No Reprieve: Boise's Buffered Bike Lanes Will Disappear

Jun 6, 2014

Credit Ada County Highway District

This post was updated June 6 at 4:00 p.m.

The temporary bike lanes in downtown Boise are going away.  That's according to the Boise Weekly.  The Ada County Highway District met again this afternoon to reconsider a Wednesday vote that killed the bike lane project.

   

ACHD Commissioners met and heard Boise City Council member Maryanne Jordan's plea to keep the lanes, but decided to stick with their original decision to remove them.   

This post was updated June 6 at 11:45 a.m. 

The Ada County Highway District will meet again Friday afternoon to reconsider a Wednesday vote that killed the bike lane project. 

The Idaho Statesman reports that's after a request from Boise City Council member Maryanne Jordan, who supports the bike lanes. ACHD Commissioners will meet at 3 p.m.

Here's the original post from June 4.

Downtown Boise's temporary bike lanes are coming down. The Idaho Statesman reports that's after a vote Wednesday by the Ada County Highway District Commissioners.

Last month, we told you the pilot project sparked controversy since its start in May. That's when three bike lanes were installed on Capitol, Main, and Idaho streets. Feedback on the project showed respondents either loved or hated the idea.

At Wednesday's hearing, district Director Bruce Wong recommended scrapping the bike lanes, for the time being.

"He pointed out several problems with the bike lanes, including maintenance and cleaning of them, increased numbers of cyclists on sidewalks, delays for public transportation, a coming series of construction projects that could further complicate traffic Downtown, and overall confusion about how to use the lanes." - The Idaho Statesman

It will take about a week to remove the bike lanes from downtown.