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Ada County Highway District Releases Two Apps For Cyclists And Drivers

Mike Ensor
Two new apps from the Ada County Highway District helps cyclists and drivers navigate roads in the Treasure Valley.

The Ada County Highway District has built two new smartphone apps aimed at improving customer service.

Credit screenshot / ACHD Bike App

The first one is the ACHD Bike Map app, which is based on an interactive map that shows streets and roads that are bike friendly – and ones that aren’t. Besides highlighting the Greenbelt and established bike lanes, the free app classifies some streets as a “shared bike route” while others are described as a “neighborhood bike route.”  

Click on the bright red lines on the map – like the one denoting a section of Apple Street in southeast Boise – and you’ll see that spot described as a “difficult bike route.” Scroll down to get a sense for why: that part of the street is an arterial road with a 30-mile-per-hour speed limit.


The free app also shows bike share locations, repair stations and park-and-ride locations.   


The county agency also released the ACHD Reporter App, which lets users report problems like potholes and malfunctioning signals by smartphone. Once submitted, the information goes to ACHD to figure out a solution.


Both apps are available for iPhone and Android users.


Find reporter Frankie Barnhill on Twitter @FABarnhill


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