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Proposed Bike Lanes for Boise's Main and Idaho Streets Back in the Passing Lane

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KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes


Buffered bike lanes through downtown Boise are back on the planning agenda despite an earlier statement from the Ada County Highway District that the idea was on "indefinite hold."

Despite a strong lobbying effort from the city of Boise, ACHD officials in May nixed the idea of bike lanes on Main and Idaho streets citing "the general turmoil" of downtown construction projects.

Two months later, ACHD has issued public notices that it will take up the issue on Wednesday, July 6, when planners are slated to present options to add bike lanes to Main and Idaho between Broadway Avenue and 16th Street.

If ACHD commissioners choose one of the options, they say they may even modify the much-anticipated Jefferson Street project, which is scheduled to begin turning that street into a two-way thoroughfare this summer.

Meanwhile, city officials know which Main and Idaho alternative they want ACHD to approve.

"We're not being shy about which options the city endorsed: parking-protected bike lanes," said Daren Fluke, comprehensive planning manager for the city of Boise, in March. "That's why we're pounding the pavement and talking to anybody and everybody we can. A lot is at stake here."

The city's preferred concept would move on-street parking on Main and Idaho streets away from the curb and create a new bike lane between parked cars and the sidewalk. As a result, one vehicle lane would be eliminated from Main and Idaho.

The city of Boise's preferred buffered bike lane option would remove a lane of traffic from Idaho and Main streets. - KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
  • The city of Boise's preferred buffered bike lane option would remove a lane of traffic from Idaho and Main streets.

The July 6 meeting is scheduled for noon at ACHD headquarters on Adams Street in Garden City.