Alameda Blvd Needs a Road Diet!

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Dear Las Cruces Mayor and City Council Members,

No matter what side of town we live on, whether we rent or own, walk, ride, or drive, we all deserve safe streets.

When we push our strollers, ride our bikes, and walk our dogs, we have the right to be safe.

But speeding vehicles, dangerous crossings, lack of bike lanes, nonexistent shoulders, and narrow sidewalks make walking and riding along Alameda Boulevard hazardous.

Despite LCPD enforcement efforts, Alameda Blvd. still suffers from rampant speeding. Every seven minutes a vehicle goes by at 51-55 MPH; every 18 minutes one speeds by at 56-60 MPH; once an hour one zooms by at 61-65 MPH and at least once a day one races by at more than 80 MPH! On a street with a 30 MPH speed limit.

ROAD DIETS, when implemented as part of resurfacing are an inexpensive and effective way to IMPROVE SAFETY and REDUCE VEHICLE SPEEDING without negatively impacting traffic volume.

On behalf of the undersigned individuals, organizations, and businesses, we urge you to do the following:

  • Commit to resurfacing Alameda Blvd between Picacho and Amador in the next calendar year.
  • Commit to implementing a "ROAD DIET" by re-striping this four-lane street to one lane in each direction, bike lanes, and, where appropriate, a two-way left turn lane, when the City resurfaces Alameda.
  • Commit to implementing a more complete ROAD DIET addressing structural recommendations from the Active Transportation during full reconstruction of Alameda (scheduled for 2027 or beyond).

(Road Diet Resolution passed by ADNA on 5/8/21):https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f3kHuNjSMLHu4nxgjSyICBGAs9QsBwMm/view?usp=sharing

Full letter to Las Cruces City Council: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11CYM5TNwYmQaLvbN3WxNE-VrnR6e--Gk/view?usp=sharing

Signed,