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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Safe Routes for All

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Breaking news! Walking and biking good for you.

Researchers at King’s College London have found that muscle fitness as measured by power in the legs is strongly associated with an improved rate of ageing in the brain.
The findings, published in Gerontology, suggest that simple interventions, such as increased levels of walking, targeted to improve leg power in the long term may have an impact on healthy cognitive ageing.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Bike Safety with Mudgy and Millie

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee teamed with Susan Nipp, the creator of Mudgy and Millie, to create a public service announcement to teach children how to ride their bikes safely. After lots of hard work with an enthusiastic group, the video is finished! We plan to air the video on CDA TV as well as in local elementary schools.

Thank you so much to all those who contributed, especially the Sorensen Elementary students featured in the video.

Click the link to watch: http://www.cdaid.org/Videos?video=228

And, share it with your family and friends!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

James Corden slams bike lane opponents

14 Tips for Safe and Comfortable Cycling Through the Fall

It’s that time of year again, the winds start to pick up, the leaves are turning, and you can feel the seasonal shift towards winter. While there might be a chill in the air, this doesn’t mean you need to put your bike away. The trick is to be prepared, and to do a few simple bits of bike maintenance to keep you rolling comfortably and efficiently.

Check your tire pressure as the temperature drops.
Check your tire pressure as the temperature drops.
  1. As the temperature drops, so will your tire pressure. Check and top up your tires more often.
  2. Seat height: be good to your knees and bits – your seat may have shifted so it’s a good time to make sure it’s at the right height and position.
  3. Shorter daylight hours and grey, rainy weather means having lights at full strength are essential. Check your batteries to make sure your lights shine bright. Consider installing dynamo lights for added convenience & reliability.
  4. Wipe and re-lubricate your chain to help protect it from rain/rust.
  5. Consider adding some mud guards if you don’t already have them — and not just the clip-on ones that are easily stolen.
  6. Keep a scarf, hat, gloves and an extra top layer in your bag as front-line protection against unexpected chilly fall winds.
    Fall riding is comfortable with the right accessories.
    Fall riding is comfortable with the right accessories.
  7. A rain poncho and waterproof pannier are totally worth the investment. Make sure you bring them along if there’s even a chance of rain.
  8. Don’t get cocky: You’ve been riding all summer, but stay sharp and alert.
  9. Dusk coming sooner makes you harder for other road users to see during the busy evening rush hour. Also, in early fall the sun ends up in westbound drivers’/riders’ eyes during evening rush hour. Ride predictably, signal your intentions, make eye contact when possible, and use extra caution.
  10. Rainy windshields combined with earlier darkness make bicyclists and pedestrians even harder to see. Wearing lighter-colored clothing, a reflective safety vest, sash or clothing, and always using lights will keep you visible.
    Bike Parking - Leaves clogging sewers - Y Bambrick
    Avoid puddles and piles of wet leaves.
  11. Piles of leaves are slippery when wet, and you never know what’s underneath them. Avoid them when possible, and use extra care at reduced speed if turning on them.
  12. Wet streetcar tracks can bite. Cross them carefully at a right angle when possible and don’t lean into a turn since wheels can slip.
  13. If you’re not already in the habit, shift into lower gears when you slow or stop to be kind to colder muscles as you get moving again.
  14. Cover your mouth with a scarf to help protect your lungs from the burn of colder air.
Enjoy the ride!

From: http://yvonnebambrick.com/2015/10/05/14-tips-for-safe-and-comfortable-cycling-through-the-fall/

Monday, September 28, 2015

Walk Safely

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides great tips for both pedestrians and drivers to remain safe while sharing the road.
When you are walking:
Photo credit: Seth Nenstiel
Photo credit: Seth Nenstiel
  • Be predictable.  Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
  • If there is not sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
  • Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes and ears off the road.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible.  This is where drivers expect pedestrians.  Look for cars in all directions – including those turning left or right.
  • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic.  Wait for a time gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross.
  • Never assume a driver sees you.  Make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
  • Be visible at all times.  Wear bright clothing during the day, wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and judgment.
When you are driving:
  • Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times.  Safety is a shared responsibility.
  • Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or in bad weather.
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
  • Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk.  There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
  • Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present.
  • Be extra cautious when backing up- pedestrians can move in your path.
Download a copy of  Everyone is a Pedestrian and visit the NHTSA website for more safety tips.  Keep walking and be safe!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thank you for voting! - Majority favors expanding Cd’A bike lane system


By an overwhelming margin, citizens responding to Coeur d’Alene’s September online “CityPoll” support expanding the city’s bike lane system. As of Wednesday, 95 percent of voters (1,570) favored a continued focus on improving the trail system, while 5 percent (86) did not.

