Work offered me the opportunity to participate this week in the annual “Point-in-Time Count” survey of unhoused folks. Over three days, I had the chance to ride through and chat with folks in three very different, and very similar, parts of town: under I-40 around 1st Street, down around Wilson Park near Gibson and San… Read More Bikes and This Year’s Point-in-Time Count
By John Fleck We’ve a new entrant in Better Burque’s search for the least pedestrian-friendly intersection in Albuquerque. We give you the intersection of Coors and Paseo del Norte NE, which has a really nice sidewalk. Until it doesn’t. Someone actually designed that little inset curb area you see, complete with Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant… Read More Someone actually designed this
Five years ago, the city of Albuquerque retreated from one of its great urbanism experiments by closing the Fourth Street pedestrian mall, returning this quiet little street south of city hall to cars. It was frankly, as news reports at the time acknowledged, a clumsy policy response to the fact that the two block pedestrian… Read More On Albuquerque’s Fourth Street, a fake homeless camp
On its morning ride yesterday, the Better Burque Tactical Urbanism Team’s UNM Neighborhood Squad noted this, at the corner of Monroe and Central: That blocked sidewalk doesn’t seem to meet MUTCD! See. Click. Fixed! Big thanks to the City of Albuquerque staff (and contractors?) who responded so quickly to make this sidewalk accessible anew.
One of the key tools for approaching “vision zero” – reducing transportation fatalities to zero – is the separation of vulnerable transportation system users from big wheeled machines that can cause their death. This is using engineering – in this case transportation system design – to add layers of safety, rather than depending solely on… Read More What is the opposite of “Vision Zero”? “Vision Infinity”?