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Friday, June 25, 2010

Rights and Resposibilities

Wear Your Helmet

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Right Hook

Respect Goes Both Ways

Friday, June 11, 2010

IPBA Memberships Needed!

What is IPBA?
The Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance, a statewide organization that gaining momentum to support bicyclists and pedestrians in Idaho. Friends of walking and biking are invited to join.
In January 2010, IPBA applied for a $20,000 matching grant from the Alliance for Biking and Walking (http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/), a national organization that supports state and local advocacy efforts to increase walking and biking. IPBA has been awarded the grant!
IPBA plans to use the grant funding to help hire its first executive director,
improve IPBA’s web site and media presence, and hold a workshop inSeptember for walking and bicycling advocates from throughout Idaho. The grant will help us build IPBA into a strong voice for walking and bicycling in Idaho. IPBA will work at changing statewide funding, policy and laws to protect your chosen form of transportation and/or recreation. By having a strong statewide bicycle and pedestrian organization, we hope to empower local advocates to
make progress in our area.

How can you help?
First, please join IPBA to show your support for better walking and biking in Idaho.
Second, we’re proud that IPBA was awarded a $20,000 matching grant from the
national Alliance for Biking and Walking, and now we need your help to raise
those matching funds. Please contribute what you can. Your contribution will be
matched dollar-for-dollar by the grant.
You can join online at the IPBA website: http://idahopedbike.org/

Or you can mail a check and membership form (from the brochure or website) to
IPBA, P.O. Box 1594, Boise ID 83701

The mission of IPBA is to promote walking, bicycling, and other forms of human powered transportation as healthy, sustainable, reliable and viable options for all Idahoans. IPBA’s goals include:
• Advocating for funding for infrastructure projects that support active
• Advocating for development of a statewide plan for connecting communities via routes that support active transportation;
• Developing and implementing a plan for educating motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians about each others’ rights and responsibilities while using the street and sidewalk/pathway system;
• Supporting legislation that promotes bicyclists’ and pedestrians’ rights and safety;
• Advocating for Complete Streets policies and implementation at the state and local levels; and
• Enhancing the effectiveness of local pedestrian and bicycle advocates and groups statewide.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ideas Wanted

Since two of our biggest agenda items at the Coeur d'Alene Ped/Bike Advisory Committee meetings have been cleared this last month, we are looking for new ideas. Please feel free to join us this Wednesday at 5:30 pm in the old council chambers at City Hall or send us an email through the "Report-a-problem" link on this page. Even if you don't have anything that you'd like to share, come along and see what we do each month to make Coeur d'Alene a little more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Family Honors Father with Bike Tour

After her father Jeffrey Dunn was diagnosed with cancer and passed away, Autumn Kristovich and husband, Caleb, decided to embark on a cross-country bike ride as a memorial to Dunn and to raise funds for other families experiencing terminal illness through the Jeffrey Dunn Memorial Fund. The Coeur d’Alene couple hopes to leave North Idaho again this week and continue on their journey through the Silver Valley, where Autumn grew up in Pinehurst, then through Montana, Wisconsin, Michigan and eventually, Annapolis, Md., where their ride will conclude.

Donations to the Jeffrey Dunn Memorial Fund are being accepted at www.jeffreydunnmemorialride.com. In addition, the website contains a blog, where those interested can follow the Kristovichs’ progress along the ride.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes featured in Momentum Magazine

Photo credit: Jim Sayer - Momentum Magazine

If you haven't read Momentum Magazine before, you owe it to yourself to check it out. It's one of my usual reads. If you haven't ridden the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes before, you owe it to yourself to get out there and experience it. The current issue of Momentum Magazine has a feature on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes: http://momentumplanet.com/articles/cycling-adventures-cruise-de-coeur-in-idaho.

One great way to enjoy the trail is to have someone drop you off in Mullan, ride the 72 mile trail to Plummer, and catch the Citylink bus back to Coeur d'Alene (it's free and has bike racks).

Friday, June 4, 2010

Watch for Children

Biking at night

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bike Commuting on USA Today

If the video doesn't play click on the "get link" button under the player and paste it in your web browser.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

This is a video from 1906 San Francisco; horses, horse and buggy, trolley cars, automobiles, bicycles and pedestrians. No designated lanes for any of them, not even crosswalks. Looks like right of way is given to the largest vehicle. This is an example of what happens when you don’t plan for growth.

Ride Right Walk Left

Watch out for bikes

Two big wins for cyclists!

After years of discussions at the CdA Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory meetings, a handful of public meetings, a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, a Public Works Comission meeting, and finally last nights lengthy City Council meeting, the City will be adding bike lanes to 15th Street. City Council voted 5-1 in favor of the bike lanes.

Parking will be removed along the one mile stretch from Sherman Avenue to I-90 and replaced with 5' bike lanes on each side of the road. 15th Street is a very popular route for bicycle commuters, children going to and from school, and recreational cyclists. The work of bike lane striping and moving the centerline (to the center of the road) could happen in conjunction with the traffic signal installation this summer at Harrison Avenue and 15th Street.

A big thanks goes out to everyone who provided written and verbal testimony to the City during this long process. We couldn't have done it without you! And a big thanks to Monte McCully, City Trails Coordinator, for compiling a great powerpoint presentation.

Another big win last night was the passing of the 2010 Trails and Bikeways Master Plan. Compiled by the Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee, this master plan lays the groundwork for future bikeway improvements within the City....which coincidentally included adding bike lanes to 15th Street.