The State Fair of New Mexico, along with the help of BikeABQ, hosted their inaugural free Bike Valet for the entire State Fair this year. We were thrilled when the organizers of the State Fair approached us earlier in the summer for guidance on running a valet. With the use of BikeABQ’s bike racks and a detailed set of instructions on how to properly run the Valet, the State Fair crew set forth to build out and staff their own Bike Valet.
It was also great timing due to the proximity of the new HAWK signal being installed at Lomas and Alvarado, which is a big achievement for Albuquerque. Austin Wetsch, President of BikeABQ, spoke to a family that had ridden there and they told him they would not have attended the State Fair is if wasn’t for the Bike Valet.
This being the first year for the service, it wasn’t without a few issues however. Signage around the fairgrounds as to the location of the Valet wasn’t explicitly clear and the proper route to get there could have been designed better, but there is always room for improvement in the future!
Although the official numbers have not come in on the attendance, we were excited to hear from the General Manager of the Fair that they would like to do it again next year.
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