There are many factors at play with regard to the debate over the bike lane experiment which goes beyond a simple “car vs bike” issue.
We support the “wait and see” attitude of the ACHD. The agency which maintains and manages 2,100 miles of streets in Ada County has not ruled against accommodating bikes in Boise. The agency has simply said, “not now and not the way the Boise City Council wants it.”
The council has a history of getting its own way, but more often than not the city gets slapped down by the courts. Easy to bully, bluff, and manipulate the little people, but when faced with voters and judges its often a different story.
Under Mayor Dave Bieter’s “Team Dave,” we have seen repeated studies to get a trolley, multiple locations for a transit center, and stacking other agencies with Bieter-friendly members. They also have repeatedly used public funds to hire public relations firms to manipulate public opinion in favor of their desires.
Maryanne Jordan took to the air on KBOI AM 670 radio just hours before yesterday’s ACHD meeting trying to gin up support for bike lanes. While she pooh-poohed the public opinion poll conducted by ACHD, she sought to have the city position get special treatment at the hearing.
The city has ignored the constitution on long term debt issues, voting issues, panhandling, and lost every time. They worked to subvert an ACHD legislative tour during the Valentines Day massacre of 2013 when a staffer in the mayor’s office caused an anonymous letter critical of ACHD to be delivered to tour members.
Boise ignored ACHD when they placed “hockey puck” parking meter sensors in the street without permission. ACHD won that fight, despite Boise claiming they “had to do it” in order to take advantage of a visit by the vendor of the devices.
There’s a lot of bad blood between ACHD and Boise City and we don’t see it getting better soon. Look for Team Dave to get another pro-Bieter ACHD member like Jim Hansen.
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