ACHD has wisely put a “HOLD” on the plans to make it even more difficult for cars in downtown Boise in favor of bikes. Here is their news release about previously proposed changes to downtown east-west streets:
The ACHD Commission has decided to defer consideration of the addition of bicycle facilities to Main and Idaho streets at this time.
Accordingly, there will be no hearing on April 27, 2016 to consider alternatives to add bike facilities to the streets, nor has any future date been set. The previously approved conversion of Jefferson Street to two-way traffic with the addition of bike lanes will move forward later this year.
Commissioners are concerned about the general turmoil in downtown Boise with the ongoing, and major, construction projects involving the Main Street Station and Boise Convention Center expansion, the Simplot headquarters/Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, and the pending request from St. Luke’s for the vacation of two blocks of Jefferson Street and the related $400 million hospital expansion. Commissioners are also awaiting the conclusion from the Boise Circulator Study, which is considering a new shuttle bus or light rail system for downtown streets.
Some of these projects and issues are expected to be completed or resolved by summer 2016.
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