The widely noted reduction in driving due to the COVID crisis might have contributed to a slight drop in New Mexico traffic fatalities last month: But the number of those killed trying to walk our roadways continues to climb: 38 deaths through April 2020 puts us on a pace for 114 pedestrian fatalities this year,… Read More Fewer NM Drivers in April, yet Even Higher Record Levels of Walking Deaths
On Monday, we began what will probably be a series of reports and tentative analysis based on traffic count data supplied to BB by the Mid-Region Council of Governments. “MRCOG” conducts counts once every three years, and as pointed out in our look at the numbers for Central Avenue, that three-year window serendipitously happens to… Read More More on Traffic Counts and A.R.T.: Lead/Coal/Zuni
It’s a question put somewhat on the back burner amid rightful current emphasis on the drop in driving and overall mobility resulting from COVID-19, but it’s still a good and lasting question: How much has the construction and reconfiguration of Central Avenue due to Albuquerque Rapid Transit A.R.T., changed traffic counts on “The Mother Road”… Read More How Has A.R.T. Changed Driving on Central Avenue?
After getting two really unpleasant work emails this week, both of which made me cry silently and then rage, I feel it might be time to change careers. I’ve been thinking this for a while, actually, but nothing’s come of it—I can’t really figure out what the next “thing” is, so I continue running my… Read More Breadder Burque Ch. IX: Bread and Books
Nationally and in towns large and small, bicycle sales have been skyrocketing over the past six weeks. Just to pick one of countless stories about this trend, let’s go to Missoula: Missoula Bicycle Works reports sales and service calls are up. Although they’ve seen an uptick in bike service, they are also seeing new faces… Read More Rising Bicycle Sales and Lasting Change
By John Fleck For some time, Google Maps has offered a mystery – out in the West Mesa sand flats of Petroglyph National Monument, the Mystique Food Truck: This is an unlikely place for a food truck. For one thing, it would be hard to get a food truck there. In addition, it would be… Read More In search of the Mystique Food Truck
Sometimes, it’s the things we collect that ease and define our path in the world. I loved this book about the Vietnam War I read in graduate school, The Things They Carried. It’s written as a list of things that soldiers carried in the battlefield. The things they carried were largely determined by necessity. Among… Read More Breadder Burque Ch. VIII: The Things I Carry