An Ode to Mobile Boise

Ana, Aaron, Kyle, Jim

This cross section revisits the history, and importance, of transportation to the development of Boise. Starting with the early years trollies and wagon trails, moving into urban sprawl, air traffic and freeways, ending with the transformation into a bicycle friendly city. This cross section might encourage people to ask the question “How does a city provide transportation to its citizens? How has it changed, and what are the challenges facing city planners for the future of transportation in Boise?”

Start: Trolley House: To view the early history of traveling by electric street cars.
Military Reserve: see the old wagon trail to Idaho City.
Greenbelt: The importance of public pedestrian traffic.
Boise Municipal Airport (Boise State University): Imagine BSU as an airport.
Train Depot: Imagine travelers arriving in Boise.
Down Americana: To see how city planners wanted people to drive into downtown.
Connector (1-84): Travel through Boise’s suburban neighborhoods on a freeway.
Fairview view exit: Strip malls and the importance of cars to current modes of travel.
Car lots: The reliance on cars for traveling in Boise.
Cole, Mall: The suburban shopping center, limited public transportation and limited bicycles and pedestrians.
Veterans Memorial: Bicycles and cars sharing space.
Hill Road Bicycle memorial: The conflict between cars and bicycles.
Hyde Park and the North End: Watch hipsters on fixies.
8th and Idaho: City planners reduce car lanes and encourage pedestrians and bicycles

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