Originally Posted by boisecynic
Another reason that the 10th Street corridor should be a through route just as 8th is. It would take some of the burden off of 8th. 8th is without a doubt the most successful corridor. Why not copy it?
I'm not sure 8th should be permanently closed. And which section? I could see the section between Bannock and the Grove being closed to cars at certain hours but not permanently. Some of the business owners need to drive their vehicles to their front doors for legitimate business. Parking helps the restaurants too, especially during slow times, i.e., during winter and after the Farmer's Market closes.
South of Myrtle they could narrow the street by making bike lanes curbside segregated with a parking lane outboard of that.
I think 8th will always carry the bulk, as Capital Blvd funnels the Bench right there, as well as a prominent greenbelt pedestrian bridge and the most obvious way to access downtown. Once Pioneer Corridor is completed, and even now, 11th is probably more likely to pick up the slack from how I see it. To me 10th doesn't have a natural flow to get to from the south.
Again, I think 8th should be closed from the Anne Frank Memorial (the river) all the way to Bannock. Yes, some parking will be lost, but a lot will be gained in terms of ambiance. I don't really agree that business owners need to drive right up to the front door. Even if they do, it would probably have to be developed for emergency access, so cars could service them on rare occasion. In San Jose, and I'm sure plenty of other cities, there is a pedestrian corridor stretching multiple blocks. The Paseo de San Antonio below is only available to pedestrians, and has businesses lining almost its entire length. I think this would work even better in Boise due to the pedestrian traffic and the major destinations which would exist at either end and along its length.
I do agree that it could be stressed in winter. Solar heat lamps?
I also like the separated bike lane. The problem I see with it could be in terms of safety, and drivers being able to see the fast moving bike riders on the other side of the parked cars when they begin to enter an intersection. This would definitely work well along the 30th St extension where there are going to be a minimal amount of intersections on the west side of the street in relation to its length.