Let’s take a Better Burque Holiday break from pointing out the substandard, inadequate, and just plain wrong, and instead crow triumphantly about two very cool non-motorized transportation developments in our fair city.
Brand New Pavement!
Work looks about 99% complete along the east side of the Corrales Main Canal between Eagle Ranch and SIPI Road. Part of the oft-discussed (and yes, oft-criticized) 50-Mile Activity Loop, this short stretch was the only unpaved section. Riders, joggers, and walkers were out in force here yesterday, and all on this stretch were smiling broadly (especially the cyclists).
Non-Motorized Traffic Counters!
This past October, City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation installed five non-motorized transport counters on/under popular walking/jogging/running/cycling spots around town. Pictured above is one such counter (note bollard-looking device and tell-tale double-diamond of sensor placed into the pavement), located between Central and entrance to Tingley Beach on the Bosque Trail.
One feature of this particular unit is that it distinguishes between walkers/joggers/runners and cyclists. Information is still being calibrated at this writing, but the plan is to have a webpage up and running (something like this) with on-going counts for nerds like you, and me, to obsessively check every day, if not every hour. If you’re interested in costs and other technological details, here’s a proposal to the City of Missoula for installation of one such counter there.
On this excellent and fair Holiday morning, while it would be fun to guess what the counts might be on both the Bosque Trail and along the Corrales Main Canal’s spanking-new pavement, it’s more fun to actually walk/jog/run/cycle over these new features. Many, many times.
Hope to see you out there today. Remember, we count.