BOISE -- The buffered bike lane pilot project in downtown Boise will end this weekend after a split vote among the Ada County Highway District commission.

The decision to stop the pilot program came after the commission, which only had four of its five members at Wednesday's meeting, were tied in a 2-2 vote.

The two commissioners who voted to stop the pilot program said they learned from it, but didn't allow it to continue because it didn't provide any clear benefit.

Beginning in late April, one lane of traffic on Capitol Boulevard, Main and Idaho streets were marked for bicycle traffic only.

The city of Boise and ACHD started the month-long pilot program to see if the buffered bike lanes would increase safety for everyone who uses the road. The hope was that cyclists would stop riding on the sidewalks, and the cars would stay out of the bike lanes.

ACHD's director told the commission that the changes they saw over the last month were not significant. The split vote automatically forced them to return to the original recommendation and halt the program after 30 days.

I think the jury is still out on buffered bike lanes and we haven't come to our ultimate conclusion on that, but that certainly can be part of the mix and that's what they're going to be looking at for the next two months, said ACHD spokesman Craig Quintana. Really the only thing that was decided today was that the pilot project is going to come to an end.

The commission now wants to meet with all the stakeholders to figure out a long-term plan for bike lanes.

Meanwhile, the process to change the bike lanes back will start Sunday night, and is expected to take a week.

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