BOISE -- Hundreds packed an Ada County Highway District meeting Thursday night to give feedback on a plan that would replace select traffic lanes with bike lanes in downtown Boise.

ACHD and city planners say the plan comes in response to increased demand for safer biking routes downtown. However, it would obviously affect motorists and bicyclists in different ways.

Read more about the proposal here.

ACHDspokesman Craig Quintana said the trade off would mean safer bicycling in downtown Boise, but could increase motor vehicle congestion.

The upside is we'd really enhance bicycle safety, and connectivity through Downtown both on the east-west and north-south directions. The downside is for vehicles, it's going to get a little more congested, a little more crowded especially during rush hour. Quintana said.

City leaders are taking public comment online through March 27.

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