Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Watch out for Chimayo walkers this week

Photo acknowledgements to the Wikipedia source
Cyclists riding on U.S. 84-285 and its local access side roads and other nearby roads should watch for people walking to the Santuario de Chimayo as part of the annual Good Friday/Easter pilgrimage. Drivers should reduce speeds and if possible, move to traffic lanes furthest from walkers. Cyclists should be prepared to merge left to give adequate clearance to walkers but at the same time, make sure your intention when moving left is broadcast to overtaking motorists.

Walkers should walk as far to the right of the roadway as possible, wear reflective safety vests or brightly colored clothing, walk in groups, dress warmly, and carry a flashlight and water.

Law enforcement officers will provide increased patrols on roads leading to Chimayo, including DWI and traffic enforcement units and checkpoints, through Sunday afternoon. Additionally, the state Department of Transportation is placing temporary signs and flashing message boards reminding everyone to be aware of walkers.

Parts of this message shamelessly reprinted, with modifications, from the LANL Public Relations Dept. notice. Other parts are obviously mine alone.

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