ValleyRide: What’s Happening
» Installation of Boise GreenBike stations continues
After a successful "First Look" event Wednesday (April 15) at the Boise Grove Plaza, the focus of the Boise GreenBike program turns to completing the installation of 15 bike stations in and around the downtown area and at Boise State University.
If all goes well, the stations will be up and running before the end of April.
More than 75 people attended the "First Look" event, which provided the opportunity for the public to see a station and learn more about how it will operate. Dave Fotsch, Director of Boise GreenBike, talked about the long process to make the program a reality. He also thanked the program's numerous sponsors, including SelectHealth and St. Luke's Health Care System.
Bike share is a novel transportation mode that will provide another option for getting around the downtown area without getting into a vehicle. The system will start with 114 bikes at 15 stations. Most of the stations will be located downtown; two will be located at Boise State University. Bikes will be available 24 hours a day.
Users of Boise GreenBike can choose from a variety of membership options ranging from a “Pay As You Go” rate of $4 per hour to an annual membership for $70 that will provide an hour of free ride time every day of the year.
Boise GreenBike is a service of Valley Regional Transit. Membership is available now by visiting www.Boise.GreenBike.com or by downloading the Social Bicycles app for iPhone or Android.
» Temporary Bus Service Changes
Road construction, planned outdoor events, and holidays can result in changes in service, temporary route detours or the relocation of bus stops. Here's the latest information about current and upcoming changes in service:
- ROUTES 6, 7, 8X, 11 - The bus stop at Main and Whitewater is closed until roadway improvements can be completed.
- ROUTE 18 - Construction work has closed the section of Warm Springs Boulevard between Eckert Road and Parkcenter Boulevard. The only bus stops that will be closed during the detour are the inbound and outbound stops at Wise Way and Warm Springs. The outbound detour (from Parkcenter): right on Bown, left on Boise Avenue, left on Eckert, left on Mill Station, and right on Caddis. The inbound detour (from Caddis): right on Warm Springs, right on Eckert, right on Boise Avenue, right on Bown, and left on Parkcenter back to the regular route. The route detours are expected to remain in place until August 2015.
- ROUTE 11 - The route will be on detour due to construction work on Adams Street. The detour: right on 37th, left on Adams, right on Reed, left on 40th and right on Adams back on route. This detour is expected to remain in place until sometime in July.
- ROUTES 51, 53 - The stop at 3rd St. S and 11th Avenue is closed. A temporary stop has been placed at 3rd St. S and 10th Avenue.
- ROUTES 4-5 - Both routes are on the same detour. The outbound detour from Zone 1: left on 11th, left on Grove, left on 13th. The inbound detour from 13th Street: right on Myrtle, left on Capitol, left on Idaho to Zone 1.
- ROUTES 8/8X - A temporary stop cone has been placed before the outbound stop at Emerald and Five Mile. A temporary stop cone has been placed after the inbound stop at Emerald and Five Mile.
Last update: Wednesday, April 8, 2015.
» Bicyclist safety around buses
Road respect and courtesy are a two-way street. Here are some top tips for cyclists to stay safe around buses:
- Be visible
- Have front and rear lights on your bike and use them early and often. It's the law.
- When you are passing a bus (hopefully on the left side and not on the right), please try to give at least three feet as this will help keep you out of the bus driver's blind spot.
- At a red light, either stay behind the bus or get in front so that you are clearly visible. Drivers are trained to "rock and roll" in the seat to expose blind spots on the side of the vehicle, but relying solely on that can be risky.
- Do not pass buses on the right, especially if you are approaching a bus stop.
- Remember, buses are in the business of pulling over to the curb to pick up and drop off passengers, and may unintentionally pinch a bicyclist trying to pass on the right.
- This will be especially true at Capitol and River, where the buses will have to cross the buffered bike lane to make its service stop.
- Be predictable
- Do not weave in and out of parked cars, jump on and off the sidewalk.
- If a bus ahead of you signals to make a turn or stop, merge into traffic behind the bus or pass on the left, so he driver clearly knows you will not be buzzing by on the right.
- Signal you intentions to drivers.
The Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Transit Authority partnered to create a training video for bus operators and bicyclists on how to safely share the road. VIEW THE VIDEO
» Travel Trainer provides assistance to those who need help using our bus system
Our Travel Training Program provides assistance to those who need help understanding how to use our fixed-line and inter county bus system. The training can be as simple as helping someone understand printed maps and schedules to a full ride-along on the bus. Here's what Cristina Lyden had to say about the training:
"I would like to share this experience with the general public and to any and all individuals who may stumble upon this page. I had real pleasure doing my travel training with ValleyRide today! My husband and I were skeptical .... READ MORE
» Construction work on Main Street Station in downtown Boise is going well
One of the initial layers of the deck that will form the surface of Main Street and the ceiling of the Main Street Station has been completed. Several more layers of material and a finished surface of concrete will have to be completed before an additional lane of Main Street can reopen. That additional lane is expected to open in early April. Work on the project continues to move forward with the construction of columns that will support the Clearwater building (photo taken in late February 2015). Once work to open an additional lane of Main Street is completed, construction of the ground level decking will begin. At that point the rest of the building will begin to be erected.
The City Center Project developed by The Gardner Company is located near the intersection of Main Street and Capitol Boulevard in downtown Boise and includes the construction of an underground transit center for Valley Regional Transit, as well as additional office, retail, meeting and convention space. Construction is expected to be completed in late summer 2016. WATCH A TIME-LAPSE VIDEO OF THE PROJECT
Five Boise City routes have moved from Zone 2 (on Idaho Street between 8th and 9th) to Capitol Boulevard in front of Boise City Hall (new Zone 3). With the change, routes 1-6 will continue to stage in Zone 1; routes 7, 8X, 9, 9x and 10 will stage on Capitol in front of Boise City Hall (Zone 3); and routes 11, 14, 16-18 will continue to stage in Zone 2 (on Idaho Street between 8th and 9th). These changes are expected to remain in effect until summer 2016. Saturday bus staging locations will remain the same.
ACCESS A MAP OF THE NEW TRANSIT MALL