Decision on downtown bike lanes postponed

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 20:55:44-04

There won't be any bike lanes on Main and Idaho Streets in downtown Boise any time soon.

The Ada County Highway District Wednesday voted not to approve the bike lanes the city wanted to run between Broadway Avenue and 16th Street.

Although the commissioners felt something should be done to accommodate those who like to ride their bikes downtown, some had reservations.

"I think it's a recipe for disaster to encourage or force bicyclists to use the streets that have the heaviest automobile travel," said Rebecca Arnold, ACHD commissioner. "I just think you're inviting problems."

On July 13, commissioners will look at Jefferson Street. Currently, it is being repaved and is one of the streets to be converted from one to two-way operation. The adopted Downtown Boise Implementation Plan from late 2013 called for Jefferson Street to receive bike lanes, which would eliminate about 100 parking spaces.