2024 Idaho Legislative Session
The Legislative session began on Monday, January 8 with the Governor’s State of the State address. Idaho Walk Bike Alliance follows the session closely because it cares about the outcome of bills that impact safety on our roads.
We will keep the IWBA membership informed as bills are printed and brought to committees. We look forward to engaging with you, our members, and as usual, ask you to contact your legislators on issues that impact you, your family and your community.
Webinar: Divided By Design
Low-income communities and communities of color have been and continue to be disproportionately harmed by our approach to transportation in the United States.
This damage has come in many forms, but most egregiously through the construction of the Interstate Highway System. A growing understanding of this reality helped lead to the creation of new provisions and programs aimed at undoing some of this damage in the November 2021 infrastructure bill. But these steps were modest and policy interventions continue to focus largely on past harms or making small, insufficient reforms. All of which ultimately fails to grapple with the reality that the fundamental approach of our current transportation program creates and exacerbates inequities.
Past decisions, including routing the Interstate Highway System through communities of color, dividing and often demolishing them in the process, still shape our built environment. And most importantly, the foundation of the modern transportation program was built on models, measures, and standards with roots in this era. Without a fundamental change to the overall approach to transportation, today’s leaders and transportation professionals, no matter their intent, will perpetuate and exacerbate the damage.