- Many Boiseans commute to work or school by bike via the Greenbelt. Measuring more than 30 miles in length, the Greenbelt trail system is paved (though it can be bumpy in places) and is a great place to exercise as well. **Note that the Greenbelt can often be closed down in several places (mainly along bridges) when the Boise River reaches a high water level in the spring and early summer.
- Open source bicycle route information can be found here.
- Bogus Basin has several trails that can be used for mountain biking when there is no snow. There is some singletrack, though most trails are wider doubletrack. Some of these trails are pretty steep, so be prepared for tedious uphill climbs as well as thrilling downhills.
- The Ridge to Rivers Trail System is a unique Boise gem with an abundance of mountain biking trails of varying levels located on many different types of terrain.
Boise Twilight Criterium
(photo courtesy of the Idaho Statesman)
For the past 25 years, Boise has played host to the Twilight Criterium every summer around the month of July. The most common form of American racing, the criterium is a multi-lap bicycle race held on a closed course in an urban landscape. Due to the extremely fast paced nature of the competition fans and onlookers get to witness a dazzling display of athletic ability as the adrenaline filled race is known to average speeds of up to 35mph. For a day, downtown Boise is transformed into a showcase for professional cycling. Avid fans get the opportunity to witness the top cyclists in America and the world compete against each other for thousands of dollars in prize money. Watch for attacks and chases as various teams try and use different strategies in an effort to take the pole position. While the criterium is an extremely popular event it is not regarded as a national championship event. As such, it is not contested at the world championships. Many professional teams do however use the Boise Twilight Criterium as a preparation for the short course races in the tour.
Bike Paths and Greenbelts
As early as 1975 the Boise Metropolitan Transportation Study included a plan for improving bicycle and pedestrian laws and infrastructure in Boise. The study recognized the importance of providing safe bikeways both for commuters and recreation. The initial plan called for paths both on roads and along irrigation canals, railroads, and the river - to avoid traffic. While the city has made some strides converting train tracks to bike paths, south of Garden street across the river for example, most bike paths are still along roads and the river.