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New type of bike lane could come to Downtown Boise

A new-to-Boise type of bike lane is planned for 11th Street in Downtown Boise. The Capital City Development Corporation and Ada County Highway District plan to install a new “raised bike lane” as part of a new bikeway project through Downtown Boise.

The agencies asked for public feedback on two ideas – one a separated bike lane much like the one on Capitol Blvd. near Boise City Hall. The other – the option they will move forward with – would build a new bike lane attached to the sidewalk.

“The design team explored several different bike lane options, but they landed on (two options) that they felt did the best job of meeting project goals and providing separation,” Amy Fimbel with CCDC said during a meeting Monday.

[2018: Project would connect Greenbelt & Camel’s Back for cyclists]

How it would work

Here’s how it would work: The raised bike lane would sit on the same level as the sidewalk, but set apart from the pedestrian area. What CCDC calls the “furnishings zone,” an area with trees, benches and bike racks, would sit between the bike lane and regular sidewalk.

A rendering of the bike lanes along 11th St. to the north of Main St. Via CCDC/ACHD

The lanes will sit on both sides of 11th Street.

If also approved by ACHD, the bikeway would go in during 2022, connecting from River Street near the Boise Greenbelt all the way to Washington Street, a span of about a mile. The lane would connect with other improvements to 11th Street as it passes through Boise’s North End, as well as a potential future connection through the Boise High School campus.

The lane would cost more to install, but Fimbel said the ongoing maintenance would be cheaper. It also would feature protection from snow and other road debris.

CCDC said the raised bike lane option would mean the least disruption to parking. Instead of eliminating half of all parking on the ten or so blocks of the lane, it would mean just cutting about 20% spaces, primarily around intersections.

“This raised option maintains most on-street parking and would make it easiest for bicyclists to stop at businesses along the corridor,” Fimbel said.

Don Day - BoiseDev editor
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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