Santa Fe MPO news & updates
July 2022 #SantaFeSummer
Please enjoy the Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization's Quarterly Newsletter! Each quarter we share developments in the programs, plans, and projects we're working on.
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Free Bike-in Movie: Mean Girls, August 12th!
The City of Santa Fe is hosting a free movie in the park on August 12th: Mean Girls! Bike to the movie in Ragle Park via the temporary pop-up protected bike lane on Yucca, which connects to several neighborhoods and the Arroyo Chamiso Trail. Live far away? Park at the Santa Fe Place Mall and bike the trail to Yucca.

All riders will be eligible for a FREE rechargeable bike light set while supplies last!
City, County, and MPO move forward with
Santa Fe Complete Streets Resolution
  • Support all modes of transportation
  • Make our streets safer
  • Support mobility for all ages and abilities
  • Help our community be healthier
  • Are good for the community and are supported by the community
  • Support environmental, sustainability goals, climate goals
  • Create economic benefits
  • Improve social equity

The MPO Transportation Policy Board and Santa Fe County have passed updated resolutions; the City of Santa Fe plans to vote on the updated resolution this year.
Preliminary Results: Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts at Dangerous Intersections in Santa Fe
Last year the MPO partnered with the NMDOT Multimodal Planning and Programs Bureau to undertake a large-scale counting study of people biking and walking at 15 intersections in Santa Fe with the highest numbers of bicycle and pedestrian involved crashes. This is the first effort of this scale to understand how people outside of vehicles use our streets.

Preliminary results include:
  • 2,557 hours recorded at 15 intersections capturing 46,289 non-motorized road users (NMUs)
  • 18 average bikes and pedestrians per hour
  • 78% were pedestrians, 22% on bikes
  • 66% of bikes were in the crosswalk vs. on the road (above, a biker braves St. Francis next to one of the cameras used in the study)
  • At least one user crossed at every study site every hour between 8 am and 5 pm
  • Within the recorded data, Alta Vista/St. Francis had the highest proportion of people biking compared to walking, and Richards/Cerrillos had the highest proportion of people walking compared to biking.
  • The number of pedestrian involved crashes appears to be correlated with the total number of pedestrians at an intersection.
  • Higher vehicle volume intersections also had higher volumes of pedestrians.

Stay tuned for more results, analysis, and implications!
Two new people counters are out on the trails!
MPO staff installed two new eco-counters on our trails; one on the Tierra Contenta Trail east of Paseo del Sol, and the other on the River Trail near the turn for the El Camino Real Trail. Each counter has temporary pneumatic tubes connected to differentiate between people walking and biking. You can view a map of all seven trail counters here.
Plan and Program Updates
Fun stuff
Our Bike Month event, Art by Bike, was a blast! Thank you to all who came out! You can check out the pictures of the group ride, art stations, and music under the Siler bridge here!
Speaking of pictures, the MPO is on social media! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get regular updates on our work!
SFPS was just awarded VW settlement funding to purchase 3 new electric buses! These buses are part of their effort to improve emissions and sustainability.
PSA: Have you heard?
The City of Santa Fe Environmental Services Division (ESD) is implementing changes to residential trash and recycling collection schedules beginning the week of August 15, 2022. View the interactive map to see your new schedule.
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