Trail expansion is expected to continue, according to city officials. “With the addition of the recently purchased BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad) property, the city has a great opportunity to extend trails west toward Huetter Road,” said Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation director Steve Anthony.

To cast your vote in the September poll, visit cdaid.org and click on the City Poll button on the bottom of the homepage.

Each month, a CityPoll question is posted on the city’s website. Responses are carefully reviewed by city staff and considered in the strategic planning process to assure the city is being responsive to citizens while providing the best possible services.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Vote Yes for More Bike Lanes

The City has a poll on it's website this month asking the community if they support the addition of new bike lanes in our community.

Go to this link: https://www.cdaid.org/citypoll and cast your vote.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wheelchair Accessible Ramps Going in at Independence Point

from left: Jon Ingalls, Panhandle Kiwanis, Dave Kilburg, Kiwanis president, Virgil Edwards, of the Disability Action Center, Coeur d’Alene parks and recreation director Steve Anthony, Jeffrey Mahon with the Sunrise Rotary. Seated, Michelle Porter and Don Waddell.

Thanks to generous donations from the Panhandle Kiwanis, Sunrise Rotary and Avista Utilities, a wheelchair-accessible ramp leading to the water at Independence Point will soon be installed. Project cost is $14,000 and made possible by these organizations.

“This will allow people that couldn’t get into the water to enjoy the lake with the families to have access,” said Virgil Edwards of the Disability Action Center. “It provides another level of independence.”

Two ramps will provide access to the lake, according to parks and recreation director Steve Anthony. One will run into the water and the other along the shoreline.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New Bike Rack at Sanders Beach

The City has installed this bike rack at Sanders Beach to meet the demand for bicycle parking. It is greatly appreciated by the many people who ride bikes to the beach. Where else do we need bike racks? Let us know by emailing mmccully@cdaid.org.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Art in Motion Press Release

From the Coeur d'Alene Press:
New brochures detailing multiple walking and biking trails that offer opportunities to explore public art in Coeur d'Alene are now available.
The city's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, in cooperation with the Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission, announced the publication of the documents.The walking brochure has two different trails. One is 1.7 miles and takes 60-90 minutes to complete. The second trail is 2.2 miles and takes from 90 minutes to two hours to complete. The biking brochure features a 13-mile trail that takes two to four hours to ride. Electronic versions of all the brochures are available at http://mapping.cdaid.org/art.
Members of the two committees did the research for the brochures and Debbie Frisbie, the city's graphic information systems coordinator, put it together. The printing costs were covered by donations from local businesses, including Vertical Earth, Commercial Printing, Taphouse Unchained, Lukins and Annis, and Mountain Madness Soap Co. as well as a contribution from the CDA Arts Commission. Another shorter bike route will be printed as soon as additional funds are collected.
The brochures are available at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce and donating businesses. For more information or to donate to the printing of future brochures, please contact Chris Bosley, chair of the CDA Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, chriswbosley@gmail.com.

Friday, May 15, 2015

TWO MILE TOURING

 Bikeyface

This time of year, I usually find myself in conversation with someone who is curious about my bike habit. Often they feel like they could never do it themselves.  So I usually give some simple starting advice.I'd Bike But...

Because pretty much anyone can ride a bicycle for two miles- for fun, to run an errand, to get dinner with a friend, to explore their neighborhood. Maybe after that they’ll ride two more miles… and then two more…then two more.
2miletour

So just ride a bicycle two miles (anywhere) today. Maybe tomorrow too.

