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Remember three years ago when you cast your gaze upon that bike in the corner of your garage? Gas prices had bounded without abandon toward the $4-a-gallon-and-above range and the shock waves were sent through all of us. Full Story
ruu

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Jun 27, 2011
its a good idea to save gas if you can take the three digit
heat and especially if you plan to ride a long way, I think
even if you take water with you its gonna heat up on you,
this high temperatures can really wear you out.
Concerned

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Jun 27, 2011
I love to ride my bicycle, but the crazy drivers we have here don't let me enjoy it. What good does it do to save a lot of money on gasoline if you have to pay huge medical bills if you get run over, or worse, killed. Bike paths,next to the roads (but not on the roads), would be great. About a month ago my niece in Albuquerque, was riding her bike, a garbage truck turned in front of her and ran over her bike and her lower legs. Driver said he never saw her. She is on her way to recovering.
bike

Las Cruces, NM

#3 Jun 27, 2011
the only way to go is to buy an ezip electric bicycle from walmart... with that you stand a chance getting around town... they are cheap to, like $250...
watchdog1

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Jun 27, 2011
The City tried to put in bike paths "on the cheap",by using part of the road for bike paths.
The roads were designed for cars not cars and bikes. It narrows the roads just as traffic increases. And it puts the cyclists at tremendous risks of injury or death.
Traviz Bike Path is the way the city should have gone. But they keep experimenting with different ideas on how to make it work on the cheap still.This experimenting is dangerous!

They spent twenty five thousand dollars on Traviz Ave. trying to put two bike paths on that street by remarking it twice.Taking out the center turn lane increased traffic accidents(who would have seen that coming)so they reverted back to the original stripping,almost.

They are a stubborn group in the Council so they had the bright idea of making one of the lanes a share the lane. They put up signs saying that the bikes could use the whole lane!The idea is that motorized traffic should move over to the left lane and pass then return to the right lane.

Only problem is there isn't a left lane to go to. It is a turn lane and is marked as for that purpose only. hence the motorist is made to break the law or endanger the cyclist.There is no provision in the "Rules of the Road" for this.

The insanity of all this is that there was already a bike and walk path right next to Travis Avenue.

Many of the so called bike lanes around the city widen and narrow,and in many cases disappear altogether at some places.
I don't happen to ride a bike,but this is a crappy way to try and give cyclists a safe and sane way to get around. They should do it right and not try and experiment with cheap,and dangerous alternatives.
loco

Mesa, AZ

#5 Jun 27, 2011
This town is not bike friendly. A retrofitted bike lane right next to a busy road is just asking for an accident. Share the road? What a joke. The bumper sticker should say, share my bumper.
fixXxed

Las Cruces, NM

#6 Jun 27, 2011
bike wrote:
the only way to go is to buy an ezip electric bicycle from walmart... with that you stand a chance getting around town... they are cheap to, like $250...
weak sauce
Just bicycling

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Jun 27, 2011
watchdog1 wrote:
I don't happen to ride a bike,but this is a crappy way to try and give cyclists a safe and sane way to get around.
You don't ride a bicycle, but you make yourself an authority on bicycle facilities and where someone should ride a bike? "Clueless" then becomes the only appropriate tag for your post.

Where to begin...

The Triviz multi-use path (it is not a "Bike Path") is more dangerous for a transportational bicyclist and then for other path users than an in-road bicycle facility. You don't want more than 250 pounds traveling at 20mph on the path with pedestrians, strollers, dogs on a leash, or children, and I don't want to be there, especially with a perfectly good road already available.

Would you like to pay for a separate bicycle roadway system? How will you prevent conflicts between bicycles and cars? You say, "The roads were designed for cars not cars and bikes." Well, that was a mistake, wasn't it? The promise is that new roadways will be designed for cars AND bicycles AND pedestrians. This will be much cheaper (and safer) than separate multi-use paths.

For example, the Outfall Channel multi-use path will cost almost a million dollars and will use an already available right of way between the river (and the La Llrona multi-use path along the river) and the Las Cruces Dam (and provide a connection to the Triviz multi-use path). Where would you like to find the right of way for a multi-use path that connects the end of the Triviz multi-use path back down to the river? And how about the rest of the connections needed to create a transportation system for users that want to get back and forth from work, school, stores, doctors, and everywhere else needed by everyone?

Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.

This is a two sided coin. There are bad vehicle drivers out there, as well as bad bicycle drivers. Improvements and education is needed all around.
watchdog1

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Jun 27, 2011
Just bicycling wrote:
<quoted text>
You don't ride a bicycle, but you make yourself an authority on bicycle facilities and where someone should ride a bike? "Clueless" then becomes the only appropriate tag for your post.
Where to begin...
The Triviz multi-use path (it is not a "Bike Path") is more dangerous for a transportational bicyclist and then for other path users than an in-road bicycle facility. You don't want more than 250 pounds traveling at 20mph on the path with pedestrians, strollers, dogs on a leash, or children, and I don't want to be there, especially with a perfectly good road already available.
Would you like to pay for a separate bicycle roadway system? How will you prevent conflicts between bicycles and cars? You say, "The roads were designed for cars not cars and bikes." Well, that was a mistake, wasn't it? The promise is that new roadways will be designed for cars AND bicycles AND pedestrians. This will be much cheaper (and safer) than separate multi-use paths.
For example, the Outfall Channel multi-use path will cost almost a million dollars and will use an already available right of way between the river (and the La Llrona multi-use path along the river) and the Las Cruces Dam (and provide a connection to the Triviz multi-use path). Where would you like to find the right of way for a multi-use path that connects the end of the Triviz multi-use path back down to the river? And how about the rest of the connections needed to create a transportation system for users that want to get back and forth from work, school, stores, doctors, and everywhere else needed by everyone?
Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.
This is a two sided coin. There are bad vehicle drivers out there, as well as bad bicycle drivers. Improvements and education is needed all around.
I apparently hit a nerve with an avid cyclist.
#1. I have a chipped tailbone so I NO LONGER ride a bike.I used to. so much for clueless.

#2. Travis trail has been working quite well with pedestrians,cyclists,dogs etc for a few years now with on problem. If you watch for a while you will notice almost all cyclist use it over the street.The cyclist seems to quite adept at maneuvering on the path. Maybe you need to get an attitude change if you can't cope with the trail and the other people using it. Most cyclist have no problems with it.

#3.Yes the roads were designed for motor vehicles and the motorist pay for them through fuel and license plate fees. There is No Mistake!

You are arrogant and want to force you wishes on the populace.Your demands are childish. You say they must provide you with a place to ride your bike. Then you belly-up and pay for these changes in the city like motorists do. They owe you nothing. And mixing cars and bikes has always been a bad idea for the cyclists. Anytime there are two different speeds involved there is danger. That is why up until your ilk started pressing the issue there were signs saying "no bikes on roadway".
watchdog1

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Jun 27, 2011
Just bicycling wrote:
<quoted text>
You don't ride a bicycle, but you make yourself an authority on bicycle facilities and where someone should ride a bike? "Clueless" then becomes the only appropriate tag for your post.
Where to begin...
The Triviz multi-use path (it is not a "Bike Path") is more dangerous for a transportational bicyclist and then for other path users than an in-road bicycle facility. You don't want more than 250 pounds traveling at 20mph on the path with pedestrians, strollers, dogs on a leash, or children, and I don't want to be there, especially with a perfectly good road already available.
Would you like to pay for a separate bicycle roadway system? How will you prevent conflicts between bicycles and cars? You say, "The roads were designed for cars not cars and bikes." Well, that was a mistake, wasn't it? The promise is that new roadways will be designed for cars AND bicycles AND pedestrians. This will be much cheaper (and safer) than separate multi-use paths.
For example, the Outfall Channel multi-use path will cost almost a million dollars and will use an already available right of way between the river (and the La Llrona multi-use path along the river) and the Las Cruces Dam (and provide a connection to the Triviz multi-use path). Where would you like to find the right of way for a multi-use path that connects the end of the Triviz multi-use path back down to the river? And how about the rest of the connections needed to create a transportation system for users that want to get back and forth from work, school, stores, doctors, and everywhere else needed by everyone?
Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.
This is a two sided coin. There are bad vehicle drivers out there, as well as bad bicycle drivers. Improvements and education is needed all around.
And one more thing you idiot,I am NOT against cyclists. If you read closely I am against them getting killed because the City is putting them in danger on the roadways.
A lot of cyclists may not be as a "pro" as you seem to think you are. Small kids are being asked to cope with traffic on the streets on bikes. You and them need a safe place to ride. What in god's name is wrong with that?
fixXxed

