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Although Boise was ranked by Liveability.com as one of the best places to live, history has shown that even the most beautiful places can be disgraced by a single incident of violence.

In light of the recent shooting tragedy in Santa Barbara in which six students were killed, Gene Deisinger, a behavior threat assessment, management specialist and clinical psychologist, was asked to speak about the nature and process of targeted violence in higher institutions at Boise State. Most of his speech  revolved around the difficulties of profiling.

“The human mind has evolved to profile,” Deisinger said. This can be misleading.

According to Deisinger, the mind does two things when first meeting another person: first, it categorizes the interaction based on past experience. Then, it assigns meaning, deciding whether or not the situation threatens the individuals well-being or survival.

“The good news is those heuristics work fairly well some of the time,” Deisinger said. “The bad news is they don’t work very well much of the time.”

In Deisinger’s opinion, many believe there has been an outbreak of mass shootings throughout the country. He stresses that this is not the case; shootings are much less frequent than other forms of violence.

He feels the majority of violence happens when people aren’t aware of it.

The number one problem over the years has been self-induced harm or violence in the home, where only one offender and one victim are involved. Mass shootings have been mostly associated with targeted violence, however.

Furthermore, most incidents occur at the victim’s home where they are alone and vulnerable. This, according to Deisinger, isn’t the perception most people have about targeted violence.

“In terms of violent crimes, most campuses are safe,” Deisinger said.

Even so, it helps to be aware.

Although it is impossible to profile someone who may potentially cause harm to others, there are signs to watch for. Deisinger uses the phrase “pathway to violence” to describe an individual’s actions leading up to an incident.

When an individual’s mood becomes drastically different than usual, Deisinger said that is when a person is most susceptible to hurting themselves or others.

“Oftentimes, it’s pretty clear the person’s state of crises,” he said.

Usually these people will express their ideas of violence to friends or co-workers. They will go beyond just thinking about harming others by mapping out the event.

“This doesn’t mean everyone who thinks about violence will do it,” Deisinger said. “These are usually people that someone has expressed their concerns about previously.”

In any instance in which a potentially violent situation may take place, Boise Police Department lieutenant Rob Gallas urges students and faculty to report what they see.  “I’d rather be inconvenienced and be wrong than have someone notice something and not report it,” Gallas said.

In his opinion, the Boise community is safe because people are willing to act.

“We’re not doing this alone,” Gallas said.

Most instances in which law enforcement officers catch someone in the act of a crime, he says, are when a bystander is paying attention and reports it.

In cases in which students are already on campus when an incident occurs, Gallas strongly recommends opting-in to Bronco Alert. This resource will either send you a text or email depending on preference if something serious takes place on campus. Students who want to opt-in can do so by clicking the link on their Bronco web home page. The entire sign-up process takes less than two minutes.

Gallas also recommends students and faculty take a more active approach by imagining their actions in these situations.

“If you’ve already thought it through, you’re going to respond that way,” Gallas said.

For additional information, go to http://emergencymanagement.boisestate.edu/emergency_procedures/.

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Mat Boesen, a red-shirt linebacker for Boise State’s football team, was arrested Thursday evening.

Boesen, 19, was charged with misdemeanor inattentive or careless driving and misdemeanor resisting or obstructing officers. He was booked in the jail at 7:41 p.m. but released later that same night.

The athletics department released a short statement saying they are aware of the situation and intend to follow the procedures outlined in the student conduct policy.

According to an article published by the Idaho Press Tribune Boesen is due in court on July 31.

Boesen, who red-shirted as a true freshman last year, was not expected to be a major contributor for the team this fall.

Bronco Stadium has a new name.

It will now be called Albertsons Stadium as both Boise State officials and Albertsons officials came to a long term agreement that sees Albertsons taking over the naming rights to the stadium.

Albertsons and Boise State’s deal is for 15 years and worth 12.5 million dollars.

This deal has been 17 years in the making as Boise State has been trying to sell off the naming rights to the stadium since 1997.

Albertsons now joins Taco Bell as the latest company to sponsor the university. Boise State and Taco Bell also came to a 15 year deal back in 2004.

This deal between Albertsons and Boise State seems to be the perfect fit as both institutions have been instrumental in the state of Idaho.

