December 2016 - Issue 65
Monthly Transportation News from and for the Region 

Two New Reports Focus in on Bicycle and Pedestrian Crashes and Travel Monitoring



Bernalillo County Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Data Analysis 2010-2014
To provide additional detail about pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Bernalillo County, MRMPO analyzed information collected by the New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Bureau and compiled findings in the following report: Bernalillo County Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Data Analysis 2010-2014. Findings in the report are based on the best information available about the quantity and severity of crashes along with the details such as location, time, date and basic information about the people involved in the crashes. To the best extent possible, details underlying the cause of the crash are also provided. Work on the report was done in collaboration with the Healthy Here: Communities Leading Healthy Change Initiative funded in part by the Center for Disease Control.
Some of the key findings included in the report include the following:  
  • In 2014, New Mexico was ranked 1st in the nation for pedestrian fatalities per capita. Because bicycle fatalities are relatively rare events, New Mexico's bicycle crash ranking fluctuates significantly from year to year.
  • Although it is difficult to determine the cause of the crash, in 47.1 percent of pedestrian crashes and 45.8 percent of bicyclist crashes, the officer reporting on the crash indicated that the pedestrian or bicyclist behavior did not contribute to the crash.
  • East Central Ave has the highest number of combined pedestrian and bicyclist crashes in the region with 284 crashes over 10.8 mile (23 ped/bike crashes per mile). Following far behind, the second and third corridors with the most combined pedestrian and bicyclist crashes are Lomas Blvd (93 total) and San Mateo Blvd (82 total).
  • A large proportion of bicycle crashes (43.3 percent) occur on roadways with no bikeway infrastructure (no bicycle lanes or adjacent path).
  • Pedestrian crashes and to a lesser extent, bicyclist crashes, are correlated with areas with major transit lines, UNM, Downtown and the International District.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Travel Monitoring Report September 2016
Monitoring pedestrian and bicycle travel is a key step to planning, designing and implementing better active transportation systems at the neighborhood level. It provides baseline data needed to evaluate and understand how our built environment supports, doesn't support, or in the worst case is a barrier to walking and bicycling.  Work on the report was done in collaboration with the Healthy Here: Communities Leading Healthy Change Initiative funded in part by the Center for Disease Control.
This report provides preliminary findings at seven count locations; three in the International District and four in the South Valley. It includes the numbers of people walking and bicycling along the roadway, their volume fluctuation during the day, their direction of travel and use of travel lanes, bike lanes and/or sidewalks.  
The count locations were chosen to illuminate potential contributing factors influencing non-motorized user volumes and behaviors. In some count locations data was collected both before and after the implementation of roadway improvements, and in other count locations data was collected as a baseline for planned future improvements.
Some key findings included in the report and described there in further detail include the following:
  • In locations on Zuni Blvd. where there were before and after counts, there was a significant jump in bicycle volume, from 90 cyclists in 2015 to 124 cyclists in 2016.  At the same locations there was also a significant decrease in the percent of biking on sidewalks. These are both desirable results presumably associated with the recent road restriping and lane reconfigurations which included the addition of buffered bicycle lanes.

In addition, observations were made that need further data collection and analysis such as why are some people bicycling on sidewalks in areas where there are bike lanes, and what is contributing to low pedestrian counts in the areas studied.


Read the Report



Take the Train to the 4th Annual Santa's Village

Join the New Mexico Rail Runner Express on Saturday, December 10 for Santa's Village at the Santa Fe Railyard. This free, family-friendly event will feature games, crafts, cookie decorating, live entertainment, mini-train rides, and, of course, pictures with Santa! New activities this year include a puppet show and puppet-making with Meow Wolf, and a visit from costume characters inspired by Disney's Frozen. There will be one extra northbound and one extra southbound train to accommodate our guests.
Rio Metro Holiday Schedule
  • Sunday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day: No Rail Runner or Rio Metro bus service.
  • Monday, Dec. 26, day after Christmas: The Rail Runner will operate on a Sunday Schedule. No Rio Metro bus service.
  • Sunday, Jan. 1, New Year's Day: No Rail Runner or Rio Metro bus service.
  • Monday, Jan. 2, day after New Year's: No Rail Runner or Rio Metro bus service.
Final APBP Webinar for the Year to be Shown at MRCOG on Dec. 14th

Pl ease join us for the final APBP Webinar of the year on Wednesday, December 14th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  at the MRCOG Offices, 809 Copper Ave NW 87102. The webinar in entitled: Tips to Demystify Traffic Analysis. 
The APBP webinars help to raise awareness of non-motorized issues with our transportation partners and facilitate interaction between the staffs of different local governments within our region.
These webinars are free and eligible for AICP certificate maintenance credits or other professional development hours.

Funding for these webinars was made possible, in part, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the Healthy Here: Communities Leading Healthy Change effort.
December Calendar

Transportation Coordinating Committee and TPTG Combined Meeting
Friday, December 2nd (1:30pm-3:00pm)
MRCOG Board Room
Metropolitan Transportation Board Meeting
December meeting canceled
MRCOG Board Room
Rio Metro Board Meeting (November and December combined meeting)
Friday, December 9th (12pm)
MRCOG Board Room
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Webinar: Tips to Demystify Traffic Analysis
Wednesday, December 14th
MRCOG First Floor Conference Room
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