October 2016 - Issue 63
Monthly Transportation News from and for the Region 
Walk! Ride! Play! Third Annual ABQ 
CiQlovía Returns on Saturday, October 15th

The ABQ CiQlov ía returns to Albuquerque for the third run of this fun event on Saturday, October 15, from 9am-2pm. This year's route will be along Central Avenue between 2nd  and 8th Streets. 

If you haven't experienced the ABQ CiQlov í a, here's what it's all about: it is an "open streets" event where the road is temporarily closed to vehicle traffic and opened up to people on foot and bike, allowing people to experience our largest public spaces--streets--in an entirely new way. The event encourages people of all ages and abilities to celebrate or try out active forms of transportation in a fun, safe. and social environment. 

The event coincides with the Downtown Growers Market and will feature brunch served on the Roving Table, the Duke City Pedaler , Complete Streets demonstration projects, live music, root beer, a bike rodeo, arts and culture. CiQlov í a is an opportunity to stimulate a community conversation about bicycle, pedestrian, and public health issues, the local economy, and encouraging active lifestyles. 

There are volunteer and sponsorship/donation opportunities available. If you are interested, contact abqciqlovia@gmail.com. For more information on the event, check out   www.facebook.com/abqciqlovia and www.abqciqlovia.org. 
Today is Walk to School Day and the 20th Anniversary of this International Event

" Every year, thousands of kids, parents, teachers, and community members participate in Walk to School Day to support walking and its many benefits for physical and mental health, the economy, environment, and community. " --Safe Routes to School National Partnership on Walk to School Day 

Four schools in the region participated in Walk to School Day today according to  walkb iketoschool.org : Alice King Community School (ABQ), Monte Vista Elementary School (ABQ), Seven Bar Elementary (ABQ), and Shining Stars Preschool (Rio Rancho). Las Cruces really hit it out of the park with 24 elementary schools participating (Hobbs and Farmington also had good participation). Whether or not your school is officially registered as participating in the event,  if you have a child in school, hope you had an opportunity to participate in Walk (and bike) to School Day or get inspired to do so next year! Good job to all those who worked to support this day and active transportation movement! 
New Veterans Pass Hours

The New Mexico Rail Runner Express has new hours of operation for veterans wishing to get or renew their annual pass. The new hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Rail Runner offers veterans with a VHIC (VA card) a free annual pass to ride the train. New passes are issued at the Rail Runner customer service office during the hours listed above, or at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Veterans wishing to renew their annual pass can do so at various locations throughout central New Mexico in addition to those listed above.
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Regional Bike Celebration in Bernalillo on October 21st

Where: Kaktus Brewing Company, 471 S Hill Rd, Bernalillo

When: Friday, October 21st, 5-9pm

Who: Bicyclists interested in advancing bicycling in New Mexico
Why: To foster collaboration, partnerships, awareness and fun for building a better bike-able New Mexico

Hosted by New Mexico Bike Summit, Inc. and Bike-to-Work Santa Fe. For more information contact tchapman@rrnm.gov or ejaune@santafenm.gov.

Special Weekend Trains for the 2016 Balloon Fiesta
Avoid the traffic and parking headaches and take the New Mexico Rail Runner Express to the most colorful event in the world! The New Mexico Rail Runner Express has partnered with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to create a special Balloon Fiesta & Rail Pass, which is available for both weekends of the Fiesta. Each pass includes an All-Zone, All Day pass on the Rail Runner, a shuttle from the Los Ranchos / Journal Center Station to the event and back, and admission to a morning or afternoon Balloon Fiesta session of your choice.
Nob Hill Recognized as a Great Place in America

Every year, the American Planning Association names places--neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces--that celebrate exemplary planning resulting in stronger, healthier, and more just communities. This year Albuquerque's Nob Hill was recognized as a 2016 Great Neighborhood. Recent planning efforts such as the Route 66 Action Plan, Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project, and ABC-Z Project (Comprehensive Plan Update and Integrated Development Ordinance Creation) were cited as efforts that have bolstered the neighborhood. Another plan currently being implemented but which was not mentioned, the Silver Avenue Bike Boulevard Study, will enhance multimodal mobility and safety in the neighborhood. 

Free Webinars Shown at MRCOG

Pl ease join us for the remaining APBP Webinars every third Wednesday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  at the MRCOG Offices, 809 Copper Ave NW 87102.
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.
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) remaining 2016 Webinars:
Intersections that Work for Pedestrians and Cyclists
Date: Wednesday October 19, 2016   1:00pm-2:00pm
Transitions between Bikeway Facilities
Date: Wednesday November  16, 2016   1:00pm-2:00pm
Tips to Demystify Traffic Analysis
Date: Wednesday December 14, 2016   1:00pm-2:00pm
October Calendar

Transportation Coordinating Committee
Friday, October 14(1:30pm-3:00pm)
MRCOG Board Room
ABQ CiQlovia Saturday, October 15 (9am-2pm) Central Ave (between 2nd and 8th)
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Webinar: Street Design and Planning in Suburban Contexts
Wednesday, October 19
MRCOG First Floor Conference Room
Metropolitan Transportation Board Meeting
Friday, October 21 (10-11:30am)
MRCOG Board Room
Rio Metro Board Meeting
Friday, October 21 (12pm)
MRCOG Board Room



The BICI Bikeshare is now over one year old and there are interesting data emerging from the pilot program. Below is a an infographic developed about BICI usage over the past year. A larger, PDF version of the infographic can be viewed here.   


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