The Ada County Highway District Tuesday launched an on-line map designed to help cyclists better navigate cycling routes throughout Ada County. “The tool is now ready for those looking for alternate routes around the flood-damaged Boise River Greenbelt, and out just in time for those first days of summer,” said ACHD spokeswoman Nicole DuBois.
“The web-based application allows users to locate bike lanes, neighborhood bike routes, shared bike routes, and even those routes deemed to be rather more challenging. It also allows riders to locate Green Bike stations, bike repair stations, park and ride locations, and the Valley Ride bus routes and stops<’ DuBois said.
The application also contains a geo-locator. “It uses the GPS on your device to define where you are on the map. If you do not have GPS on your device, it uses nearby cell towers to triangulate your position on the map,” she added.
The application can be located on the homepage of ACHD’s website under “Quick Links”. At this time, the application is not available at any app stores. However, users can save the link to their smart phones. A link to the map is located here: http://achd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=1583f1226bbd4c46bea2d5d764895497
The application will be continually updated and revised as routes change and more conveniences become available to cyclists.
Traditional paper bike maps are also still available at bike shops, chambers of commerce, and visitor centers throughout Ada County, DuBois said. You can also pick one up at ACHD headquarters, at 3775 Adams St. in Garden City.