BOISE, Idaho — The Boise City Council unanimously approved the Boise Pathways Master plan Tuesday night during a regular City Council meeting.
The City of Boise began surveying the public last year for input, expanding access and connect more residents to safe and connected pathways. The plan creates more than 110 miles of new pathways.
The plan would also use more canals and abandon railways as portions of the new paths. This would mean 75 percent of Boise residents would be within 10 minutes of path. The Boise Pathways Master Plan will use routes along canals and railways to expand access and safety.
There has been support for the plan voiced from those who would utilize the pathways as well as local agencies involved.
"At ACHD we have a lot of work to do make our streets safer for everyone and for all modes this pathways plan is great opportunity for partnership across all kinds of sectors, and leaders to dig into making our community a more livable place," said ACHD Commissioner Alexis Pickering.
City councilors are hopeful construction on a few of these paths would start later this year.
"It's a plan that we're going to break ground on this year on at least one project if not two projects," said Boise City Council Member Jimmy Hallyburton.
The Boise Pathways Master Plan and a interactive map of what the paths would look like can be found here.