City aims to stop drivers from using new bike-ped crossing

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A new bike and pedestrian-only crossing is also being used by rule-breaking drivers. 

In response, city traffic engineers are now working on new measures to keep drivers out. 

The crossing at 14th Street and Lomas Boulevard was installed back in October, designed to help link several bicycle boulevards in the downtown area including Silver Avenue, 14th Street and Mountain Road. 

However, since the crossing took shape, neighbors have noticed just how many cars are driving through it, even with a “no motor vehicles” sign posted in front of it. 

“I’ve seen like half a dozen cars go through there,” said Bob Salinas, who lives near the new crossing. 

Another indicator that cars are pushing through the crossing comes with the black tire marks along the inside curbs. 

“A compact car could get through there,” said Melissa Olson, who also lives near the crossing. 

KRQE News 13 spotted a car driving through the crossing Tuesday afternoon. 

The Greater Albuquerque Bicycling Advisory Committee also recently raised the issue with city officials. The city admits it’s a problem. 

“This is a bicycle/pedestrian refuge for a reason, right? It’s to help eliminate some of the turns that traffic may have and help make it a better ride for cyclists,” said Johnny Chandler, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Department of Municipal Development. 

Since the city’s heard numerous reports of drivers rolling through the wide crossing at Lomas and 14th, a change is now on the way. 

“We’ll be adding flex posts into the asphalted areas,” said Chandler. 

Those are the durable plastic posts which the city has used before at intersections like Lomas and Girard, and the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Edith boulevards. 

The city thinks that will stop the rule-breaking drivers. 

“If vehicles are breaking this law and driving through that, they’re putting cyclists in danger and themselves in danger, and that’s something we certainly don’t want,” said Chandler. 

The city is aiming to install the plastic flex posts at the intersection in the next two weeks. 

That bike crossing cost about $159,000 in funding from Councilor Isaac Benton’s “set-aside” fund for special projects in his council district. 

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