|Peace, quiet, and great views are definitely reasons |
to ride Canyon Rim Trail
I usually ride NM502 out to the Airport Basin at a good speed, but Canyon Rim Trail is definitely a quieter and more peaceful way to get to the Basin rather than riding along 50 mph NM502 with its fast traffic, texting drivers, and uneven shoulders. The trail is also stunningly beautiful. I sincerely thank the County and those who designed and built this for an excellent resource. Our dogs and the co-op, where we have bought many a breakfast burrito for our weekend dog walks on the trail, thank the County as well.
|Some paint on those blind curves??|
|lighted posts would be |
nice features at each end
I don't suggest we give the beautiful foliage a crew cut, as that was never the intent nor would it be a popular idea. What I do suggest is this: The County should pay attention to transportation details on a path that clearly has transportation as one of its de-facto missions; since it connects East Gate to Airport Basin as a grade separated path and since the highway has few if any cycling amenities (and some nasty shortcomings), the trail certainly does that. Perhaps we need to write a check for some reflectors on its entryway posts, improve the railing by the footbridge, and post some "CAUTION: SLOW DOWN" signs for cyclists, just as we post sharp curves for motorists.
|reflectorized bollards can be used|
where a post is in the middle of the
travelway. Assuming, of course, one
needs bollards in the middle of the
|One of many limited sight distance curves|
|Heavy pedestrian use, especially on weekends, requires prudent riding. Many of the curves have very good visibility. A few do not.|
|Shortly after taking this picture of a downgradient westbound limited sight curve, four pedestrians walked towards me, suddenly appearing on the path after being screened by the trees to the left of the path.|
|These pillars, sitting in the middle of the path at both ends, should be reflectorized|
|Discussions with the County have resulted in a quick, but temporary fix|
How Calgary, Alberta does it.I spent a week in Calgary, Alberta in 2005 and wrote up an article for a local outdoors publication. Like Los Alamos, Calgary has plenty of opportunities to install paths in geographically optimal areas. Unlike Los Alamos, Calgary treats them as transportation and regulates their use explicitly with signage. Some examples.
|Many sections of multiuse paths are posted with speed limits|
|Blind curves on narrow paths are marked for safety|
|Particularly hazardous or narrow sections have lower speeds posted|