Address P.O. Box 3001, Hailey, ID 83333 Website www.woodriverbike.org Applicant Profile Applicant Name Brett Stevenson Title Wood River Bike Coalition, Director Department none Employer Wood River Bike Coalition Address PO Box 3001 City Hailey State Idaho Zip 83333 Phone 208.720.8336 Email [email protected]
Are you the Bicycle Program Manager? Yes If no, does your community have a Bicycle Program Manager? No What is the Bicycle Program Manager’s contact information?
Community Profile 1. Type of Jurisdiction Other If other, describe (50 word limit) The Wood River Valley is in Blaine County, Idaho and includes four incorporated cities, Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, and Bellevue. 2. For purposes of comparison, would you describe your community as largely rural 3. ClimateAverage daytime temperature (in °F) January 19.2 April 42.4 July 67.5 October 46.2 Average precipitation (in inches) January 2.3 April 1.1 July 0.5 October 1.0 4. Size of community (in sq. mi.) Total area 17.0 Water area 0.0 Land area 17.0 5. Total Population 12,506 5a. Student population (during semester) N/A
6. Population Density (Person per sq. mi. of land area) 7 7. Median Household Income $62,906 8. Age distribution (in percent) Under 5 6.2 Age 5-17 17.8 Age 18-64 63.3 Age 65+ 12.7 Totals (should equal 100) 100 9. Race (in percent) White 95.8 Black or African American .3 American Indian and Alaska Native 1.6 Asian .9 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander .1 Some other race .1 Two or more races 1.2 Totals (should equal 100) 100 Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 20.7 10. How many government employees (including the Bicycle Program Manager), expressed in full-time equivalents, work on bicycle issues in your community? 2 11. What percentage of the community's Bicycle Program Manager's time is spent on bicycling issues? N/A 12. Do you have a Bicycle Advisory Committee? Yes 12a. How often does it meet? Every two months 12b. How many members serve on the committee? 5 12c. Which of the following groups are represented or regularly attend the Bicycle Advisory Committee? Check all that apply. User Group,Chamber of Commerce,Planning Department,Transportation Department,Recreation Department,Transit Agency If other, describe (50 word limit) WRBC's Advisory Committee's primary focus are biking trails, communication, and events. WRBC is involved in trail expansion and management with the Rec District, BLM, and USFS. Our regional transportation committee meets regularly, as does our newly for 12d. Name and email of Bicycle Advisory Committee Chair Cameron Lloyd, [email protected]
13. List all bicycle advocacy groups in your community Wood River Bike Coalition; Walkable Ketchum, Bike Share working group, Bike/Ped Master Plan Committee, Friends of Mountain Rides Transportation Authority, Smart Growth, Community Transportation Association of Idaho, Blaine County Regional Transportation Committee. 13a. List the name and email of the primary contact for the bicycle advocacy community Brett Stevenson, [email protected]
13b. Do you contract with any advocacy groups for services or programs? Check all that apply. No 13c. List all advocacy groups that are working with you on this application. Mountain Rides Transportation Authority, Blaine County Recreation District, City of Hailey. 14. What are the primary reasons your community has invested in bicycling? Check all that apply. Improved quality of life,Improving public health,Community connectivity,Transportation options,Reduce car-parking demands,Climate change/environmental stewardship concerns,Increase tourism,Increase property values,Cooperation with adjacent communities,Public demand,Economic development,Support Smart Growth or other growth management goals ,Traffic and bicycle/pedestrian safety If other, describe (50 word limit) 15. What was your community's most significant achievement for bicycling in the past year? (500 word limit) International Mountain Bicycling Association granted us Silver level status as an Epic Ride Center designation at the 2012 IMBA World Summit. Ride Centers are reserved for model mountain bike areas, considered destination worthy, offering something for everybody and the best the sport has to offer. We have 470 miles of single track. Through Miles for Smiles, Blaine County Recreation District, and the Bike Coalition over 35 bikes were donated to children in need. USA Cycling held Cross-Country Mountain Bike Nationals in Ketchum for the second consecutive year in conjunction with Ride Sun Valley. The events drew over 1,100 mountain bikers. In 2013 and 2014, we will host USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon Nationals. A recent trail usage survey of the Wood River Trail (a 20 mile multi-use path) estimated more than 300,000 users annually, 79% of which are bikers. 