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Boise State’s Cycle Learning Center Earns Platinum Bicycle Friendly Business Designation

The League of American Bicyclists has named Boise State University’s Cycle Learning Center among the national honorees in its Bicycle Friendly Business program as a platinum award recipient, the highest level of achievement.

The bike shop is one of only 43 platinum level award recipients in the nation.

“Our work is to make the world a better place through riding bicycles,” said Gabe Finkelstein, coordinator of the bike shop. “We provide opportunities for our students, staff, faculty and the public to get on bikes for as many transportation needs possible.  We advocate for bicycle infrastructure, teach people how to ride, repair bikes and of course, get wheels to anyone interested in pedaling.”

The Cycle Learning Center is a one-stop, campus cycling shop that offers easy and affordable bike rentals, repair services, a self-service repair station, instructional clinics and alternative transportation information. The center hosts the 10,000 Mile Bicycle Commuter Club, Mountain Bike Monday rides, lunch shift free maintenance classes, the Bronco Biker/Ticket Diversion course and many more free learning opportunities.

“As we celebrate National Bike Month and the tenth year of the Bicycle Friendly Business program, the League of American Bicyclists is honored to recognize our latest new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses. These companies and organizations are making their workplaces and their communities safer, happier, healthier and more sustainable through bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “We applaud these businesses, including Boise State University, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

In addition to the Cycle Learning Center platinum designation, Boise State University has gold status as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. Learn more at www.bikeleague.org/business.

Federal Law Enforcement Training on Campus Thursday, May 10

Boise State’s Department of Public Safety, and Housing and Residence Life, will host federal law enforcement armed assailant training in Keiser Hall from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, May 10. This specialized training is designed specifically to better prepare emergency responders to protect the local community in the event of an armed intruder/hostage-type scenario.

Signs will be posted notifying passers-by that it is a training exercise. Various law enforcement emergency response vehicles will be parked in the West Stadium parking lot next to Chaffee Hall. All of the training will be conducted inside of the John K. Keiser Hall building.

Emergency responders appreciate the opportunity to train on campus, especially with unique buildings such as Keiser Hall that combine dormitory rooms and classrooms. For all of those involved, being able to train on the actual campus is invaluable.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Boise State Department of Public Safety Communications Center at (208) 426-6911.

Resources, including checklists, videos, and online academics, are available at: http://emergencymanagement.boisestate.edu/active-shooter-resources/

Summer Parking Lot Maintenance Scheduled

The parking maintenance team will be doing surface maintenance on Bronco Lane, the Library lot and Capital Village lot this summer. There will be full closure of these areas when projects are active. Notices will be sent out before each specific project begins.

The team also will be repainting parking lot lines, crosswalks, street striping and curbs in various areas campuswide throughout the summer. Please be attentive in these areas which will be coned off as they work.

Finally, most lots on campus will have a “crack seal” process done to repair small cracks in the asphalt. This work will begin mid-May and continue through mid-June in various areas. Localized areas will be coned off while they are performing this task.

Please be attentive to all construction signs and cones, slow down around these areas and, above all, enjoy the summer and be safe.

For any questions related to summer break impacts to shuttles, permits and transportation, email parkingquestions@boisestate.edu, or call (208) 426-7275.

Shuttles on Limited Schedule for Summer

With fewer students on campus and better weather for walking and biking outdoors, shuttle hours and routes will be reduced during the summer session. The on-campus blue route and the downtown gray route will be suspended starting Monday, May 7, and will resume on Monday, Aug. 20. There is no shuttle service the week of Aug. 13-17.

The Orange Downtown Route will continue on modified service during this time period. Route times are as follows:

9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, May 7-June 21
No weekend or Friday Service

9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. June 25-Aug. 9
No weekend or Friday Service

For more information about shuttles and to view the live shuttle tracker, visit https://transportation.boisestate.edu/bronco-shuttle/..

Manitou Lot to Permanently Close March 24

Map showing Manitou parking lot

Boise State University’s Manitou parking lot will permanently close Saturday, March 24, to begin construction on the Micron Center for Materials Research. The Manitou Lot currently serves South Reserve permit holders and cross-parking after 4 p.m. and on weekends.

A new South Commuter parking lot will be added on Belmont Drive and Manitou Avenue, while the Norco Lot will increase the number of South Reserve spaces to offset the spaces being lost with the Manitou Lot closure.

Those holding South Reserve permits may continue to park in nearby South Reserve lots visible on the Boise State Parking Map.

For more information about Boise State parking, visit transportation.boisestate.edu.

 

Broadway Reader Board Coming Down, Closure on Belmont Street

The Boise State reader board on Broadway Avenue will be demolished beginning Monday, Feb. 19. There will be some parking spaces taken offline in the immediate area for approximately one week. The university will begin construction on a new reader board following commencement in May.

