State seeks com­ments on statewide bi­cy­cle net­work

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION -

New Mex­ico trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials want to es­tab­lish a statewide bi­cy­cle net­work and they’re ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help.

The Trans­porta­tion De­part­ment an­nounced Wed­nes­day that it has set up an in­ter­ac­tive web­site, nm-bike-plan, where cy­clists and oth­ers can share in­for­ma­tion as part of the plan­ning process for pri­or­i­tiz­ing routes that are safe and of­fer the most con­nec­tiv­ity.

The agency has con­tracted with Bo­han­nan Hus­ton Inc. and Alta Plan­ning + De­sign to de­velop the NM Bike Plan. It’s sched­uled to be done by sum­mer 2018.

Of­fi­cials say the plan will help guide road­way im­prove­ments and in­cor­po­rate bi­cy­cle in­fra­struc­ture such as wide shoul­ders or sep­a­rate trails as part of reg­u­larly sched­uled main­te­nance or ma­jor con­struc­tion.

Bi­cy­cle plan­ning is also be­ing done on the re­gional level in the Al­bu­querque area, Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Farm­ing­ton.

To weigh in on the state plan, visit the web­site and click on “get started.” The site al­lows users to high­light routes they use or would like to use and com­ment on how the route could be im­proved for bi­cy­cle use.

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