Boise to Celebrate National Bike Month (and Beyond)—in Style

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“The City of Trees” is a moniker often used to describe our capital city, but Boise is known just as well for our community’s bike-centric lifestyle.

Here, cycling is not just a means of recreation, it’s a way of life. Whether you see roadies in spandex shorts, BMXers riding dirt jumps at Eagle Bike Park, mountain bikers navigating technical terrain amidst the trees near Bogus Basin, or laid-back cruisers on the Greenbelt (this last one might be me), our town lives and breathes BIKES.

And Boise is about to get even more bike-friendly.

Boise Bike Share bicycle

A sneak peek of Boise GreenBike equipment. Image: Boise Weekly

You’ve likely heard rumors about a bike-sharing program soon to launch in the Downtown area. Well, it’s on. Boise GreenBike introduced the first eight bikes Wednesday, April 15th, with the full 115 bike roll-out hitting the streets on Earth Day – April 22nd!  Visit Boise GreenBike online for more information on how it works and how to become a member. If you’d like to find the bikes, but aren’t yet sure where to look, there’s an ap for that: Social Bicycles Inc.

Boise’s bike sharing program will likely have it’s official start just in time for Boise Bike Week, which takes place May 9th through the 16th.

In fact, the entire month of May is celebrated annually as National Bike Month. And Boise, being the velo-hub that it is, will be host to several events dedicated to all things cycling. Years past have seen parties; a “Pedal Power Parade”; group rides for all types of cyclists (mountain, roadies, and casual riders); and more. Also, don’t forget: Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 16th. (Visit boisebikeweek.org for a full schedule of events.)

If you’re looking to incorporate more bike-related activities into your summer schedule, there is plenty happening post-bike-week, too. After all, Boise is the quintessential cycling community, and several non-profit organizations exist for the sole purpose of cultivating this culture in the Treasure Valley.

Boise Bicycle Project headquarters

Boise Bicycle Project headquarters. Image: BBP

For starters, if you’re looking to meet other cyclists in a casual setting, the BBP holds a social ride the first Friday evening of the month (May 1st is the date of the next ride). The group typically convenes at BBP headquarters, then rides to a predetermined destination, usually for beers and dinner.

This June, the BBP will again hold Pedal for the People, Boise’s ten-day community bicycle festival. Also coming up: the BBP is proposing to transform Boise into “the bicycle capital of America” for 24 hours beginning on May 7th. (For more information about this endeavor as well as other BBP-related events, follow them on Facebook or view their online calendar.)

man using tool on trail

Trail maintenance efforts keep the foothills in good shape. Image: SWIMBA

If dirt trails, hill climbs, and steep descents are more your style, the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association (SWIMBA) has group rides planned all summer, as well as skills and maintenance classes, and trail work days, when volunteers can sign up to help build and maintain trails throughout the Treasure Valley and all of Southwest Idaho. Visit SWIMBA’s event schedule for more information.

hundreds of bikes on grass

Tour de Fat, Boise’s summer spectacular. Image: SWIMBA

Lastly, don’t forget New Belgium’s Tour de Fat, by far Boise’s biggest and most spectacular bike-related event. Riders—in lavish and deliberately laughable costumes—begin the day with a parade throughout the streets of Downtown Boise. Then, the crowd descends upon Ann Morrison Park for food and beer, contests, live music, and more. Last year, the Boise event raised more funds than ever before—about $70,000—all of which benefited the local biking community. This year’s event is scheduled for August 18th, and is not to be missed.

So tune up those bikes and get ready for a breezy ride in Boise this summer, because there’s  something fun—on two wheels—for everyone!

Sincerely,

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise IdahoSherri Battazzo Boise

 

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