Thank you from the West Side

As residents of Albuquerque’s West Side, December 15, 2014, was a big day for us. After more than a year of living with the inconveniences of a major road construction project on one of our most frequently traveled routes across town, the project was finally finished. Despite the inconvenience, we were very much in favor of the project because we knew that the end result would provide a much-needed improvement to traffic conditions. Not that traffic in Albuquerque is anything compared to what we used to live with in Northern Virginia, but, nevertheless, we like our automobile conveniences as much as the next person.

Thank you to our city for a job well done from the viewpoint of commuters. In December we couldn’t wait to try the new “flyover” on the interchange project and thrilled to the ease of our drive through that area. But another aspect of our city that we appreciate is the consideration that is given to bicyclists.

Thank you, Albuquerque, for the many good trails.
Thank you, Albuquerque, for the many good trails.

Today was a break in winter weather and we took the opportunity to ride our bikes over the section of the rebuilt interchange that was specifically constructed to allow bicyclists a safe way to cross Interstate 25. There had been no way to do this before in that part of town and, for us, it provides a new connection to some of the bike trails we like to ride on the east side of town.

Approaching the new interchange.
Approaching the new interchange.
The bridge across I-25 on the bike path.
The bridge across I-25 on the bike path.
Love the flyover convenience when we are driving.
Love the flyover convenience when we are driving.

One of the trails that we can now connect to on the east side.
One of the trails that we can now connect to on the east side.

There’s more winter weather ahead and it has to be quite warm before I’m brave enough to ride my bike. But I did catch the excitement today after seeing this new possibility that will be there when it’s once again bike riding weather. Thank you, Albuquerque.