Ridge to Rivers, the agency that maintains the Boise Foothills trail system, is asking Idaho trail users to avoid routes that are wet or muddy, as continued use is eroding and widening paths at Table Rock, Hulls Gulch and Harrison Hollow.
Idaho BMX will rent the Canyon County Fair building for 10 days in February and 10 days in March to offer indoor BMX racing in the winter, when racers are kept from outdoor trails by cold weather and wet trails.
The old Arnie’s and Collister Upholstery building on Hill Road will be the new home of Boise bike shop Bauerhaus Bikes. It should be open by spring selling mostly mountain bikes and offering mechanic services.
The city of Boise has added a new reserve in the Boise Foothills, the Peace Valley Overlook Reserve in the Barber Valley. The city plans improvements to the Table Rock trail system, including improved parking for the Tram trail.
At least six new trail projects are in the works in the Boise Foothills — including trails in the Military Reserve, Stack Rock, Hidden Springs, Dry Creek and Avimor areas. Plus, there’s a plan for the first Ridge to Rivers trail built exclusively for mountain bikes and expansion of a popular trailhead.
Ada County could complete repairs to the long-closed section of Greenbelt in East Boise by the end of this month. The county has spent more than $2 million on a project to rebuild 1.65 miles of the popular pathway — piping the Penitentiary Canal, widening the formerly narrow route to 11 feet to make it safer and putting down an entirely new surface. The path has been closed since October and is a month behind schedule because of a construction error and resulting questions about how to fix the problem.
The Boise Bicycle Project and City of Boise have partnered on a push for volunteers to remove at least two tons of goathead plants (puncturevine, technically) during the month of July. The project also serves as promotion for the inaugural Boise Goathead Fest, the Aug. 3-4 celebration of the bicycle community that replaces Tour de Fat.
Ada County was prepared to open the long-awaited, reconstructed Boise River Greenbelt segment on the eastern edge of Boise this month. But a week before the June 22 target date, the county discovered damage to the new asphalt. Now the path’s opening is delayed indefinitely.
RideOut Technologies of Boise, Idaho, has released a new bike seat design for mountain bikers. The Challenger seat absorbs shock and creates a more comfortable saddle, owner Jeri Rutherford of Boise says.
Cougars — also known as mountain lions — are common in Idaho. It's far less common to see them, and almost unheard of for one of the cats to kill a human. The last documented case of a cougar killing a person in Idaho was in the late 1800s or early 1900s.