Grim news on the New Mexico traffic fatality front, in particular pedestrian deaths. After having significant trailed to this point the historically high numbers killed in 2016, August 2017 deaths outpaced last year’s in August, continuing a trend that seems to indicate 2015’s low number of deaths to be the true outlier: Compiling the monthly… Read More Traffic Fatalities Return to High 2016 Levels, Pedestrian Deaths Included
In the “You think that’s narrow? Hold my beer…” department, visual documentarian of all things Girard Complete Streets Project, John Fleck, has captured an even skinnier bike lane than was posted at BB around ten days ago: This is Girard at Wilson Pl. NE, and that’s 24 inches of bike lane, Mr. Fleck reports. Speaking… Read More One More Follow-Up on the Ugly Girard Blvd. Bike Lanes
by Scot Proving that if a city has enough Mayoral forums, you can even get Scot Key to attend one, I was at last night’s 28th of a scheduled 40, count ’em, 40 such forums. The 28th put on by eponymously explained advocacy group Urban ABQ probably had the best format for any of the… Read More The Best ABQ Mayoral Forum, Because Better Burque Was There
In recent discussions and cussing here at Better Burque about safety and bike infrastructure around town, the topic of roundabouts and traffic circles, naturally, has come up. Are these treatments safer than red lights and two/four-way stops? Keeping in mind that large roundabouts (think Yale just north of Lomas in the UNM campus area) are… Read More Are Small Traffic Circles Safer for Cyclists?
by Scot Every once in a fairly great while, the work and topics brought up here at Better Burque garner some “traction” and we get quite a few more “clicks” on the site. Then things die down, inevitably, and we return to our day-to-day generally sleepy town blog existence, continuing to ponder how Albuquerque can… Read More Gravel-Covered Sidewalks, Introversion and Better Burque: A Meta “Analysis”
by Scot Key An observant BB reader relates that it’s right there on the cross-section drawings shown in an earlier post. As circled above, the bike lane width of 4.5′ in the Girard Complete Streets plan definitely includes the gutter between Lomas and Indian School. While we won’t be entirely sure about the veracity of… Read More Stuck in the Gutter: What to Do About that Ugly Girard Blvd. Bike Lane
By Scot Key Relative to our “flash poll” yesterday regarding the new road striping on Girard between Lomas and Indian School, here’s a recent photo taken by occasional Better Burque contributor John Fleck looking northbound on Girard just south of Frontier Ave. (just north of Jefferson Middle School): Ouch. Since this photo first appeared, there’s… Read More Looking Closer at that Ugly Girard Blvd. “Bike Lane”