Many of you saw the J. Mango post at DCF about turning Silver Ave. into a “bike boulevard”. Very interesting stuff, and it’s led to some print/vid media coverage of the issue. I like this story all around, including the fact that blogs can serve as news generators, especially if that news doesn’t conform to a “if it bleeds, it ledes(leads)” mentality.
On the subject of Silver itself, I decided to check out the road in question myself yesterday. Living in the South Valley and working north of Central, I don’t have much call for a bike stroll down Silver. Here are some thoughts from last evening’s expedition:
- Silver has some flavor of a “bike blvd.” already, as the percentage of cyclists is high.
- One thing a “bike blvd.” might want to address is the number of parked cars alongside the street. The street is narrow as you head toward Carlisle, and the multitude of parked cars make visibility difficulty. I don’t know what the parking situation is for residents along the street (alley parking, e.g.?), but this visibility thing is a problem as it sits now.
- Yes, the stop sign mishmash has to end. I know I couldn’t pass a quiz on which cross streets have four way stops, two way stops, two way stops for Silver v. Street X, etc.
- I know BikeABQ wants to start small, but something has to be done about getting downtown. To get from downtown to Thai Ginger at Trumbull/San Mateo last night I had the decision to either:
- sign life’s ultimate liability waiver and go up Coal Avenue
- ride up MLK, go through UNM and then drop back down to Silver
- in case you’re wondering, no going up Gibson wasn’t considered. I don’t like to even drive up Gibson, much less bike it
- So I ended up going up MLK. I know it’s a hill, but I love the wideness of the street and lack of traffic. In fact, I was dreaming as I rode up about a super pedestrian/bike walkway over I-25 off of MLK, combined with creating a “bike blvd.” system between MLK east of I-25, some North/South street from MLK to where Silver starts up, then up Silver to Carlisle.
I’m going to make another run up Silver today, creating dehydration-induced hallucinatory scenarios for cyclist’s heaven as I ride. Be sure to look over the many parked cars on Silver to see me if you’re driving in the area.