Remember House Bill 192 “Five Feet for Cyclists” from the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session? The bill that passed, but was ultimately vetoed by Governor Lujan Grisham due to an “unfriendly amendment” from late Senator Jim White adding the provision that “to the extent practicable, a person shall not operate a bicycle within a vehicle… Read More “Five Feet for Cyclists” and the 2021 NM Legislative Session
As you may know, one of the area’s most urgent upcoming roadway construction projects is scheduled to be a reconstruction of the I-25/Montgomery interchange. We haven’t heard much about it lately, but locking in funding and design plans for the planned $70 million work has been ongoing for some time. It’s a bit unclear where… Read More I-25/Montgomery Reconstruction: Can we Better a Gap in a Guardrail?
2020 is now complete, preliminarily, in terms of traffic fatality data collected by the Traffic Research Unit at NMDOT/UNM. Despite the pandemic, roadway deaths didn’t drop as much as we might have thought/hoped. 2020’s slight drop from the absurd 425 deaths in 2019 to roughly the 2018 carnage figure is just another in the countless… Read More 2020 NM Traffic Fatalities: Pretty Much Same Broken Policy Record
Albuquerque City Councilor Klarissa Peña has very rightly proposed to spend the money needed to make Coors Boulevard from Central south through Rio Bravo/Dennis Chavez Boulevard significantly safer for all roadway users. As a deep South Valley resident myself, I have seen upclose the dangers of this stretch, to the point that I just don’t… Read More Councilor Peña’s Coors Blvd. Proposal Illustrated Via Historical Aerial Photos
Toward end of a half-century ride celebrating the end of a Plague Year, the Better Burque Tactical Urbanism Team (BBTUT) yesterday passed and admired progress of work on the walking/cycling “notch” of the North Diversion Channel (NDC) at Indian School. There’s still work to do, including the inside railing (as seen above), but it’s getting… Read More Walkers/Cyclists DO Deserve Nice Things: NDC Notch at Indian School
One painfully apparent aspect of living in the current pandemic is that significant numbers of people don’t really care much if other people die. As long as it’s “other” people. In fact, some don’t seem to care much if it happens to them or those close to them, as long as it’s “God’s Will.” And… Read More We’re All Gonna Die, but Can We Do it in Less Dumb Ways?