What do we want to do with downtown? What's the point of going there? What do we want when we get there? To continue to make downtown attractive and vital we need both the ability to get there and then vastly reduced car traffic and speed when we get there. Downtown needs to be the destination, not so much the corridor to some where else.
We start there and then see if our roads are helping us get what we want.
I don't like the idea of taking away space or lanes from cars. That immediately sets us up in conflict. I also don't like the idea of using the sidewalks when the road is open. Bike lanes in downtown are often (not always) not appropriate (unsafe).
I want to have zero pedestrian and cyclist deaths in Boise (and beyond, of course). Cars, when they are downtown are near the end or the beginning of their route. Let's slow everyone down to 20 mph at least to make for a safer downtown. Let the bikes and the cars share the lanes (I know that this doesn't work for young children).
It needs to be made perfectly clear to all drivers that the cyclist can be smack dab in the middle of the lane and they are just going to have to slow down or get into another lane.
A few suggestions:
1. Downtown extensively signed for the default Boise speed - 20 mph.
2. All lanes downtown shared and signed for bike and cars (other than Front and Myrtle) with multiple large white bike signs on/in the pavement. Three large signs per block.
3. Education campaign for drivers regarding Idaho bike laws and the fact that bikes can take the full lane downtown in Boise.
4. Bike lanes on 8th through the Grove.
Other than in the Grove I certainly don't ride on the sidewalk downtown (there is a section of the Greenbelt detour that directs us to the sidewalk). I want the whole lane (one out of two or three), to keep me away from doors.
I don't want to take any of the street away from drivers, just slow everyone down and share the lane.
Self reporting is notoriously unreliable.
What makes for conservative in Idaho is vastly differently than in the South.
Surveys like this are for entertainment value.
Yes, yes, yes.
The greenbelt trail to no where.
Actually paragliders only. No hang gliders. No way to get them up there.
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