Another Day, Another Thoughtless Road Closure

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.

3 thoughts on “Another Day, Another Thoughtless Road Closure

  1. The MUTCD is typically the main reason for the answer “No!!!” when asking for safety changes to roadways. However, here is an example where the MUTCD is simply being ignored. There’s a whole chapter on temporary traffic controls that starts out “The needs and control of all road users (motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians within the highway, or on private roads open to public travel (see definition in Section 1A.13), including persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Title II, Paragraph 35.130) through a TTC [Temporary Traffic Control] zone shall be an essential part of highway construction, utility work, maintenance operations, and the management of traffic incidents.”

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  2. It was closed again last week, its right on my daily bike commute. I just went up to Grand. Also passed on the sidewalk a few times, they didnt seem to mind.

    Agree about the bicycle signage though.


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