16. What specific improvements do you have planned for bicycling in the following year? (250 word limit) We have initiated a community-wide, comprehensive Bike/Pedestrian Plan to provide vision for developing, standardizing and growing our infrastructure to support accessible, safe, attractive and integrated bike and pedestrian uses both as recreation and transportation. The plan will be codified and used as a reference and implementation tool. Major themes will be coordinated approach, standardization of infrastructure and a vision for critical improvements relative to available resources. We are working with public land managers to establish a local trail crew to maintain and improve local trails. Two major trail expansion projects are underway. The first is proposed by Blaine County Recreation District and the US Forest Service and entails adding to and enhancing 20 miles of trail to become a network of 60 miles featuring beginner, intermediate and advance trails. The second proposal is by Sun Valley Company and the US Forest Service for Bald Mountain (Sun Valley Resort). This expansion includes almost 20 new miles of trail featuring downhill flow trails with lift access, beginner, intermediate, and advance riding. The Bike Coalition had over 400 hours of volunteer trail work and 70 equipment hours donated in 2012. We plan to expand our volunteer program and purchase more trail tools and equipment. A committee has formed to rebuild the Wood River Trail as it is 30 years old and deteriorating. Reconstruction is estimated at $3.5 million. We are working on a ballot measure for May 2013 that would engage the community in a two year levy to generate the necessary funding. Additionally, Mountain Rides, in partnership with the City of Hailey will be launching an 18-bike bike share program in May of 2013 that will allow members to access bikes for short trips around Hailey.
Engineering 17. Does your community currently have any of the following policies in place? Check all that apply. Local Complete Streets policy 17a. When was it adopted? The City of Hailey, the largest town in our area, adopted a complete streets type of plan in 2012 for it's street standards and infrastructure development. 17b. Provide a link or attach a copy of this legislation or policy http://www.haileycityhall.org/Codes_Plans/municipalCode/Title%2018%20Mobility%20Design.pdf 18c. What tools are in place to ensure implementation? Check all that apply. Implementation guidance,Design manual 19. Does your community currently have any of the following additional policies in place? Check all that apply. Design manual that ensures the safe and appropriate accommodation of bicyclists in every new road project,Streetscape design guidelines ,Form-based/design-based codes
,Other If other, describe (50 word limit) We do have path standards for the Wood River Trail that the Blaine County Recreation District develops, updates and implements. 20. How do you ensure your engineers and planners accommodate bicyclists according to AASHTO, MUTCD and NACTO standards? (Check all that apply.) Hire outside consultants to train staff,Send staff to bicycle-specific conferences/training,Require project consultants to have bike/ped qualifications,Adopted local design manual If other, describe (100 word limit) 21. Which of the following significant physical barriers to cycling exist in your community? Check all that apply. No significant physical barriers If other, please describe (100 word limit) 22. How do you ensure that there are end-of-trip facilities for bicyclists? Check all that apply. Bike parking ordinance for all new developments specifying amount and location ,On-street bike parking/bicycle corrals If other, describe (250 word limit) 23. Do your standards for bike parking conform with APBP guidelines? Yes 24. What is the total number of bike parking spaces in your community? 916 24a. What percentage of bike racks conform with APBP guidelines? 26-50% 24b. Of the total bike parking available, please specify the percentage of bike parking spaces that are: Bike lockers None Parking spaces in bike depots (i.e. Bikestation) None Parking spaces in bike corrals (on-street bike parking) 1-5% 25. Approximately what percentage of the following locations has bike racks or storage units? Public and private schools More than 90% Higher Education Institutions More than 90% Libraries More than 90% Transit stations and major bus stops 51-75% Parks & recreation centers 76-90% Other government owned buildings and facilities 76-90% Event venues (e.g. convention center, movie complex) 76-90% Office buildings 51-75% Retail stores 26-50% Multi-family housing 76-90% Public housing More than 90% 26. Does your community have transit service? Yes 26a. What percentage of buses are equipped with bike racks? more than 75% 26b. Are bikes allowed inside transit vehicles? Sometimes Describe (50 word limit) As long as buses aren't more than 75% full with passengers, bikes are allowed inside the buses. 27. What is the mileage of the existing off-road bicycle network within your community? over 500 27a. How many miles of the following off-road bicycle accommodations do you have? Answer all that apply (in centerline miles) Paved shared use paths (?10feet) 44 Natural surface shared use paths (?10feet) 24 Singletrack 470 27b. What percentage of natural surface trails and singletrack are open to bicyclists? 76-99%
