In June 2013, Boise Weekly began reporting on how planners with the Ada County Highway District had elaborate plans for moving traffic—two wheels, four wheels, or more—through Boise's downtown core.
The blueprint included a big expansion of the downtown bicycle network, the introduction of so-called "mini-roundabouts" at eight downtown intersections, and the conversion of some one-way streets into two-way thoroughfares. All in, the plan would convert Third, Fourth, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, Jefferson and part of Eighth streets from existing one-way streets to two-way operations.
And now, downtown residents and business owners are being alerted that the ACHD and the city of Boise would like to add Fifth and Sixth streets as possibilities of being converted from one-way to two-way thoroughfares. Postcards, acting as invitations to a Thursday, March 13, open house, have been delivered to thousands of residents asking them to weigh in on proposals to convert Fifth and Sixth streets to two-way and to add more bike lanes on Idaho Street, Main Street and Capitol Boulevard, while removing one auto lane from each of those roads, in addition to removing parking spots in some locations.
The open house is set for Thursday, March 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the U.S. Bank Building, 101 S. Capitol Blvd.