– 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: email@example.com
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.
Picture this: You’re riding down the bike path away from the frenzied traffic and enjoying the great outdoors. But this isn’t a recreational ride. You’re conducting everyday business…crossing errands off your list, doing many of the things you’ve traditionally done in your car…on your bike.
Along the trail you stop in at a farm shop, buy vegetables and jam and put them in one of your three baskets. Further down the path, you buy candy and flowers from a path-side vendor. Up ahead there’s a book store and a bike shop. And, fortunately, there’s an ATM. you can get the cash you need to meet friends at that great coffee shop for bikes only.
The idea is simple – Bike In Zoning is exclusively dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian customers.
There is virtually no end to the private enterprise possibilities designed to serve bike traffic only. And It’s not a dream for the future. With innovative Bike In Zoning, it can happen now, on private property along existing trails.
The city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County should be commended for their investment in and their enthusiastic support for the bicycle community. And with their plans for expanding the existing bike network, Bike In Zoning will only enhance the vision with private participation.
Bike In Zoning comes at no expense to the city or county. It involves no public property and, best of all, it involves no vehicle traffic for neighborhoods to worry about.
Let the zoning happen and watch Albuquerque’s entrepreneurial energy take over.
Let the zoning happen and watch Albuquerque and Bernalillo County become the models for bicycle use across the country.
Let’s support the business end of cycling.
Click here to support Bike In Zoning by signing the petition.
Exclusion zones, developed by Dan Gutierrez, are one of the most important concepts for successful bicycling and designing facilities which support it. Bicyclists should not be directed, by law or by design, to operate in any of these exclusion zones.
Messy roads a challenge for cyclists, carless
Sean Duffy didn’t have a choice. “I can barely make my rent, let alone pay for a car,” he said.
Duffy said that walking and riding the bus take too long, so he layers on clothing, hops on his mountain bike and fights through the snow. A self-employed carpenter and a volunteer at the alternative transportation advocacy group Chainbreaker Collective, he rode five miles through Sunday’s storm.
Lucky for him, he didn’t have to go anywhere Monday, so he hunkered down. But he said that riding on Tuesday morning would probably be difficult because of the expected cold temperatures and ice patches on the road. But he often relishes a challenging ride. “Once I get home, it was totally worth it,” he said.
Clemente McFarlane, a Chainbreaker member who owns a bike shop, Sirius Cycles, 2801 Rodeo Road, said he also likes biking through extreme weather conditions. “When people see you riding, it adds to the idea of the bike culture growing in Santa Fe,” he said.
McFarlane does own a car, but his wife generally drives it, which means he rides his bike or catches the bus in extreme weather. He added that he just became a new father, which means he’ll take extra precautions. He also said bike riding saves money and benefits the environment.
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By Patrick Lohmann / Journal Staff Writer, Albuquerque Journal on Thu, Oct 25, 2012
Regardless of what sentence a judge hands down during a Friday morning hearing, Sheryl Kearby won’t be pleased.
That’s because the maximum possible punishment for Carol Svinarich – the woman who struck and killed Kearby’s husband with her SUV as he rode his bicycle on Osuna in January – is 90 days in jail and a $300 fine.
“She obviously needs to sit in jail and think about what she did,” Kearby said. “I don’t think it’s sufficient to begin with.”
Svinarich was convicted of careless driving after witnesses said she ran a red light near Osuna and Academy Parkway NE on Jan. 10, killing bicyclist Scott “Dwane” Lane, 55, as he rode home from work. The father of four later died at a hospital.
This is the third time this month families of victims have been disappointed with the way bicycle fatality cases have unfolded in court.
An Albuquerque bicycle safety advocacy organization is urging District Court Judge Reed Sheppard to sentence Svinarich to the full 90 days, pointing out that Svinarich was again arrested in August – eight months after the accident – for driving under the influence.
“His (Lane’s) life was ended by an act that some would call an accident, but which we maintain was the result of choices by Ms. Svinarich,” the group’s president, Jennifer Buntz, wrote to Sheppard on Tuesday. “She alone was in control of that vehicle, paying more or less attention to her job of driving at her own discretion.
“Because of this, along with her other more recent driving infractions, we urge the maximum penalty.”
Svinarich has pleaded not guilty to the DWI charge, and a trial is scheduled in November.
Buntz said in an interview that the group will ask the state Legislature for tougher punishments during the upcoming legislative session, including license suspensions for drivers whose inattention caused fatal injuries to bicyclists, pedestrians and others.
“I don’t have adequate words to express the way that these inadequate penalties re-traumatize families and survivors,” Buntz said.