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Balloon Fiesta again offering place to park your bike and beat traffic

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Valet service means that pedaling to events is great way to avoid the huge jams

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is once again offering a valet parking service for folks who want to avoid traffic jams and parking fees by riding their bikes to the events, which run Oct. 6 through Oct. 14.

Volunteers will oversee a secure bike corral just south of the balloon park where riders can park their bikes before entering the field to enjoy the fiesta.

Riders will receive a claim ticket for their bikes and a matching ticket will be attached to the bike, which will be parked in the secure area. Returning riders must produce their ticket to reclaim their bike.

The service will operate from 5:30 to 9:30 a.m. for morning events and from 5 to 9 p.m. throughout the fiesta.

Fiesta organizers introduced the service in 2009, modeling it after similar services offered in other states. Around 1,000 cyclists used the service in its first year and the number doubled the next year.

The bicycle parking area can be accessed by riding the bike trail that connects with the North Diversion Channel trail just south of Paseo del Norte. The trail continues north, on the west side of the diversion channel, under Paseo del Norte and Alameda. At Balloon Fiesta Park, the trail crosses the diversion channel and leads directly to the bike parking area.

Valet service coordinator David Candelaria does not recommend using the new bike route along Alameda during the fiesta.

A link to a map showing suggested bicycle routes to the park is posted on the fiesta website, www.balloonfiesta.com, under “Guest Guide.” It’s also on the Journal app ABQFiesta available from iTunes, which gives complete Balloon Fiesta information.
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