South Side Community Cruise, May 10, 2014

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City Councilor Patti Bushee and Joe Abbatacola of the City’s Bicycle and Trails Advisory Committee lead the way on Tierra Contenta’s Arroyo Chamiso Trail, with Capital High School and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background.

About 20 participants travelled on all or some of an eight-mile route showcasing trails and on-road bike facilities on Santa Fe’s South Side.

Starting and ending at the South Side Library, the ride was organized and led by Tim Rogers of SFCT and supported by Clemente MacFarlane of Sirius Cycles, at the starting point, and Charlie O’Leary of SFCT at the mid-way point.  The route included:

  1. Almost all of Tierra Contenta’s “Arroyo de los Chamisos Urban Trail”
  2. Calm roads with traffic calming, including New Mexico’s only known example of a raised intersection, on Contenta Ridge
  3. Bike lanes on Jaguar Dr., Plaza Central, Paseo del Sol W., Airport Rd., and Paseo del Sol (see Santa Fe MPO’s Bikeways and Trails Map)
  4. Santa Fe County River Trail (a/k/a “Camino Real Hiking Trail”), complete section between Constellation Dr. and Agua Fria St., including test trail sections (and refreshments provided by SFCT) at the Constellation Dr. trailhead.
  5. City of Santa Fe’s MRC Trail, a soft-surface facility to Municipal Recreation Center that was graded and signed by the City in the 1990s, from the River Trail to the NM599 (Relief Route) “equestrian underpass.”

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    No problem bicycling on Airport Rd.

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Paul Cooley checks out the Relief Route’s “Equestrian Underpass” for the City’s MRC Trail, a little-known facility that may someday be improved and integrated into the County’s “Camino Real Retracement Trail.”

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An eight-mile tour of calm roads, trails, and bike lanes on Santa Fe’s South Side.

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Riding back into town on the beautifully repaved Arroyo de los Chamisos Trail, Councilor Patti Bushee leaves plenty of space to pass a fellow trail user.

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Taking a shot at the goathead piñata on Bike to Work Day, Fri., May 16, at the Railyard Plaza.

After the South Side Community Cruise, several participants rode the City’s newly re-paved Arroyo Chamiso Trail, and Mr. Rogers visited several bicycle shops to gather donations for the upcoming Bike to Work Day “goathead piñata.”