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.
If you have any suggestions or comments about your experience with the Bike Valet, please email and let us know at email@example.com
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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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!
Cycling Safety: http://bicyclesafe.com/
Local Cycling Info: https://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/recreation/bike
Commuting Info: http://bikeleague.org/content/commuting
The BikeABQ Cycling in Albuquerque Community Discussion was held on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 2pm at Sport Systems.
One of the highlights of the meeting was the presentation of the results of the Community Survey which is available in PDF format here: BikeABQ_survey_2015.
More coverage on our meeting will be posted soon.
( Feb. 20, 2015 )
It’s official: the Mayor has signed the Complete Streets ordinance!
What does this mean? The most noticeable impacts will be seen on roads in poor condition which are already scheduled for repaving. Historically, when roads were repaved, they would be torn up and replaced with the exact same striping, lane widths, etc. Now, opportunities for wider bike lanes and narrower traffic lanes will be explored and in some cases implemented. This will generally occur in short segments because different segments of the same road are frequently in different states of repair.
Please contact the Mayor urging him to sign the Complete Streets Ordinance (O-14-27) that was unanimously passed by City Council.
E-mail Mayor Berry: firstname.lastname@example.org
or fill in the online form:
Information on the Complete Streets Ordinance:
BCSO has a new online registration database. This will help them return stolen bikes if they are found — and hundreds of bikes are recovered every year! You can register your bike and upload a photo of it at http://www.bernco.gov/bcso-bicycle-form.