Up to 70% of residents are satisfied with ease of travel via car, bike and walking. (2016 citizen survey)
Beginning with practical mobility choices for all citizens, a connected community means — being able to walk, ride, take public transit and drive to the places we need to go every day for work, school, shopping and having fun. A wide range of mobility choices improves our heath and connection to our neighbors; promotes economic prosperity by linking people to goods, services, and jobs; and serves as the backbone for a vibrant community. Instead of simply building and expanding roads, the city’s priority is the wise and efficient use of our existing transportation system while investing in public transportation that is safe, affordable, and convenient.
Transportation Action Plan
Establishing Boise’s vision for a modern, well-balanced transportation system, the Transportation Action Plan lays the groundwork for a city where all people enjoy practical transportation choices that offer safety, make the most of transportation systems and resources and support vibrant neighborhoods. The plan lists six actions, or “Mobility Moves,” that would provide the greatest benefit to residents. These initiatives reflect the needs of different population groups, different locations within the city, and different modes of travel. For example, the Emerald / Americana project will add dedicated bike lanes in both directions and provide bicycle connectivity from Downtown Boise to the Boise Bench and beyond. The project will also fill significant gaps in the existing sidewalk system, install several new traffic signals and add safety lighting along the corridor.
Innovation at the Boise Airport
The Boise Airport is not just another airport; it’s a key economic driver for Southwest Idaho and a vital part of the community. In 2017, 3.5 million passengers traveled through the airport, where the best of Boise is brought to them. Passengers get to enjoy eateries and shops that feature local favorites while taking in the vast array of public art. The airport is also highly focused on sustainability, adding 12 solar panels that meet almost half of the facility’s hot water needs and designing a new Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Station that meets international environmental and energy efficiency standards.
Boise GreenBike provides city residents, workers and visitors with a convenient and healthy way of getting from one place to another without contributing to traffic congestion or air pollution. As the city continues to grow and expand, so have GreenBike stations and the fleet of bikes. Ten new stations were added to city parks, improving access to the Greenbelt’s 25 miles of tree-lined pathways that follow the Boise River through the heart of the city. Membership in the Boise GreenBike network topped 11,000 in 2017. Since the system launch in 2015, users have taken over 67,000 trips and covered nearly 140,000 miles. Before the close of 2018 the system will grow to include about 250 bikes and 70 stations. More bikes, for more people, in more places.