Save the date: Kristin Armstrong Bikeway event to be held July 15

Mayor David Bieter is inviting Boise residents to ride their bikes to Highlands Elementary School on Thursday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. for the dedication of the Kristin Armstrong Bikeway.

Following the dedication, Kristin and Mayor Bieter will lead a police-escorted community bicycle ride from the school to the downtown YMCA for a reception in Kristin’s honor.

WHAT: Kristin Armstrong Bikeway Celebration

WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 15, 2010

WHERE: Highlands Elementary School, 3434 N Bogus Basin Rd., Boise, ID 83702

WHO: Olympic Gold Medal Cyclist Kristin Armstrong; Mayor David Bieter

HOW: Arrive on bikes and take a police-escorted bike ride with Kristin from Highlands Elementary to the downtown YMCA. Non-bicyclists are also welcome to attend.

The reception will run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the YMCA at 1050 West State Street. Chocolate milk will be provided by the United Dairymen of Idaho and peanut butter samples will be provided by Peanut Butter & Company. The reception is open to the public and will also mark Kristin’s induction into the Idaho Hall of Fame.

In November 2009 Mayor Bieter proposed that the eight-mile stretch of Bogus Basin Road used by gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong to train for the 2008 Beijing Olympics be designated as the “Kristin Armstrong Bikeway” in honor of her achievements. This secondary bikeway designation, which will not change the name of Bogus Basin Road, will run from Curling Road to the Ada County line, or about half of the distance to the ski resort above Boise. Armstrong chose Bogus Basin Road for her training because its steady climb mimicked the rise on the Beijing course.

Trademark Sign Co., a local sign and design firm, was awarded the contract to design the iconic signs that will be revealed for the first time at the event. The signs will be installed along the bikeway in the days following the dedication.

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