Bicycle & Pedestrian
The Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MRMPO) serves as a forum for bicycle and pedestrian planning activities throughout the region. The MRMPO is working to place particular emphasis on promoting the bicycle as a means of alternative regional transportation and improving the non-motorized transportation network.
Read a recently-completed study by MRCOG and Healthy called Communities Leading Healthy Change on the effectiveness of the South Valley pedestrian hybrid beacon (PDF).
Connectivity & Conceptual Design
Bicycle and pedestrian travel serves regional transportation in a variety of ways in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area (AMPA). This may be a new concept for some, but when a person completes a long-distance trip on the train or bus by foot, the ability to walk to final connections makes these pedestrian trips regionally significant. Bicycle trips, on average, in the AMPA, are a little under 3-miles long. Although the trips are relatively short, given the minimal space needed for bicycle parking and the speed over walking, bicycle trips are ideal for larger, dense areas like UNM or Downtown.
The basis for making walking and bicycling efficient and easy, first involves land use that does not segregate people too far from destinations such as work, school and shopping and, second, involves roadways that provide reasonably direct and comfortable routes.
The principles of the Preferred Scenario address these land use components. The Preferred Scenario identifies locations that currently have or are planned to have connections to transit and a mix of land uses. These “activity centers” are ideal candidates for encouraging trips made by transit, walking and bicycling. For people who travel to activity centers with a single-occupancy vehicle, there is a “park once” approach where people driving to these locations can park once and then walk or take bike share to a variety of destinations.
The second aspect of providing direct and comfortable routes is addressed in the Long Range Transportation System Guide. This guide provides recommendations on connectivity and conceptual design based on the surrounding land use.