Blaming Victim Gets Royal Defense Attorney Treatment at Trial of Airman Calvin Cooper

I have been following the trial of U.S.A.F. Airman Calvin Cooper, charged with reckless driving, involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide in the killing of Angelica Baca while she waited in the median to continue crossing Louisiana Blvd. in March 2019. I first came across the case as part of a crash report/investigation search of ABQ… Read More Blaming Victim Gets Royal Defense Attorney Treatment at Trial of Airman Calvin Cooper

“Five Feet for Cyclists” and the 2021 NM Legislative Session

Remember House Bill 192 “Five Feet for Cyclists” from the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session? The bill that passed, but was ultimately vetoed by Governor Lujan Grisham due to an “unfriendly amendment” from late Senator Jim White adding the provision that “to the extent practicable, a person shall not operate a bicycle within a vehicle… Read More “Five Feet for Cyclists” and the 2021 NM Legislative Session

I-25/Montgomery Reconstruction: Can we Better a Gap in a Guardrail?

As you may know, one of the area’s most urgent upcoming roadway construction projects is scheduled to be a reconstruction of the I-25/Montgomery interchange. We haven’t heard much about it lately, but locking in funding and design plans for the planned $70 million work has been ongoing for some time. It’s a bit unclear where… Read More I-25/Montgomery Reconstruction: Can we Better a Gap in a Guardrail?

2020 NM Traffic Fatalities: Pretty Much Same Broken Policy Record

2020 is now complete, preliminarily, in terms of traffic fatality data collected by the Traffic Research Unit at NMDOT/UNM. Despite the pandemic, roadway deaths didn’t drop as much as we might have thought/hoped. 2020’s slight drop from the absurd 425 deaths in 2019 to roughly the 2018 carnage figure is just another in the countless… Read More 2020 NM Traffic Fatalities: Pretty Much Same Broken Policy Record

Councilor Peña’s Coors Blvd. Proposal Illustrated Via Historical Aerial Photos

Albuquerque City Councilor Klarissa Peña has very rightly proposed to spend the money needed to make Coors Boulevard from Central south through Rio Bravo/Dennis Chavez Boulevard significantly safer for all roadway users. As a deep South Valley resident myself, I have seen upclose the dangers of this stretch, to the point that I just don’t… Read More Councilor Peña’s Coors Blvd. Proposal Illustrated Via Historical Aerial Photos

Walkers/Cyclists DO Deserve Nice Things: NDC Notch at Indian School

Toward end of a half-century ride celebrating the end of a Plague Year, the Better Burque Tactical Urbanism Team (BBTUT) yesterday passed and admired progress of work on the walking/cycling “notch” of the North Diversion Channel (NDC) at Indian School. There’s still work to do, including the inside railing (as seen above), but it’s getting… Read More Walkers/Cyclists DO Deserve Nice Things: NDC Notch at Indian School