Councilor pushes to make downtown Albuquerque more bike friendly

Bike boulevards and 18 mph speed limits. There have been a lot of changes for bicyclists downtown. Now, one city councilor wants to do even more. 

The bike signs are everywhere on designated “bike boulevards,” Silver Avenue and 14th Street

“Silver all the time, it’s a good quiet street and there’s a bunch of other cyclists that use it as well,” said Ryan Tsosi.  

Bicyclists like Tsosi say the improvements the city’s already made have helped. 

“Just like more bike lanes being put in everywhere, and that’s a good thing that’s helping more people ride too,” said Tsosi. 

Still, City Councilor Isaac Benton feels the city needs to do more. In the newly released review of Silver Avenue, Benton has big plans.

He wants alternate routes for cyclists rather than taking busy streets like Lead and Coal. In addition, he wants to calm traffic on 14th Street, adding dozens of stop signs and two roundabouts. One would be at 14th Street and Roma Avenue, the other at Park Avenue and 14th Street. 

“You can only put so many stop signs and slow people down, but they have to look at the feasibility of putting a roundabout or a median in,” said Ron Casias. 

Casias with the Silver Platinum Neighborhood Association said he sees very few people cycling downtown, and feels there are bigger issues at hand. 

“Bikes are nice, don’t get me wrong. I like to bike and there’s a lot of bicyclists. But however, 50,000 people commute to downtown daily. It should be safe to walk,” he said. 

Another option in the plan is a bike/pedestrian bridge over I-25.

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