Also, is "highway" a mode, or are we making highways synonymous with a departmental decision that anything other than a car or truck is irrelevant?
Does Secretary Tom Church, recognize that bicycling is transportation, and must be considered both within urban areas (traffic calming, etc) and on the open road (decent shoulders, good designs, no partial paving)? When the NMDOT is involved in highway designs that go through towns and cities, non-motorized modes must be accommodated. Right? The recent dust-up as to whether to build a bike-ped bridge on the I-25/Paseo del Norte construction in Albuquerque comes to mind as an example of where we are being treated as an option rather than a requirement and I don't see strong leadership on non-motorized modes either from the Duke City or State.
From the NMDOT web site:
NMDOT focuses on the following modes of travel: transit, rail, aviation and highways. We've strengthened our commitment to traffic safety, environmental excellence, and complete planning, design and engineering services."
Rosa Kozub, Bicycle Pedestrian Equestrian Coordinator
rosa dot kozub at state dot nm dot us