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    F Bike Bans!

    Sorry if this doesn't interest you or you think it may be off topic, but I think all cyclists should ban together to smack back the oppression from wealthy, influentials who make bikes illegal in their back yard, like what has happened on the Boise Greebelt behind Riverside Village (RV) Subdivision on the Boise River.

    The State donated the Greenbelt land and designated the area for bicycle and pedestrian use, but when the RV homeowners complained to Garden City, the City Council caved and banned bicucles, which wasn't hard as the Mayor was also the developer of RV. Bikes must be walked in this area. See www.idahocog.org, and send a quick note to the people listed in the forward, below. Or beter yet, attend the meeting if you can.

    From: Garden City Bike Ban <[email protected]>
    Subject: Important Announcement: COG Going to the Lands Board
    To: [email protected]
    Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 6:19 PM

    (Please pass this message on to others who you think would be interested)

    As I said in our last update to you, COG is committed to supporting the stated goal of the Treasure Valley Greenbelt ...“to provide continuous open space along the river for non-motorized, mixed use for the citizens of Idaho .” That means it is now time for Garden City to lift its ban on Greenbelt bike riding.

    Since our last posting we’ve been pretty busy. Two weeks ago we met with Clive Strong and Steve Schuster, deputies to State Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Clive is the attorney for the Lands Commissioners and Steve is one of the Deputy AGs for the Department of Lands. It was a good meeting in that we presented our findings and explained why we felt it was now time for the State to take action against Garden City. They listened, asked good questions, and told us that their job will be to provide the Land Board Commissioners their legal assessment as to action to be taken against Garden City.

    But the most important announcement is this:

    COG is presenting its case to the Idaho State Board of Lands Commissioners on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 . This meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd Floor Courtroom, Borah Post Office Building , 304 No. 8th Street , Boise , ID. We will insist that the State of Idaho take the necessary action to open the Greenbelt in Garden City to bike riding as mandated by the State of Idaho over 30 years ago.

    Of course, COG would like as many supporters as possible at this meeting. I suspect there will be a good contingent of Riverside Village supporters attending wanting their own private Idaho “nature trail” left alone.

    If you can not make the meeting, then please take a couple of minutes and contact the Land Commissioners to express your opinion. The Land Board Commissioners are Governor Butch Otter; Secretary of State, Ben Ysursa; State Controller, Donna Jones; Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Luna, and State Attorney General, Lawrence Wasden.

    It is simple, just copy and paste the following email addresses to the TO line of your e-mail program.

    [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] , [email protected]

    Thanks again for your continued support.

    Gary Segers
    Citizens for an Open Greenbelt


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    thanks for the info Kramer...

    I say we get a posse together of about 25 riders and go ride it either way to show support

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    If only Kristin Armstrong would show up for the cause.

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    shes from garden city
    Save a tree & wipe your butt with an owl.
    Thank your local Sierra Club.

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    sounds like there was no resolution to the issue....sounds like the Garden City mayor wants to keep his own private Idaho for a few select people that think their riverfront should be bikeless.

    Speaking of which, has anyone ridden the canal bank between Pierce Park Lane and Gary Lane. What's with the red/yellow caution tape? Seems like the landowners or someone put it up, can't imagine the ditch runners put it up. There's been bikes going through that area for years without issue or anyone saying anything. Looks like it's time to get out the scissors

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    Just imagine that you are racing and the tape is the finish line.

    I saw the tape last week when riding out there (Velo area trails to Seaman's) and thought perhaps they (irrigation district folks) were working on the canals or something.

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