Congratulations! It’s a bike lane!
“Weighing” about 400 feet, the newborn bike lane on Copper NE below was conceived “in vitro” through reconstruction at the adjacent De Anza Motel.
Below is what Copper looked like westbound at Washington before the De Anza was De Molished to put up apartments. Note the roadway was widened through halving the dirt gap between curb and sidewalk on the north side:
So why put up a 400-foot bike lane?
Well, on the 2040 long-range bike map Copper is to have bike lanes throughout this stretch, specifically San Pedro to the existing lanes as Copper turns into Campus west of Carlisle.
So the City rightfully calls for lanes to be installed when improvements are done adjacently. It’s just that the improvements only go about 400 feet at present and for who knows how long.
Meanwhile, yes, the bike lanes on Campus are in process of going away, replaced by parking lanes (of course those lanes were always de facto parking lanes, as anyone can tell you). And yes, there’s also talk of extending the new Fair Heights Bike Boulevard on Copper (currently ending at Monroe) all the way to UNM, including this 400-foot stretch that just got bike lanes.
Birthing babies is complicated.
Complications aside, BB readers are encouraged to ride the absolute heck out of these 400 feet of brand-spanking new bike lane. Those new fifteen seconds of new baby bike lane bliss (twenty-five seconds uphill) are to be cherished and go by so, so fast.