Take your Ironman to town. If Boise wants to host cycling events let them do it in town. Not only do these events negatively impact businesses in Idaho City and along Highway 21, they promote day to day bicycling on Highway 21 which is down right dangerous in many stretches.
I’ve spoken with many business owners along Highway 21 and none have said they benefit from these events, because participants and crews don’t stop along the way. They negatively impact campers and recreational traffic, who are the bread and butter of these businesses and communities.
Bicyclists on Highway 21 are a traffic hazard. I understand the need to “share the road.” However, bicyclists should also have the common sense to not ride on a 55 mph road that doesn’t have shoulders, let alone reasonable bike lanes. Also, closing down the two busiest boat ramps for an event involving a few people doesn’t make sense when the other boat ramps can’t take the increase. Take it to town and let them swim laps in ParkCenter pond.
Kent Johnson, Boise