Las Cruces, NM

#11 Jun 27, 2011
Woa woa woa... everyone just relax and go ride your bike to your favorite watering hole...
soulpower

Las Cruces, NM

#12 Jun 27, 2011
hey i ride my bike on las cruces streets all the time. the designated bike routes and so called bike paths suck. the triviz trail is good if you on a recreation ride and thats about it. the lines in the streets are a joke, and i would probably be called a dangerous rider cos i ride in the street and all over the damn lane. its safer that way so i know you(driver of fast moving 2 ton vehicle) see me, i also ride against traffic on roads like picacho and valley because i want to see whats coming at me and id rather have a sliver of chance of moving in a safe direction than being plowed down from some idiot driver coming up behind me when im in what seems like a 12inchwide bike lane thats really just been stolen from the car lane. like i said i ride all the time and i dont mind riding the traviz trail if i want to go that route but honestly its more for show(i.e. a workout routine) than go. i could talk about this subject for another few paragraphs but i think ive shared my 3 cents already lol.I think its nice that LC was given some kind of 3rd level biking friendly designation a few weeks past but the truth is if LC wants to truly considered bike friendly theres alot of work to do... and besides all that aint no one in any council going to be willing to pay for the changes that need to be made. i think the best way to go is make sure they incorporate real bike lanes into these new streets being built in places such as sonoma ranch, east mesa, downtown main and the dripping springs area... lol i wasnt gonna go here but i will- truth be told the majority of people in LC are not physically capable of biking for any serious program because (most of the people here are overweight and out of shape)and thats MOST not All ok! anyway have a great day and share the Road. Give bikers a brake!
Just bicycling

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Jun 28, 2011
watchdog1 wrote:
<quoted text>I apparently hit a nerve with an avid cyclist.
#1. I have a chipped tailbone so I NO LONGER ride a bike.I used to. so much for clueless.
#2. Travis trail has been working quite well with pedestrians,cyclists,dogs etc for a few years now with on problem. If you watch for a while you will notice almost all cyclist use it over the street.The cyclist seems to quite adept at maneuvering on the path. Maybe you need to get an attitude change if you can't cope with the trail and the other people using it. Most cyclist have no problems with it.
#3.Yes the roads were designed for motor vehicles and the motorist pay for them through fuel and license plate fees. There is No Mistake!
You are arrogant and want to force you wishes on the populace.Your demands are childish. You say they must provide you with a place to ride your bike. Then you belly-up and pay for these changes in the city like motorists do. They owe you nothing. And mixing cars and bikes has always been a bad idea for the cyclists. Anytime there are two different speeds involved there is danger. That is why up until your ilk started pressing the issue there were signs saying "no bikes on roadway".
#1. I don't believe that you ever used a bicycle for transportation on a regular basis.

#2.**Triviz** not "Travis". I don't have a problem with the Triviz multi-use path for what it is, a recreational facility. You think that fast moving cars shouldn't mix with slower bicyclists, but why is it okay for fast bicyclists to mix with slow pedestrians?

#3. It is a myth that "motorist pay for them through fuel and license plate fees" exclusively. Every time the gross receipts tax is collected in Las Cruces, a part of that goes to roadway maintenance. New roads in Las Cruces are built by developers, so there is no fuel or license taxes used. So, I already pay my share of road maintenance fees, not to mention that I do own and often drive a motor vehicle on many of the same roads where I use my bicycle.
Just bicycling

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Jun 28, 2011
soulpower wrote:
...i would probably be called a dangerous rider cos i ride in the street and all over the damn lane. its safer that way so i know you(driver of fast moving 2 ton vehicle) see me, i also ride against traffic..
You are a dangerous bicycle driver. The highest percentage of crashes with a vehicle involve a wrong way bicyclist. The best way to avoid a crash is to be visible and predictable. Weaving around make you appear unpredictable, causing conflicts with you and the motor vehicle.

Bicyclists fair best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.

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