Paseo del Norte/I-25 interchange reconstruction project

Members of the Greater Albuquerquer Bicycle Advisory Committee and Duke City Wheelmen have been speaking up with their concerns over the way that bike/ped facilities are being incorporated into this project.  Jennifer Buntz, Steve Mathias and Scott Hale were at the November 18 City Council meeting to share our concerns with the Councilors.  We spoke during the General Public Comment period, agenda item #9 which starts at about 51 minutes and our collective exchange with the Councilors lasts about 20 minutes. 

Click here:  November 18 City Council Meeting

Look for more details here soon.  This project may or may not result in a better situation for motor vehicles, but in its current form it will not be a good thing for cyclists.

A very interesting article in the New York Times from November 9, 2013.

“Is it OK to kill a cyclist?”

New York Times is it ok to kill a cyclist 

Cyclists, I think you know Duke City Wheelmen as a group that wants only the safest conditions possible for bicycling.  With that in mind, consider the image below.tram white line picture

This is Tramway Boulevard NM Highway 556, on the westbound side.  There is a six (6) to eight (8) foot shoulder up and down all of Tramway.  And, as some of you know, NMDOT District 3 is repaving the entire shoulder of this east/west portion in an ongoing project (as of 10-27-2013).

With the goal of maximum safety in mind, PLEASE stop to consider your choice of where you ride on Tramway Boulevard.  If you are one of the many cyclists magnetically drawn to the white line, I’m asking you to reconsider that choice.

Instead, I would suggest putting the width of this shoulder to use for safety.
Your safety.

Here, on a road like this, we can choose to have a buffer – space between ourselves and passing motor vehicles.

I know, you are just riding along (JRA) and not really thinking too much about your position on the road.  You find your groove and it is as if you are magnetically drawn to the white line (even though you are riding a carbon bike).

What you aren’t thinking about is probably working against you.

One of the most frequent comments I get from motorists is their negative reaction to cyclists riding the white line.  These folks get upset and angry about cyclists riding the white line, and frankly I do too.

I’m the first to defend a cyclists right to move left when there is an obstacle or the shoulder is too torn up to ride.  There are many situations where we need to move left (see below).

But when this isn’t the case,  THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING and move right.  It is better for you and it is better for us all – because it avoids irritating motor vehicle drivers when we don’t have to.

I’m all for being seen and for taking the lane when necessary.

Bicycles are
vehicular road users
according to City of Albuquerque and New Mexico traffic code.

When you stop and think about it though, riding right when safely possible doesn’t diminish our status as vehicles on the road at all.  It could be considered our way of making “Share The Road” a two way street (pun intended).

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I send pictures like these to motorists who email me to complain about cyclists riding the white line, or moving left.

 

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But on highways like Tramway, NM556, it is much harder to talk to motor vehicle drivers about what cyclists are doing.  I don’t have a defense for the behavior and I don’t really think there is a good defense on a road like Tram.

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If you would like to add your voice to the call to NMDOT to provide safe shoulders on ALL New Mexico Highways, for cyclists, pedestrians and any driver who needs to pull off the road, contact the New Mexico Department of Transportation

New Mexico State Cabinet Secretary, Designate Tom Church
P. O. Box 1149
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-1149

or

tom.church@state.nm.us

or at

(505) 827-5100

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Ride of Silence, May 15

On Wednesday May 15 Duke City Wheelmen hosted the Ride of Silence.  This was an especially somber ride with many out to remember Rob Oakes, a New Mexico Touring Society member, who was killed by a driver who crossed the center line on NM15, near Silver City, NM.  It was very brave of the Oakes family member to join us at the start of the ride, with some cycling with us as well.

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Get out there & Ride Your Bike!

Events of Duke City Wheelmen start in April, on the 13th with the first of six bike handling skills clinics.  The skills presented are of special use if you are at all interested in group rides and/or doing bicycle races, but they are useful every time you ride.  Check out the whole story here: Criterium Skills Clinics.

As the skills clinics continue (4/13, 4/27, 5/12, 5/18, 6/1, 6/1) we are planning a special recognition of the women who come out for the clinic on May 12th in conjunction with Cyclo Femme’s “We Ride Together.”  This day, Mother’s Day, is being recognized as a time when women can come together, ride a bicycle and celebrate all that women add to the world.

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On June 15 DCW is assisting Scalo Veloce who is hosting a bicycle race, a Criterium   If you have never seen this kind of race, come out and see what it is all about.  Racing starts at 8 am and continues to about 2 pm.

If you are interested in trying your wheels in an event like this, the Criterium Skills Clinics will get you ready.

The criterium at Wilson Stadium will have beginner categories for men and women.  Juniors will also have their own race.

 

In July, during the long 4th of July weekend, there will be a timed version of a bicycle tour, a Gran Fondo, with its start/finish in scenic Taos, NM.  Traveling the South Enchanted Circle, this ride will enchant you.  There are three distances to choose from.  People who register can also access a discounted training plan tailored to their distance to help them prepare.

September will bring us “Can You See Us NOW?” on September 29th.

We will be starting this 5th Annual bicycle ride and rally an hour earlier, at 3 pm this year.  In honor of HELMETSFROMJAVI “Helmets from Javi” is a helmet drive for children that honors Javier Garcia.

Because of this new partnership, we wanted to have more time at the park for food and music from porter draw.

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So, plan on joining us between 1 and 2:30 pm for registration so you are ready to roll at 3:00pm.  This will again be a slow parade ride down Route 66 (Central Ave.) with police escort.

This year, we are encouraging all ghost riders to join us!

 

On October 5, 2013 the Gila Monster Challenge Gran Fondo will take place in the Silver City area.  This ride will wind its way through spectacular southwestern NM mountains and valleys.  With four distances to choose from, everyone can find their challenge.

Assisting cyclists at Noon Day Ministries

Wednesday February 20, 2013

Noon Day Ministries (Broadway and Central NE)

Duke City Wheelmen Foundation together with Trek Superstore

Bicycle tune-ups and safety equipment clinic for those who can’t afford to address these basic safety needs.

We can always use tubes and tires, chain lube, old parts or even old bicycles.  We have given out about 20 bicycles and 150 front and rear light sets.  Gorden Phillips (from TREK) must have fixed-up well over 100 bikes by now too!  If you want to help out, just let us know.  Extra hands are deeply appreciated!

Donations can be dropped off at Noon Day between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm 2/20/13
or at the Trek Superstore during normal business hours, any day of the week.

Albuquerque Journal Report

 

Bicycle Repair Day

November 14 will be Duke City Wheelmen Foundation’s 5th time to help Noon Day Ministries clients with their main form of transportation, their bicycles.  We install front and rear blinky lights, give out other safety gear including Albuquerque bike maps and mechanics from the Trek Superstore give their bikes some basic maintenance.