Albertsons was founded in Boise in 1939 and ever since has been a mainstay in the state and a vital part of the community. Last year the company moved its headquarters back to Boise after a seven year hiatus and felt this was a perfect way to make their return felt.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/05/21/3195133/its-albertsons-stadium.html?sp=/99/1687/&ihp=1#storylink=cpyAlbertson’s was founded right here Boise back in 1939 and ever since have been a mainstay in the state of Idaho. The company recently moved its corporate headquarters back to Idaho after a seven year hiatus.

“This is a 15-year deal,” Albertsons CEO Bob Miller said. “We bought the stores a year ago March. We’re anxious to let people know we’re here to stay; this is our corporate headquarters and it’s going to stay that way. And this is a good way to reinforce that message.”

Negotiations between Boise State and Albertsons began just a few months ago and it wasn’t long before the two parties came to an agreement.

Both Boise State and Albertsons are hoping this is a start of long term relationship with one another and are looking forward to working with each other.

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Boise State graduation parking will be free for all attendees. However, there are some limits. The following is an email distributed by Boise State University Transportation and Parking Services. The information pertains to Saturday, May 17, the day of the Boise State Commencement Ceremony.

Traffic Advisory

· University Drive/Taco Bell Arena – expect increased traffic congestion along University Drive, between Broadway Avenue and Capitol Boulevard, between 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and between 5:00-7:30 p.m. for the 2014 Spring Commencement Ceremony, which starts at 10:00 a.m. and College of Western Idaho Commencement Ceremony which starts at 7:00 p.m.

Commencement Parking

· Parking is free all day. This includes all General and Reserved parking lots, pay lots and parking garages on campus.
· Arrive early, prior to 9:15 a.m. if attending the commencement ceremony to allow plenty of time to park and walk to the Taco Bell Arena. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
· Accessible parking – the West Stadium parking lot, located between Taco Bell Arena and Bronco Stadium, will be reserved for accessible patrons and their families. Accessible parking is also available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage where an accessible-equipped shuttle will transport patrons to and from the Taco Bell Arena between 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
· Accessible-equipped shuttles will also be provided between the Lincoln Ave Garage and the Taco Bell Arena from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Click here to view a map of parking available for the Boise State Commencement.

Restricted Parking:

The West Stadium Lot, located between Taco Bell Arena and Bronco Stadium, will be reserved for accessible patrons and their families as well as special groups assisting with Commencement.

 

When Jake Wolford, president of Secular Student Alliance, first came up with the religion of the shoe: he was attempting to save people’s “soles” and “heels” them from their sin.

Wolford created his “religion” as a response to the religious bigotry being shouted in the Quad throughout dead week.

“We were both preaching nonsense, but only one of us was aware of it,” Wolford said.

Students passing through the Quad felt strongly about the matter.

“It’s one thing to preach a loving message,” said Kyle Van Arsdale, spectator at the scene. “There’s nothing good about what they have to say.”

Brother Jed, who many students have come to know well already, visited campus during dead week spreading his message of salvation through bigotry. The first day of his arrival students stood by shocked at the details in which he told his hateful stories. His antics managed to draw a crowd by the end of the day. However, the crowd did not just consist of students. Police and Fox Channel 6 News were present as well.

The second day students came prepared. By noon Wednesday, a crowd yet again gathered around Brother Jed, this time many students sat with a bigot bingo card placed in front of them. The inspiration for the card came from the topics he discussed the previous day.

“Jesus will deliver you from your sins,” Brother Jed said.

A call from the crowd let everyone know someone’s gotten bingo.  

Later on in the afternoon, students gathered around singing “kumbaya” to spread peace to students as they pass between classes.

“I think the best thing you can do is just make fun of it,” Wolford said.

Wednesday night Brother Jed allegedly struck a student attempting to give him a hug, which a member of The Arbiter, Farzan Faramarzi, caught on tape. On Thursday students arrived early in anticipation of the next day’s events.

“Some people are just curious,” said Lee Rever, a junior at Boise State. “They wanna see what’s going on or what’s going to happen next.”

There’s no question that the presence of Brother Jed and his fellow pastors served as both a source of entertainment and frustration for many students walking through the Quad this past week. For others, it gave them a chance to be ridiculous.

“It’s like they’re giving me a free pass to go H.A.M.,” Wolford said. “Anything I do won’t look as idiotic compared to them.”

He believes that what the pastors had to say was nonsense and wanted everyone else passing to realize this as well.

“My idea was that if I was openly making a fool of myself in the name of religion, people could realize that the pastors were doing the same thing,”
Wolford said.

