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Williams letter: Roundabout needs better options for bicycles

Ride Boise's dog bone-shaped roundabout at Catalpa, 36th & Hill

Treasure Valley residents now have full access to the new $3.2 million, dog bone-shaped roundabout on 36th and Hill streets.
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Treasure Valley residents now have full access to the new $3.2 million, dog bone-shaped roundabout on 36th and Hill streets.

This morning I bicycled through the intersection of 36th Street and Hill Road with the new roundabout. I was unpleasantly surprised to find a concrete median narrowing the roundabout lane. How are bikes and cars supposed to both go around this new addition without danger to the cyclist? You do realize that many cyclists love riding Hill Road, so there will be a lot of bike traffic around this new roundabout. And yet, the lane is so narrow, the cyclist will end up riding in the driving lane with a vehicle most likely right on the back tire of the bike, annoying the vehicle driver and making it more dangerous than ever for the cyclist to ride. Why not make the concrete median smaller and add a good sized bike lane?

And to those who will write in and say I don’t pay road taxes, so I shouldn’t have a say, I will let you know that I have two vehicles that I register each year. I choose to cycle.

Judy Williams, Boise

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