Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Support a proper rebuilding of NM Route 41

Greetings: Please join BCNM and others in Galisteo on Wed. night to support the proposed contruction of paved shoulders on this wonderful state highway, which many of you know as part of the Santa Fe Century route. NMDOT has committed to building smooth shoulders, wide enough for bikes, throughout the segment but is still getting local resistance on including four-foot shoulders through the community of Galisteo.
The opposition revolves primarily around aesthetics. With 11 ft. travel lanes and four-foot shoulders proposed within the village, it would be a 30-foot wide road, and there is plenty of room for this there. Eliminating the proposed striped shoulders would eliminate at most six feet of roadway width at a sacrifice of the facility that is needed for cyclists and pedestrians, and that also benefits motorists and pavement preservation.
I will try to be at this meeting but I know that increased numbers and statements by cyclists supporting the shoulders will ensure that NMDOT retains the proposed design with shoulders throughout. I hope you can consider joining in - thanks in advance for your contribution to building better highways for bikes in New Mexico.

Tim Rogers, Secretary
Bicycle Coalition of NM
(505) 629-5647

PS Apologies for double postings, but pls feel free to forward this to others. For more information see the announcement below by NMDOT District 5. The Environmental Assessment that is being reviewed is at http://dot.state.nm.us/ProjectsD5.html -> http://dot.state.nm.us/D5/NM41ClarkHillUS285EA04-12.pdf
If you can't make it to Galisteo, comments regarding the NM 41 Environmental Assessment can be submitted by July 6 to TibbettsD@pbworld.com.

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