Pro Life Demonstration Devin Ferrell
Abolishionists4Life, a Boise State Club, hosted a demonstration on the quad in partnership with the Campus Outreach for Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust to protest abortion practices. Students from the Secular Student Alliance joined in a counter-demonstration. Devin Ferrell

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Students walking through the Quad were bombarded by pro-life and pro-choice activists. Images of aborted fetuses littered the walkway. In the midst of this chaos, sorority girls were handing out coupons for free tacos. This is the epitome of a college campus.

Campus Outreach for the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, a national pro-life group, and Abolitionists for Life, a campus pro-life club,   hosted the protest which inspired some and left others disgusted.

“It’s good to have an open dialogue,” said Lisa Atkins, president of Abolitionists for Life. “If this is happening legally every day then we should be able to talk about it.”

Students walking by the Quad could hardly pass through the gauntlet of photos without catching a glimpse of one of the large poster-sized images depicting the fetus in its aborted form. Many felt strongly toward these graphic images believing they weren’t suitable for the campus
environment.

“This is gross,” said Jake Wolford, president of Boise State’s Secular Student Alliance (SSA). “Is this even OK, to display
on campus?”

The pro-life group organizing the event believe these images are appropriate and need to be seen.

Christina Garza, director for campus outreach for Survivors, explained the group’s position toward the photos.

“We’re allowing the victims to speak for themselves,” Garza said. “It would be an injustice on our part if we let these victims die silently without anyone to defend them.”

Through talking to passersby, they found that many people will not take a stance on the issue.

“We would like students to choose one side or the other,” Garza said. “It’s not safe to stay in the middle because innocent lives are being killed.”

Protesters from the Secular Student Alliance believe either way, women who think abortion is right are going to use this method.

“I think people should have the right to abortion in any circumstance,” Wolford said.

He believes it is the right of every human being to choose their stance on this issue and having access to programs that provide education and aboritions will decrease abortion rates and complications from unhealthy alternatives.

For Garza, the question isn’t when is it OK, but whether the act of abortion is killing another human being.

“We should protect that human being,” Garza said. “Not look for situations where killing that person is justified.”

Wolford also feels the pro-life event is based on religious beliefs, which is something the club feels is inaccurate.

“We’re not here because it’s a religious issue but because it’s a human rights issue,”
Atkins said.

According to abortion statistics, approximately 1.06 million abortions took place in the U.S. in 2011.

“If we can save one life by changing someone’s mind about abortion,” Garza said. “Then all of this is worth it.”

On April 28, when the Secular Student Alliance and Campus Outreach for the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust were protesting, the Boise State University Student Foundation was holding an appreciation event for people who donated money to Boise State. They had placed flags on the quad, each flag representing 25 donations to the university.

According to club president, Katlin Bailey, there were 2,212 flags.

The original article reported these flags stood for the number of fetuses aborted ever day. This was incorrect, the two events had no correlation.

As Boise State gears up to face civil action from two former female athletes over alleged sexual harassment and assault incidents, officials at the university are keeping their lips sealed.

“I am really restricted on what I can say, so I am not going to be able to answer any questions,” said Greg Hahn, associate vice president for Communication and Marketing at Boise State.

Boise State officials did, however, release a written statement regarding the behavior, stating they dealt with the incident as soon as it presented itself.

“Right now we are sticking with that statement and are unable to comment on anything else,” Hahn said.

Whether former track and field coach JW Hardy’s abrupt dismissal by the university last spring was a result of his failure to address sexual assault, Boise State officials won’t say.

The two women suing Boise State claim Hardy was aware of alleged sexual assault and harassment claims against what the suit describes as a male track and field star failing to do anything to prevent further incidents.

The women are being represented by nationally renowned women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred.

While the university remains embroiled in sexual assault litigation, officials have taken steps to update Boise State code regarding reporting sexual assault and discrimination under the Clery Act.

According to Boise State Title IX/504 coordinator Annie Kerrick, the recent changes are a coincidence.

“It’s not related to the lawsuit but it was something a committee of people have been working on for a while to clean up our policy,” Kerrick said.

With the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act by Congress in 2013, Kerrick said changes to policy had been in the works for a while to ensure compliance with federal law.

“There were a lot of changes to the Clery Act and a lot of that was policy changes, so that is where these changes came in,” Kerrick said.

Boise State students like freshman biology major Nate Grant think athletes should not be protected when breaking the law by engaging in harassment and assault.