Monday, May 11, 2015

What a Legendary Woman’s-Rights Advocate Learned from Bicycling




Frances Willard discovers the joys of cycling, and of not wearing tight-necked formalwear.   ARCHIVE.ORG
Frances Willard’s legacy is considerable. As president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and the National Council of Women in the United States, Willard leveraged the considerable power of the temperance movement towards the right to vote, putting her at the genesis of both the 18th and 19th amendments. For decades, she was the sole woman represented in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, until she was joined by Rosa Parks. Once the president of the Evanston College for Ladies, she became Northwestern’s first dean of women; Willard Residential College, the school’s largest and its first co-ed housing, is named after her. Her home in Evanston is a national landmark.
Towards the end of her life, however, something was missing for “America’s Foremost Woman.” And she found it on what had become a tool, literally, of women’s liberation: the bicycle.
At the age of 53, five years before her death of influenza, Frances Willard learned to ride a bicycle (as I learned from Maya Rodale’s reflective piece inBicycling magazine). Two years later, she wrote a book about it, A Wheel Within a Wheel: How I Learned to Ride a Bicycle, With Some Reflections Along the Way.
Willard’s independence was her birthright, but all that changed when she hit sweet sixteen and entered into what was then, in the mid-1800s, American womanhood.
Born with an inveterate opposition to staying in the house, I very early learned to use a carpenter’s kit and a gardener’s tools, and followed in my mimic way the occupations of the poulterer and the farmer, working my little field with a wooden plow of my own making, and felling saplings with an ax rigged up from the old iron of the wagon-shop. Living in the country, far from the artificial restraints and conventions by which most girls are hedged from the activities that would develop a good physique, and endowed with the companionship of a mother who let me have my own sweet will, I “ran wild” until my sixteenth birthday, when the hampering long skirts were brought, with their accompanying corset and high heels; my hair was clubbed up with pins, and I remember writing in my journal, in the first heartbreak of a young human colt taken from its pleasant pasture, “Altogether, I recognize that my occupation is gone.”
From that time on I always realized and was obedient to the limitations thus imposed, though in my heart of hearts I felt their un-wisdom even more than their injustice. My work then changed from my beloved and breezy outdoor world to the indoor realm of study, teaching, writing, speaking, and went on almost without a break or pain until my fifty-third year, when the loss of my mother accentuated the strain of this long period in which mental and physical life were out of balance, and I fell into a mild form of what is called nerve-wear by the patient and nervous prostration by the lookers-on. Thus ruthlessly thrown out of the usual lines of reaction on my environment, and sighing for new worlds to conquer, I determined that I would learn the bicycle.
The weighty period prose aside, there’s something very modern about this, in a country where cycling is considered a childish thing. Willard became a woman, and that woman became an urbanite. She spent a lifetime securing the intellectual and political freedoms of women—Willard believed that the equality of men and women in the home was a Christian principle—but in doing so, the individual, physical freedom she had known as a child had waned.
When she went to regain that freedom in service to her health, she was advised against doing so on two wheels, for reasons that will also sound familiar to anyone who’s done so:
