Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The City of Coeur d'Alene plows snow on the Centennial Trail, the Prairie Trail, the Kathleen Trail (west of Ramsey), the Ramsey Trail (from Ramsey Park to the Kroc Center), and the Atlas Trail (from the Prairie Trail south). The Parks Department also keeps the perimeter paths cleared in all city parks. So....dress warm and go riding!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wearing a helmet is arguably the most crucial component of bike safety. Beyond that, here are some things to remember:
1. Ride on the right side of the road. It's a common misconception that it's safer to cycle on the sidewalk or on the left side of the road. But both practices can confuse pedestrians and drivers, especially at driveways and intersections.
2. Lighten up. Don't rely on reflectors alone to light you up if you ride at night. Drivers won't be able to see you in the shadows. Invest in bike lights. Idaho Code states that bicycles must have a front light and rear reflector to ride at night. It’s a good idea to use front and rear lights any time visibility may be hindered. Bright clothing is an added bonus.
3. Don't hug the curb. If you ride too close to the road's edge, passing cars might force you off of it or into a curb. Aiming for the right tire track of the right lane is generally a safe bet. Weaving in and out of parked cars is unpredictable and dangerous.
4. Give your bike some TLC. A well-tuned ride is a safe ride. Regularly check your brakes, gears, lights, and tire pressure.
5. Keep your eyes peeled. Make it a habit to look all around when riding — check the ground for bumps and potholes while scanning the horizon for oncoming obstructions. Don’t assume that drivers see you as you approach them.
Monday, November 30, 2009
This is the official blog of the Coeur d'Alene Ped/Bike Advisory Committee.
The purpose of the Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee is to promote non-motorized forms of travel and the development of safe pedestrian and bicycle facilities into a well designed, integrated transportation network for all CdA.
The Committee's current projects are:
-Assisting the City with writing a Trails and Bikeways Master Plan that will outline the course of ped/bike facilities for the next ten years.
-Assisting the Safe Routes to School organization increase the number children walking or biking to school.
-Creating a "Share the Road" Campaign.
-Working to increase the amount of bicycle parking in the city.
-Working to increase connectivity for both recreational cyclists and bicycle commuters.
-Working to increase the number of handi-capped accessible facilites in the city.
-The installation of 24 bike racks in the downtown area.
-The creation of a "Share the Road" magnetic bumper sticker that can now be seen on hundreds of vehicles around town, as well as CdA city police cars and CdA parks vehicles.
-The 4-way stop added at 15th street and Mullan Avenue.
-Researching and writing a Complete Streets Policy that the Coeur d'Alene City council adopted.
-Assisting the City in applying for and receiving a "Bicycle Friendly Community" designation from the League of American Bicyclists.
This blog was created to get community imput on all things Ped/Bike related. So feel free to post any compliments, complaints or suggestions here.