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Unlike in previous years, anyone can enter this year’s Greenbike Race at the Twilight Criterium. The race, which takes place right before hundreds of professional cyclists race around downtown Boise on July 13, will have cash prizes for the top three finishers in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

 

Boise Bike Share Companies Learn From Dallas' Mistakes

Aug 13, 2018
wkow-abc7/Credit: Tyler Harbick/Courtesy of Zack Young/NBC 5, Dallas-Fort Worth

Five different dockless bike share companies have set up shop in Dallas in the last year. In a matter of weeks, three shuttered and left town, leaving behind nearly 20,000 unused bicycles. We speak with a Dallas reporter who covered the rise and fall of Dallas' bike share industry and David Fotsch, director of Boise Green Bike about the lessons that can be learned from this.

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  • Lessons learned from Dallas bike share failures
  • Reducing child abuse with the Idaho Children's Trust Fund/Prevent Child Abuse Idaho
  • Students compete in Science Olympiad

Boise GreenBike Faces Fewer Riders During Winter

Nov 20, 2015
Boise Green Bike Rack Grove
Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

This summer was quite successful for the new bike share program in downtown Boise called Boise GreenBike. Riders pedaled more than 27-thousand miles on the bikes, taking more than 10,000 trips. But now that the seasons are changing and temperatures are dropping, the bikes are staying on the racks.

It’s probably no surprise no one wants to ride a bike as much when it’s 40 degrees outside and raining. Out of the 114 bikes in the Boise GreenBike network, only 20 or so are getting a ride each day. That’s according to the director, Dave Fotsch.

Boise GreenBike
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Three months in, riders using Boise's GreenBike program have made almost 5,000 trips on the bikes.

Dave Fotsch is the director of the program. He says almost 2,000 people have used the bikes since the program started in April. GreenBike lets people rent bikes around town, and is meant to improve the environment and users' health.

“Ridership has been good, and we’ve generated about $24,000-$25,000 from membership and ridership," says Fotsch. "But I would like to see higher numbers for both of those categories.”

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise’s long-awaited bike share system will begin installing stations downtown this week. Boise GreenBike hopes to have its first 15 stations operational, and its first 114 bikes on the road by the end of April.

Boise GreenBike Director Dave Fotsch says four years' worth of work will culminate in the next few weeks.