27c. What are the exceptions? (100 word limit) Proctor Mountain (4.37 mi), Amber Lakes (2.8 mi) and Champion Creek (4.9 mi) are the only Non-Wilderness trails in our region that are not open to bicycles. 28. What is the centerline mileage of your road network? 450 miles of road network 28a. What is the street network density of your road network? (miles of road per sq. mi. of land area) Less than 5.0 28b. What percentage of roads has posted speeds of 25mph and lower? 1-25% 28c. What percentage of the existing on-street bicycle network meets or exceeds AASHTO, MUTCD and NACTO standards? Less than 10% 28d. List your existing on-road bicycle accommodations that meet or exceed AASHTO, MUTCD and NACTO standards.Answer all that apply (in centerline miles) Conventional bike lanes (ridable surface ?4feet) 6 Shared lane markings 3 Contra-flow bike lanes Protected or buffered bike lanes (one-way) Protected or buffered bike lanes (two-way) Raised cycle tracks Left-side bike lanes Bike boulevards Signed bike routes 55 29. What other ways have you improved conditions for bicyclists? Check all that apply. Road diets ,Speed limits 20 mph or less on residential streets,Way-finding signage with distance and/or time information,Bike/pedestrian overpasses/underpasses,Removal of on-street car parking,Other If other, describe (250 word limit) Sharrows have been implemented or will be implemented in the coming 3-4 months in both the cities of Hailey and Ketchum. 30. What percentage of arterial streets has dedicated space for cyclists (e.g. bike lanes, paved shoulders ?4feet, cycle tracks, etc)? 1-25% 31. Which of the following broader transportation policies and programs are in place in your community? Check all that apply. Maximum car parking standards ,Shared-parking allowances ,Prioritization of active mobility in planning and design processes If other, describe (250 words) 32. What maintenance policies or programs ensure the on-street bicycle network (including shoulders) remains usable and safe? Select all that apply. 32a. Street sweeping Monthly 32b. Snow clearance Same time as other travel lanes 32c. Pothole maintenance Within one month of complaint 32d. Describe any other maintenance policies or programs for the on-street bicycle network (including shoulders). (100 word limit) Some communities are not chip-sealing the road shoulder in order to provide a smoother surface for cyclists. 33. What maintenance policies or programs ensure the off-street bicycle network remains usable and safe? Select all that apply. 33a. Path sweeping Weekly 33b. Vegetation maintenance Monthly 33c. Snow clearance Within 48 hours of storm 33d. Surface repair Within 24 hours of complaint 33e. Describe any other maintenance policies or programs for the off-street bicycle network. (100 word limit) The Blaine County Recreation District seals, coats, and does crack filling on approximately five miles of pathway per year. 34. Is there a mechanism in place for cyclists to identify problem intersections or areas to traffic engineers and planners? Check all that apply. Monthly meeting If other, describe (100 word limit) 35. How do you accommodate cyclists at intersections in your community? Check all that apply. Demand activated signals with loop detector (and marking) or bike accessible push-button,Path crossing with high visibility markings or signs If other, describe (100 word limit) 36. Describe any other amenities or infrastructure improvements that your community provides or requires that create a comfortable and attractive bicycling environment (e.g. human-scale building design guidelines, mixed-use zoning, public restrooms, etc). (500 word limit) In our community it is easy, encouraged, and popular to live, work, play, and shop all within close proximity to each other. Numerous rides are possible from town so no car transportation is needed. A "shop locally" campaign is underway. The main grocery stores are centrally located so it is common for people to walk or ride bikes to the market. There are public restrooms along the bike routes, including ADA facilities. The City of Hailey provides human-scale building design guidelines and mixed-use zoning. Education 37. What percentage of schools in your jurisdiction participates in Safe Routes to School programs (or similar programs) that include bicycle education? Elementary More than 90% Middle School More than 90%
High School 51-75% 38. Outside of schools, how are children taught safe cycling skills? Check all that apply. Youth bike clubs,Bike clinics or rodeos ,Youth recreation programs,Helmet fit seminars,Trail riding classes,Other If other, describe (250 word limit) Wheel Girls is a girls’ youth riding group where they learn bike safety and handling skills, etiquette, maintenance, trail riding and more. Road & Dirt hosts the Summer Mountain Bike Camp for kids. Atkinson's Park summer camp introduces elementary school students to mountain biking. Mountain Rides Transportation provides annual bike safety classes at all the local elementary schools. Additionally, they promote biking to school with Safe Routes to School and helmet give-aways that include helmet fitting and tutorial. 