Boise Pathways Plan

Three women walking on the Boise Greenbelt.

A City for Everyone includes safe, reliable transportation options for people who live, work and recreate in Boise. The Boise Pathways Plan will build on the success of the Boise River Greenbelt to develop a robust system of off-street walking and biking pathways to safely connect our city and allow people to get around without relying on a vehicle.

Outreach + Next Steps

Pathways Master Plan

Building on decades of planning efforts, community input, and the lessons learned from studying existing challenges and opportunities, the Boise Pathways Master Plan will add over 112 new pathway miles across the city.  Combined with Boise’s 50+ miles of existing pathways, the expanded network will string together a total of over 160 miles of pathways. When completed, the overall pathway network will put 76 percent of current Boise residents within a half mile, or a 10-minute walk, of a pathway. It will connect Boiseans to grocery stores, schools, parks, and businesses across the city, expanding opportunities for transportation and recreation.

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What are Pathways?

Pathways are a paved path intended for two-way, travel such as biking and walking (cars and motorcycles do not have access). They are typically found away from roads or busy streets, along a river, canal, or through parks and open space. You can also find them along roadways where space permits. The Boise River Greenbelt and the Federal Way Bikeway are two local examples of pathways in our community.

For decades, Boise has been trying to expand the City’s pathways. While those efforts have primarily focused on making the Boise River Greenbelt the well-connected pathway enjoyed by many, this plan seeks to identify opportunities for additional connection points across the City.


Outreach Part 2 (July 2021)

With a draft pathways plan network ready for comment, the City of Boise hosted six pop-up events across the community hear directly from residents on their top priority pathways. This feedback was used to inform the final plan to be presented to Boise City Council.

Outreach Part 1 (April 2021)

Over a period of five weeks, we solicited your feedback on existing pathways and future vision through input and ideas both online and in-person, collected via an online survey, online interactive map, and smaller Neighborhood Conversations. Over 2,000 people responded to the online survey geared toward understanding how and why people use the Boise pathways. This 13-question survey sought information about how people currently use pathways, what prevents more pathway use, and what more pathway connections would mean to Boiseans. Click below for an overview of the results including survey demographic data, themes and routes suggested by residents.

Survey Results

Adoption of the Pathways Master Plan

City of Boise staff presented the consolidated pathways plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission on December 13, 2021. The commission passed the plan unanimously. The final Pathways Master Plan was presented to Boise City Council on February 1, 2022 and was unanimously approved to be adopted into Blueprint Boise, the Comprehensive Plan.

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