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Current Topics of Interest





Bicycling Safety Guide

Rules of the Road

    - The same laws that apply to motorists apply to bicyclists

    - Obey all traffic control devices (stop signs, traffic lights)

    - Use hand signals to indicate stops and turns

    - Wear a properly fitting helmet, no matter how short the trip

Ride on the Right

    - Always ride in the same direction as traffic

    - Yield to pedestrians and note your approach (yell or bell)

    - Use the furthest right lane that heads to your destination

    - Slower moving bicyclists and motorists stay to the right

Ride Predictably

    - Ride in a straight line

    - Check for traffic before entering street or intersection

    - Don't swerve in the road or between parked cars

    - Anticipate hazards and adjust your position accordingly

Be Visible

    - Wear brightly colored clothing that provides contrast

    - Use a white front light in low light conditions

    - Use a red rear light in low light conditions

    - Use a reflector or reflective tape or clothing anytime

    - Announce yourself by eye contact with motorists 

More information is NMSU bicycle facilities is provided on the Facebook page for the NMSU Bicycling Community at:


2015 Mesilla Valley Bicycling Suitability Map

The 2015 Mesilla Valley Bicycling Suitability Map is at  This map is provided by  Mesilla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization ().  More information is NMSU bicycle facilities is provided on the Facebook page for the NMSU Bicycling Community at:










Ride of Silence

Mesilla 2015

May 20, Ride of Silence, Mesilla, NM, 6:15pm, Mesilla Plaza, details on image
More information is provided on new Facebook page for the NMSU Bicycling Community at:











April 25, Aggie Family Bike Event

This is a family bike safety event in south NMSU family housing area to promote safe bike use. Las Cruces Codes will provide a bike safety course and the Optimist Club will show kids how to repair their bikes, while the NMSU  Recreational Sports will show adults how to do repairs & use the new Bike Fix-It Station. Southern NM Bicycle Educators will assist with proper helmet use. Roadrunner Transit will demonstrate load & unload a bike from the bus bike carrier. More information is provided on new Facebook page for the NMSU Bicycling Community at:










NMSU BFU Sign Installed

December 2014, The sign for the NMSU Bronze BFU award has been installed at the corner of Espina and North Horseshoe.  NMSU was awarded the Bronze Bicycle Friendly University award in February 2013.

More information is provided at

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on the Facebook page for the NMSU Bicycling Community at:







Aggie Family Bike Event

Nov. 8th, 2014, This is a family bike safety event to promote safe bike use. Las Cruces Codes will provide a bike safety course and the Optimist Club will show kids how to repair their bikes, while the NMSU  Recreational Sports will show adults how to do repairs & use the new Bike Fix-It Station. Southern NM Bicycle Educators will assist with proper helmet use. Roadrunner Transit will demonstrate load & unload a bike from the bus bike carrier. This event may also include a bike blender, a DJ, poster competition, and people in costumes.  More information is provided on new Facebook page for the NMSU Bicycling Community at:








Dia de Muertos, Mesilla, NM

A ghost bike is a bicycle set up as a memorial for cyclist(s) killed or severely injured by a motor vehicle. Apart from being a memorial, it is usually intended as a reminder to motorists to share the road.

The first recorded ghost bike was in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2003. The original idea of painting bikes white reportedly goes back to the city of Amsterdam in the 1960s as an anarchist project to liberate two-wheel transport. The ghost bike idea in the United States may have originated with a project by San Francisco artist Jo Slota, begun in April 2002. A ghost bike memorial project was started in St. Louis, Missouri, United States in October 2003. After observing a motorist strike a bicyclist in a bike lane on Holly Hills Boulevard, Patrick Van Der Tuin placed a white-painted bicycle on the spot with a hand-painted sign reading "Cyclist Struck Here". (source "")

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday which focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Information on the Mesilla NM celebration is at

More information on the Ghost Bike is provided on new Facebook page for the NMSU Bicycling Community at:




Oct 18, Campus Bike Ride

Ride will start & end at Corbett Center [west side] and is open to the whole community. This short ride around campus is to display and promote safe bike riding practices. Expect all riders to wear helmets, use hand signals, ride in bicycle lane, and stop at traffic signs.  