39. Do you have a ticket diversion program? Check all that apply. For motorists 40. What have you done in the last 18 months to educate motorists and bicyclists on sharing the road safely? Check all that apply. Public service announcements,Utility bill insert,Bicycle ambassador program ,Newspaper column/blog on bicycling,Share the Road Signs,Other If other, describe (250 word limit) Rules of the road informational brochures are distributed throughout the community. 41. In your community, how often are the following classes offered annually?Answer all that apply (in numbers) Traffic Skills 101 classes or equivalent (including classroom and on-bike instruction) 1 Cycling Skills classes (three to four hour classroom training courses) 1 Commuter classes (one to two hour classes) 1 Bicycle maintenance classes or workshops 1 42. Do you offer regular Smart Cycling courses for your community engineers and planners that include on-bike instruction and in-traffic cycling? No 43. Has your community hosted a League Cycling Instructor seminar in the past two years? No 43a. How many League Cycling Instructors are there in your community? 6 43b. List League Cycling Instructors that have taught at least one class during the past 12 months. (250 word limit) Jason Miller, Kim Orchard, Dave Kasner. 44. Which of the following groups of professional drivers have training that includes information on sharing the road with cyclists? Check all that apply. Transit operators,School bus operators If other, describe (100 word limit) 45. Describe any efforts your community has made to ensure your education programs reach traditionally underserved populations, particularly seniors, minorities, non-English speakers and the disabled. (250 word limit) We have had bicycling safety classes and introduction to bicycling for Hispanic adults and youth. The classes have had translators and have had some materials in Spanish. Flyers and outreach materials for certain bike events have been translated and printed in Spanish. We hosted the para-cycling national championships in 2011 and 2012. 46. Describe any other education efforts in your community that promote safe cycling. (500 word limit) Safe Routes to School programs are present in all elementary schools and has as a major focus educating children on how to bicycle safely in our community. Additionally, the Blaine Country Recreation District has signage along our bike path promoting safe cycling, as well as trail ambassadors who help educate cyclists about safe practices. Encouragement 47. How do you promote National Bike Month/your own dedicated Bike Month? Check all that apply. Official Proclamation,Public Service Announcements,Publish a guide to Bike Month Events,Commuter Challenge,Bike Commuter energizer stations/breakfasts,Bike valet parking at events,Bike to School Day,Bicycle-themed festival/parade/show,Public education campaign relating to cycling (e.g. with a focus on public health or environmental benefits),Trail construction or maintenance day If other, describe (250 word limit) The Wood River Bike Coalition is planning group rides for 2013 summer, the first of which will occur during Bike Month in conjunction with a bike film and BBQ kickoff party at Sturtevants, a local bike shop. 47a. What percentage of the population participate in Bike Month events? 21-30% 47b. Do you actively promote Bike to Work Day or other bicycle commuting incentive programs? Yes If yes, describe (500 word limit) We actively celebrate Bike to Work month with host of events and promotions including the start of our Smart Moves trip tracking challenge event, bike related art events, presentations and talks around biking (safety, education, recreation, competition), social events like bike-related movies, Bike to Work Day with business sponsored aid stations along bike path providing give-aways, a community wide bike swap, and special retailer promotions at various bike shops. We promote the event through newspaper ads, flyers, radio ads, posters, social media, and business partnerships. Mountain Rides Transportation works with employers to promote bicycle commuting incentive programs. 47c. Approximately what percentage of the community workforce do you reach on Bike to Work Day? 51-75% 48. How do you promote bicycling outside of your official Bike Month? Check all that apply. Community and charity rides,Videos on bicycling on community website/TV channel,Trail construction or maintenance day,Summer Streets/Ciclovia/Sunday Parkways ,Commuter Challenge,Triathlons and bicycle races,Bike commuter events,Mentoring program for new riders,Bike valet parking at events,Bike to School Day,Bicycle-themed festivals/parades/shows If other, describe (250 word limit) 49. List the signature cycling events that occur in your community. (500 word limit) Ride Sun Valley Festival; Wood River Cup; Galena Grinder; Sawtooth Century; Ride, Stride, Glide; Baldy Double; Sheep Town Fat Tire Festival, including Bike Polo, Drag Races, One Handed Hot Dog World Time Trial Championships; Crosstober Fest; SOB Cross Series; Fourth of July Criterium; Ketchum Cruiser Criterium; Snow Bike Relay Race; Super Duper Downhill; Baldy Super Enduro, Labor Day Ketchum Police kids bike rodeo, Bike to Work Day, International Bike and Walk to School Day. 49a. How does the municipality sponsor or actively support these events? Organize the event,Fund event,Contribute in-kind funding (i.e. police presence, closing roads, etc),Assist in promoting the event,Other If other, describe (100 word limit) The City of Hailey assist with setting in town events like the criterium. They also provide street closures, signage and some event promotion as well. The City of Ketchum is involved with Ride Sun Valley, including USA Mountain Biking Nationals and the fat tire criterium. Through the kids' summer program at Atkinson's Park, the City of Ketchum helps to host Idaho Pump Track Championships and mountain bike outings for youth. The City of Sun Valley will likely be involved with USA Nationals this year, specifically with trail design and expansion within city limits and event promotion. 