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Mayor Bieter’s eMemo: Let’s Walk 150, Boise

In November 2012, the BBC ran a wonderful piece about Boise with tons of information and interesting facts, among them, the celebration of the the city’s sesquicentennial this year. The following month, Boise’s Mayor’s eMemo covered all the events the City has planned for the next 12 months.

This week’s Mayor’s eMemo talks about “Walk 150,” a new program to encourage residents to walk 150 miles in honor of the BOISE 150 sesquicentennial.

 

The Mayor’s eMemo

 

Dear Boise resident:

I can’t think of a better city for walking than Boise.

We’ve got 22-plus miles of riverfront Greenbelt. More than 130 miles of Foothills trails. A lively and compact downtown area, with shops, restaurants, museums, the library, and the state’s largest university campus all within minutes on foot. And beautiful, walkable neighborhoods in every corner of the city.

Walking is wonderful for your health and great for our environment. And the world looks different when it passes by at human speed.

I can’t think of a better way to see and celebrate the community than “Walk 150,” a new program to encourage residents to walk 150 miles in honor of the BOISE 150 sesquicentennial this year.

A new website created by the city, Walk150.org, allows individuals to sign up and track the miles they’ve walked during the year. All mileage will be automatically added to the website’s cumulative mileage ticker to track the total miles walked by the entire community.

The Walk 150 website also includes resources to find new areas to walk including new maps for pathways in 16 parks, links to the Boise River Greenbelt and Ridge to Rivers trails, a calendar of events, and the health benefits of walking.

The official Walk 150 kick-off event will be at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 25, at Jefferson Elementary School. I’ll be walking with students and with representatives of the Boise School District and Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health.

The foundation, the program’s financial sponsor, will award prizes this spring to students at schools with the most miles walked and highest percentage of participation. Other participants who walk 150 miles by December 2013 will be eligible for a prize drawing.

If you start now, you can reach that goal by walking just a little more than three miles a week. Hope to see you out and about.

Until next time …

Dave Bieter

 

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