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BikeABQ Candidate Survey

Juan Larrañaga

House District 18 — Democratic Primary

1. Do you bike in New Mexico? Describe your experience biking for transportation and/or recreation.

I love participating in Bike to Work Day and any other biking events. My main mode of transportation is bike. I bike to work. I bike to school. I bike to the stores and to the gym. I bike to Old Town to visit friends and for exercise. We need safer streets and more bike routes along the acequias.

2. Describe your vision of a healthy, safe, equitable transportation system for the Greater Albuquerque Region and the roles walking, biking, and public transportation play in that vision.

I used to take the bus and bike, especially for distances and uphill. The last time I tried to use rapid ride, the bike rack areas were taken up by people and strollers and carts. Bussing has become difficult and unsafe. We need to invest in an infrastructure that is walking and biking friendly, especially downtown, UNM, and Central.

3. What are the biggest barriers to getting people to choose walking, biking, and public transit instead of personal vehicles for daily trips, and what would you do to address these impediments?

I believe most people are so used to their cars that they are unwilling to walk or bike. Safety is a concern. Having more education and outreach events will help. As legislators we can work with leaders like Eric Griego to work on infrastructure.

4. New Mexico consistently has the deadliest streets of any state in the US, with approximately 400 people killed by vehicles each year while walking, biking, or driving, and another 12,000 people injured. What should New Mexico, and in particular the New Mexico Department of Transportation, do to improve traffic safety?

We can highlight more ghost bikes and tell the stories and encourage drivers to Look for bikers. And to continue to look and be aware of pedestrians and non vehicles

5. The New Mexico DOT is currently pursuing a pair of projects related to Interstate 25, following the South I-25 Corridor Study that calls for the widening of Interstate 25 in Albuquerque from Sunport to the Big I, to 8 lanes from the current 6. Do you support urban freeway widenings, or how would you prefer NMDOT enhance transportation options in this corridor?

I would like to see more and wider bike lanes. I'd like to see more railrunner and other free options for bikes. I see the congestion on our freeways, so widening may be necessary.

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