Friday, October 23, 2009

Final Boise Bike Recs Out

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 2:41 PM

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The City of Boise is out with a final draft of its bike safety recommendations, after studying the issue all summer. The recommendations are largely the same as in the previous draft, which was presented to the public and available for public comment in August.

One important debate since the Bike Safety Task Force took its recommendation public is the retention of a "when possible" clause to the three-feet-to-pass ordinance. The summary of the report notes that this was a controversial addition, taking some teeth out of the proposed ordinance, but that it was necessary to make the law relevant on narrow city streets. Some cyclists maintained that if there is not three feet available on a particular street, motorists should wait to pass, said Michael Zuzel, a Task Force member representing the Mayor's Office.

"That will be one of the issues that's discussed most by the Council if and when this finally comes to them in the form of an ordinance," Zuzel said.

The Task Force will present the report to the City Council on Tuesday at noon, at City Hall. The City Council will then decide which of the 24 recommendations to implement, and how to pay for them. The recommendations fall into several categories, including new city ordinances, like three-feet-to-pass, an anti-harassment of cyclists law and a reckless cycling law. The are also education initiatives and reccomendations to prioritize certain street engineering projects—widening and bike lanes—to be coordinated with ACHD.

The public also shared some interest in anti-texting or cell phoning while driving regs, but the Task Force preferred to leave that up to the state; the Legislature may consider an anti-texting rule this winter.

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