“I like sports, but just because you are really good at something, that doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want without facing any consequences,” Grant said.

Junior Angelica Lopez said she and friends have experienced harassment and felt embarrassed to report the incidents for fear they would not be taken seriously.

“When you are partying and you’re drinking, it’s less likely that anyone will believe you if you tell them you were drunk,” Lopez said. “Even if you are drunk, people shouldn’t be allowed to do things to you without getting charged with a crime.”

Students explored their biological roots as they observed reflections of human emotions and personalities in the faces and behavior of Zoo Boise primates and monkeys.

The primates and monkeys intrigued the students with parenting skills and behavior changes when presented with enrichment tools the class provided as part of a service-learning project.

“For me the primates seemed more curious about the people than the people about the primates,” said Linda Hammond, junior anthropology and environmental studies major. “I mean, they’d be like ‘Ooh look a monkey’ and then they move on to the next one while all the primates were just kind of ‘what do you got there? What are you doing?’ Li Bao (a gibbon) especially. Today she came out of the tunnel because we were standing there waiting for her. She came out, stuck up her face and started posing. She was very curious and I think a lot of people here, they just kind of walk by (and) don’t really pay attention.”

The class created enrichment tools (food vessels) for the primates and monkeys to engage with when feeding time came around. The vessels were placed outside the captivity spaces while the primates and monkeys explored new ways of getting their food.

Some just reached in and grabbed out small amounts of food, like the capuchins; others—like the mangabeys—tried to detach the enrichment tools from the enclosure. Students also observed similarities in human behavior in how the primates and monkeys engaged with their babies.

“You have that childhood, and that motherhood, it’s kind of cute, and they even have that grandmother hypothesis which I didn’t know about,” said Corrine Walker, freshman political science major. “I really like that…it kind of goes with a lot like history and philosophy because you’re learning about what makes you human and those animal instincts that we all have; they said the lemurs were lazy and they’ll eat a ton and they have to be really careful about their diet and we’re the same way, like in survival it makes sense to put on more weight and when food is available and then just store it by being lazy.”

As a result of this exercise, Elizabeth Kringen, anthropology post-baccalaureate, and Chandra Reyna, senior psychology major, felt differently toward zoos and their keeping animals in captivity.

Kringen said she now sees the educational benefit of zoos, and both Kringen and Reyna said by providing enrichment tools, zoo keepers are bridging the gap between how monkeys would behave in the wild and how they engage with their current conditions.

“I think when we first started this I was…I don’t want to say against…but I really wanted to see the interaction between how they are in the wild and how they are here. I think that by giving them the enrichments it helps them engage more, so I’ve kind of changed my view from before,” Reyna said. “I was like ‘I don’t want to go to the zoo. I don’t even want to go there. I’m not even trying to be a part of that’. I still don’t like zoos but I can see they’re trying to do their best and even though the animals are captive they really are trying to do their best to make their lives full circle.”

The Boise State shuttle transports students from building to building rain or shine. In the last 10 years shuttle driver Ronald Mowry has seen some significant changes to the system and he’s about to see some more.

Every few years the shuttle program gets a little different, whether it is the route that changes or the shuttles themselves.

Mowry currently drives one of the buses chartered through the Caldwell Transportation department but has driven the Boise State shuttle route for 10 years and can speak to the trends of shuttle riders.

“I see about 125 to 135 (riders) a day,” Mowry said. “A good day is 180.”

Shuttle usage increases when the weather is poor but remains around the 200 riders per shuttle mark. The Department of Transportation and Parking is looking to make changes that will increase ridership.

The shuttles currently operate for 24 hours a day. This week last year, the shuttle service served over 1,100 students, a hefty number, but Nicole Nimmons, executive director of Transportation and Parking Services, thinks that some changes can be made to increase ridership.

“We’re going to be doing something completely different,” Nimmons said. “We’re going to be leasing some larger buses and then we have our five buses and we’re going to have all of those wrapped.”

According to Nimmons, the wrap plan will change the design of the bus. They will be wrapped in orange, blue and silver to coordinate with the routes. Currently there are two routes in place, the orange route that rounds Boise Avenue and heads to Park Center. The blue route heads westbound down University and eastbound up Cesar Chavez Lane, doing a loop around campus.

Part of the new plans will add a third route, silver, that will travel from a new park and ride being built off of Vista Avenue. The silver route will also add new stops downtown.