Not a single friend encouraged me to learn the bicycle except an active-minded young school-teacher, Miss Luther, of my hometown, Evanston, who came several times with her wheel and gave me lessons. I also took a few lessons in a stuffy, semi-subterranean gallery in Chicago. But at fifty-three I was at more disadvantage than most people, for not only had I the impedimenta that result from the unnatural style of dress, but I also suffered from the sedentary habits of a lifetime. And then that small world (which is our real one) of those who loved me best, and who considered themselves largely responsible for my every-day methods of life,did not encourage me, but in their affectionate solicitude and with abundant reason thought I should “break my bones” and “spoil my future.”
Frances Willard had seemingly spent a lifetime not doing what was expected of her. And it did not come easy. What she took from that to the seemingly simple act of riding a bicycle was not an absence of fear, but an abundance of persistence:
That which caused the many failures I had in learning the bicycle had caused me failures in life; namely, a certain fearful looking for of judgment; a too vivid realization of the uncertainty of everything about me; an underlying doubt at once, however (and this is all that saved me), matched and overcome by the determination not to give in to it.
But a mindset is not all one needs to ride a bike. One also needs, um, clothes. And not clothing in the style of 19th-century women of means and education. So Willard set out to change that as well.
We saw that the physical development of humanity’s mother-half would be wonderfully advanced by that universal introduction of the bicycle sure to come about within the next few years, because it is for the interest of great commercial monopolies that this should be so, since if women patronize the wheel the number of buyers will be twice as large. If women ride they must, when riding, dress more rationally than they have been wont to do. If they do this many prejudices as to what they may be allowed to wear will melt away. Reason will gain upon precedent, and ere long the comfortable, sensible, and artistic wardrobe of the rider will make the conventional style of woman’s dress absurd to the eye and unendurable to the understanding. A reform often advances most rapidly by indirection. An ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory; and the graceful and becoming costume of woman on the bicycle will convince the world that has brushed aside the theories, no matter how well constructed, and the arguments, no matter how logical, of dress-reformers.
A woman with bands hanging on her hips, and dress snug about the waist and chokingly tight at the throat, with heavily trimmed skirts dragging down the back and numerous folds heating the lower part of the spine, and with tight shoes, ought to be in agony. She ought to be as miserable as a stalwart man would be in the same plight. And the fact that she can coolly and complacently assert that her clothing is perfectly easy, and that she does not want anything more comfortable or convenient, is the most conclusive proof that she is altogether abnormal bodily, and not a little so in mind.
From there, Willard brought cycling back to her life’s work, projecting it forward not merely as a tool for the freedom and advancement of women, but as a tool for the equality of men and women.
We saw with satisfaction the great advantage in good fellowship and mutual under standing between men and women who take the road together, sharing its hardships and rejoicing in the poetry of motion through landscapes breathing nature’s inexhaustible charm and skyscapes lifting the heart from what is to what shall be hereafter. We discoursed on the advantage to masculine character of comradeship with women who were as skilled and ingenious in the manipulation of the swift steed as they themselves. We contended that whatever diminishes the sense of superiority in men makes them more manly, brotherly, and pleasant to have about…. The old fables, myths, and follies associated with the idea of woman’s incompetence to handle bat and oar, bridle and rein, and at last the cross-bar of the bicycle, are passing into contempt in presence of the nimbleness, agility, and skill of ” that boy’s sister”; indeed, we felt that if she continued to improve after the fashion of the last decade her physical achievements will be such that it will become the pride of many a ruddy youth to be known as ” that girl’s brother.”

