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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
ACHD asks if you want to swap traffic lanes on Capitol Boulevard, Main and Idaho streets for bike lanes

An open house on Thursday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will provide an opportunity for the public to weigh in on the proposal to exchange one vehicle lane with a bike lane on Capitol Boulevard, and Main and Idaho streets. The meeting will be in the US Bank Building, 101 S. Capitol Blvd.

Converting the vehicle lanes into bicycle lanes on the key streets could make Boise’s urban core more inviting to riders and promote Boise City’s goals for the downtown.

But motorists would notice more crowded commutes – particularly at rush hours.

"This would be a huge change for downtown Boise for bicyclists and motorists," said Bruce Wong, ACHD director. "Before the ACHD Commission takes any action, we want anyone who has a stake in driving or biking downtown to participate. This is what public outreach is all about – asking for the customer’s perspective before we act."

ACHD and Boise planners believe demand exists for safer bicycling routes between downtown and Boise State University – and from east-to-west across downtown.

In place of one existing vehicle lane on Capitol, Main and Idaho, the streets would receive buffered bike lanes, ones separated from motorized traffic by a painted barrier with vertical markers, commonly called "candles."

Also at the open house, the public will be asked about converting 5th and 6th streets from one-way to two-way flow in the future.

The streets were studied last year as part of the original Downtown Boise Implementation Plan, but not included in the list of seven streets being converted from one- to two-way operation over the next few years. After a second look, planners now believe the streets can function as two-way roads and would like to consider conversion in 2017, pending public support.

Anyone who cannot attend the meeting but would like to participate can review the open house materials online at www.achdidaho.org and submit comments, starting Friday, March 14. The comment period runs through March 27th.

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