- Thursday, Feb. 13th 4:00-7:00 p.m at Karcher Church of the Nazarene.
- Feb. 14-28 using ONLINE form on the ITD website
Or Join the Online Chat sessions:
- Tuesday, Feb. 18 (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
- Tuesday, Feb. 27 (5:30 – 7 p.m.)
The Karcher Middleton Intersection Project will begin work this summer to alleviate the congestion and high traffic volumes at Karcher Road and Middleton Road. The project plan includes widening both roads, sidewalks on the west side of Middleton, on both sides of Karcher and a built median in the center of Karcher. Per the project managers there will also be width and budget for bicycle lanes on Karcher which would connect to the lane which already exists on this road. However, the current design does NOT include a bicycle lane on either road. We have not been given any supportable reasons for this omission.Talking points for your comments
- · the goals of both the Nampa Transportation Plan and the Nampa Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan are to “reduce the number of conflicts between vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians…” (CTP, p. 35)
- · the proposed network and project list in both the Nampa Transportation Plan and the Nampa Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan includes the installation of bicycle lanes on major arterials (CTP, p60), specifically the sections of Karcher and Middleton Roads included in this project.
- The Caldwell/Nampa Bicycle Routes plan includes bicycle commuter routes that will intersect and depend upon both Karcher and Middleton Roads for creating the active transportation network.
- · bicycle lanes are currently installed on the section of Karcher Road which will be connecting to this project and mid-block termination of the marking would leave cyclists in a vulnerable situation[i]
- · the Karcher/Middleton Intersection Project includes the necessary ROW and budget for bicycle lanes.
- · The Nampa Transportation Plan allows for exceptions to policy when there are no other alternatives to using a major arterial to enable creation of the network for nonmotorized transportation.[ii]
[i] “Sidewalks may be appropriate for low-speed (less than 5 mph) bicyclists such as children while providing on-street bicycle facilities such as bike lanes may encourage higher speed bicyclists to not ride on sidewalks, thus reducing conflicts between pedestrians and bicyclists on sidewalks. Avoid termination of bike lanes where bicyclists are left in a vulnerable situation.” US Dept of Federal Highway Safety, Considerations regarding bike lanes retrieved from http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/planning/facilities_bike_bikelanes.cfm
[ii] “Notwithstanding that concern,crossings of two major transportation barriers in the City – railroads and I-84 – are severely limited and crossed only by major arterials. In such cases and in others where adequate alternatives are not satisfactory, accommodating bicycle access is critical to providing a comprehensive citywide bicycle network” Citywide Transportation Plan, Apr 2012, p. 106
This Friday and Saturday is the Nampa Chamber of Commerce Healthfest at the Nampa Civic Center. The focus this year will be on healthy children in conjunction with the city’s High Five BlueCross Collaborative. Bike Walk Nampa will be partnering with Kristi Watkins, Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator, to offer bicycling and walking safety to 5th grade classes from 4 schools on Friday and again on Saturday to the general public as well as a helmet giveaway.
You can also help us get the word out about the event. It is free weekend fun! Forward or post wherever possible.
We really appreciate any hour or 2 hour slot of time you can help. Just email bikewalknampa at gmail.com and let us know what you can do.
Friday – February 7
4 Schools (Centennial, Reagan, Endeavor, and Sherman) 5th Grade Classes (375 students). Students will be rotating between various stations. Our station will be Station #4 on Biking and Walking Safety”. Focused 6-8 minute Education on Helmet Safety, Appropriate location on roadway, Hand Signals, and Crossing Safely. Free stuff to take home. All students who attend the Friday field trip and bring their parents back on Saturday will be entered in the drawing for a new bicycle!
___11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday, February 8
Bike Safety Course in the Casler Room with Helmet giveaway. On bike practice including starting/stopping, signalling, avoiding obstacles, etc.