Thanks to the city of Nampa this has been a good year for new safety enhancements in our city, both for cycling and walking.

RFB Crossing

The road maintenance each year includes following the Bicycle and Pedestrian plan to add signage and lanes wherever possible. The engineering staff consults with your Nampa Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee several times during the year to address issues with following the plans. Sometimes we are limited, for example when there is not enough width to include bike lanes or not enough funding to follow through with a project, all of that must be taken into account. The city engineering staff goes out of their way to include whatever they can!

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Bike Lanes 11th Ave N Extension

Pedestrian signaled crosswalks are installed where the engineering department finds safety problems such as at schools, pathway crossings or very busy streets crossings. The busiest locations get HAWK* crossings while smaller streets with less traffic may be eligible for simpler (and much less expensive) RFB* crossings. These plans are also presented to the NBPAC committee for our input.

Pathways are a whole different ball game! Two things have to come together to extend our pathway system, funding and the right of way (ROW). Often property owners don’t realize that

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Lloyd Square Pathway

having a pathway behind them increases the value of their home and is a desirable asset, not an invitation for theft or mischief. The Idaho legislature recently took away the use of eminent domain (only for pathways!) which was rarely used but was a radical option so we must depend on the generosity of property owners or have the ability to purchase the ROW. Funding is mostly procured for the pathway itself via various grants perhaps with matching city funds.

Here are the highlights of what’s been added this year.

2016 PEDESTRIAN PROJECTS COMPLETED
*(RFB: Rapid Flashing Beacon, HAWK: High-Intensity Activated crossWalK beacon)

  • RFB crossing installed at Canterbury Lane & 11th Avenue North to BirchElementary. Solar school zone flashers also installed.

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    HAWK Crossing

  • RFB crossing installed on 6th Street North at Idaho Arts Charter Elementary School.
  • HAWK pedestrian signal at Amity Avenue & Chestnut Street.
  • RFB crossing at Greenhurst Road & Stoddard Pathway. Includes improved parking lot. Estimated completion date: Fall 2016.
  • RFB crossing on Greenhurst Road at Skyview High School. Estimated completion date: Fall 2016.

CYCLING ENHANCEMENTS THIS YEAR

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16th Ave N Sharrows

  • Birch – More bike lanes, Sharrows and signage to complete the stretch between Northside and Idaho Center Blvd.
  • East Karcher – Sharrows and signage between Madison and Franklin
  • 3rd- 4th Ave N – Sharrows between 6th St. N and Franklin
  • 1st St N – Sharrows and signage between 11th Ave N and Railroad.
  • 11 North Extension – Sharrows, bike lanes & signage from just south of the freeway overpass to Cherry.
  • 16th – Sharrows and signage from the overpass bike lanes to Garrity.
  • 6th St N – Sharrows and signage from 16th Ave N to Northside

PATHWAYS

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1st Ave N Signage

  • Lloyd Park Pathway -Between the train depot and 15 Ave S. Part of our downtown access route was completed. Will be extended to 17th Ave N next year!
  • Edwards Pathway – The first section was opened between Middleton/ Iowa (behind the gas station) to just past S. Herron Dr.

We want to thank Mayor Henry and the city council for their concern with the safety of our Nampa pedestrians and cyclists. Also a special thanks goes out to Engineering project manager Jeff Barnes for making this all a reality and for promptly addressing any safety concerns that may arise during the year.

The Bike/ Walk Nampa volunteers and members of the Nampa Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee are working for you!
-Bruce Wiley

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Edwards Pathway