Had the chance to Zoom by yesterday’s monthly meeting of the Greater Albuquerque Bicycling Advisory Committee (GABAC). Amid all the horribleness of the pandemic, one thing I will miss is the Zoom public meeting: so easy, so accessible, and so exquisitely designed for the introverted (muted, camera most definitely off). Maybe we could just lose the pandemic and keep the remote public meetings.
I remotely joined in to see presentation and discussion regarding a recently conducted study of East Central Avenue between Louisiana and Eubank (with overtones of all the way to Tramway). I wasn’t alone, as a relatively larger number of Zoom boxes filled with names, cameras off, appeared principally due to this subject/presentation. This stretch of “The Mother Road” is one of the most dangerous and deadly transportation “killboxes” in all of the Middle Rio Grande, and many showed up to see what we might do about that.
The typical journalistic approach is to attend such a meeting, view the presentation/discussion, and relate the major points of both, perhaps including a quote or two if the journalist isn’t lazy. I am neither a journalist nor industrious, a schoolteacher by trade, and you know what we teachers do: assign readings.
So here’s your assignment: Read/view this study and come to your own conclusions about it. Naturally, feel free to comment in abundance either here in the unwieldy WordPress comment section or via social media of your choice, but I’m not requiring an essay here. Like any schoolteacher worth their prep period, I love to assign work, but I’m not grading any papers. Nice teacher that I am, I will bring up a few terms to look for in the reading/viewing below: HAWK, buffer, “road diet,” and near v. longer-term.
I know it’s 23 pages, but it’s a page-turner! Really! Happy reading/viewing!