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Friday, April 25, 2014
ACHD news conference on Sunday to address proposed swap of vehicle-lanes-for-bike-lanes in downtown Boise

ACHD Vice President Mitchell Jaurena and others will address the pilot project set to begin this week, outlining how this major change will be implemented on Capitol Boulevard, Main Street and Idaho Street.

The briefing will occur in the ACHD Auditorium, 3775 Adams St., on Sunday at 1 p.m.

An open house in March generated some 600 comments from the public with a strong majority in support of the proposal to create buffered, or protected, bike lanes by taking one existing vehicle lane off of Capitol, Main and Idaho. The demonstration project will likely last a month.

Converting the vehicle lanes into bicycle lanes on the key streets could make Boise’s urban core more inviting to riders and promote Boise City’s downtown goals.

But motorists would notice more crowded commutes – particularly at rush hours.

The demonstration will show if the public is willing to accept the tradeoff – and whether the downtown traffic grid can incorporate such a fundamental shift.

Details about the pilot project, the overall proposal and specifics about how the alterations will be made will be part of the briefing.

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