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/
BCNM Extends Huge Thanks To Film Screening Attendees!
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!
BICYCLE DREAMS, AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT RACE ACROSS AMERICA, COMING TO SANTA FE ON JAN. 31
Bicycle Dreams, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the Race Across America (RAAM), premiered to rave reviews in Albuquerque on Jan. 24 and comes to Santa Fe on Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. at the Screen, on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design at 1600 St. Michael’s Dr. Both screening are presented as a benefit by the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico.
Guest speaker at the event will be Lisa Dougherty of Los Alamos, who will be competing in her first RAAM this summer. Lisa will be in the lobby 30 minutes prior to the showing, to answer questions and show off her bike and gear. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door the night of the show. Dougherty first qualified for RAAM in 1996 by winning the women’s division at the 573-mile Bicycle Across Missouri race. She went on to win the UMCA World 24-Hour Championships in Iowa in 1997, 1998 and 1999, qualifying again for RAAM in 1999 when she covered 406 miles in the 24-hour race. Following a stint as an ultradistance runner – completing the Leadville 100 three times – she returned to cycling and this past November finished second in the women’s division at the World 24-Hour Time Trial Championships in California behind six-time RAAM winner Seana Hogan. Dougherty completed 416 miles at the event and qualified for RAAM 2013. She is racing as Team Los Alamos Schools to raise funds for the PTO’s of the Los Alamos school district. To get a finish at RAAM, she must cover 3000 miles in less than 12 days. For more information about RAAM, go to www.raceacrossamerica.org.
The film, which has won numerous awards at film festivals all over the world, “is an up-close look at what RAAM riders go through,” says Stephen Auerbach, the director and producer of Bicycle Dreams. “They deal with searing desert heat, agonizing mountain climbs, and endless stretches of open road. And they do it all while battling extreme exhaustion and sleep deprivation. It’s a great subject for a film.”
Bicycle Dreams also has been named one of the top 10 adventure films of all time by both The Matador Network and Playground Magazine, calling it the best bicycle film since “Breaking Away.” The mission of the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico is simple and succinct: to increase the number of bicyclists in New Mexico by promoting cycling, providing education and advocating for the rights of cyclists throughout the state. For more information, visit www.bikenm.org.
For more information on the film, go to www.bicycledreamsmovie.com or visit them on Facebook.
TORGV AFTER PARTY SOCIAL AT MARBLE BREWERY!
After party at Marble Brewery!
Riders are welcome to head to Marble Brewery after having finished their ride. The address is 111 Marble St NW and their phone number is 505-243-2739.
- Dia de Los Takos food truck will be serving delicious tacos
- $1 off pints for riders with race bibs
- Live music from a local artist
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Tour of the Rio Grande Valley!
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