Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Downtown Patron Reminder: Follow Taxi's and Vendors to new Location

Downtown Patron Reminder: Follow Taxi's and Vendors to new Location

Boise, Nov. 16, 2006 - Boise Police will have extra patrols downtown this weekend after safety concerns prompted the City Council to enact some changes on crowded streets and sidewalks.

After a lengthy public hearing, the Council voted Tuesday night to begin a pilot project to relocate food cart vendors away from the crowded sidewalks directly in front of the bars and restaurants in the busy area near 6th & Main. The Council also voted in favor of a taxi ordinance that creates a no pick-up or drop off zone on Main between Capitol and 5th and 6th Street between Main and Grove. The ordinance removes what has been a common practice among cabs of stopping in congested traffic lanes to pick up or drop off fares.

    The changes on Friday and Saturday nights mean:

  • Food cart vendors must not set up along the south side of Main Street between Capitol and 5th. The food cart vendors may relocate to any of the dozens of other designated vendors locations downtown.
  • Taxi cabs and patrons will be directed to use the designated passenger loading area on the south side of Main Street between Capitol and 8th (in front of the US Bank building).
  • Five extra officers will be on patrol in the 6th & Main area this weekend monitoring crowds, educating patrons to follow the vendors and cabs to the new location, and watching for jay-walking. The five extra officers are in addition to the 7 officers regularly assigned to the downtown core area weekend nights.