Ada County named silver-level bike-friendly community, one of only two nationwide
The League of American Bicyclists has named Ada County a "silver-level status" as a bike-friendly community, ACHD said.
Ada is one of only two counties nationwide to hold the silver or gold status – the other being Jackson and Teton Canyon, Wyoming, according to the league. ACHD achieved Bronze-level status in 2004, becoming the first countywide entity to be included in a program that now incorporates 242 cities, counties and regions nationwide.
“This is wonderful news and confirmation of Ada County’s status as a great place to bike and ACHD’s role in promoting and expanding cycling opportunities,” said ACHD President Rebecca Arnold. “We support riding for recreation and alternative transportation, which improves our air quality and decreases congestion on the roads.”
In the past few years, the county has added three miles of on-street bike lanes, three miles of unpaved greenbelt, shared lane markings on six miles of roads and green bike lanes at intersections, all innovations that increase driver and rider awareness and safety. The district said this demonstrates the county’s commitment to cycling.
According to ACHD, since voters approved the Ada County Vehicle Registration Fees in 2008, the district has earmarked about $4 million a year for expanded bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Photo courtesy Boise Bike Week