City plans multi-use trail

Apr 18, 2011 Read more: Las Cruces Sun-News 36
There will be more opportunities for Las Cruces residents to walk, jog, ride their bicycles or push baby strollers during portions of their leisure time. Read more
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Valley Native

Rio Rancho, NM

#1 Apr 18, 2011
So where in the description of flood control is funding allowed to be used for a bike path. Did we not vote for these monies to be taken out of our pockets with the expressed intent they would be utilized for the intended purpose.
Happy to be in the LC

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Apr 19, 2011
Anyone who has ever seen the use that the Triviz path gets will understand the positive impact this has on the health and safety for all in our community.
Thanks to LC for moving out on this project!!
Icky Icky

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Apr 19, 2011
Not so fast wrote:
The Green Progressives just don't get it. No 911 center. Ten years late on the district 6 fire stations and they are still behind one station. What about competitive pay for our city's best .... Fire and Police???? The Mayor is the puppet Green leader to this kind of waistful nickel-dime spending.
waistful? Back on the short bus!
connected to what

Las Cruces, NM

#5 Apr 19, 2011
I don't see where this connects the east side to the west side? Let me know how you get from anywhere on the east mesa to triviz? You cannot without risking life and limb. This is great for exercise but does nothing for commuting. It is separated from many businesses and there are no connecting bike lanes after you get off the trail.
LCKID

Las Cruces, NM

#6 Apr 19, 2011
connected to what wrote:
I don't see where this connects the east side to the west side? Let me know how you get from anywhere on the east mesa to triviz? You cannot without risking life and limb. This is great for exercise but does nothing for commuting. It is separated from many businesses and there are no connecting bike lanes after you get off the trail.
I agree that the trails in place are not the greatest for commuting. However, they are great for their intended purposes of health and fitness. I believe it's a great start at creating a healthier lifestyle for the citizens of LC.

Eventually, LC will become a bike and pedestrian friendly city which ultimately enhances our quality of life, as long as people like Sharon Thomas continue to have vision.
Reader

Las Cruces, NM

#7 Apr 19, 2011
connected to what wrote:
I don't see where this connects the east side to the west side? Let me know how you get from anywhere on the east mesa to triviz? You cannot without risking life and limb. This is great for exercise but does nothing for commuting. It is separated from many businesses and there are no connecting bike lanes after you get off the trail.
Try the underground pedestrian tunnel by Sam's Club and Kohl's.
Las Cruces native

Las Cruces, NM

#8 Apr 19, 2011
Great, now we will have even more public space for our under-funded Parks & Recreation Department to maintain. Just like most politicians, the city council is trying to get their names in the news for doing something great without thinking about the consequences further down the road.
la mosca

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Apr 19, 2011
Dear Politicians,

Cease all unnecessary spending immediately.

Dont you all get it?
DJS

Las Cruces, NM

#10 Apr 19, 2011
Another "project" for a handful of elites. The Outfall Channel route is the preferred and needed route for an east - west limited access arterial which should have been put into place years ago. Eleven years into a new millenium and there is still only one bridge over the railroad tracks -
Interstate 10, built in 1971-72. Crazy set of priorities and a complete lack of planning.

“ keep the loonies on the path.”

Since: Aug 10

Detroit

#12 Apr 19, 2011
Nice going, Las Cruces! The outfall channel route will go under Main St. where all the vagrants and panhandlers live year round. That really sounds safe.
Not To Worry

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Apr 19, 2011
u know im right wrote:
Nice going, Las Cruces! The outfall channel route will go under Main St. where all the vagrants and panhandlers live year round. That really sounds safe.
Obama will have all of those people working with his SHOVEL-READY jobs.

“ keep the loonies on the path.”

Since: Aug 10

Detroit

#14 Apr 19, 2011
Not To Worry wrote:
<quoted text>Obama will have all of those people working with his SHOVEL-READY jobs.
++++++++++
The only thing Obuma has got working is the public's anger with him.
Artsie

Santa Fe, NM

#15 Apr 19, 2011
u know im right wrote:
Nice going, Las Cruces! The outfall channel route will go under Main St. where all the vagrants and panhandlers live year round. That really sounds safe.
That's ok, we just remove all the trees.
maps

Las Cruces, NM

#16 Apr 19, 2011
Reader wrote:
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Try the underground pedestrian tunnel by Sam's Club and Kohl's.
And how do you get to that tunnel?? Telshor? good luck with that. I am pretty sure we have already had a cycling death on that road...Try again.
Tim

Los Lunas, NM

#17 Apr 19, 2011
Should provide a nice outlet for kids from Mayfield to play hookie. I know that channel was one of our favorite spots back in the day.