Local and state bicycle traffic regulations are on this website at and several short videos on bicycle safety are provided at


More information on the event is provided on the flyer and on the new NMSU Bicycling Facebook page at:







White Sands Bike Trip

Recreational Sport is offering a Whitesands Bike Trip on October 4. Spend the evening on the glistening white sand dunes of New Mexico at White Sands National Monument. Cook-out,  play & ride in the great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand. Bring a bike and ride through the park after hours.







NMSU Bicycling Community
  • July, NMSU Bicycling Community Facebook 

A Facebook page for the NMSU Bicycling Community is at: 

(It also can be found by searching for "NMSU Bicycling Community")












Bicycle Fix-It Repair Station
  • March, second NMSU bicycle fix-it repair station installed, south housing area.

Housing supported Bicycle Friendly University by installing another Bicycle Fix-It Station on the south side of Aggie Store on Standley Drive.  The first one is located on the west side of Corbett Center. The bike repair station is designed and installed for public use. Basically it is a heavy duty repair stand with a selection of tamper resistant tools and an air pump for tending to most minor bicycle repairs on the fly. Details on use the station and repairs are also a scan away for some riders. Just use the Quick Read (QR) code on the front of the Fixit to view detailed repair instructions on a smart phone.





Curb the car and save

Even if you only ride occasionally, the savings of bicycling instead of driving are substantial— Calculate how much.





Sharrows for safety









  • May 2013, NMSU designated Bicycle Friendly University 2013-2017.

    [posted May 2013]

NMSU Bicycle Fix-It Station

NMSU Homepage highlights Bicycle Friendly University designation for 2013-2017 by League of American Bicyclists

The status recognizes the university's commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.  The NMSU taskforce submitted the BFU application in February (details). NMSU was notified of the award in late April.

NMSU has taken numerous steps in the last year to increase safe-bicycling practices on campus, including

1. increasing bicycle traffic law enforcement,

NMSU BFU Bronze Certificate

2. cyclist safety training classes,
3. newfeeds on bicycle rules of the road,
4. working to improved bicycle security on campus,
5. safety improvements on campus streets and
6. developing a bicycle advocate website (


See news at

Related BFU documents from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB)

-  2013 BFU award introduction

-  2013 Bicycle Friendly University award list

-  LAB Feedback for NMSU BFU improvement





National Events:

May 17 - Bike to Work Day

May 13-17 Bike to Work Week


May 5 Blessing of the Bicycles

May 11 Royals [women] Fix a Flat

May 15 'Ride of Silence" Mesilla ,

May 17 - Bike to Work Day, 

Other Details . . .


This is a leisurely 3.5 mi bike ride around the campus. Pistol Pete should be there to start the ride at noon. We will meet at new bicycle Fix-It station on the west side of Corbett.  Route:

1. Ride from west Corbett lot south on Breland to the Stewart St intersection (stop);

2. turn left along Stewart St and go east stopping at the Locust & Arrowhead intersections;

3. turn right on Arrowhead St and ride south to Wells Ave intersection (stop);

4. turn right on Wells and ride west, stopping at Locust, Williams & Espina intersections;

5. turn right on Espina and ride north to Stewart intersection (stop sign);

6. turn right on Stewart and ride east stopping at Sweet, Williams and Breland intersections;

7. turn left and ride north on Breland to start and complete the loop.

Other Details . . .

More: Best practices on bicycle security [animation], locking [dos & don'ts],
recommended techniques [lock-up know-how], lock types, and
best & worst examples [video advice from NYC & SF]. 

Details ...





A supported metric century and half century tour around the beautiful Mesilla Valley.

This is a 63.56 mi (100km) bike ride in Las Cruces area.

Details . . .


Group efforts:
1. Improve campus cycling communication
2. Organizing bicycle events
3. Cycling survey & new student info
Details. . .


Mar 23, SNMBE-Bike Basics Class

Date, Time, Place: Saturday, March 23, 8 -10 am, Peace Lutheran Church, Las Cruces, NM.

Cost, Registration, Instructors & Limits: $10 person, none (first-come, first-served); certified League Cycling Instructors, limited to cyclist 16 yrs & older

More details . . .




