About 25 stakeholders gathered July 15 to discuss the best fit for Boise's bike lanes.
Nearly 25 people shuffled into the Ada County Highway District’s auditorium this afternoon, greeted with name tags and 20 feet of sub sandwiches. They were there to talk about one thing: Boise’s bike lanes.
Back when the buffered bike lanes were removed from Boise’s downtown core, the ACHD Board of Commissioners reassured their constituents that a stakeholder group would be put together
and come up with a plan for the best-possible bike lanes for downtown. The group first met on June 25, when attendees were divvied up and assigned homework.
July 15 marked the stakeholder group’s second meeting, where they came together and showed their findings.
Jimmy Hallyburton, of the Boise Bicycle Project, and Dave Fotsch of the Boise Bike Share project, went first. The two of them talked about the importance of education when installing new bike lanes.
“We want to avoid the bike-versus-car argument,” Hallyburton said. “This is education not just for bikes, but for all road users.”
Fotsch focused on strategies for education, like creating a central website chock-full of how-to videos, social media campaigns, TV, radio and billboard advertising, and community outreach at popular events like Alive After Five and the Saturday Market. He was adamant that education should start as soon as the new plan is approved and continue for a full year.
The presentations continued for two hours, meandering through issues of traffic congestion, parking, deliveries to downtown businesses, street maintenance, public safety, bike laws, two-way street conversions, signal timing, and different bike lane models available.
The next step, according to Dave Wallace, deputy director of planning and projects, will be to further break down the stakeholders group into a “slightly smaller, a little more functional [committee] to go forward and create some alternatives.”
“The large group can then chew on that the next time we get together, and try to come up with a solution that would be acceptable for the Boise City Council and the ACHD commissioners,” Wallace said.
The stakeholders will meet again Aug. 5.