BCNM Attending Bike Summit, Washington D.C.
BCNM is currently attending the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. Expect a full report on the happenings in the coming week.
TORGV 2014 Announced!
BCNM Action Alert – Please Support Bill to Ban Texting while Driving
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.
The text of the legislation can be found here: http://www.nmlegis.gov/
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:
NMDOT SEEKING PROPOSALS FOR $5.5 MILLION IN TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM FUNDS
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
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/_
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:
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:
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:
Thank you for contacting your Senator and Representative. You can find your Senator and Representative here: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/
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John Hooker, President
Diane Albert, Vice President
Stephen Newhall, Treas.
Tim Rogers, Secretary
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Tour of the Rio Grande Valley!
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