50. Does your local tourism board promote bicycling in your area? Yes If yes, describe (250 word limit)
Both chambers of commerce are involved with promoting, organizing and staffing different bike events within the community including the 4th of July Criterium (Hailey Chamber) and the Ride Sun Valley week-long bike celebration (Sun Valley Marketing Alliance). In addition to creating Ride Sun Valley, the Marketing Alliance plays a major role in USA Cycling Nationals held locally. Each chamber staffs a visitor's center that includes much information about biking in our area. The staff is knowledgeable on local rides, routes, and bike events. They also make referrals to other organizations more directly involved with cycling. 51. Are there cycling clubs in your community? Check all that apply. Recreational bike clubs,Mountain bike clubs,Friends of the Trail groups,Racing clubs or teams,Other If other, describe (100 word limit) There are also youth cycling clubs and classes, including Wheel Girls, a girls only youth group with women coaches and Road and Dirt Summer Mountain Bike Camps. 51a. List the names of the clubs. (500 word limit) Mud Honeys; Road and Dirt; Wood River Bike Coalition; Sun Summit; Sun Summit South; Sturtevants; Elephants Perch; Safe Routes to School parent groups; Sawtooth Velo; Durance Cycle Works. 52. How many specialty bicycle retailers (shops dedicated primarily to selling bikes and bike-related equipment) are there in your community? 12 52a. List their names. (250 word limit) Sun Summit South; Sturtevants; Formula Sports; Backwoods Mountain Sports; Elephant's Perch; PK's; Sun Summit Ski & Cycle; Pete Lane's; Ski Tek; Durance; Powerhouse; Galena Lodge 53. Which of these bicycling amenities do you have in your community? Check all that apply. BMX track ,Cyclocross course ,Mountain bike park,Pump tracks ,Other If other, describe (100 word limit) Smoky Mountain Bike Ranch and Idaho Base Camp both offer private cross-country trails. The Bike Ranch also has a pump track, BMX course, ladders, logs, and teeter-totters for guest, camps, and workshops. Mountain Fairy is a 14-passanger van offering shuttles for bikers throughout the area. Western Spirit Cycling Adventures hosts bike trips in our area because of the fabulous riding and spectacular scenery. We have two seasonal cyclocross courses, two pumptracks and are hosting Idaho Pumptrack State Championships. We also have a short track race series, multiple criteriums, and a super enduro. 53a. Is there a skate park in your community? Yes If yes, do bikes have access to the skate park? Never 54. Are there opportunities to rent bicycles in your community? Yes 55. Does your community have a public bike sharing program? Yes 55a. If yes, please provide details about the system below. How many bikes are in the system? 18 How many stations are in the system? 8 How many trips are being made annually? This is a new program that will be launched spring of 2013. 56. Do you have any current League of American Bicyclists designated Bicycle Friendly Businesses in your community? No If yes, list the names of the businesses. (250 word limit) Many local business consider themselves bike friendly, offering bike parking, accessibility, showers, communal bikes; however few know about League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Business designation. Those that recently learned about it are in the process of filing an application. 57. Do you have any current League of American Bicyclists designated Bicycle Friendly Universities in your community? No If yes, list the names of the institutions. (250 word limit) There is not a university in our community. 58. Does your community have youth recreation and/or intervention programs centered on bicycling? Check all that apply. Other If other, describe (100 word limit) The Miles for Smiles program gave away 35 bikes to kids in need last year. Various bike camps are offered by Blaine County Recreation District, Road and Dirt, City of Ketchum Parks and Recreation Department, Wheel Girls, Base Camp, Atkinson's Park summer camp and Smoky Mountain Bike Ranch. Recently, Atkinson's Park donated four Scott USA pump track bikes to children. 