes it possible for us to improve safety for walkers and bikers.

Garden City Meeting
March 5
Garden City, City Hall
Met with Garden City staff and members of the Parks & Waterways Committee to discuss safer walking and biking in Garden City.
Tap Review Committee
February 29
After the Review Committee read all 45 TAP grant applications, they convened to determined project ranking before they are sent to the Subject Matter Experts.

ACHD Pedestrian Advisory Group
February 8
ACHD Headquarters
Current meeting topics include safety discussions about the State Street/Glenwood intersection, policy and signage around construction zones, Kuna School District safety, and Pedestrian Project Criteria and Crossing Criteria.

Kootenai Neighborhood Traffic Calming Study
March 1
Red Rock Christian Church, Boise Bench
ACHD, City of Boise and HDR Engineers facilitated a meeting to get public input on traffic calming measures along Kootenai Street between Vista and Orchard.

Safe Routes to School
Healthy Kids Campaign Task Force
Because we have not had a bill hearing this year due to the House Transportation & Defense Chairman Palmer's refusal, we have re-focused our campaign for success. 
2018 Walk Bike Summit Planning Committee
Now through May 2018
Planning for the second biennial Idaho Walk Bike Summit is in full swing. We hope to see you there!

Thirteenth (13th) Street Traffic Calming
March 8
ACHD invited neighbors together to work on solutions to high speed vehicles along 13th Street in Boise
Webinars, conferences and other resources on active transportation issues:
America Walks "Pushing Boundaries: What Makes A Walkable Community"
Information & Register Here

March 14, 2018 2PM Eastern

Smart Growth America, National Complete Streets Coalition and Transportation for America
Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets

April 3 - 4, 2018
Nashville, TN

Project for Public Spaces and Bike Easy New Orleans
September 16 - 19, 2018
New Orleans, LA
Did you know you can support active transportation while you shop? 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!
  7. Keep track of your AmazonSmile impact. Hover your cursor over the 'Supporting: Idaho Walk Bike Alliance Inc.' link located just under the search bar and see how your purchases add up.
Thank You To Our Supporters!

Corporate Members
All-Star Photo
Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery
Bauerhaus Bikes
Boise Aeros
Boise Brewing
Boise Consumer Co-op
Boise State Cycling Learning Center
Cedar St. Bistro
The Chocolate Bar
City Peanut Shop
City of Trees Marathon Association Inc.
Connections Credit Union
Dirt Dart Mobile Bike Service
Downtown Boise Association
The Flicks
Foerstel Design
The Grove Hotel
Hayden Canyon Charter School
Holzer Edwards Injury Lawyers
Idaho Pour Authority
Idaho Power
Kimberling Insurance Agency
Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
MickDuff's Brewing Company
The Modern Hotel and Bar
Old Boise
Payette Brewing Co.
Pend d'Oreille Winery
Pioneer Title Company
Platte & Associates
POWER Engineers
Precision Engineering
Race to Robie Creek
Reed's Cycles
SelectHealth Idaho
Shu's Running
Signature Party & Event
Snake River Landing
St. Luke's Health System
Straight Line Investment Group
Sun Valley
Timberline Investments LLC
Tom Scott Communication Shop
Valley Regional Transit
Vitruvian Planning

Transportation Organizations
ACHD Commuteride
Boise GreenBike
Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization
Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho

Valley Regional Transit

Idaho Falls

Member Groups
Bike Walk Nampa
Boise Aeros
Conservation Voters for Idaho
Friends of the Weiser River Trail
Idaho Falls Community Pathways
Latah Trail Foundation
North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation
Pend Oreille Pedalers
Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association (SWIMBA)
Ride Idaho
Teton Valley Trails and Pathways
Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance
Valley County Pathways

Bike / Sports Shops
Bandanna Running & Walking
Bauerhaus Bikes
Bike Touring News
Bill's Bike and Run
Boise State Cycling Learning Center
Dave's Bike Shop
Dirt Dart
Foot Dynamics
George's Cycles
Got Trail? LLC
Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair
Idaho Mountain Touring
Idaho Mountain Trading
Reed Cycle
Shu's Idaho Running Company
Title Nine
World Cycle & XC Ski

American Heart Association
American Stroke Association
Clif Bar Family Foundation
Equinox Foundation
Inland Northwest CommunityFoundation
Voices for Healthy Kids

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