BOISE -- More than 30 cyclists gathered in Boise Saturday for a bike ride and to voice their thoughts on the Ada County Highway District's new plans for downtown Boise.

It seems to me that any city worth half its weight should have more bike and pedestrian zones, and one of the problems we've got in Boise is too much traffic, said Barbara Cochrane, a life-long cyclist.

Cochrane and other bike-enthusiasts gathered in Boise in an effort to raise awareness for possible changes downtown.

We want people to take a look at the full picture of what's being proposed with the downtown implementation plan, said Lisa Brady, Board President of the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance.

As part of their downtown Boise implementation plan, the Ada County Highway District proposes adding bike lanes on Idaho Street, Main Street, and Capitol Boulevard, removing a lane of traffic or parking in some spots. The proposal also calls for converting 5th Street and 6th Street from one-way to two-way streets.

Brady said this could improve getting around downtown for lots of people, not just those on bikes.

We're looking at that as better transit ability for vehicles and pedestrians and bicyclists, all road users, she said.

For a lot of the people who came out Saturday and many in Boise, an active lifestyle is part of the appeal of the City of Trees. They hope ACHD's plan could improve that.

The more we can open that up to pedestrians and bicycles and safety, I think the healthier and more economically positive environment we've got, Cochrane said.

We're headed into the future of active lifestyles, said Brady. We have a lot of people that want to move to a vibrant, active, walk-able downtown, so we want to put some emphasis on that.

If you would like to weigh in on the downtown Boise implementation plan, you can go to the open house, Thursday, March 13 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the US Bank Building.

If you can't make it to the open house, send your written comments to 3775 Adams St., Garden City, ID 83714 or to by March 27, 2014.

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