Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Boise Council Endorses New Plans for More Two-Ways, More Bike Lanes

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Giving its collective green-light to plans to turn more Boise one-way streets into two-ways and adding more buffered bike lanes, the Boise City Council gave its support to new amendments to the Ada County Highway District's Downtown Boise Implementation Plan.

In June 2013, Boise Weekly was first to report about the elaborate plans of the DBIP, which would see Third, Fourth, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and Jefferson streets converted from one-way to two-way traffic and for new bike lanes to be installed along Jefferson, Fourth and Sixth streets.

But under the amended plan, bike lanes along Jefferson would not be installed, eliminating the initial proposal to remove 103 parking spaces along Jefferson. Additionally, 41 new on-street parking spots would be created along Capitol Boulevard and Main Street.

“By adding buffered bike lanes on these highly visible streets, we will make it safer and easier to ride a bike downtown, and we’ll send a message that Boise is serious about alternative forms of transportation,” Mayor David Bieter said.

The amended proposal also calls for the addition of buffered bike lanes along Idaho and Main streets, and another bike lane on Capitol Boulevard, reducing the width of existing travel lanes. It also calls for Fifth and Sixth streets to include "sharrow" markings when the streets are converted to two-ways.

Ultimately, ACHD will have the final say on the proposal.

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