"Supporting, Educating, and Advocating for a Bike-Friendly Albuquerque."

BikeABQ is made up of members who love our city, love to ride, and who are dedicated to rider safety.

CiQlovia is coming!

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BikeABQ focuses on encouraging more people to ride bicycles through better policy. This past year these actions included speaking up in support of the Complete Streets legislation, managing bike valets across town, helping to get more people on bikes via Bike Swap, and organizing community meetings around a community survey to gain feedback about what direction it should take as an organization. Many suggestions were made, including increased support for ABQ CiQlovia.

Last year, BikeABQ contributed towards making the inaugural ABQ CiQlovia a reality.  This year, we stepped up and become the title sponsor for the event.  This marks an exciting opportunity for both BikeABQ and ABQ CiQlovia.  Read on below to learn more about ABQ CiQlovia and what you can expect from this amazing event.


 

ABQ CiQlovía returns for another day of walking, riding and playing in car free streets!

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ABQ CiQlovía returns on Sunday, September 20, from 10am-3pm, with one mile of car free streets. ABQ CiQlovía is a fun, safe opportunity to leave your car behind and walk, ride, play, exercise and reimagine our largest public space – streets!  Live music, food trucks, on-street yoga, art and a bike rodeo will be available throughout the day during this event.

ABQ CiQlovía is the Albuquerque version of the global phenomenon known as “ciclovia” or “open streets.” These events, which happen in cities around the world, enable citizens and visitors to experience streets without automobiles. ABQ CiQlovía allows people to freely walk, bike, exercise, shop, eat, and relax in a beautiful and historic part of Albuquerque. Last year over 4,700 people experienced ABQ CiQlovía’s inaugural event and this year’s event is anticipated to attract even more people.

BikeABQ is this year’s title sponsor. Also, the event is partnering with 24 Hours of Art, DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative, the City of Albuquerque and several other organizations to host an even more exciting event! The lively Rail Yards Market at Albuquerque’s historic railyards and 24 Hours of Art and placemaking at Civic Plaza will anchor ABQ CiQlovía. They will be connected via historic 4th street, which was once home to Route 66 and follows El Camino Real.

ABQ CiQlovía is focused around safe family fun and outdoor recreation, highlighting local businesses and providing an opportunity for people to experience temporary bicycle/pedestrian demonstration projects. Demonstration projects at this year’s event include protected bike lanes, crosswalks and traffic calming murals painted onto the streets. Short-term demonstration projects like these are affordable strategies that allow us to test before investing in permanent infrastructure in our cities and towns.

More about this event can be found online at ABQCiQlovia.org and on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact: Dan Majewski, dan.j.majewski@gmail.com, 505.264.3853

Umbrella Week Contact: Siarza Social Digital, media@umbrellaweek.org, 505.234.6900


ABQ CiQlovía is proud to partner with #UmbrellaWeek

Features

Bicycle Maps for Albuquerque & New Mexico

The City of Albuquerque has more than 400 miles of bike paths and trails with more in the works.

Interactive Bike Trail Map

To receive a hard copy of the Albuquerque map, call 505-768-2680 to have the City mail you one.


New Mexico State Fair to Offer Enhanced Transportation Options

New Initiative Encourages Locals to Bike to the Fair

In a city with large population of people who ride bicycles both for practical transportation as well as for pleasure, it seemed only logical to offer patrons the most convenient and secure options to “bike to the fair.”  Through a collaboration with Bike ABQ, for the first time, the New Mexico State Fair will provide a bike valet at this year’s event.

Bike ABQ will provide the racks upon which bikes will be secured while riders enjoy the fair, and the state fair will man the racks to ensure the security of the bicycles.  The bike valet will be located just inside Gate 4 (enter via San Pedro, in between Copper and Lomas) and provides a safe route into the fair which does not require cyclists to navigate lots of traffic within the interior of the fair grounds.  Designated bike routes along San Pedro further enhance safety options into the fair.  Bike riders will be issued a ticket in order to retrieve their bicycle upon exiting the fair.  Bike valet hours will mirror the state fair opening and closing schedule and bikes not retrieved at closing will be stored overnight.

“We are excited to help the State Fair get their Bike Valet up and running this year!  BikeABQ has seen a big increase in the need for Bike Valets around town for various events over the past few years and it just speaks greatly for the continuing growth of cycling in our community and our citizen’s goal to live healthier lifestyles”, said Austin Wetsch, President of BikeABQ.

Additionally, ABQ Ride will once again provide convenient options for patrons to take the bus to the fair.

ABQ RIDE has four bus routes, including two Rapid Rides which provide a direct ride to the fair.   Check the ABQ RIDE website (www.myabqride.com) for Park and Ride locations.  Fair officials recommend the Uptown Transit Center near Albuquerque Public Schools Headquarters. ABQ RIDE also has a free shuttle from the Downs Casino gate to the Fair’s ticket booths for the run of the Fair.

“We are pleased to once again partner with the city to offer convenient bus options to the fair, and really excited to be able to provide the new bike valet.  This is just one more option for convenient access to the New Mexico State Fair and we are grateful to Bike ABQ for helping us launch this new initiative,” said Dan Mourning, general manager of the state fair.

The New Mexico State Fair runs September 10 – 20, 2015.  For more information on this year’s fair, log onto www.ExpoNM.com.

Commuting Tips

Equipment

– Choose a bike that’s safe and comfortable.

– Carry a spare tube, tire levers, pump and a simple bike tool in a saddle bag.  Learn how to change a tire ahead of time.  Take a basic bike maintenance class to learn more.

– Get a pannier to haul your gear.  A backpack will leave you with a sweaty and sore back!

– Do the ABC Quick Check- Air: tire pressure at correct PSI. Brakes: functioning properly. Chain: clean, no kinks and lubed up. Quick release on wheel is closed.

– Clean your bike regularly.  Take it in for a tune up once in a while.

 

Clothing

– Wear comfortable clothing. Waterproof and breathable fabrics keep you comfortable and dry.

– Be prepared for rain/snow.  Packing the appropriate jacket is a must.

– Pack the night before you ride. It will be less stressful in the morning.

– Spandex isn’t necessary as long as you keep your pants out of your chain.  Use a leg band.

 

Safety

– Wear a helmet and eye protection. Attach a rear view mirror for added visibility.

– No headphones!

– Wear bright colors and reflective material. You want to be as visible as possible.

– Get a headlight for your helmet or handlebars.  Rear red flashers are also a good idea.

– Be cautious at night when approaching puddles, piles of leaves, etc.

– Know the laws about bike riding and read the traffic code. Follow the laws that the cars do.

– Make eye contact with drivers so they know your intentions.

– Ride as if you are invisible and think ahead.

– Be courteous to drivers to encourage good behavior for motorists.

 

Route

– Choose your route carefully – even if it means biking an extra mile or two. A longer route may be a more pleasant one.

– Test your route out on the weekends to learn the time it takes to get there.

– Build commuting into your exercise routine.  Take it easy going to work.  Put in the effort on the way home and change your route up.

– Check the weather nightly.

– Don’t be afraid to take the day off and drive or take the bus if it’s too nasty out.

 

Office Worthy

– Store hygienic necessities at the office – Keep an extra of everything you need to clean up from your commute.  Baby wipes are magic for a quick clean.

– Leave your work shoes at the office and keep a spare set of clothes there too.

 

 

Enjoy your ride and have fun!