BOISE -- The buffered bike lanes in downtown Boise will be dismantled and the streets will go back to the way they were.
After a split vote among the Ada County Highway District commission this week, it was decided to terminate the pilot project.
But, while those on the commission said the project wasn't providing them with a clear benefit, those who actually use the bike lanes said they will miss them.
Boise City Council President Maryann Jordan stood before the ACHD commission Friday and said people haven't had the chance to understand the project's benefits. And that ACHD was wasting additional funds by paying to remove the bike lanes.
However, the commission stuck with their original vote last Wednesday to do away with the pilot bike lanes.
I have not heard anything today that meets our standard for redoing and reconsidering the entire decision, said ACHD Commissioner Rebecca Arnold.
So now these buffered bike lanes will be gone. We spoke to some residents Sunday.
In Boise it's easier to ride a bike than drive a car, so I think a lot of people are going to be upset.
Some who bike said they felt safer.
I liked them because it kept the cars away from me and I thought it was nice to have my own space. I was sad to see them go.
And even drivers told us that it was something they could easily get used to.
I just had to change my drive pattern a little bit.
Just something to get used to trying to, pulling out of the university was probably the biggest deal, but after the first time it was OK.
The ACHD commission embarked on this bike lane pilot project in late April.
Thousands of people responded to an online survey, and although the numbers were split pretty evenly, more people were in favor of removing the bike lanes.
Additional plans for bike lanes could still come in the future, but time with stakeholders will be needed to see how it all could pan out long term.