State of New Mexico



  Cycling Infrastructure

Within the state outside of urban environment


Links to State cycling office or resources    
  State cycling map  

Updated - 2006-09-23



General Impressions - Cycling Facilities Encountered






The State Roads


  Cycling Vision  

Excerpts from New Mexico 2025 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan:

Non-Motorized Transportation

Non-motorized forms of transportation, ncluding walking, bicycling, and horseback riding, reduce demand on resources dedicated to automobiles and provide New Mexico’s citizens and visitors with opportunities to improve their health and the environment. The Federal Highway Administration and the New Mexico Department of Transportation are ommitted to integrating bicycle, pedestrian, and equestrian ccommodations as a routine part of planning, designing, and constructing New Mexico’s transportation system. During the past 12 years the department has funded or constructed over $70 million of improvements that serve the needs of non-motorized transportation. Similar, or increased, levels of funding are anticipated for non-motorized transportation for the foreseeable future.


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  Cycling Mode Share      
  Master Cycling Program  

Excerpts from New Mexico 2025 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan:

Bicycle, Pedestrian and Equestrian Advisory Committee’s Annual
Report and Three Year Plan

Bicycle Transportation

The Department is committed to providing safe and integrated facilities for bicyclists. Some highways are commonly used by cyclists commuting within and between urban areas, are identified by national or international bicycle touring companies, are parts of
annual tours or races, or provide trans-state access for touring cyclists.

New Mexico has over 11,000 miles of state-maintained roads available to bicyclists and has begun the process of dedicating 2,000 miles of bicycle routes during the years 2005 – 2007.

Long Range Objectives

????Participate with a wide range of communities to promote safe bicycling
????Integrate bicycling into the overall transportation system

????Create appropriate trans-state corridors for bicyclists



page 26 - article

page 30 map - bicycle network plan

  State Cycling Organizations      
  Public Involvement – Cycling Advisory Committee      
  Advocacy Organizations      
  Cycling Resources - Map      
    Hard Copy    
    Trip Planning – On-Line    
   Cycling Resources - Website      

Cycling Network

  Current Cycling Network      
  Future Network Plans      
  Naming Convention – Cycling Facilities      

Cycling Infrastructure Design

  Bike Lanes      
    Two-Way Bike Lanes on Road – Not Separated    
    Two-Way Bike Lanes on Road – Physically Separated    
    Two-Way Bike Lanes on Road Shoulder – Vertically Not Separated

    Two-Way Bike Lanes on Road Shoulder – Vertically Separated

  Bike Routes      

South from Santa Fe - Lane width paved shoulder

Paved Shoulder    

Highway 84 / 285 Northbound - New construction - wide paved shoudlers

Frontage Road to Highway 84 / 285 Northbound - 2 metre plus shoulders

Minimal paved shoudler width on the Snata Fe Trail

  Off-Road Paths or Trails      
  Intersection Design      
    Not Signalized    
    Right Turn Traffic Lane and Straight Through Bike Lane

    Left Turn Bike Lane    

Off-Road Bike Trai entrance from highway - not signed on highwayl

  Bike Route Crossing Bike Trail crossings are difficult to recognize when cycling on highway. There is lack of trail name, destiantion, direction signage making cyclists aware fo the trail. A bike crossing warning sign is used.  
  Cyclist-Activated Traffic Signals      
  Pavement Markings      
    Cyclist or Bike Stencil    
    Bike Lane Line Width    
    Bike Lane with Car Parking Adjacent    
  Pavement Colouring      

Wide cut, narrow top

Pavement - Rumble Strips New Mexico design used on this highway could only be classified as a back beaker. The top between the grooves are too narrow to prevent the bike wheels form dropping into the groves. Would not make ost cyclists comfortable in crossing over.  
  Signage   Signage, including destination, direction, information, and warning, was plentiful. The question is whether it is visible enough or can be easily missed when cycling by.  

Designated bike route with number and name

Route Signs    

Bicycle crossing sign

      Signage - Right Turn Lane and Straight Through Bike Lane  
    Share the Road    
  Bike Parking      
    Post and Ring    
    Bike Racks    
    Bike Lockers    
    Bike Stations    
    Municipal Policy and Strategy, Target    
  Cyclists Amenities      
    End of Trip Facilities    
    Trip Facilities    
Cycling Infrastructure Design
Standards and Directions
Cycling and Transit        
  Cycling Mode Share - Transit Ridership      
  Cycling Mode Share - Rapid Transit Station Access      
  Targets – Cycling and Transit Usage      
  Bus and Bikes      
    Bike Racks Bus Program    
    Bus Stops Access and Bike Parking    
  Streetcars and Bikes      
  Rapid Transit and Bikes      
    Rapid Transit Stops Access and Bike Parking    
  Commuter Transit and Bikes - Regional      
    Rapid Transit Stops Access and Bike Parking    
  Trains – Inter-Regional      
  Cycling Friendly Transit Stops      
  Home or Work to Station Collector System

Marketing of Cycling        
  Target Customers      
  Marketing Plan      
  Intermodal Commuting      
  Communications with Cyclists      
  Education and Safety      

Cycling Contribution to the Economy

  Cycling and the Local Economy

    Retail and Hospitality Services    
    Touring Cyclists Contributions    
  Contribution to Bicycle Industry      
Opportunities for Improvement