Meeting scheduled Wednesday to look at improving pedestrian and bicycle safety

November 5, 2013 

Three groups concerned about the recent spike in crashes between motor vehicles and bicyclists and pedestrians will hold a meeting Wednesday aimed at increasing safety on city streets.

The Idaho Pedestrian & Bicycle Alliance, the Boise Bicycle Project and the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance will host the meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. at the Bicycle Project offices at 1027 Lusk St. in Boise.

The groups urge concerned residents to attend to learn how they can do their part to make streets safe for all road users. Coordinators will ask attendees how they would like to become more involved in road safety. Several different campaigns to increase safety will be introduced at the meeting, with those attending asked to sign up to help.

Since early June, three Ada County pedestrians have been killed and another was seriously injured. Since early October, two bicyclists have been struck and killed. Another was injured in a hit and run and a girl riding a bicycle in north Boise last week ran a stop sign and collided with a car, receiving minor injuries.

"We aren’t blaming the motorists, cyclists or pedestrians,” Lisa Brady, president of the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance, said in a written release. “We want to ensure the safety of all road users. For cyclists and pedestrians that means wearing highly visible clothing and using lights at night. We also want everyone, motorists and non-motorists alike, to know the rules of the road. This will reduce confusion and discord and enable us all to share the roadways safely."

Jimmy Hallyburton, executive director of the Boise Bicycle Project, said by bringing the different cycling and walking groups to the same table, they hope to create a collaborative effort that will make the streets safer to ride, walk and drive.

Separately, the Boise Police Department on Tuesday began a monthlong foot patrol to place an emphasis on pedestrian safety.

Officers walked along Front Street between South Avenue A and South Fifth Street.

On Friday, officers will walk from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. along North Sixth Street between West Main and Grove streets.

The locations, times and days of week will vary on officers' availability but will focus on the downtown area during peak hours.

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