Over a century later, we’re still chasing that thread through the fundamentals of movement, like learning how to throw. We’re still trying to figure out how to make bike clothes and dress clothes meet halfway. And as more people get on bikes, more women are there where Willard was, at the juncture of cycling and culture.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

We Miss You Tom!

Tom opened our eyes and warmed our hearts. News of his passing was heartbreaking. We miss you Tom.

Here is the story from the Spokesman Review:

CdA wheelchair access advocate dies in crash


Thomas McTevia
(Full-size photo)
A Coeur d’Alene man who recovered from a severe spinal cord injury to lead an active life and advocate for those with physical challenges was killed Sunday when his all-terrain vehicle went over a cliff above Lake Pend Oreille.
Thomas W. McTevia, 42, died along with a friend, Tina A. Hoisington, 45, of Lewiston. Both were in the Polaris ATV when it plunged down a 500-foot embankment at Bernard Overlook just east of Farragut State Park, the Idaho State Police said.
McTevia, who was paralyzed in 2004 and used a wheelchair, represented the physically challenged community on the Coeur d’Alene Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. He was a catalyst for the city to smooth out a portion of the Tubbs Hill trail on Lake Coeur d’Alene to make it accessible to wheelchair users.
“He wheeled into our office some years ago and asked why we didn’t have an accessible trail on Tubbs Hill,” said Doug Eastwood, the city’s former parks director.
“He got to see it finished. He got to use it,” Eastwood said. “He will be sorely missed. When I heard the news it was like somebody hit me in the chest with a baseball bat.”
Advisory committee members and city officials are discussing a tribute to McTevia, a Navy veteran and former Orofino police officer, as part of an upcoming ribbon-cutting for the rebuilt Tubbs trail.
“We’re trying to figure out how best to honor him,” said Chris Bosley, chairman of the committee and a project manager at Welch Comer Engineers.
McTevia was involved in a four-wheeler accident in April 2004, suffering a spinal cord injury that left him without the use of his legs and with limited use of his arms and hands.
Despite the injury that ended his law enforcement career, McTevia pushed to lead an independent life full of adventure and outdoor activity, from kayaking and photography to hunting and skydiving.
McTevia also was a passionate hand-cycler, operating a bike with his hands.
“He would pedal or hand-crank this thing for many miles,” Bosley said. “I saw him out on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes one day and he was putting in like a 20- or 30-mile ride, and then heading back to go ride his ATV and go see the sun set. He was an amazing guy.”
Becky Mumford, the records supervisor at the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, became friends with McTevia through his volunteer work with the police.
“He was a wonderful voice for those of the wheelchair-bound community and spoke at many City Council meetings,” Mumford said.
McTevia was “more active than most able-bodied people I know,” she added.
“His love for adventure and the outdoors was incredible. … He and his son even took our son camping with them. He was someone you could trust with life’s most precious treasure, your child.”
In a profile in Live Well CdA magazine in February, McTevia said, “You can’t live life in fear of what might happen. You have to get out and enjoy the gift you’ve been given.”
McTevia grew up in Orofino and joined the Navy after graduating from high school. He spent four years in the Navy Seabees. In addition to the Orofino Police Department, he had worked part time with the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office.
He moved to Coeur d’Alene in 2006, and in 2009 he participated in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Spokane.
McTevia’s son, who graduated from high school last year, lives in California.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Earth Day Celebration This Saturday







Come to Earth Day this Saturday (noon to 3pm) at the CDA Library and visit us at the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee booth. We will be collecting valuable input from you, the public, as we update the Trails and Bikeways Master Plan. It looks like it will be a great day to walk or ride your bike there.



Friday, April 10, 2015

Dust Off That Bike!

People for Bikes
 
 Start warming up.
There's a new Challenge this year at PeopleForBikes. From May to September, we're encouraging Americans to log their miles in the National Bike Challenge. Create a team with your friends, neighbors or coworkers and compete with others across the country.
The Challenge begins May 1. Start warming up this weekend at NationalBikeChallenge.org!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CPD offers tips for safe jogging

It’s springtime in North Idaho and many of our residents are turning to outdoor activities such as running. The City of Coeur d’Alene offers a tremendous number of options for outdoor activities, it’s one of the reasons we love to live here. The rules for running safely are common sense, so in the interest of safety, be sure not to leave your common sense at home.

A bicycle is considered a vehicle, so it is subject to the same laws as cars and trucks. Cyclists ride with traffic. You are not a vehicle. You are a runner, but your body and the vehicles around you follow the rules of physics which puts you in a highly vulnerable position if you're running near cars, trucks, and bicycles which have mass and momentum which is defined as mass in motion, or in your case, the potential for serious injury.

The best way to prevent an untimely physics lesson with one of these vehicles is to be able to see and be seen by them. This means running on the side of the road facing into traffic. If you and a car are both approaching an intersection, stop and let the car go first. (News flash: They're faster than you and although the laws of physics apply to both of you, the vehicle with its larger mass and velocity will always win against soft tissue.)

Here are some common sense rules for running on our roads and trails:
• Run against traffic if running on the road. If running on the sidewalk or multi-use trails, travel on the right and pass on the left.
• Stop at stop signs and ensure oncoming traffic yields to you before proceeding across a road.
• Don’t assume cars will stop if you are entering a cross walk.
• Don’t run down the middle of the road or trail.
• Never run more than two abreast if you are running in a group. Don’t be a road or trail hog.
• If you are running an out-and-back route, don’t just make a sudden u-turn at your turn around point. Stop, step to the right to allow oncoming traffic the opportunity to pass. Ensure the road or trail is clear of oncoming traffic - runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, etc. - then make your turn. Making a sudden u-turn without looking over your shoulder is a good way to get hit and then we are back at basic physics again.
• Alert pedestrians when you are passing them – don’t assume they are aware of their surroundings. A simple “on your left” warning will suffice.
• If you run at night, make yourself visible. Wear light-colored or reflective clothing.
• Respect private property along your route.
• Don’t litter. If you can’t find a trash can, carry your trash home.

