Boise Races Into the Lead on Separated Bike Lanes

The Ada County Highway District has announced a new program to separate bike lanes from vehicle lanes on arterial roadways in Boise and other cities around the county.

June 14, 2021, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Bike Trail

Not every right of way devoted to bikes can be like the Boise River Greenbelt, but typical bike lanes can still be a lot safer. | D.Lopez-FotoMundo America / Shutterstock

Autum Robertson reports that the Ada County Highway District will "revamp how it approaches bike lanes on so-called 'arterial' roadways," implementing a program that will "[build] separate pathways, detached bike lanes or detached bike lanes with sidewalks."

"That means fewer bike lanes directly attached to vehicle lanes, separated by nothing more than a painted line," explains Robertson.

The article includes soundbites from local resident Joe Jaszewski, who serves on the ACHD Pedestrian Advisory Group and describes the new program a "game changer" for bike and traffic safety.

More details about the costs and expected benefits of providing more separated bike lanes are included in the source article.

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