What's going on, Albuquerque?
Considering that APD refuses to enforce that speed limit (or abide by it themselves), I'm not sure it matters if there are 18 mph signs on the bike boulevard or not. The news story doesn't say whether the entire sign post is missing or just the sign itself--if it is the sign post, then it is the city. If it is the sign itself, could be vandals--or could be the city. It was like pulling teeth to get the signs out of the city to begin with, though, so it may take years to get them back.
This is the stuff that frustrates me. The city crows about being bike friendly and puts in these facilities--but then abandons cyclists once the facilities are installed. Yes, it is nice to have a bike boulevard, but it is somewhat pointless if the speed limits aren't enforced and cyclists feel no less vulnerable on the boulevard as any other street. I could go on and on and on, but it is just disappointing.
OBTS - I drive on Bike Blvd everyday from Silver to 14th to Mountain going home. I see patrols quite often. Most of the time I see them across from Explora pulling over motorists. I also see them around the Mary Fox Park area.
I've only seen patrols by UNM, and they've mostly been pulling over cyclists. I know when the Bicycle Boulevard was enacted by the City Council Mayor Chavez and Chief Schultz publicly announced they wouldn't be actively enforcing the 18 mph speed limit. If Berry changed that policy, I've never heard about it.
Ever since it was established, city leaders - and that's both Chavez and Berry as well as the Council - have never hesitated to trot the "bicycle boulevard" (or "bicycle boulevards" plural, although the current Mountain-to-14th-to-Silver system is the only one) out as proof of Albuquerque's urban bona fides. There seems to be a lot less enthusiasm for enforcing it or actually making it work. The increased awareness and visibility alone makes it a better place to ride than most streets, but it could be so much better if they actually devoted minimal effort to it.
My transportation prof told me on Tuesday that the bike boulevard was the worst one he's ever seen. When we pushed for it way back in the day (gosh, it was 2007, I think), the signs and pavement markings were only supposed to be the first phase. My naive younger self assumed the city would take it upon themselves to see the project through to its full completion. Time for another lobbying push from the concerned public, I guess.
Benny, you make me laugh. Hard. And Ramon, I am glad they are enforcing the speed limit downtown, but I was talking mainly about the Nob Hill/UNM portion which endures a LOT of traffic. Let me tell you how unfun it is to try to negotiate that street with double parking while some hothead is trying to pass you going 40 mph. It is the opposite of fun.
I don't understand why, if Chief Schultz openly stated that he would have his force ignore enforcing that posted speed limit, the city went ahead with it. I also love that the police chief can just select which laws he will choose to ask his force to enforce. Ye Gods.I'd say I'm glad he's gone, but I don't think the replacement will be any better.
Benny probably remembers the sequence of events best, but I believe it was more like the local bike community pushed hard for it, the City Council passed a resolution, the mayor declined to veto it, and the Chief essentially said well fine, but we're not going to enforce it. Schultz didn't go on the record about ignoring the new speed limit signs until after the resolution passed and was on the books. Way to stand up for the law, Chief...I have yet to be convinced by the new guy but am so happy to see Schultz gone.
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