2012 Boise River Float Survey. Tell us how your experience was!
Boise Police want to know how the experience was for the hundreds, perhaps thousands of people who floated the Boise River this summer. Floaters are being asked to fill out a survey easily available on a quick and easy QR code. Floaters may also take the survey via a web link.
"The Boise River Float is a popular, fun, unique summertime activity in Boise. My family has floated the river numerous times and we've always enjoyed the people and the beauty of the river," said Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson.
"Keeping the river float fun and safe for families and keeping the river and it's banks healthy is something citizens tell us they appreciate. It's citizen feedback that can best tell us if we're doing a good job and how to keep the float something our kids can contnue to enjoy for lots of summers to come." said the Chief.
What's the Survey About: As those who log onto the survey will read, the City of Boise has taken many steps to make the float experience on the Boise River a safe and enjoyable one. The city will use the citizen feedback to see how successful those steps have been and what more the City might be able to do for a fun and safe float.
How to take the survey: The survey is a series of ten questions that asks floaters when they floated, to rate their experience (from "awesome" to "blah"), what amenities they used, like raft rentals and rest areas, and if they had any problems while floating, like bridge jumpers, people drinking alcohol, etc. The survey asks if bridge jumping was a problem, was it isolated or widespread, and most importantly, if any issue caused the float to be or to appear unsafe. The survey also allows citizens to type in any suggestions that City leaders could take into consideration to make future float seasons even more enjoyable.
Boise Police volunteers will be at the Ann Morrision Park take-out this weekend, August 25 & 26 offering the QR code to floaters, and passing out the link to those who chose to log onto the survey later from home.
Why Now? Boise Police want to hear from floaters if new safety strategies along the river have been a noticable improvement for floaters. This spring, the Boise City Council revised the City’s bridge jumping ordinance to provide improved safety along the river and to create a more effective and appropriate enforcement strategy for police. The revision made it illegal to jump within 50 feet of anyone floating in the river. A violation is now a lesser offense, an infraction, not a misdemeanor — an important change that allows officers to more effectively enforce the ordinance by immediately citing rather than arresting offenders, and help youthful offenders avoid a criminal record by simply being cited rather than taken to detention. Additionally, individuals blocking bridges or other areas of the Greenbelt are also now subject to citation.
The last time the city surveyed Boise River floaters was 2006, the first float season following the ban of alcohol on the river. Floater feedback was extremely positive with more than 400 people responding, many saying the family-friendly atmosphere had returned to the river float.