Each of us have strengths and weaknesses. For example, I have an almost preternatural ability to spot plagiarism in an 8th Grader’s essay, but have zero visual intelligence when it comes to roadway schematics, drawings, renderings, you name it.
To wit: I stare and stare, but, in looking at the proposed intersection of Bridge Blvd. and Isleta Blvd. as part of the major reconstruction of Bridge from Coors to the Barelas Bridge:
I see bike lanes, new and widened sidewalks, etc., but I don’t see how to best explain how we can instead do something like:
So with the public comment deadline for this phase of the Bridge Boulevard project coming up on May 11th, I’m relying on the kindness of BB strangers to chime in with ideas. I know you roadway schematic/drawing/exhibit board savants are out there. I’ve seen you in action.
What should we do with the Bridge/Isleta intersection?
For those savants who don’t often trek to this part of the world, a huge amount of the travel action (both cars and bikes) is to/from Isleta, moving north onto eastbound Bridge (note the two right-turn lanes) turning southbound onto Isleta from westbound Bridge (note the bike box spread across all lanes, supposedly for this purpose). Presently, cyclists coming up Isleta are often endangered by motorists flying around the corner, pinching bike lane space and endangering everyone/thing in their crazed path to get on Bridge Blvd. eastbound.
In short, anyone who has experienced riding a bike or walking in this intersection knows we need to be better protected in doing so, and this proposed solution doesn’t seem to do enough of that.
But what should we do instead?
I’ll sit here grading occasionally plagiarized 8th Grade essays while you answer this question. Be sure to show your work in a way us visually inept people will understand. This assignment is due by May 11th, which makes it an excellent “Final Exam” for a Spring Semester of the class known as “Better Burque.”
Your “grade” depends on it, but, far more seriously, what this important intersection looks like in the not-too-distant future may actually depend on it, as well.