Ada County Highway District

News and Press Releases Tuesday, October 5, 2021

ACHD Commuteride Gets Commuters Moving in October

ACHD Commuteride has several opportunities for residents to travel smart and safely this Fall.

Ridetober: Commuters Wanted

It's not too late to join in on Commuteride's Ridetober Challenge. Throughout the month of October, commuters can log smart commute trips, such as carpooling, vanpooling, walking, biking, bussing, or working from home. Commuters can participate as a team, on their own, or both.

Every Monday, five winners will be drawn for a $50 reward for logging two "Wanted Commutes" on ShareTheRideIdaho.com. Four winners who create new profiles and track four smart commutes will win a $100 reward. Commuters can also team up and log five commutes for a chance to win a $300 reward.

More information is available on ACHD Commuteride's website.

Ride Bright Pop-up Bike Light Giveaway

Staff and volunteers from several agencies around Ada County are ensuring bike lights are readily available at no cost to those who need them.

The Ride Bright Pop-up Giveaway will be at various locations around Ada County on Wednesday, October 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (while supplies last).

People on bikes can stop by any location to receive free bike lights and get help installing them. Organizations will also provide information on safety and other giveaways to keep bicyclists safe throughout the year.

"ACHD Commuteride is excited to bring this new bike safety initiative to the community with the support of seven other community partners," said Tessa Greegor, ACHD Commuteride Manager. "As the days get shorter and darker, we are working together to ensure anyone who needs bike lights can get them for free, and to remind everyone to travel safely and look out for all roadway users."

Those working, volunteering or picking up bike lights must wear a face covering and observe social distancing.

An interactive map of locations is available on ACHD Commuteride's website.

"ACHD is looking forward to being able to provide bicycle lights to cyclists in our community," said Meg McCarthy, Bicyclist and Pedestrian Program Coordinator. "One of the best things that you can do as a cyclist is bike with lights. Many drivers are already distracted and/or speeding. If you have lights, you'll be more visible and hopefully, people driving will notice you, slow down, and give you ample space. We want everyone to get wherever they are going safely."

ACHD Commuteride would like to thank the following participating organizations: Ada County Highway District, Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance, Boise State's Cycle Learning Center, Valley Regional Transit, Boise Police Department, and Eagle Police Department.

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Shandy Lam
Deputy Director of Communications

Rachel Bjornestad
Public Information Officer

Christy Foltz-Ahlrichs
Sr. Communications Specialist

Emma Bowers
Digital Media Coordinator


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