Popular cycling roadway Copper/Campus was closed yesterday at Carlisle as a big truck with a big hose did mysterious things at the back of ever-mysterious and long-closed Golden Circle Trading Company:
Despite its popularity, bike route status and connector to a bike boulevard, the only posted temporary arrangement for cyclists was the detour sign above. Directed to turn right going eastbound, all users, cyclists included, were then directed by another detour sign to turn left on Central Avenue.
So, yeah, cyclists were instructed to use Central Avenue for their travels. Which isn’t a “bike facility,” and probably isn’t considered safe by about 99.3% of cyclists. There wasn’t even a sign directing them to do the sensible thing, cross Central to meet the Silver Bike Boulevard. There was no specific bike signage at all.
Because who thinks about cyclists when planning and implementing these temporary road closures? Certainly not CABQ Department of Municipal Development. Although it’s their job and legal obligation to think about all roadway users.
Have a nice Thursday, everybody.