The current Trails & Bikeways Facility Plan was originally adopted by the City Council and Bernalillo County Commission in 1993. The Comprehensive On-Street Bicycle Plan was originally adopted in 2000. Both plan documents need to be updated to address current conditions, goals, policies, issues, and future priorities.
The Bikeways & Trails Facility Plan will update both policies and proposed facilities to support the development of a metropolitan area-wide bicycle and multi-use network. The Plan will reflect the desires of area residents to continue developing and improving a multi-use trail and bikeway network for commuting and recreational uses, as well as daily needs.
Project milestones to date:
- May 2008 - December 2009. Phase I included reviewing and revising the content of the existing Albuquerque Comprehensive On-Street Bicycle Plan and the Trails and Bikeways Facility Plan.
- December 2009 - May 2011. Phase II tasks included identification and recommendation of innovative treatments for bikeways and trails due to physical/fiscal/constraints; developing an initial bikeways and trails management system; and incorporating current analytical tools and methodologies to support the maintenance, growth and enhancement of the bikeways/trails system.
- August 2011 – January 2012. A draft plan was submitted to the Environmental Planning Commission for review and recommendation to City Council for approval. However, due to the extensive nature of comments from the public and agencies that were received, the plan was withdrawn to address those issues raised.
- January 2012 - September 2013. Review of comments received and internal planning on how to respond to those concerns.
- Ongoing. Consolidation of the technical reports developed in Phases I and II into a City-wide, Rank II Facility Plan that guides development of an integrated system of on-street bicycle facilities and multi-use trails. Continued targeted outreach and project prioritization will occur.
- Goal: draft to be completed February 2014 and final plan adopted by August 2014. The timeline aims to coincide with the Mid-Region Council of Government’s update of the long-range, regional Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the 2040 MTP, which occurs every 5 years, in order to address the City’s recommendations, projects, and proposed facilities in the MTP. The 2040 MTP is to be adopted in October 2014.
Why Combine the On-Street Bicycle Plan and the Trails & Bikeways Facility Plan?
The Bikeways & Trails Facility Plan will combine the City’s two previous planning documents into one resource. Combining these plans will help the City better manage the growth of the bikeway and multi-use trail system. The overarching purpose is to ensure a well-connected, enjoyable, and safe non-motorized transportation and recreation system throughout the metropolitan area.
The Plan will include a review of existing conditions and needs analysis. There were bicycle counts done at 38 locations, both during the week and on the weekend. There was also a crash analysis, which helps identify difficult or dangerous locations, and a system analysis to determine which areas have the greatest potential for improvement. The plan includes design guidelines for both on-street bicycle facilities and multi-use trails. Key recommendations address education and outreach, closing gaps in the system, maintenance, and way-finding. There will also a detailed list of projects to improve the bicycle system and individual facilities. The final phase of the planning process will include the prioritization of proposed facilities.
What Will the Bikeways & Trails Master Plan do?
The Bikeways & Trails Facility Plan will describe the existing system, policies, recommendations, and proposed projects. The plan will guide future investment in the bikeways & trails system, including facility improvements, new facilities (gap closures), maintenance, and education/outreach programs. The plan does not allocate new funding or cause projects to be completed. It will serve as a guide for future planning efforts and funding requests to implement the recommendations.
The final phase of the project is anticipated to take 4 – 6 months to complete. The intention is begin the adoption process in the spring of 2014. The Bikeways & Trails Facility Plan will first go to the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC), and then to City Council for approval.
Resources and Adopted Plans
Trails & Bikeways Facility Plan, 1993
Albuquerque Comprehensive On-Street Bicycle Plan
50-Mile Loop Project Web page
City Bike Web page
Background & Research Materials
The following documents were prepared by Gannett Fleming and Alta Planning in 2010 and 2011.
- Opportunities and Constraints in Existing System
- Critical Links Map (gaps in existing network)
- Top Priorities Map (other high-priority facilities)
- Full Build-out Map (all facilities proposed in the 2011 Draft Plan)
Public Involvement Materials
- Working Paper 1 – Existing conditions, opportunities, constraints
- Working Paper 2 – Needs Analysis
- High Priority Project Report, December 2011
- Gap Closure Recommendations, December 2011
- Bicycle Facility Analysis