ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It will be named for cycling advocate Gail Ryba
A newly completed bicycle and pedestrian bridge linking the Bosque Trail with trails west of the Rio Grande will be dedicated to longtime cycling advocate Gail Ryba.
Mayor Richard Berry and several city councilors will attend the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at 1:45 p.m. Monday at the west end of Gabaldon Place just east of the Rio Grande, immediately north of Interstate 40.
City councilors in June approved a resolution sponsored by Councilor Isaac Benton to name the bridge the “Gail Ryba Memorial Bridge.”
Ryba, who died of cancer in May, was known in the Albuquerque cycling community as the founder of the city’s first bicycle advocacy group, Greater Albuquerque Spokes People, which became BikeABQ.
While working for Sandia National Laboratories, Ryba co-founded the Sandia Bicycle Commuters Group. She also served on the Greater Albuquerque Bicycling Advisory Committee, which helps advise city staff on bicycle transportation and planning issues.