Garden City – Wava Kaufman, a Kuna school teacher and running coach, will become the first south Ada County member of the committee, which helps ACHD create and locate bicycle infrastructure.
Kaufman is a 6th grade teacher at Reed Elementary school in Kuna, as well as a cross country and track coach at Kuna Middle School. A former runner herself, Kaufman now bikes to spare her knees, often pedaling alongside her runners while training.
“We run our cross country and track kids all over town,” said Kaufman, who rides for transportation and for recreation. “Kuna is a very popular spot for bikers. We have some great riding, such as Swan Falls, routes to Melba, Nampa and Boise.”
But some areas are challenging, creating safety concerns for cyclists and pedestrians that Kaufman said she would like to address.
ACHD Commissioner Mitchell Jaurena, who represents sub-district 4, which takes in Kuna and southwest Ada County, nominated Kaufman in consultation with Kuna Mayor Greg Nelson. Her confirmation will occur in coming weeks and is considered a formality.
“I’m hoping that I can help Kuna become more bike friendly,” she said. “Kuna has grown in leaps and bounds with families, businesses and traffic. We now need to add another piece to our growth, a bike friendly community.”
ACHD’s bicycle committee was created in 2005 to advise the District about new road designs and roadway maintenance needs specific to cyclists and other cycling-related issues. Last year, the League of American Cyclists recognized Ada County as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Silver Level, making it one of only two counties in the nation to hold the status.