Let Me Run an Idea By You: Avoiding the Dreaded El Pueblo Train Tracks

by Scot

I only have a minute or two before I must reenter “Federal Grant Purgatory” (all of the Hell, but with limbo included), but, in batting around cycling route ideas on fixing the long-detested stretch of El Pueblo east of North Diversion Channel Trail, what if we obviated any interaction with the train tracks by completing the currently stopped/blocked north side of North Pino Arroyo Trail:

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Currently, N. Pino Trail only goes south of the arroyo, curving sharply back south to Rutledge. What if we completed the aborted bridge crossing to the north side and paved the north branch of N. Pino? 

Completing a north branch Pino Arroyo Trail east to Tiburon would help cyclists avoid the dreaded train tracks on El Pueblo, while also offering sweet nearby access to businesses/schools such as Albuquerque Journal and Cottonwood Classical Prep.

Here’s the wider screenshot of how it could look:

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Red line segment indicating the entire stretch from North Diversion Channel Trail to Tiburon NE. Notably, bike lanes on Tiburon start up immediately north of the eastern terminus of N. Pino, and Headline Blvd. is nearby, the best method of getting to Paseo del Norte and I-25.

My sense is that this idea was proposed somewhere back in bike infrastructure history, what with the tiny currently blocked spur across N. Pino’s north branch, and the bike lane configuration on Tiburon. Any readers with more historical detail on this are highly encouraged to report.

Meanwhile, what do you think?

Personally, this route appeals, not only in its avoidance of angled train tracks, but in tightening the overall route to Journal Center and PdN/I-25. The current multi-use path adjacent to PdN running to Jefferson leads to a highly confusing, woefully under-signed cluster, one that takes the rider far longer to get where they are most likely wanting to go and does so far more dangerously. This alternative route would be my choice.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Let Me Run an Idea By You: Avoiding the Dreaded El Pueblo Train Tracks

  1. I’ll have to ride this again. After following what I thought was a bike path into a ditch, and ending up in the bottom of the channel, I’d given up trying to use this route entirely a couple years ago. I did just go with it, and ride the bottom for a few miles. It was thrilling in a “please God, dont let it rain” sort of way. And did see a group of completely insane longboarders trying to knock themselves unconscious riding the walls.

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  2. Biliruben: Hmmm…maybe paving and bridges would entice more ridership than “please God, don’t let it rain.” I’ve never taken the N. Pino challenge, and your description doesn’t have me wanting to tackle it. It will be fun to serenely ride a paved path and concrete bridges as the longboarders insanely careen nearby all over the arroyo walls.

    Scot

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