The Ada County Highway District held an open house on Wednesday, March 16th to take public opinion on different concepts for Main Street and Idaho Street in downtown Boise.blic.
The concepts discussed revolve around the potential removal of auto lanes and parking lanes in exchange for bike lanes.
The four options are currently being considered:
• No Build: Bike lanes on Jefferson Street. This plan would not add bike lanes to Main and Idaho, but would remove on-street parking on the north side of Jefferson Street to add bike lanes.
• Bike Lanes Protected by Parking: This plan would move on-street parking between the new bike lane and the motor vehicle lanes on Main and Idaho streets. It would remove one motor vehicle lane on parts of Main and Idaho streets.
• Bike Lanes with Painted Buffer: This plan would add a painted buffer between the new bike lane and on-street parking and the adjacent motor vehicle lane on Main and Idaho streets. It would also remove on motor vehicle lane on parts of Main and Idaho.
• Protected Bike Lanes: This plan would replace on-street parking on one side of Main and Idaho streets with a new bike lane separated by a painted, three-foot buffer and a vertical element, such as a row of plastic pylons.
You can take a public survey found here until March 30th.
All the materials available at the open house will be available online by Thursday, March 17th for review.