Mixed Messages at Buena Vista/Central Notch

In addition to the unfinished A.R.T. stop near San Pedro, noted in our last post, the City has set up other dangers along Central Ave. for walkers/rollers because it is too scared to slow down drivers by finishing the job. Example, Central at Buena Vista.

Better Burque

As countless UNM students have known for years, the best non-motorized way to reach campus from Central Ave. and points south is through a notch at Buena Vista. It’s so popular that, with a bit of advocacy, the notch was formalized as part of the median work for A.R.T. So what’s with this new “No Pedestrians/Use Crosswalk” sign?

Looking north across Central to Sara Raynolds’ Hall on UNM campus

We’ve spent good money on the notch. We’ve put up a bollard to prevent drivers from using it as a left/u-turn spot. Hell, the crossing is so popular that UNM has two paved routes leading from it to Redondo Drive:

Outline of those two, eventually converging paved paths winding through the greenery officially known as “Yale Park”

As chalked up in the Google image above, it’s a bit over 500 feet from the notch to the nearest eastern crosswalk at Yale…

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