Community Cruise to Gail Ryba Trail on “Bike Day”

Cyclists from Albuquerque disembark at South Capitol Station

Riding south on the Rail Trail

On the occasion of “Bike Day at the Capitol,” the Trails Program Manager met a dozen or so members of BikeABQ, as well as a handful of local cyclists, at South Capitol Station the morning of Feb. 25 to take a ride to the Gail Ryba Trail and underpass, before heading to the Roundhouse rally from N.M. Bike n Sport.

Gail Ryba Trail: Discussion at the sign commemorating Gail’s contributions to advocacy for bicycles and clean energy

Gail Ryba was the founder of the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico and the Greater Albuquerque Spokespeople, the predecessor to BikeABQ.  The ride followed the Rail Trail to the Gail Ryba Trail and continued on the envisioned extension of the bikeway to E. Zia Rd.  From there we took Fort Union Dr. to Corrales Rd., the “Museum Hill Bicycle Trail,” and bike lanes on two great local examples of “complete streets” – Old Pecos Trail and the “Cordova Road Diet.”

Jackie Shane of BCNM shows some love for the Gail Ryba Trail, which is actually an eastern extension of the Arroyo Chamiso Trail.

Future Gail Ryba Trail

“Museum Hill Bicycle Trail”: A Community Cruise First!

Cordova Rd., where the City’s first “road diet” converted four lanes to three. This reconfiguration created space for striped shoulders – a vast improvement for pedestrians as well as cyclists.

Getting ready to head down to the Roundhouse from NM Bike n Sport

Shelley Robinson of the City’s Bicycle and Trails Advisory Committee (BTAC) arrives at the Roundhouse