BOISE - Boise's littlest cyclists have a new place to ride, thanks to two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong.

A new half-mile loop in the Boise Foothills is geared toward children 12 and under.

Kristin Armstrong, the designer and namesake of the trail, attended a dedication for it last night to ride with the young cyclists. Armstrong said she got the idea after bringing her son to the playground in the Boise Hills Park.

I kept seeing this large field out here, and I thought, 'how cool would it be to have a perimeter built with a dirt bike trail for kids, she said.

Armstrong pitched the idea first to her neighborhood association, which brought it to Boise Parks and Recreation. The city liked the idea, and applied for a grant.

It's a year later, and we have this wonderful safe park for kids to ride, she said.

Some parents avoid taking kids on the other trails, over concerns their child will be bowled over by fast-moving adult cyclists or won't be able to react quickly enough to the variables of a packed trail.

On the Kristin Armstrong Trail, that won't be an issue. The bumps and turns are designed with little riders in mind - and to discourage adults from taking it over, Armstrong said.

At Thursday's dedication, Armstrong said she loved seeing boys and girls spending a summer night outside being active. She hopes Boise's trail system will grow to include more that are suited to children.

This is just the beginning for Boise, and I know there's room for other trails just like this, she said.

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