Just in Time for National Bike Week, Boise Pedals Closer to Becoming the Bicycle Capital of America

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As Boise celebrates National Bike Week, it’s apparent that the city is on the forefront of Bicycle Friendliness when it comes to businesses and the community working together to promote all of the benefits of bicycling. From community organized social rides that break down barriers to bicycling for beginners; club organized skills and info classes on mountain biking, bikepacking, and commuting; to business sponsored events that reward bicyclists with free breakfast or beer - the entire community is coming together for just one reason: the love of bikes!

 

Well, with all that going on, Boise now has one more reason to celebrate.

Two more local businesses have joined the ranks of League Certified Bicycle Friendly Businesses. The League of American Bicyclists, a national bicycle advocacy organization, ranks businesses all over America in terms of how well they promote biking among employees, guests, and their community. Boise is ranked as the second city with the most Certified Bicycle Friendly Businesses (just behind Fort Collins, Colorado), with a total of 46 businesses awarded Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum status.

 

The two newest Boise Certified Bicycle Friendly Businesses, announced in the Bike Week 2017 round, are RedBuilt and JoyRide Cycles. Guru Donuts received an Honorable Mention and is well on its way to receiving Certification with its next application.

RedBuilt was awarded Silver status; it’s clear that they’re dedicated and passionate about getting more people riding to and from work. They offer a variety of incentives for reaching new bike commuting goals like lights for the first time bike commuter and a free full tune up for 30 days of being pedal powered. Plus, they make it easy to bike, offering free bike maps, end of ride bike maintenance tools, loaner helmets and locks, and covered bike parking. RedBuilt also partners with the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance to offer free commuter Lunch & Learns for those who are interested in bike commuting but are unsure about how to get started. 

Peter Mellblom, spokesman for the self named “Red Riders,” RedBuilt’s crew of bicyclists, says that they are “super excited to become a Bike Friendly Business.” With summer just around the corner, they “are looking forward for the warmer weather and beautiful summer days approaching” and “expect to get a lot more associates riding to work soon.”  Adding that their “only wish is for the Greenbelt to open again”--I think it’s fair to say that we’re all hoping for that!

JoyRide Cycles received a Bronze level designation which is in part due to the constant support they provide for Boise’s cycling and bike advocacy communities. Adrian Rodriguez, JoyRide’s Business Development Director sits on Boise Bicycle Project’s Board of Directors and is a strong advocate for bike safety and more people riding. JoyRide also hosts a number of community events and social rides that celebrate the power of two wheels. Says Rodriguez:

"Being a local bike shop, it’s natural that we’d be a Bicycle Friendly Business. However, our efforts extend beyond simply getting more people on bikes that we repair and sell. It's about providing support to our employees and developing the bicycle community as a whole, no matter what type of bike you ride or where it's made to go."

Guru Donuts, a local favorite and Boise staple, is also working hard to promote bicycling in Boise. This past winter, they partnered with Boise Bicycle Project to host a social ride specifically aimed at encouraging folks to winter commute. They offered a free donut to anyone who braved the cold and pedaled in on their way to work. And who wouldn't want to ride their bike for a free donut!?

Angel Moran, owner of Guru Donuts is excited to keep working toward improving bicycling to Guru Donuts and around Boise:

“We are grateful to have the encouragement and support from our local cycling community to bring Guru Donuts into the national conversation to make Boise a strong bicycle friendly community. We are inspired to make our small business a vibrant destination for staff, customers and visitors. We believe a healthy and safe cycling community means a thriving culture for our downtown.”
 

Each of the 46 Boise Bicycle Friendly Businesses are individually working toward promoting bicycling to employees, coworkers, and guests, making it easier to choose bicycling as a reliable form of transportation. Their collective effort helps make Boise as a whole a better place to ride.

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If you or your business is interested in learning more about the Bicycle Friendly Business program, or how to become more bicycle friendly, email kelly@boisebicycleproject.org. Says Kelly, Development Director with Boise Bicycle Project, and League Certified Instructor:

“With more Bicycle Friendly Businesses working toward promoting bicycling in Boise, the easier, safer, and more accessible bicycling can be to everyone.”