“We have our park and ride going in between the Super 8 and the Holiday Inn; it’ll be about 130 parking spaces,”
Nimmons said.

The park and ride will open mid fall.

In addition to the new route, Transportation and Parking will be discontinuing Caldwell Transportation services and will be updating the mobile app.

“We have a mobile app currently that we will be making digital enhancements to,” Nimmons said. “People can follow our shuttles currently live off of our website link.”

Nimmons’s goal is to make the shuttle map more user-friendly and ultimately develop a ‘check-in’ feature that would allow students to alert drivers they are at a particular stop or signal the drivers to wait.

Many of the riders use the website and ride the shuttle daily. One such rider is Kenzie Stallings, junior geology major.

“I use the shuttle everyday a couple of times a day,” Stallings said. “It’s a lot easier to get across campus.”

Stallings usually catches the shuttle at the Environmental Research Building and rides to the Morrison Center, two buildings on opposite sides of campus.

“It’s really convenient,” Stallings said. “But I think it would be nice to have (more) shuttles run down the other side of
University.”

Transportation and Parking is looking for more feedback from students. They will be hosting a survey online and will be offering comment cards on the shuttle as the semester draws to a close.

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Boise State administrators and Ayers Saint Gross (ASG) representatives are planning for university growth.

Future buildings, old buildings, green space, road ways, bike paths, future land acquisition and space purposes were a few of the topics addressed.

Carolyn Krall, senior associate of ASG, broke down the physicality of future expansions into three areas (precients) of development: expansion, Greenbelt and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and
Athletics.

On April 10, ASG hosted three campus master plan update meetings for faculty, staff, students and the community, faculty, and staff about the physical plans for Boise State’s expansion and how they align with the strategic vision of the university.

“Boise State University aspires to be a research university known for the finest undergraduate education in the region, and outstanding research and graduate programs,” the vision statement said. “With its exceptional faculty, staff and student body, and its location in the heart of a thriving metropolitan area, the university will be viewed as an engine that drives the Idaho economy, providing significant return on public investment.”

Krall also spoke about three phases in which these precincts might experience development and change.

Phase one, happening over the next five to 10 years, primarily concerns present and future buildings moving forward.

Krall highlighted student and faculty feedback incorporated into the design draft of the master plan. Two student suggestions involved the removal of the old business building and the red statue Kaikoo (which has already been removed) to open up space in the quad.

“Once students commented about being unhappy with the red sculpture, the steel sculpture which we weren’t fans of either—and that actually resulted in it being gone,” Krall said. “I think that represents the extent to which a student can say, ‘this is an issue; I’m not crazy about this’ and it goes all the way to the top. The president says ‘Yeah I think that’s a good idea. I think that should be out of here.’”

Carl Breidembach, freshman civil engineering major, disagreed with the intent to demolish the old business building.

“I didn’t like the plan to demolish the (old business building) because that seems like a borderline historic building on our campus,. To remove one historic building to better show off our asymmetrical administration building doesn’t seem like the best idea,” Breidembach said.

One concern voiced at both forums was about the homes and people living on the expansion precinct land. While Krall assured these residents were aware of the plans and were involved, Hailey Weatherby, ASBSU secretary of student organization affairs, still feels strong concern.

“My biggest concern is just the people that live in this area, that really appreciate living near campus, and any transitions they have to make,” Weatherby said. “They need to have a place near where they live now because… if they’re dislocated to a place they can’t afford or a place that is not near where they work or where their life currently is, that is going to negatively affect the university and, I think, not align with our desires as a university, our shared values.”

These plans still have to be presented to the State Board of Education and other agencies for approval, and the plan will have to be updated years after as these developments effect new changes.

Tuesday night marked the beginning of a new reign on campus, the reign of a new Associated Students of Boise State (ASBSU) student government.

Bryan Vlok, president of ASBSU, is excited to begin work with his fellow representatives.

“I’m very excited. Even now this group has already started planning for what they want to do,” Vlok said. “They are driven students and they just have great ideas and are ready to take on the year and I’m excited to work
with them.”

Lisa Harris, vice president for Student Affairs, is confident these students will make an impact on campus.

“The work that they do will leave a legacy,”  Harris said. “What they do is very important and it has meaning for this
university.”

The event celebrated the deeds of the previous administration, but more importantly marked the beginning of the newly elected officers eager to make their marks at
Boise State.

Megan Buxton, assembly speaker, expressed her feelings on her fellow colleagues.

