A traffic monitor on 8th Street said he saw one driver Tuesday going the wrong way on Idaho Street who tried to turn the wrong way on 8th Street.
That was the worst example he saw on the first day that Capital City Development Corporation, Boise's urban renewal agency, opened 8th Street between Main and Bannock streets with a new configuration.
A few other drivers, perhaps confused by the change from southbound to northbound car traffic, briefly drove the wrong way. In general, though, traffic flow seemed fairly clean by Tuesday afternoon, when I wandered by to shoot some video.
Here's a look:
Besides changing the direction of car traffic, CCDC added a contra-flow bike — meaning it flows the opposite direction as car traffic — lane on the Main-to-Bannock stretch of 8th Street. The car lane is now a sharrow, meaning it's designed to be shared by cars and bikes.
The sharrow and bike lane seemed especially popular. Given all the recent controversy over Ada County Highway District's Downtown bike lanes, I wonder if 8th Street could serve as the north-south corridor cyclists want so badly. Maybe the trouble of riding from Capitol Boulevard over to 8th Street makes that a bad idea, but the CCDC-controlled stretch of 8th Street seems perfect for bikes: lots of stores, not too much car traffic, etc.