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12/13/2014 - Inside the construction zone for City Center Plaza (KTVB)
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   The Boise GreenBike system Recently added five new "Flex Hub" bike parking locations on the campus of Boise State University. These new hubs allow GreenBike users to lock up their bikes without paying the $2 out-of-hub fee. The new locations are on the southeast corner of the Micron Business and Economic Building; in front of the Morrison Center; on Bronco lane in front of the Kinesiology Building; to the south of the Environmental Research Building; on the northwest corner of Albertsons Library near the Friendship Bridge.
Previously, there were only two station hub locations where the bikes could be returned without an additional fee: in front of the Student Union Building, and at the Interactive Learning Center. The new locations use existing bicycle racks that identified as Flex Hub locations with Boise GreenBike stickers and sign panels. A Flex Hub can be used for both regular bikes and Boise GreenBikes. DOWNLOAD A FLEX HUB MAP    

   The Clearwater Building located over the Main Street Station is structurally in place and will be wrapped and covered soon. Steel is being installed at the second building, located between the Grove Hotel and the U. S. Bank Building. the building should have cladding and covering late this fall. Mechanical work on the Main Street Station is well under way and the concrete surfaces will be poured soon. 
   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

    Valley Regional Transit is committed to serving the needs of individuals with disabilities in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1073. VRT Reasonable Modification processes are designed to guide VRT staff and contract operators to make reasonable modifications/accommodations to policies, practices, and procedures pertaining to fixed-route, demand response, and paratransit services necessary to avoid discrimination. The authority will grant requests reasonable accommodations except where making accommodations would: 1). Fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity' 2). Create a direct threat to the health and safety of others; or 3). Where the individual with a disability is able to fully use the services, programs, or activities for their intended purpose without the modification. HOW TO REQUEST A REASONABLE MODIFICATION OR FILE AN APPEAL

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:
  1. Be visible
    1. Have front and rear lights on your bike and use them early and often. It's the law.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
  2. Do not pass buses on the right, especially if you are approaching a bus stop.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
  3. Be predictable
    1. Do not weave in and out of parked cars, jump on and off the sidewalk.
    2. 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.
    3. 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