As the local road building agency for all of Ada
County, ACHD has led the way in
increasing on-street bicycle lanes and facilities. The Ada County Highway District plans for bicycle facilities as part of
all of our road projects. A commitment that has led, in part, to the doubling of the miles of bikeways over the past decade. Bike lane mileage in the county has increased nearly fivefold since the mid-1990s, when the tally was 57 miles.
The District spends up to $2 million each year on cycling facilities -- primarily in the form of lanes on new or expanded roads. That represents about five percent of ACHD's annual capital budget. The net result is 7 - 15 miles of new bicycle facilities each year. As of early 2015, the county currently has 265 miles of on-street bike lanes, over 400 bicycle wayfinding signs, and dozens of miles of designated bike routes on both highways and neighborhood streets.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! First for your quick response and secondly for
re-striping the roads here on the Mesa and completing the bike path on Windsong. I and the rest of
the cyclists up here are very grateful!
--- Donna Burns, President of
the Mesa Neighborhood Association.
Through ACHD's dedication to promote bicycling as a practical form of alternative transportation, Ada County has been designated as a "Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Community"
League of American Bicyclists,
one of the few such countywide designations in the country.
Roadways to Bikeways Bicycle Master Plan, ACHD is continuing its efforts to complete a bicycle facility network that maximizes safety, provides connectivity, and supports bicycling as a viable transportation mode among the road users of Ada County.
In order to help bicyclists get the most
out of the existing road network in Ada County, ACHD has developed a printed Ada County bike map showing bike facilities, recommended routes, and various destinations, including schools, parks, libraries, and civic facilities. Bike maps are available at the ACHD, ACHD Commuteride, and most area bicycle shops.
The Bicycle Advisory Committee, a group
of area cyclists representing commuters and recreational users, advises ACHD
about new road designs, roadway maintenance needs specific to cyclists and other
cycling-related issues. The committee generally meets on the first Monday of each
month at 6 p.m. in the ACHD Michael L. Brokaw Auditorium, 3775 Adams St., Garden City.