Mild weather brings more cyclists to the roads

Posted at 9:22 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 11:52:14-04

Bogus Basin Road, otherwise known as the Kristin Armstrong Bikeway, is a very popular place for cyclists to ride and in mild weather they'll be out on the roads.

"That's a two-lane road with no shoulders, so you definitely have to be more cautious," said Mike Cooley, owner of George's Cycles.

"It's a bike friendly city, but you gotta be pretty defensive when you're riding your bike. Be careful of the cars. Try to ride in streets that have bike lanes," said Tony Schlangen, Boise resident.

Changing of the seasons has more cyclists and pedestrians out in the Treasure Valley.

"Being spring break as well, we're going to have a lot of extra cyclists out there. I think the motorists are probably realizing this when they hit some of the more popular routes, like Hill Road, that they've arrived and they're back from their winter break," said Cooley.

"You'll have Treefort downtown and you will have a lot of people riding bicycles and on scooters and that kind of thing."

A few extra steps can make a big difference.

"Well it's not very dark out, but there are reflectors on my jacket. We got the reflector there," said Tony Schlangen, Boise Resident.

"I'm a cyclist and a driver and you know I get as frustrated as anybody else when I see the cyclists just acting in inappropriately, and I try to follow the rules of the road, so that's what I'd recommend," said Cooley.

Cooley says it's the time of year where there could be gravel and sand on the roadways, so cyclists should be careful.