NMTS Happenings

Bike lane included in planned Ladera improvements

Bicyclists will soon get their own travel lane on a popular West Side Albuquerque corridor thanks to planned roadway improvements.

To accomplish the project, the city will narrow the median in order to widen roadway and add bike lanes.

The city expects to have a complete design by the end of this year, will begin roadway construction during the summer of 2018 and renovate landscapes by early 2019.

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By Rosalie Rayburn ... News item runs October 17 – October 30
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Public meetings will gather comments about changes affecting Rte 66

This may not affect cyclists much but may be of interest to some:

Bernalillo County leaders will hold a series of public meetings to develop the East Route 66 Sector Development Plan.

The plan will govern what kind of development can occur along two miles of Old Route 66 in eastern Bernalillo County, roughly between Sedillo Hill and the county line. The plan will provide rules for residential and commercial building in the area, and will eventually be heard by the County Planning Commission.

First meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6-7:30 p.m., Masonic Lodge No. 82, 1400 NM 333.

Comments can also be submitted to county planner Stephanie Shumsky by calling (505) 314-0341 or writing sshumsky@bernco.gov.

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By Rosalie Rayburn ... News item runs October 16 – October 25
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NMTS Volunteer Party Nov. 1—don't miss it!

The NMTS Volunteer Party is soon and we need your RSVP! The NMTS Volunteer Party is an annual social event where the NMTS members who have donated time in support of the organization are celebrated and recognized.

This year, the event will take place at Rudy's BBQ at 10136 Coors Blvd. NW on Wednesday, November 1st, starting at 6 PM.

If, during 2017, you have hosted a club ride as a ride leader, served on a committee or as a NMTS Board member, organized and/or hosted a club social event, staffed the NMTS Rest Stop during the Santa Fe Century; organized a multi-day club ride or provided SAG support for a club ride, then you are cordially invited to attend the party, free of charge!

If you plan to attend, you must send an RSVP email to Dianne Cress at treasurer@nmts.org. RSVP emails are requested by no later than Thursday night, October 26th.

Note: If you desire a vegetarian option, please RSVP to that effect.

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By The Webmaster ... News item runs October 9 – October 27
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Participate in the NMDOT Prioritized Statewide Bicycle Network Plan

Want to have an impact on the 2018 Prioritized Statewide Bicycle Network Plan (NM Bike Plan)?

You too can influence and provide valuable feedback that will aid the plan designers!

Click the More information link below for... More information!!!

UPDATE!

Now here's a link to an interactive state map where you can add routes you think should be on the plan or add comments about routes already present. This is waaaay cool and convenient for those of you who want to make an impact on the plan just by using your computer!

Click this link to open the map: Interactive Map

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By Gordon Pegue ... News item runs October 4 – November 6
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Tired of riding over broken glass on Tramway?

If you're tired of riding over broken glass on Tramway , now you can do more than curse about it. You can take action.

The action to take is to call or email one or both of the engineers who can help. Here are their names, numbers, and email addresses.

Tom Kratochvil
P.E. Asst. District Engineer, Maintenance
Office: 505-798-6637
tom.kratochvil@state.nm.us

Kenneth Murphy
P.E. District Three Engineer
Office: 505-798-6630
kenneth.murphy@state.nm.us

The Zucoskys, who provided the contacts, suggest you email the above engineers and stress the safety hazards broken glass on the shoulder causes. For one thing, bikes stopped for tire repair are more vulnerable to the hazards of passing traffic. For another, a blowout coming down Tramway at high speed can be catastrophic: a bike can veer uncontrollably into traffic, or go off the road into rocks and rough terrain off the shoulder.

Note: The NMDOT personnel listed are responsible for state highways (Tramway is a state highway), but not for regular city streets. For Albuquerque city streets, call “311” to report cleanup issues.

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By The Webmaster ... News item runs September 19 – October 22

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