It will connect around kohls, and follow the channel under main street and keep going near three crosses, where it will make a straight line to north of mayfield, probably go south through the soccer complexes and the field of dreams and cut through the new developments near picacho middle school.

Those are really nice areas to job or bike through, but it is kinda useless for actually getting anywhere. Oh well, i like it.
Just bicycling

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Apr 19, 2011
DJS wrote:
Another "project" for a handful of elites. The Outfall Channel route is the preferred and needed route for an east - west limited access arterial which should have been put into place years ago. Eleven years into a new millenium and there is still only one bridge over the railroad tracks -
Interstate 10, built in 1971-72. Crazy set of priorities and a complete lack of planning.
Actually, the planning for an east/west corridor is to use the Engler road alignment, all the way from I-10 around the airport, cross Shalom Colony Rd, pass under I-25 at a new interchange and end up on the east mesa. This has been on the plans for the last twenty years or so, and probably will never be built completely (at least, not in my lifetime). The Kennedy/Engler interchange under I-25 is within sight however.

You can see for yourself by looking at the Functional Classification and Thoroughfare Plan map at the MPO web site.

As for spending money, just to study the Outfall Channel as a roadway is a million dollar project proposal. Also, the Outfall Channel corridor is planned as a collector, so there's no way it could become a limited access roadway without changing the plan.
Just bicycling

Albuquerque, NM

#19 Apr 19, 2011
Tim wrote:
Those are really nice areas to [jog] or bike through, but it is kinda useless for actually getting anywhere. Oh well, i like it.
That kind of depends on where you live and where you want to go. I have spoken with someone that was looking for a route in that area, and the Outfall Channel would provide a way to bypass otherwise difficult roadways for new bicyclists. While I agree that the primary use will be recreational, I also believe that it will be useful for certain commuters. Especially if gas is over five bucks a gallon by the time the path is complete.
Tim

Los Lunas, NM

#20 Apr 19, 2011
Just bicycling wrote:
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That kind of depends on where you live and where you want to go. I have spoken with someone that was looking for a route in that area, and the Outfall Channel would provide a way to bypass otherwise difficult roadways for new bicyclists. While I agree that the primary use will be recreational, I also believe that it will be useful for certain commuters. Especially if gas is over five bucks a gallon by the time the path is complete.
I longboard every where in lue of having a car, so i agree; but I live nowhere near the channel. lol. These types of projects are needed and important in an age where TV and McDonald's control our metabolisms.
DJS

Albuquerque, NM

#21 Apr 19, 2011
Just bicycling wrote:
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Actually, the planning for an east/west corridor is to use the Engler road alignment, all the way from I-10 around the airport, cross Shalom Colony Rd, pass under I-25 at a new interchange and end up on the east mesa. This has been on the plans for the last twenty years or so, and probably will never be built completely (at least, not in my lifetime). The Kennedy/Engler interchange under I-25 is within sight however.
You can see for yourself by looking at the Functional Classification and Thoroughfare Plan map at the MPO web site.
As for spending money, just to study the Outfall Channel as a roadway is a million dollar project proposal. Also, the Outfall Channel corridor is planned as a collector, so there's no way it could become a limited access roadway without changing the plan.
Am aware of the Engler Road plans. One would wonder if the parties who recently built large homes at the corner of Dona Ana Road and also N. Valley and Engler are aware as well, or are trying to block it. There seems to be no movement on preserving a right of
way (ROW) along Engler for such a facility. It would have seemed to have made more sense to have created a corridor from McDonalds on N. Main to the Picacho St. Bridge.
The layout, congestion, overdensification, and internal circulation of the Albertsons shopping mall is a unplanned mess.
This would have been very doable up until the mid to late nineties. The sprawling dense infill west of Mayfield High School seemingly wsa dropped in there with no provisions for a east - west corridor, easement or ROW. A east west corridor just to the north of or skirting the Mayfield property would have been very useful for draining school and or game traffic. Once again, no planning.
yawn

Las Cruces, NM

#23 Apr 19, 2011
I love to see that the city is finally modernizing and making it safer for cyclists. But how about a bike path that does something other than skirt every major shopping hub in the city? I am an avid bicycle commuter, but find it is a near-death experience to ride along El Paseo every other day to get to places like Mountain View Market, Albertsons, the cleaners, or any of the numerous restaurants. The street doesn't even have a sidewalk in the area near Las Cruces High School. The Triviz bike path is great, but is still in this kind of no-man's-land sandwiched between neighborhoods and the interstate. It doesn't take you safely to many shopping areas. A loop trail is a great start, but I sure hope there will be some spurs or spokes that go in toward the city where people actually DO things and carry out work/business. The current proposed trail seems useful for a mere joy-ride on a Sunday afternoon.

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