Is It Illegal to Walk on the Side of The Road In Idaho?
Up a Road Without a Ride
When there's no sidewalk in sight & you're up a road without a ride, sometimes you have to walk your way there.
In Boise, it isn't uncommon to spot folks walking alongside State Street/44 between Glenwood and 55. Because the speed limit increases incrementally from 40 to 55 mph in that stretch of road, we worry for their safety. If you agree that's risky, what about the folks you spot walking on the shoulder on I84? Within valley limits, I84 is 65 mph.
Necessary or not, is walking alongside a busy road or highway illegal? According to 49-708 of the Idaho Legislature, no.
(2) Where a sidewalk is not available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk only on a shoulder, as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway. (3) Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway, and, if on a two-way highway, shall walk only on the left side of the highway.
Why are so Many Idahoans Walking Alongside Busy Roads?
In 2021, data from Forbes shows as many as 4.8% of Idaho households were carless. When you compare the average cost of a pre-owned car in Idaho at $37,092 to the state's median income of $54,785 in 2022, it makes sense that the Gem State would have a gap in its household-to-car ownership rate.