 These simple rules will make your exercise enjoyable and safe!

Monday, March 2, 2015

This Billboard Cheers If You Walk By It Instead Of Drive

From Fast Company:

A typical health-related billboard tries to sell you something—a gym membership, weight-loss surgery, a lower-calorie snack. But this conceptual billboard does nothing but cheer if you happen to walk by instead of driving in a car. The faster you walk or run, the louder the crowd screams.
"It's just something I do myself when I'm out jogging," says designer Sarah Weigold. "I imagine that I'm this big Olympic star running around with a crowd cheering me on. It's my sort of motivator. So I just made that into a real thing."



Because it's a simple motivator, Weigold thinks that it might be a little more effective than trying to convince people to make major lifestyle changes at once. "I wanted to make something really little, instead of weekly targets of so many hours," she explains. "It's something that you wouldn't feel guilty about not achieving. You can just take a few seconds and be slightly better, rather than falling short of a massive target."Though the design is a concept, Weigold says that it wouldn't be difficult to build. She compares it to existing speed sensors on roads. "If someone's going over the speed limit, it throws them a sad face. If they're going under, it shows a happy face. The technology is definitely there."

She envisions the design fitting into a larger program that would connect people for community support as they exercise. "For me, it was all about making people that their actions were significant," she says. "In the short term, it's a cheering crowd. In the long term, it was grouping people together so that their little bit of effort adds up to something."
The design is one of a growing number of ideas to repurpose the ubiquitous billboard for something other than advertising. So far, we've seen billboards that can make clean drinking watertrack air qualityhouse the homeless, and advertise art instead of products.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tubbs Hill trail improvements ahead of schedule

Thanks to an exceptionally mild winter, upgrades to the east side trail of Tubbs Hill are well ahead of schedule. Initially, work was expected to be completed by June 30. Coeur d’Alene Trail Coordinator Monte McCully this week said work will be complete by the end of next week.

The project includes leveling slopes, smoothing the trail, eliminating outcrops, construction of retaining walls and placement of gravel in areas prone to puddle with water during wet conditions.
“It’s been so warm and dry that we’re are way ahead of schedule,” McCully said. “The crews have been hitting it hard and are nearly finished.”
Tom McTevia, a physically challenged Coeur d’Alene man, was instrumental in the improvements to the trail—which begin at the base of Tubbs Hill on the east end off 11th Street and continue up about 1,500 feet.
“These improvements will make such a big difference as far as accessibility for people who might otherwise not have been able to enjoy the beautiful trail,” McTevia said.
McTevia first approached the city years ago to express the need to smooth the trail and make it more accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities.
The $50,000 project is funded with a $29,000 grant from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and a $21,000 grant from Avista Corp.


Photo: Tom McTevia, in wheelchair, ventures down the Tubbs Hill trail as crews from Trio Construction Inc. smooth the pathway.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Four Corners/BLM Corridor Open House

The second open house for the Four Corners/BLM Corridor plan is Wednesday, the 25th of February, 6-8pm at the Library Community Room. The plan includes a commuter trail along NW Blvd and an 8 acre bike park for cyclocross, short-track mountain bike racing, and some skills park features. Please spread the word and show your support for improving our bicycle friendliness here in Coeur d'Alene. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Law that could mean fewer trails!

A recent law introduced in Idaho could mean fewer new bike paths in the Gem State.
Senate Bill 1044 would restrict the use of eminent domain and prohibit it from being used to acquire land for bicycle trails, paths and greenways, unless they run next to an existing highway or street. This would hinder the ability of cities and the state to construct bicycle paths and trails. 
The vote happens on Tuesday, February 17th. Speak up now and ask your leaders to oppose this bill!
Thanks for taking action to protect bicycling.
—The PeopleForBikes Team