59. What mapping and route finding information is available for your community, which has been updated in the last 18 months? Check all that apply. Online route finding service,Smart phone app,Online bike map outlining existing bike infrastructure (by type), public restrooms and other bicycle amenities,Printed bike map outlining existing bike infrastructure (by type), public restrooms and other bicycle amenities,Printed mountain bike trails map,Printed greenways and trails map 60. Describe any other programs or policies your community has to encourage cycling. (500 word limit) Smart Moves is a program designed by Mountain Rides to encourage people to move themselves around the valley without a car. This program encourages biking as an alternative to driving and incentives bike commuting through a mile-log challenge and prizes. Idaho is the only state in the country to have a mountain bike themed Specialty Vehicle License Plate. Proceeds from the bike themed license plate benefit trail users of 17,000 mile of recreational trails in the state. Through Bike to Work promotion and Safe Routes to School, our community is encouraged to cycle. Enforcement 61. How does your police department interact with the local cycling community? Check all that apply. A police officer is an active member of the Bicycle Advisory Committee,Identified law-enforcement point person to interact with cyclists,Other If other, describe (100 word limit) Bike advocates work with the municipalities on bike issues through the Blaine County Regional Transportation Committee as well as through the newly created Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan advisory work group. Law enforcement is either directly or indirectly involved with both. 62. What kind of training is offered to police officers regarding traffic law as it applies to bicyclists? Check all that apply. Basic academy training,International Police Mountain Bike Association training 63. What enforcement programs that target improving cyclist safety are in place? Check all that apply. Helmet giveaways,Light giveaways,Share the road campaigns If other, describe (100 word limit) 64. What percentage of police department employees are on bikes? 10-20% 65. Are any other public safety (e.g. EMS) employees on bikes? Yes If yes, describe (50 word limit) The Ketchum Fire Department utilizes bicycles to provide special event coverage as well as to respond to backcountry rescue incidents. The Hailey and Sun Valley police departments also use bikes. 66. Do police officers report cyclist crash data or potential hazards to traffic engineers and planners to identify sites in need of safety improvements for cyclists? Yes 67. Which of the following safety services and amenities are available in your community? Emergency call boxes/phones along trails,Trail watch programs/ Trail patrols,Stolen or impounded bikes recovery system or assistance,Non-mandatory bike registration
68. Do you have any local ordinances that protect cyclists equitably? Check all that apply. It is illegal to park or drive in a bike lane (intersections excepted),Ban on texting while driving If other, describe (250 word limit) 69. Do your local ordinances place any restrictions on cyclists? Check all that apply. None of the above If other, describe (100 word limit) 70. Describe any other enforcement programs or policies relating to cycling. (500 word limit) The Hailey Police Department offers traffic school in lieu of a citation. Traffic school includes bike safety laws. They do extra crosswalk enforcement during the spring, summer, and fall and educate bicyclists that it is safer to an actual "pedestrian" when crossing at the crosswalks. Also, they work with Hailey Elementary and Woodside Elementary to educate students about bike safety. Evaluation and Planning 71. Does your community have a comprehensive bicycle master plan or similar section in another document? Currently under preparation 71a. If yes, please provide details about the plan below. Provide a link to the plan or describe. (250 word limit) When was it passed or most recently updated? Is there a dedicated funding source for implementation? If yes, describe (250 word limit) What percentage of the current plan has been implemented? Are you meeting annual target goals for implementation? 72. Do you have a trails master plan that addresses mountain bike access? If yes, provide the link to the plan or describe. (250 word limit) Currently under preparation. 73. Is there formal cooperation between the mountain biking community and the community recreation and planning staff? Yes If yes, describe (100 word limit) A comprehensive bike and pedestrian plan is underway. The committee that is spearheading it includes representation from the mountain biking community and the community recreation and planning staff. The Blaine County Rec. District has a trails program which works closely with the Wood River Bike Coalition. Staff from BCRD serve on the Bike Coalition's Board of Directors. The Bike Coalition's staff is serving on the Wood River Trails Committee. We are all working together closely and have dove-tailing positions. Additionally, BCRD and WRBC work with the City planning departments regularly, particularly Hailey, the county seat. 74. Does your community have an on-going bicycle counting and/or survey program that allows for long-term trend analysis of cycling trips (e.g. participation in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project)? Yes If yes, please describe the most recent results. (250 word limit) In 2012, the Wood River Valley Trail Study documented 725,000 trail user days April through November; 46% of overall trail use was biking and 79% of Wood River Trail use was biking. (The Wood River Trail is a 22 mile paved multi-use path.) The study will be part of an ongoing effort to better understand trail user profiles and usage patterns in order to help identify trends, needs and gaps. Additionally bike counts were carried out in summer 2012 in each of the cities at major intersections - this data collection will continue annually. 