In addition, Belmont Street west of Lincoln Avenue and east of Oakland Street will be closed during the week of Feb. 19 for a Boise State irrigation project managed by the Division of Public Works. This portion of road will be closed for four-six weeks while new storm drainage and irrigation pipes are placed north of the outdoor volleyball courts adjacent to Belmont Street. Pedestrian access to the site will be retained. Oakland Street, just south of Belmont Street, will be closed for a shorter duration while a new irrigation pipe is installed across the street. The project should be completed in early April.

New Boise State Grey Shuttle Route Begins Jan. 22

A new, updated Boise State grey shuttle route will begin Jan. 22 and is intended to provide faster and easier access from campus to the downtown area. The route will run 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday during the 2018 spring semester.

Complementing the current orange route, which runs in a clockwise pattern, the grey route will give users access to downtown via a counter-clockwise route. This route will provide fewer stops between campus and downtown, allowing for quicker access to the downtown area.

The grey route will support eight stops during its 15-minute cycle, providing crucial stops at Front Street and Avenue A (near Winco) and at Front Street and Grove Center (on the south side of City Center Plaza where the computer science building and Bronco Shop are located).

The orange route has a stop on the north side of the block at Main Street Station, while the new grey route will offer a stop at Front Street and Grove Center.

On-campus, six eastbound stops along University Drive will be located near Earle Street, Christway Drive, Joyce Street, Lincoln Avenue (near the Student Union Building and Rec Center), Manitou Avenue and Grant Avenue.

The Boise State Shuttle is free to all users and offers three routes: blue (on-campus), orange (downtown) and grey (reverse downtown).

For live updates on the shuttles, visit: shuttle.boisestate.edu.

Map of Bronco Shuttle Grey Route

Free Parking, No Kidding

Now you have a new, free option for student parking. The Student Satellite Zone is exclusively for currently enrolled students and allows you to park in the lots at Dona Larsen Park, Boas Soccer and Tennis Complex and the Elder Street Park and Ride.

Even though it’s free, you’ll still need to get a permit to display in your car window. If you’ve already paid for a 2017-18 permit, you can exchange it for a Student Satellite Zone permit. Just bring your current license plate number to the Boise State Transit Center and they’ll take care of you.

The Boise State shuttle’s orange route stops near Dona Larsen Park, while ValleyRide Bus #3 has a stop near the Elder Street and Vista Avenue intersection. Pick up a free ValleyRide bus sticker at the Transit Center or Information Desk in the Student Union Building.

If you live on campus and don’t use your car often, the Elder Street Park and Ride lot is available for overnight parking. As with several other parking venues, these lots will be closed on designated occasions for athletic events. You’ll be notified via email on those occasions.

University Drive Safety Upgrades and Added Bike Lanes

Boise State University’s main thoroughfare, University Drive, currently is being updated to increase pedestrian safety through a heavily traveled student corridor. In addition, the upgrades will better support cyclists and commuters on campus. The regular maintenance chip sealing project on University Drive, between Broadway Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, allows for the opportunity to remove on-street parking to increase safety for crossing pedestrians, as well as add bike lanes on the north and south sides.

Connecting with existing bike lanes on University Drive west of Lincoln Avenue, the new bike lanes will offer safer and more improved routes for cyclists to travel all the way through campus. Additionally, these bike lanes will further enhance pedestrian safety on sidewalks as bikes can move safely to the street.

Parking on the north side of University Drive will be permanently removed, while current parking spaces on the south side will be retained.

The lanes are another step toward building a Bicycle Friendly University, of which Boise State currently holds a “gold” designation. In addition to the lanes, the university recently has added a contraflow lane along Cesar Chavez, air-fill stations throughout campus and has offered free bike maintenance classes and group rides through the Cycle Learning Center.

Find out more about how Boise State supports and encourages bicycling on campus at go.boisestate.edu/bicycling-boise-state.

2017 Garage Art Contest

Now Accepting Submissions for 2017 Garage Art Contest

The Boise State Department of Public Safety is calling for art entries into the 2017 Garage Art contest. Drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking, metal works, ceramics, sculptures and digital art may be submitted. Work will be displayed for a full year  in 14 high-traffic areas of the Brady Street and Lincoln Avenue Garages. The selected works will be in place in early May.

Entries may be submitted by current students, staff or faculty using their Boise State email address to GarageArt@boisestate.edu. The email must include the “Type of Submission” in the subject line, the category submitted to, and be sent by April 6, 2017. Fourteen winners will receive prizes as well as earn the opportunity to have their artwork showcased. Winners will be notified by April 24 if their work was selected.

Visit transportation.boisestate.edu/garage-art/ for a full list of contest requirements.