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BOISE -- Urban planners say replacing key traffic lanes with permanent bike lanes could make for a better commute in downtown Boise.

That's because there's a major demand for more bike lanes in the urban core, according to the Ada County Highway District.

To remedy the situation, planners and traffic engineers have recommended removing one or more traffic lanes in lieu of permanent bike lanes on sections of Idaho and Main streets in downtown Boise. The move would create a separate bike lane with reflective markers closed to vehicle traffic on each street.

Other changes include rerouting the traffic flow on 5th and 6th streets from one-way to two-way traffic.

The Ada County Highway District will hold an open house discussing the proposed changes Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the U.S.Bank Building.

WHYMAKETHECHANGES?

City planners say bike traffic in Boise's downtown is on the rise, and they want a safer way for those bicyclists to get around.

Downtown could get more bike friendly, said Craig Quintana, ACHD Communications Director. It's a car-centric environment.

The drawback to making the changes? Slower commute times for cars, trucks, and buses.

We are going to make the roads a little more crowded, a little more congested, particulary at rush hour, Quintana told KTVB. The tradeoff being that we're going to provide space for bicyclists to be where they haven't been before.

It's a tradeoff ACHD wants feedback on -- from those with pedal power, and those who put the pedal to the metal.

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