• Ranching families thank Livestock Board for cattle intervention.
  • It might just be just me, but I find it unsettling and ironic that ABQ is holding a water drive for another NM town. Explain to me why this is not a canary in a coal mine for us in 2, 5 or 10 years...
  • Sadly, we need to ready another ghost bike near Wyoming and Comanche.
  • Native American national track championships coming to ABQ. There's a 5k race open to the public, as well.
  • This year's ACE looks pretty slammin'. Here's a handy dandy guide.
  • APD offers advice and classes for women who jog. Or just want a few tips on self defense.

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Comment by Hunter on June 20, 2013 at 10:53am

Of course, it's unlikely that any of that bottled water is "Albuquerque's" water.  On the other hand, should Albuquerque find itself in Magdelena's position in ten years, let's hope our City Council hasn't banned plastic bottles.

Comment by shotsie on June 20, 2013 at 12:22pm

I don't understand why they're giving out little bottles of water to the residents, instead of gallon jugs, or just bringing in a water truck and filling up 3 or 5 gallon bottles.  Seems pretty inefficient to me, not to mention all the litter the little bottles create.

It's really dangerous for a bicyclist to use Wyoming at any time.  In that general area, there's no side street connection crossing Montgomery between Pennsylvania and Morris and the traffic is always fast on Wyoming and Eubank - you're really forced to use the sidewalk and not the road.  

Comment by Bluegoo on June 20, 2013 at 12:59pm

When you drive you need to treat a bike rider like a car.  For example if there is a slow car/bike you need to pass to left not the right Thank you 

Comment by RunLikeADog on June 20, 2013 at 1:00pm
I have to admit that the water drive has me scratching my head too. Shouldn't the National Guard have been summoned to haul some water tanks down there?
Comment by Phil_0 on June 20, 2013 at 1:18pm

Nice song pick...

Comment by hettie on June 20, 2013 at 2:22pm

What Phil said--love the Joy Division!

Comment by Benny the Icepick on June 20, 2013 at 2:24pm

Shotsie:  It appears that the cyclist was traveling on a perpendicular street, Harwood, and lost control of the bike and fell on Wyoming into the path of an oncoming car:

Bicyclist fell into driver's path

By ABQnews Staff on Thu, Jun 20, 2013

POSTED: 6:36 am.Preliminary results of an investigation into a fatal collision between a bicyclist and a motorist in northeast Albuquerque Wednesday night show that the bicyclist lost control of his bicycle and fell into the path of a vehicle driven southbound on Wyoming by Racheal Lopez, 22, Albuquerque police said in a media advisory.


The bicyclist, whose name still hasn't been released pending notification of

next-of-kin, lost control of the bicycle as it was eastbound on Harwood and fell into the path of the vehicle driven by Lopez, APD Officer Robert Gibbs said in the advisory.


Lopez had no time to react and struck the bicyclist as he was lying on the asphalt, Gibbs said. The bicyclist died of his injuries at the scene.

Comment by shotsie on June 20, 2013 at 4:46pm

I don't know how you would lose control of your bike at that intersection, unless you did it on purpose to avoid getting hit.  More than likely, the bicyclist either didn't stop, or took off at the stop sign, not looking at the south bound traffic and then noticed the car, and dumped his bike. 

Or maybe he was riding on Wyoming, wearing dark clothing, and she accidentally ran him down and made up this story. 

Comment by Benny the Icepick on June 20, 2013 at 4:54pm

The story has plenty of plot holes, and I think it's too early to make any judgment calls, but I'm having a hard time picturing what this cyclist could have been doing to end up on the business end of Ms. Lopez's car.  Either way it sounds pretty awful for everyone involved.

Comment by Lahjik on June 20, 2013 at 5:46pm

How would you lose control?  I can think about about 500 different ways even without including "avoiding being hit by another car".    They didn't provide much information on directions aside from the motorist driving southbound on Wyo, but a visit with Uncle Google shows that Harwood dumps onto the West side of Wyo (Palo Duro is the street mostly across Wyo from Harwood).  It's not uncommon that sand and gravel collects along the right side of the road and that's never a positive thing on a bike.  Also, there is typically a gap where the concrete of the curb/gutter meets the asphalt of the roadway; that gap will grab a wheel quite easily and trust me, that can lead to a nasty spill.  Re: the ghost bikes, I thought the point behind those were to be a reminder for instances in which a motorist failed to pay attention or do due diligence which led to a cyclist being killed.  In this instance it doesn't seem warranted.  What's everybody else's take on that?


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