TORGV 2014 Announced!

Friday, 28 February 2014 16:49
We are pleased to announce the continuation of the TOUR OF the RIO GRANDE VALLEY on September 14, 2014. If you're interested in volunteering or have any questions regarding this event please reach out to torgv (at) bikenm (dot) org. Last year's was a complete success though we saw a considerable amount of road flooding after a week of constant rain, which was great for New Mexico and added to the excitement of the event. We thank our supporters and patrons. Bike on!
 
 

BCNM Action Alert – Please Support Bill to Ban Texting while Driving

Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:59

The Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico urges cyclists and others to urge your state representatives to support a bill to ban texting while driving.  State Senator Peter Wirth has pre-filed such a bill for this year's state Legislative session, which will begin on January 21.  This is the fifth year that such a bill is being introduced in the state Legislature.

An article in the Santa Fe New Mexican has some background information: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/santa-fe-lawmaker-pushes-for-ban-on-texting-on-road/article_72caf90f-5638-5405-bf7a-017963099520.html

The text of the legislation can be found here: http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/14%20Regular/bills/senate/SB0019.pdf

This bill is important for the safety of all New Mexicans, especially for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.  Please contact your State Senator to express your support for the bill.  A draft letter you can use to express your support for the bill is here:  Click here

 

There is not yet a corresponding bill in the House, but you can let your State Representative know of your support for a ban on texting while driving and urge him or her to introduce a companion bill in the House.  Here is a draft letter you can use: Click here

 

You can determine who your senator and representative are and find contact information including e-mail addresses through the Legislature's website:

http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislator_search.aspx

 
 

NMDOT SEEKING PROPOSALS FOR $5.5 MILLION IN TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM FUNDS

Written by Administrator   

Metropolitan and Regional Planning Organizations Have Issued Calls for Projects

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), which has over $5.5 million to distribute for each of fiscal years 2014 and 2015 under the federally-funded Transportation Alternative Program (TAP), recently issued to the various Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs) around the state instructions on how to submit funding proposals. The MPOs and RPOs in turn have issued calls for projects to local government entities.  If you have ideas about how government funds should be spent to facilitate cycling or other transportation alternatives projects in your area, now is the time to contact your local officials.

 
 

BCNM Action Alert – Legislation Important to Cyclists Being Considered by the NM State Legislature

Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:11

The Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico urges cyclists and others to support three bills that have been introduced in this session of the State Legislature.  Please write to your senator and representative expressing your support for the following bills:

Senate Bill 290 would give our judges additional sentencing options that distinguish between careless driving that causes property damage and careless driving that causes the death or great bodily harm of another road user. This bill, should it become law, would send the message to drivers that we take roadway safety seriously and thus the law would act not only as a sentencing option when a crash occurs, but will hopefully help prevent them from occurring by educating drivers to drive safely.  If you want to read the full text of the bill, go here: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20290&year=13

Senate Bill 17 / House Bill 43, which would prohibit texting while driving.  The importance of this bill for the safety of all New Mexicans, but especially for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists is obvious.

Here are links to the Senate and House versions of the bill:

http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?Chamber=S&LegType=B&LegNo=17&year=13
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?Chamber=H&LegType=B&LegNo=43&year=13

House Bill 582 is a simple common-sense draft that provides that bicyclists could use their right hand to signal a right turn.  Here is the text of this bill:

http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?Chamber=H&LegType=B&LegNo=582&year=13

A draft letter you can use to express your support for all three bills is here.

You can find contact information for NM state representatives including e-mail addresses here:

http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/lcsdocs/51st-Legislature-Names-And-Addresses.pdf

 

Thank you for contacting your Senator and Representative.  You can find your Senator and Representative here: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislatorsearch.aspx
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:20
 
 

BCNM Extends Huge Thanks To Film Screening Attendees!

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:11

The Bicycle Dreams screening at UNM's Performing Arts Center was a huge success. We want to thank everyone who made it out, the volunteers, and special guests. Look forward to more events in the future. Until then, ride on!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:18
 
 

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