75. Does your community routinely conduct pre/post evaluations of bicycle-related road projects? No If yes, please describe the results. (250 word limit) 76. Does your community establish target goals for bicycle use? No If yes, please describe (250 word limit) 77. What is the most current journey-to-work data for your community? Tip: Search for topic B08301 (Means of Transportation to Work) for your community on the American FactFinder website. Answer all that apply (in percent) Bicycling (in %) 2 Walking (in %) 6 Transit (in %) 2 78. What is the average commuting distance to work for residents of your community? More than 10 miles 79. How many cyclists have been involved in a crash in your community in the past five years involving a motor vehicle? Approximately 8-10, most of which were bicyclists hitting the side of a vehicle. 79a. How many cyclist fatalities have occurred in your community in the past five years involving a motor vehicle? 79b. Do you have a specific plan or program to reduce these numbers? Yes If yes, describe (250 word limit) Bike safety education is taught through traffic school and the crosswalk enforcement programs. 80. Do you measure the Bicycle Level of Service of roads and/or intersections? No If yes, please describe your methodology and recent results. (250 word limit) 81. Do you have community-wide trip reduction policies or programs? No If yes, describe the policy/program and the results. (250 word limit) 81a. Does the program use individualized marketing to identify and support current and potential bike commuters in your community? No If yes, describe the program and the results. (250 word limit) 82. Have you done an economic impact study on bicycling in your community?
Yes If yes, describe the results. (250 word limit) This study is being finalized, but results thus far indicate that biking directly and indirectly contributed nearly $33 million to our economy in 2011. Over $1 million went to bike related jobs and over $4 million was generate in bike related sales. We had over 2,000 event participants and over 2,000 visitors coming for the events. 83. Do you have a mechanism to ensure bicycle facilities, programs and encouragement efforts are implemented in traditionally underserved neighborhoods? Yes If yes, describe (250 word limit) Miles for Smiles is a program that donates bikes to children in need. Toe of the Hill is a trail that is being developed adjacent to a underserved neighborhood. The Wood River Trail (bike path) runs through much of the valley and cuts through a diversity of neighborhoods. It is well used in underserved neighborhoods. Both Ketchum and Hailey have a spring time bike swap that focuses on providing affordable bikes to those who can't afford new bikes. Road & Dirt offers scholarships for the kids' bike camps. 84. Describe any other programs or policies that your community uses to evaluate and/or plan bicycling conditions, programs, and facilities. (500 word limit) Local land managers, the Blaine County Rec. District and WRBC have partnered to create a unique and comprehensive trail/road information website at Trailink.org. The site provides users with bi-weekly updates on road and trail conditions including openings, closures, grazing information, trail projects, and other pertinent information. Proposed developments are reviewed and considered regarding public interest, recreation, and transportation. This means that biking as transportation and recreation is considered during the application review process. Each city and the county have their own ordinances and standards of evaluation, but they all consider this factor. Blaine County Rec. District and the Wood River Bicycle Coalition conducted a thorough trail survey in 2012 and a related economic study is expected in March 2013. In January 2013 a poll was conducted to evaluate how the community values the bike path. Results suggest nearly 60% of the population uses the bike path at least once a week. Of the regular users, 49% are biking. In Blaine County, 66% are supportive of a $3.5 million levy to improve the bike path. Final Overview 85. What are the three primary reasons your community deserves to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community? Reason One (250 word limit) Our community is thoroughly invested in quality of life and continually enhancing our valley, which includes being a great place for bicyclists. We are committed to being a vibrant, healthy, active and safe community, exercising thoughtful planning. Our Safe Routes to School continues to be a success