RIO GRANDE STAYING ON A DIET: North Valley resident John Young says now that the Rio Grande Boulevard Road Diet – Before and After Summary report has been published (at cabq.gov using the Council, District 2, projects planning and Rio Grande test project tabs), what does the city plan to do about the lane configuration on Rio Grande Boulevard?
You can guess where John is going.
He says “I have personally found the lane reduction re-striping of Rio Grande to a three-lane configuration – one lane in each direction with a center turn lane – from Matthew Avenue to Griegos has made my commute less safe than the previous five-lane configuration. In particular, I have seen frustrated drivers use the newly expanded bike lanes to illegally pass cars that are driving at or below the speed limit. This use of the bike lane creates not only a hazard for motorists not expecting a car there but could be catastrophic for bicyclists.”
John’s other concerns include, “it is now very difficult to get onto Rio Grande from a driveway or a side street. The only option is to pull out into the bicycle/striped section, either blocking that lane and making a right-angle merge, or using that lane as an acceleration lane. Both of these are accidents waiting to happen. During rush hour the steady stream of cars in a single lane northbound makes turns from Rio Grande southbound onto Matthew road at the traffic light problematic. Cars are forced to either wait multiple light cycles or turn after the signal is red.”