Bruce Wiley on April 10th, 2017

We’ve all been waiting impatiently to extend the Stoddard Rail Trail farther into town and now we’re poised to make a big 3/4 mile leap in that direction!

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After the railroad decided to abandon this ~1 mile portion of the line from Iowa to 2nd St S they came to us with a price of around $750,000 for the city to acquire it (GULP). Where the heck are we gonna get that much money!!?

For the past year or so the folks at the city of Nampa have been working away at somehow coming up with a way to purchase this section of property for our dreamed of trail extension. It was being done in secret and none of us could find out what was going on! We’d ask and be told “we can’t talk about it”, wow, what could it be?

It was finally announced, the city and Union Pacific had found a way using a three-party agreement that provides for the city to acquire all necessary lengths of the Stoddard Line between approximately 2nd Street So. and Wildflower Dr. in three segments to extend an existing pathway. One segment will be received in connection with an exchange of properties involving the city-owned Pipeco Building At 1504 Garrity Blvd., a second segment would be received in a separate exchange with UPRR for city-owned property north of the UPRR tracks on 14th Ave. North (right-of-way to be vacated prior to transfer), and the final section will be acquired from UPRR with available CDBG funds.

So in simple terms, we now own 3/4 of a mile of the abandoned right of way from Iowa to Sherman! The deal was then unanimously approved by the city council on April 3rd with a huge attendance of supporters. We really need to thank the major players in this agreement, the good folks from Pipeco for getting the ball rolling and our main hero at the city level, Beth Ineck.

We still have to find some $$ for improvements but getting our hands on the land was the hard part and now it will happen. Possible additions were discussed at our meeting such as a parking area and bathrooms. Exciting stuff!

Next on our dream list will be to acquire the last quarter mile or so to make it all the way to 2nd but for now, this addition will take us in to some back streets making it simple to complete the trip into town. I think we can even put some signage up directing folks along the shortest route.

Huge thanks to all at the city level that worked some magic to make this ours!

Go Nampa!

 

 

 

 

 

LaRita on March 9th, 2017

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If you get around by bicycle you’re looking forward to warmer weather and more riding.  A bicycle is an incredibly efficient and safe form of transportation and exercise if you remember these important safety tips provided by our legal friends.  Bike Walk Nampa has persons who are certified bicycle safety instructors who would be happy to meet with you or your group to share more.  Contact us at bikewalknampa@gmail.com

 


Top Five Dangerous Situations to Avoid While Bicycling

The number of cyclists across the country continues to grow. If you are a member of this growing crowd, you know the importance of making sure you are visible in both daylight hours and after dark. You also know that there are situations that make cycling even more dangerous and when at all possible, you should try to avoid them. Here are the top five dangerous situations to avoid while bicycling so you can avoid an accident and prevent serious injury to yourself and major damage to your bike.


1. Passing Too Closely

One concern is a vehicle passing you too closely and coming into contact with you.This can be avoided by positioning yourself out away from the curb or shoulder in the center of the lane so you have room to get out the way if necessary. By riding in the center of the lane you are holding your ground and making yourself more visible as well.

2. Cars Turning Right
Another issue is the result of cars making a right hand turn and not seeing a bike and running right into it. If you are stopping at a traffic light or a stop sign, you need to make sure you stop behind the car. You should stop behind the car even if there is a bike lane. Otherwise, the driver’s limited visibility, because of a blind spot, could completely block you out and they could make a right turn straight into you and your bike.

3. Do a Double Take at Intersections
Intersections are the leading spot for crashes, but most of the time these crashes can be avoided.  If you have the right-of-way at an intersection, don’t zoom right through. Slow down and make sure the drivers see you. Always make eye contact and that way you know that the driver has seen that you are making your way through the intersection as well. By slowing down, you can drive defensively if necessary and get out of the way if a driver makes a move that puts you in danger.

4. Don’t Get Doored!
You know where people are more likely to open their doors, so stay alert!  In downtown areas or residential neighborhoods, you will find people who are opening their cars to go about their business or just get inside their house. These people might not look for cyclists, so you need to stay alert and stay away from cars. The best way to avoid being doored is to ride 3’-5’ from cars parked at the curb so that an opening door won’t hit you. Always be sure to listen for the faint clicking noise before the car door opens, so you can get out of the way. If someone is sitting in a parked car, expect them to be opening a door.

5. Don’t Get Rear-Ended!
If people don’t see you, there is a good chance you are going to get hit!Visibility is important for cyclists. Making sure motorists see you during the day and the night is important. When riding after dark, Idaho law requires that you have a headlight that can be seen for 500 feet and a rear reflector.  It is recommended that you also  have a red taillight that is visible for several hundred feet. Make sure you have adequate reflectors on the fenders, pedals, and on your back and the backs of your legs. Wear bright colors for daytime visibility to prevent a collision.

This article was created by Personal Injury Help, an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article constitutes legal advice or opinion, and is intended for informational use only. To find out more about them, you can go to www.personalinjury-law.com or contact them at help@personalinjury-law.org 

Eric Minghella
Outreach Specialist
Personal Injury Law