Further Reflections on Long-Range Transportation Plan Draft

Given BB’s small, select audience of public policy nerds, I’m guessing the sight of the “DRAFT” watermark below engenders a flurry of emotions, including ennui, sleepiness, and panic: As noted here last week, we’re currently in public/email comment phase regarding the draft of “Connections 2040,” the area’s update to its long-range transportation plan. As such,… Read More Further Reflections on Long-Range Transportation Plan Draft

Two More Looks at BernCo/NM Traffic Fatalities

Following up on our look at Bernalillo County traffic fatality figures earlier this week, here are two vastly different presentations of data, one overly complex and the other perhaps too simple. Working backwards, we’ll start with a challenging visual and conclude with an easier set of facts. Notably, both elicit questions with no easy answers.… Read More Two More Looks at BernCo/NM Traffic Fatalities

2040 Transportation Plan SparkNotes: BB Inadequately Does Your Homework

As mentioned a few days back, “Connections 2040,” the area’s long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan update is currently in final draft form before a series of public meetings which start tonight up in Bernalillo. I know each and every one of you is going to read the entire 287-page draft and craft insights and recommendations which… Read More 2040 Transportation Plan SparkNotes: BB Inadequately Does Your Homework

New Mexico Sidewalk ADA Compliance is 15 Percent

From the 2019 New Mexico Department of Transportation ADA Transition Plan:   Curiously, the only report reference to the findings above is this: The Self-Assessment inventory provides NMDOT a baseline of compliance/non-compliance with which to measure its progress through the implementation of this Transition Plan. As projects are completed, this data will be updated to… Read More New Mexico Sidewalk ADA Compliance is 15 Percent

Vision Zero Requires Reversing a Deadly BernCo Trend

With complete 2019 preliminary traffic fatality figures now available, and with such data available all the way to 1997, longitudinal trends for Bernalillo County are increasing NOT Vision Zero. Taking population growth into account from Census Bureau estimates, the fatality figures above elicit many hypotheses (e.g., falling numbers of deaths during the worst stretch of… Read More Vision Zero Requires Reversing a Deadly BernCo Trend

More Good, Bad (Illegal), and Ugly (Legal but Hostile) ABQ Sidewalks

Your Better Burque Tactical Urbanism Team (BBTUT) is currently debating whether tis best/most effective to report the bad and ugly via 311/SeeClickFix (as has been done in the Union Square case above) or via just taking snaps and showing them here. Right now, just showing there here seems to be winning the discussion. The City/others… Read More More Good, Bad (Illegal), and Ugly (Legal but Hostile) ABQ Sidewalks

Rio Grande Blvd.: Nice Bike Lane, Screw Anybody Using the Sidewalk

Recent improvements of Rio Grande Boulevard north of I-40 have made driving and cycling safer, but little to nothing (make that nothing) has been done for users of its sidewalks. The result is this startling multi-modal disconnect: Drivers get a “calmed” single lane, cyclists get a wide-striping buffer, walkers get a long-distance obstacle course, and… Read More Rio Grande Blvd.: Nice Bike Lane, Screw Anybody Using the Sidewalk