Had the chance to attend most of the Rio Grande Blvd. “Complete Streets Concept Plan” public meeting last night and it’s too bad you missed it (likely, as there were only about 20 people there).
It was the exact opposite of every ART meeting: civil, thoughtful, informatively precise and creative in its exploration of ideas. It was everything public participation can and should be, an accomplishment that unfortunately might seem impossible to those large numbers attending ART meetings the last few weeks.
As for the Plan itself, specifics were laid out in a PowerPoint (yeah, I know, PowerPoint…shudder) that was pretty much a combination of an earlier presentation and the latest renderings, but in the two links you miss the creative, imaginative and CIVIL back and forth from citizens and presenters along with the PowerPoint. And, believe it or not, all this happened even when somebody said the ultimate atomic bomb word in traffic planning these days: “roundabout.”
As for the specifics at this point, there’s plenty to argue about. And folks did argue last night, but with a definite bent toward a communal resolution that will make Rio Grande between I-40 and Alhambra as good as it can be, given its limitations, high traffic and crash counts.
Will Better Burque start cycling North/South via Rio Grande Blvd. after any of these improvements/alternatives? Let’s keep this piece objective by avoiding that question. Look at the renderings yourself and contact city staff listed here with your civil, creative and imaginative thoughts on the matter. Together, maybe we can make using Rio Grande Blvd. in this area 1/100th as nice, pleasant and thoughtful as was last night’s public meeting.