“I’m really excited to see where we go with this new group and I feel there are already some good dynamics,” Buxton said. “We have plans, energy, and I think we are going to be unstoppable this year.”

Hailey Weatherby, secretary of student organization affairs, can’t wait to get started.

“I have always been really passionate about student government,” Weatherby said. “I really believe in helping students achieve their dreams and if they can come up with something they want to do with some idea that has never been done before, I want to be able to help them with that.”

Helping students is Vlok’s main priority.

“The one thing I want students to know about ASBSU is that we are truly here for them,” Vlok said. “We are the ones that say ‘How can I help you?’”

They not only want to help students but also want to receive input on what they wish to see in ASBSU.

“We are really excited to have a dynamic year,” Weatherby said. “We are excited to support innovation, creativity and excitement on campus because we are really interested in what students have to say.”

Getting more students involved with ASBSU will be at the top of their list come next year.

“I would love to see more people get involved,” Buxton said. “We will be targeting the energy of the younger students to get them plugged in early and use them to transform our campus culture.”

Chris Bower, secretary of academic affairs, expressed how honored he feels to serve the university.

“This is hands down one of the greatest privileges that I have been able to indulge in and I am spoiled rotten by the gifts that the students here allow me to gain by serving,” Bower said.  “I love this position and as much as I’d like to think I put into it, I still get more than I could ever put into this.”

Harris expressed that the most important part about ASBSU is their ability to serve students and make the experience here at Boise State the best it can be.

“It is part of not only their service and charge but their gift and joy to make sure that students see their worth and their value through their actions,” Harris said. “It is why they do what they do.”

 

New Representatives:  President Bryan Vlok, Vice President Lauren Albright, Assembly Speaker Megan Buxton, Secretary of Academic Affairs Chris Bower, Secretary of External Affairs Angel Hernandez, and Secretary of Student Organization Affairs Hailey Weatherby

In a survey done last year by Transportation and Parking, it was found nearly 20 percent of commuters to Boise State choose a bicycle as their form of transportation.

In order to promote cycling safety and accommodate for the rise in cyclists on the roads, Ada County Highway District has proposed some changes to the streets of downtown. Included in this plan is taking an auto lane out of Capitol Boulevard., Idaho Street, and Main Street to put in a buffered bicycle lane.

“It’s kind of an obvious linkage that really needed to be made,” said Craig Quintana, chief information officer at ACHD, on the connecting of northern and southern downtown.

ACHD has been working hard to get the community’s input on these proposed changes, and so far they’ve received nearly 300 comments from the people of Boise. However, Quintana fears that they are only hearing from one group of the community —cyclists.

“Where we suspect we’re not getting good feedback and penetration in terms of public awareness is just the general driving public,” Quintana said.

In order to bring these possible changes to the public’s attention even more, ACHD is planning to create a live demonstration of what these changes would mean. Quintana explained that they are trying to “do our level best to simulate what it would really look like if we made these changes.”

The demonstration could run from a couple weeks up to a month. However, it will be difficult to create this demonstration without making it look like a construction zone.

“We can’t have a bunch of orange cones and orange barrels out there,” Quintana said. “Because in a construction zone, people drive and people bike differently.”

Quintana mentioned that extending bicycle lanes was highly influenced by Boise State.

JC Porter, assistant director of Transportation and Parking Services at Boise State, feels the bicycle lanes would be a benefit to the community and to Boise State commuters.

“I think anytime you can increase safety for cyclists it’s a good thing,” Porter said. “That (the bicycle lane) will definitely help promote cycling to and from campus.”

Porter explained the safest route currently to get from Boise’s downtown to campus is cycling along 8th street until reaching the Green Belt and then crossing the river at Friendship Bridge.

Porter isn’t sure how having one less auto lane will affect motor traffic moving away from campus up Capitol Blvd.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” Porter said, “there’s a lot of other access points to access University, like Beacon is a really good one.”

Echo Knight a junior health education major, rides her bicycle to the university coming from south Boise. Knight sticks to the back roads to avoid traffic.

“Cars scare me. Riding by cars kind of freaks me out,” Knight said.

Knight also works at Proto’s Pizza and will sometimes cycle from the university to there, which takes her up the Greenbelt and Capitol Boulevard.

“I think that’d be a good thing,” said Knight on adding a bicycle lane to Capitol Boulevard. “I think that might make people feel more comfortable riding their bikes there and I think biking is better healthwise.”