CHAPEL HILL, NC —  The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center - free Webinar in its Livable Communities Webinar Series:    


Titled: Promoting Cycling and Walking for Sustainable and Healthy Cities: Lessons from Europe and North America


Wednesday, February 27, 2013




On Feb 14, a bicycle fix-it repair station was installed on west side of Corbett. 

The self-help station can be used for minor bicycle repairs.  

More details . . .







The NMSU BFU taskforce completed & submitted the application for the Bicycle Friendly University status on February 5, 2013. The taskforce included representatives from NMSU Police, NMSU Faculty,  NMSU Staff, FS Engineering, and EH&S.  

More details . . . 







Suggested deterences to prevent bicycle theft.








Feb 23, SNMBE-Bike Basics Class

Date, Time, Place: Saturday, Feb 23, 8 -10 am, Peace Lutheran Church, Las Cruces, NM

Cost, Registration, Instructors & Limits: $10 person, none (first-come, first-served); certified League Cycling Instructors, limited to cyclist 16 yrs & older

More details . . .



EH&S has recently reviewed the 2012 campus citation issued to bicyclists for traffic violations.

The citations for May 1 to Nov 28 are summarized at



More information


More information at


bicycle ordinance 3 ft pass rule

On Nov 11, 2012 Las Cruces changed and passed new bicycle ordinance to improve their bicycle friendly status. 

The ordinance took effect on January 1, 2013.  

More details . . .






For 2012

Oct 31, 2012 – Title: A Memorial to Support NMSU's application to the Bicycle Friendly University Program and development of Bicycle Friendly Transportation . . .MORE

Green bike lanee

According to a study conducted by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), forty percent fewer motorists blocked bike lanes when they were painted GREEN.


The SFMTA study adds more data and local experience with the positive impact green bike lanes can bring to public safety and traffic flow.


Details . . .



Same roads, same rights, same rules


More details . . .




bike path
  • New segment creates multi-use bike and trail loop around Las Cruces

(Dec 2, 2012 Sun NEWS story  local)

The 4.5-mile new trail will connect the Triviz Multi-Purpose Path with the La Lloroña Trail, and to trails that link to the north end of the New Mexico State University campus (see map).  "From a bicyclists' standpoint, it's a great path . . .

This portion creates a loop around Las Cruces, estimated to be more than 32 miles long.  MPO map of the Trail is provided at right & further details are available via the links below.

* Las Cruces MPO Multi-use Map [Draft]     Mesilla Valley Bicycling Suitability Map

Multi-Use Trail

Information from The Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) website indicates that Las Cruces has over 65 miles of in-road bicycle lanes, shared-use lanes, and bicycle routes.  The City of Las Cruces also has 15 miles of paved and natural-surface trails.  The bicycle facilities vary and enjoyment may depend on your experience level.  Here is the regional Bicycling Suitability Map to help plan your route.

The Las Cruces MPO has developed an In-Road Bicycle Facilities Priorities Plan and the Trail System Priorities Plan to guide the development of future facilities. Aerial images along the Outfall Channel Trail are provided via the following MPO website documents:  Channel Trail overview 1 and Channel Trail overview 2

bike accidents

Certain cycling routes carry much lower risk of injury for cyclists, according to a new University of British Columbia study.

The Oct. 18, 2012 study in the American Journal of Public Health, analyzed the cause of 690 cycling injuries in Vancouver and Toronto.

1. Bike lanes on streets without parked cars, residential street bike routes, and off-street bike paths – carry about half the risk of streets with parked cars and no bike lanes. 

2. Cycle tracks alongside major streets but separated by a physical barrier were by far the safest of the 15 routes. Most routes on quiet residential streets were relatively safe, especially where motor vehicle traffic was diverted away from these streets.

3. Bike lanes on major streets, especially those without parked cars, were safer than major streets without bike lanes, with shared lanes, or with parked cars.

University of British Columbia summary      News article   

Publication in American Journal of Public Health

cardboard bike

Bike made of cardboard, just 20lbs, but supports riders up to 24 times its weight. It’s mostly cardboard and 100% recycled materials. It uses a belt-driven pedal system that makes it maintenance free.  And, it’s projected to be manufactured at about $9 to $12 per unit. 

