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Albuquerque Metro to get a 50 Mile Multi-Use Trail.


Albuquerque Metro to get a 50 Mile Multi-Use Trail.

Recently the Albuquerque City Council approved $150,000 to study the feasibility of a world class 50 mile trail system which would not only upgrade the current trails, but add additional trails.  It is part of Albuquerque Mayor Berry’s Quality of Life initiative to make Albuquerque fit.  Wilson & Co. is the firm that will be conducting the study.  They will be seeking the help of the entire community especially the end users like bicyclists, runners, skateboarders, and all who use the current trail system.

During the hearing, I was particularly impressed with District 2 Councilor, Debbie O’Malley who supported the funding of this initiative under the condition that…before any project gets started, there must be a clear and defined concept, that the expected outcome is spelled out, that the process is transparent, and that the cost be put out there and upfront for everyone to see.  The estimated cost of this project is $29 million.    

There were quite a few bicycling groups represented for public comments, among them Greater Albuquerque Bicycling Advisory Committee (GABAC), www.cabq.gov/transit/getting-around/bicycling  New Mexico Touring, http://www.nmts.org/, and BikeABQ, http://www.bikeabq.org.  There appears to have been some confusion regarding exactly what kind of trail it will be, it was represented to the Biking Community as a World Class Bike Loop” around Albuquerque.  I support this initiative also, but before committing fund, I believe it is imperative that this is something that will benefit the entire community.  After all, the tax-payer will have to pay for it.


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Comment balloon 0 commentsC. Lloyd McKenzie • June 24 2012 09:46PM