Beginning with the scrubbed bike lane pilot project and coming to a head most recently when city and county officials couldn't agree upon the width of general motor traffic lanes in downtown Boise, tensions between the Ada County Highway District and the Boise City Council have been high over the issue of the city's growing population of bicyclists. And with a major ACHD election coming up, the Boise Bicycle Project is jumping into the fray, hosting an ACHD Commissioner Candidate Discussion Forum.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, BBP will throw open its doors
at 1027 Lusk St. so cyclists from across the city can hear from candidates vying for two seats up for election in ACHD's first and fourth districts.
"BBP and [Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance] will host an event where everyone will be treated fairly, where we will be sitting at the same level, where vocabulary won't be used to isolate folks unfamiliar with traffic and ACHD talk. BBP has always sought to remove barriers, pull back the curtains and eliminate the smoke and mirrors that block so many people from opportunity and empowering experiences," wrote BBP Founder Jimmy Hallyburton on the Boise Bicycle Project Facebook page.
In this week's edition of Boise Weekly
, we examine the players in the upcoming ACHD election
, and why this election is the most contentious contest for ACHD seats in years.