For a complete list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Boise and Nationwide, visit bikeleague.org/business.

Weekly Update: Bike Week, Member's Class & More!

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, which means that things are ramping up at BBP. We've got a ton going on every week, so we're trying something new: weekly updates. The goal is to keep you up to date on all our projects and opportunities to get involved. We hope it's helpful!

Volunteer with BBP!

We have some awesome volunteer opportunities coming up for the week ahead! Click on any of the following links to sign up for shifts at our upcoming events. We also have our regular, recurring volunteer shifts helping with bike take apart and bike build during our open hours and from 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday & Thursday.

On the Road at Mobile Fix-It

On the Road at Mobile Fix-It

Two Mobile Fix-It Adventures! The first on Wednesday, May 17th at White Pine Elementary from 3:00 to 5:30 pm, and the second on Thursday, May 18th at the Oak Creek Apartment Complex from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Help Adam, our Youth Coordinator, teach Boise kids about bicycle maintenance. Mobile Fix-It is a fun and rewarding experience, sign up and enjoy the ride!

Bike to Work Breakfast at The North End Co-op on Friday, May 19th. Join Kelly, our Development Director, from 7:00 to 9:00 am for a breakfast celebration of National Bike to Work Day! High five and hand out limited edition Bike Boise buttons to all the awesome bike commuters!

The Capital City Public Market on Saturday, May 20th. Hang out with Hayden, our Volunteer Coordinator, and assist with Bike Valet and DIY repairs at the market. There is a morning shift (9:30-11:30 am) and an afternoon shift (11:30 am to 1:30 pm) so you can still get all of your shopping handled.  

Also, BBP is partnering with Alive After Five’s Tips for Charity initiative with a goal of raising $5000 for our volunteer programs. To do this we need one thing, volunteers! We need 24 people every Wednesday evening in June from 4:30 to 8:30 pm to help sell and pour drinks at Alive After Five. Sign-up now and don’t miss out on all the fun.

 

Member Perks & Highlights

Upcoming Member Class: Friday, May 19th 6:30-8pm:

Unlocking the Power of Your Cables and Housing: Inspecting/Servicing Brake and Shifter Cable Systems (Bring Your Own Bike)

Most people forget to check their cables and housing when they’re experiencing shifting or braking problems, but it should be the first thing you check. Cable housing is like a garden hose and your cables are like the water flowing through it, the more kinks and obstructions in the hose the worse the water flows.

In this class, we will teach you how to check your cables and housing for kinks and obstructions and replace/lubricate them if needed. Everyone will leave this class with smoother cable system and a free DIY housing tool.

Roll with BBP (Events!)

It’s Bike Week! Which means there are a ton of Bike-y events happening all over the Treasure Valley. Check out Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance’s Facebook page for a full list.

UpCycle Karma Rise Benefiting BBP

During the month of May, UpCycle Boise wants you to get your sweat on and help support BBP! Spin classes start at 5:30pm on Fridays and are followed by adult beverages and snacks to reward your for your hard work. Start your weekend out right at UpCycle!

Bike to Work Breakfast & Bike From Work Happy Hour

Friday, May 19th is National Bike to Work Day, so whether you’re a veteran commuter or have been thinking of using your pedal power to get to work for sometime, today is the best day to do it! There will be breakfast stations all around Boise (BBP will be at the Food Co-op) and Bittercreek is hosting a post-work celebration you wonderful bike commuters.

Bike to Work Breakfast: 7-9am

Bike to Work Happy Hour: 3-8pm

Thank YOU!

We owe the biggest thank you to our community for powering us through our 24 hour journey today. Whether you volunteered, donated, brought snacks to the shop, called or stopped into give us kudos, you helped us make dreams come true and at least one miracle happen today. We couldn't be more grateful to live in such a giving community.