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Monday, May 14, 2012
ACHD seeking public input on pedestrian and bicycle needs for Boise’s Central Bench and Downtown Meridian

What keeps you from walking or biking to your destination?
Does your neighborhood need bike lanes or better amenities for pedestrians?

These are questions the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) and the cities of Boise and Meridian are asking of two neighborhoods— Boise’s Central Bench and Downtown Meridian.

ACHD and the cities are working to develop a plan for the two neighborhoods that will lead to future projects to create better connections for bikes and pedestrians. "The people living in the neighborhoods know where the sidewalk and bike improvements are needed most," said Justin Lucas, Senior Transportation Planner for ACHD. "We want them to tell us what we need to do."

Public open houses are planned for May and June and are open to all residents of the Central Boise Bench and Downtown Meridian areas or those who walk or bike within the study areas. (Downtown Meridian Map - Boise Central Bench Map)

Boise Central Bench Open Houses

  • May 17 |  5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Borah High School | 6001 Cassia Street
  • May 24 |  5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Jefferson Elementary School | 200 S. Latah Street
  • May 29 |  5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Owyhee Elementary School | 3434 Pasadena Drive
Downtown Meridian Open House
  • June 7 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Meridian Elementary School | 1035 Northwest 1st Street

Open house attendees will be asked to identify specific areas they think would benefit from pedestrian or bike-related improvements. Features utilized elsewhere in Ada County and other communities will be provided to help generate ideas. Recommendations may range from the addition of a signalized pedestrian crossing to traffic signs to help navigate to popular destinations such as parks or schools.

Residents unable to provide input at an open house are encouraged to take online surveys that ask about biking and walking habits. The surveys are available through June 21 at http://www.achdidaho.org/Departments/PP/Connect%20Surveys.aspx.

More about the Walking and Biking Plan
The Central Boise Bench and Downtown Meridian neighborhoods are the first among many in Ada County to be studied to determine where pedestrian and bicycle deficiencies exist. A draft plan outlining priorities and potential projects for the Boise Central Bench will be available for review in July, while a draft plan for Downtown Meridian is anticipated for August.

The plans will shape future bike and pedestrian improvement projects for the neighborhoods.

ACHD will continue to work with its city partners to identify areas for other neighborhood plans, focusing on mature neighborhoods where sidewalk and bicycle connectivity is currently a challenge.
For more on the ACHD Neighborhood Walking and Biking Plan projects, visit www.achdidaho.org.

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