A cyclist rides along Eighth Street in downtown Boise in this 2021 file photo. The Ada County Highway District gave the go-ahead to add bike access between the Boise River Greenbelt and the North End, bringing more changes to the increased accessibility renaissance Eighth Street has undergone in recent years.
The recommendation was for the commission to adopt modified concept A, which includes “raised and protected bike lanes in both directions,” on Eighth Street between Franklin and Union streets, said Justin Lucas, Deputy Director of Plans and Projects.
Modified concept A would remove one northbound lane for cars and parking on one side of Eighth Street, Lucas said. It also includes pedestrian space and would remove 29 parking spaces. The estimated cost is $1.67 million, according to the presentation.
“Going back, all the way to the beginning of why we’re even here and what we’re talking about…there has been a desire to provide connections between the North End…through downtown Boise all the way to the Greenbelt,” Lucas said.
The original concept A had the most comfortable conditions but the most parking loss, according to the presentation. It was between the most expensive and the cheapest options and had the most support.
The modified concept A provides extra separation for cyclists passing through the St. John’s and St. Joe’s loading and unloading areas, the presentation said. St. John’s is a church located at 807 N 8th St., between West Hays and West Fort streets, and St. Joe’s is a catholic school near the corner of […]
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