Several Treasure Valley projects aiming to make roads more bicycle-friendly

Posted at 4:47 PM, Jun 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-14 11:11:53-04

IDAHO — Several projects are in the works to make Treasure Valley roads more bike friendly.

Some projects include the Ada County Highway District's decision to separate bike laneson arterial roads moving forward and the redevelopment plan for Chinden Boulevard.

Nick Jezierny said he rides his bike just about everywhere, including to work every day.

But some roads, like Chinden, aren't as bike-friendly as the ones on his commute to work.

“Chinden is one of the scariest roads that you can try to ride on. I have done it. It’s not comfortable at all, and I consider myself a pretty strong and confident cyclist," Jezierny said.

Lisa Brady said many of these roads are studied frequently and many of these projects have been in the works for years, but with the influx of people moving to Boise, there are more people adding their voices to the conversation right now.

"What I know about advocacy and about road building and about plans is it just takes a lot of time. So it just seems like all of a sudden this change is really happening and there is a lot of momentum right now," Brady said. "There’s explosive growth happening here and something’s gotta be done about traffic and giving people options.”

Jezierny said he thinks the more bike-friendly the roads are, the more people will use their bikes to get around.

If you'd like to write a letter of support for the Chinden project, click here.