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The City of Las Cruces is inviting bicycle riders to take a ride in the city’s first pop-up bike lanes.
“Pop-up bike projects are temporary bicycle-lane improvements on city streets that provide a fun way to get active and make the road safer for cyclists,” the city said in a news release. Pop-up bike lanes promote cycling, demonstrate road design meant for both automobiles and bicycles and help inform future bicycle infrastructure improvements, the city said.
The current project is a part of the city’s ongoing efforts to improve active transportation or “human-powered transportation like walking or biking” in Las Cruces to create a “healthier, safer and overall more livable community for everyone.”
The first pop-up is on Idaho Avenue/south Walnut Street and Nevada Avenue from the intersections of Lees Drive/Idaho to Nevada/Triviz Drive (near Young Park). The pop-up was created with temporary barriers, signs and lane markings. It consists of a mix of facilities, ranging from “sharrows” (temporary arrows painted on the roadway to inform motorists to share the road with bicycles) to buffered bike lanes that provide more protection from motorized vehicles.
With the pop-up lanes, the city hopes residents will “hop on their bikes, take a ride and let us know what you think!” Take a public survey about the new bike lanes at https://arcg.is/LDrbX0 (English) and https://arcg.is/19KvHq (Spanish).
“We’ve only received a few responses to the public survey so far, so we want to give respondents a chance to cycle along the project and take the survey,” said city planner Mark Miller. “Initial responses from the public survey are positive; we encourage the community to take a ride if they are able and provide their feedback! In the coming weeks, we will have a better idea of the public’s reaction to the project, and will use their feedback to plan future pop-up projects.”
Contact Miller at 575-528-3271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.