with documented results. Our bike culture is thriving. Bikes cannot be missed, especially during the drier months: they’re on the highway, dirt roads, trails, bike path, cruising all over town and parked in front of offices, markets, restaurants, and bars. Bicycle programs and events for all ages and all skill levels start in the spring and run through the fall, with several hardy events in the winter. Biking has become so much a part of our culture that the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and the Community Library have both featured biking in exhibits and/or events. Reason Two (250 word limit) We are a resort area and as such our economy is focused on tourism and recreation. While skiing once took center stage, biking is now also in the limelight. In 2012, 725,000 trail user days were documented. Annual skier days usually hover around 400,000. Business, municipalities, and chambers are all working to promote biking. In 2011, biking (indirectly and directly) contributed nearly $33 million to our economy. The Champions of the Wood River Trail raised over $50,000 (local donations) in three weeks for a campaign to create and pass a ballot measure that would generate $3.5 million to rebuild the bike path. Recent polling conducted for the levy initiative suggested that the majority of our community appreciates the value of biking and the bike path. It is clear that our tourism and recreation based economy has embraced the biking culture. Reason Three (250 word limit) We offer world class mountain biking. International Mountain Bicycling Association recently awarded us Epic Ride Center. Being in rural Idaho (a state that is two-thirds public lands), this is our area to shine. We may not have some of the urban bike development opportunities that large municipalities have, but we do have more than 470 miles of single track cruising through spectacular country. There is a diversity of riding, lift access, two flow trails, two pump tracks, and major trail development planned for 2013 including 40 new miles at Galena and 20 new miles on Baldy. We hosted USA Cycling Cross-country Nationals in 2011 and 2012 and will host USA Cycling Marathon Nationals in 2013 and 2014. Several racers relocated to the Wood River Valley after competing and riding here. Numerous current and retired professional cyclists call the Wood River Valley home. This is a fabulous place to ride a bike. 86. What are the three aspects of your community most in need of improvement in order to accommodate bicyclists? Aspect One (100 word limit) Gravity oriented riding and greater diversity in trail type both need improvement. Both are being addressed in by the Galena and Baldy trail expansion projects. Aspect Two (100 word limit) We are lacking a comprehensive bike and pedestrian plan for the community. A committee is working on this and plans to have a final product by the fall of 2013. Aspect Three (100 word limit) Our biking season is short due to snowy winters. With the evolution of snow bikes, year-round biking is gaining traction. This winter we have struggled to identify appropriate locations for snow bikes to be ridden. The Blaine County Recreation District, US Forest Service, the Snowmobile Club, Wood River Bike Coalition, retailers, snow bikers and others have been involved in this discussion. 87. Are you planning any new projects based on your completion of the Bicycle Friendly Community application? Yes If yes, describe (250 word limit) The Wood River Bike Coalition will make more of a coordinated effort to highlight bike month with events and outreach and a cohesive bike month brand that will connect the community to biking. 88. Has completing this application made you more aware of what your community needs to do to be bicycle friendly? Yes If yes, describe (250 word limit) In general, the biking community could improve communications with municipalities to ensure planning efforts consider biking interests. Currently, there is a big variety and magnitude of biking related projects and events underway; more collaboration and cohesion would improve effectiveness and overall bike friendliness. We also are aware that the forthcoming bike/ped plan will work to improve biking opportunities in the valley. We often get requests for model BFC applications from aspiring communities. Would you be willing to share your application? Yes How did you hear about the BFC program? We were awarded Bike Friendly Community status in 2008. Submit any documents that you would like to provide in support of your application and five high resolution photos (1-5MB) here. By submitting photos, the League of American Bicyclists has the right to use your photos to promote bicycling. 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BFC_Spring_2013_closed Submitted by Brett Stevenson on 2013-02-25 20:47:06 Name of Community Name of Community Wood River Valley State Idaho Has the community applied to the Bicycle Friendly Community program before? Yes What was the result of the community's last application? Silver Mayor or top elected official (include title) Angenie McCleary, County Commissioner Phone 208.720.8336 (Brett Stevenson, Wood River Bike Coalition) Email