Thursday, September 25, 2014

ACHD Puts the Skids on Boise's Bike Lane Proposal ... Again

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Anyone who thinks that Tuesday's kumbaya session with the members of the Boise City Council and Ada County Highway District finally resolved differences regarding the introduction of more bike lanes in the downtown area can be disabused of that notion.

Late Tuesday, optimism surfaced when, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with ACHD commissioners, the Boise City Council voted unanimously to approve the recommendation to return buffered bike lanes to Capitol Boulevard, specifically between Front and Jefferson streets (with the rest of Capitol still to be worked out). That meeting was held at Boise City Hall.

But a little more than 24 hours later, when the ACHD commissioners returned to their own turf in Garden City, they shot down the plan, saying it would shrink vehicle lanes to only 10 feet. And while ACHD Commissioner Jim Hansen voted in favor of the Boise City Council plan, the other four commissioners, Mitchell Jaurena, Sara Baker, Rebecca Arnold and John Franden, said no car lane could be smaller than 11 feet across. 

But engineers will need to rush back to the drawing board pretty quickly to make that happen. Designs are due by mid-October and previously, ACHD said whatever they approved would be constructed this fall.

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