C O G -- Citizens for an Open Greenbelt
C O G
- a tooth on the rim of a wheel or gear
- a subordinate but integral person or part
- a group of people that believes the Greenbelt is for the open use of ALL citizens and can not be seized for exclusive use by a select few simply because it is their will.
Citizens for an Open Greenbelt is an Idaho unincorporated non-profit association devoted to protect, preserve and advance
November 6, 2012 - Initiative B passes!
Initiative A did not pass but Initiative B did pass. It is the position of our attorney that passage of Initiative B immediately lifts the bike ban in Riverside Village. Here's why...
Initiative B invalidates any current restrictions on the Greenbelt in Garden City. It requires a popular vote if the City chooses to continue the bike ban or any other restriction on the Boise River Greenbelt. Full text of Initiative B can be found here.
We have no doubt that the Mayor and Council will continue to fight this. After all, for over 30 years Riverside Village developers and residents have been steadfast in trying to either keep the public or bike riders off the Greenbelt in Riverside Village. We believe in a truly open Boise River Greenbelt and that no city or county should unfairly pick and choose who can use these public lands.
We are a grassroots advocacy group dedicated to supporting the stated goal of the
COG's current initiative is to open the Bike Path in Riverside Village, Garden City to bicycles, as well as pedestrians, as these public trust lands were mandated to be by the State of
Initiative B passed by the voters Nov 6, 2012
COG has been working on this problem since 2007. To no avail, we have asked Garden City to allow bike riding along the bike path in Riverside Village as originally required by the State of Idaho on these public trust lands. All attempts at discussion or compromise (for five years by COG and twice, recently, by the City of Eagle) have been flatly refused by the GC Mayor and Council.
See the Docs -Historical tab for the DOCUMENTS commencing with the original agreements in 1980 and continuing through the State of Idaho lawsuit against Garden City in the 90's for blocking access to the path. This section also documents the agreed upon settlement of that lawsuit and lays out responsibilities of the developer to complete the path with a surface suitable for bicycles and the responsibility of Garden City to maintain it.