That doesn't sound like it would make sense, as crossing the river sounds totally counter-intuitive, but as soon as you plot things on a map, it's pretty clear.
|Pringle Square and Downtown Grocery Stores|
Here's the bike map:
|The bike map shows lots of red and yellow!|
For most people, biking downtown is not realistic,
not a comfortable or inviting prospect.
|The one-way grid enforces a southward exit|
Though it may not quite be the shortest distance, the lowest-stress route is to go through Riverfront Park, across the Union St Rail Bridge, and up a short bit of Glen Creek through Wallace Park - to Roths!
|LifeSource and Roths offer|
These difficulties with transportation facilities suggest that it will be far easier to go by car out south or out Mission rather than walking or biking. The Boise site and our transportation system really make it difficult to make any choice other than driving a car.
In her comments at Council on Monday about the Boise project, the Mayor noted that anecdotally that it seemed most downtown rentals had waiting lists and that three condos in the 295 Church building had recently sold quickly and at or above the initial asking price. She cited these as indications that demand is rising for downtown living.
|The first slice: Sharrows on Union and Winter, bike lanes on|
High and Church, two-way conversion on cottage
- Improving Church and High Streets as a key north-south bikeway couplet
- Completing the Union Street bikeway
Other things we need to consider include:
- If the boardwalk design is retained, making sure there is a bike-friendly connection between Pringle Square and Riverfront Park
- Ensuring there is adequate and secure bike parking/storage at Pringle Square, above and beyond the bare minimum required by code.
- (Maybe we will need a grocery store in the center of downtown at some point, you think?)