Video    More


America Walks  Facebook page

Walking Facts from America Walks, inc. -

1. Walking Prevalence

2. Walking & Health Benifits

3. Pedestrian Injuries

4. Walking Costs

5. What can you do?


Walk Friendly Community


The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has named nine new Walk Friendly Communiteis. These communities have shown success in working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort.

To see the complete list of new Walk Friendly Communities, go to




Bike Friendly University

The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program run by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors. 

The Bike Friendly program recognization includes four categories:  community, university, business, and state.   It evaluates efforts to promote bicycling in five primary areas, known as the Five Es: encouragement, education, engineering, enforcement and evaluation/planning.

Bicycle Friendly University for NMSU would status serves as a positive indication for current and prospective students as well as faculty and staff.  Bicycles provide a simple solution to many of the complex problems that institutions face, including issues around mobility, space, health, and economics.  The designation reflects a positive sustainable environment in which to live, study and work.

More on the Bicycle Friendly program

A preliminary review of NMSU's Five Es & other resources



May is bike month in New Mexico

Details on

- Las Cruces Activities

- El Paso Activities

- Albuquerque Activities

- Other New Mexico Activities




  • Green Box Biking for Safety


The Green box is an intersection safety design to prevent bicycle/car collisions, especially those between drivers turning right and bicyclists going straight.

It is a green box on the road with a white bicycle symbol inside. It includes green bicycle lanes approaching and leading from the box.


More details on brochure at



  • Nice Ride Keeps Rolling After 100,000 Bike Rides (annually)

Nice Ride of Minneapolis - a Minnesota based nonprofit recently surpassed the 100,817 rides that were logged in the 2010 season.


How it works video on utube at

As more and more people integrate bike share into their lives and subscriber numbers increase, Nice Ride Minnesota has noticed some great trends in the community. 



Less dense areas are making steps towards integrating bike share into their lives. Nice Ride is now more recognizable to residents as a transportation option.  Details at


NMSU and Las Cruces Bicycle Safety News: Current Topics of Interest

For 2011

The Bicycle Friendly Program by the Leaque of American Bicyclist includes Bicycle Friendly communities, states, businesses, and universities. 

In 2011 Las Cruces achieved its status as a Bicycle Friendly Community 2011 rankings for Bicycle Friendly Communities

The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors. The BFU program provides the roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling.   A blueprint to the designation is provided in the interactive image on the right or via the following link

The benefits of bicycling friendly designation including reducing carbon emissions, saving money, reducing congestion, optimizing space, and improving health.  More details on the BFU program . . .

Details on the Five Es necessary to achieve the designation .  .  .

Requirements for Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation.

. . .  NMSU's preliminary five E review 2011


Story by Merge staff. With gas prices as high as they are and the nightmare that we call parking here at New Mexico State University, more and more students are riding their bicycles to campus.

Commuting by bike is a good idea, . . . . Bicycles are one of our most efficient inventions, making them the least expensive way of getting where you need to be.

More  . . .

  • Aug 17, 2011: NMSU Bicycle Safety Committee to participate in Aggiefest!

Aggiefest is Wednesday, Aug 17th 1- 3pm at the Corbett Center (for more info contact Eugene Conway)


Complete streets round about
  • June 28, 2011 "Introduction to “Complete Streets” and Complete Streets policies? 

Links to FAQ and Complete Street Coalition

Complete Streets are streets for everyone.  They are designed and operated to enable access and to improve safety for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.  .  . the elements of an ideal Complete Streets policy   .  .  . Complete streets can offer many benefits in all communities, regardless of size or location. The National Complete Streets Coalition has developed a number of fact sheets,

More on Complete Streets . . .

Complete the streets

Local communities that have adopted the Complete Streets Policy

1. Las Cruces MPO in May 2008 by Resolution #08-10 (pdf copy)

2. Town of Mesilla Trustees in June 2008 by Resolution #2008-25 (pdf copy)

3. Las Cruces City Council in 2009 by Resolution #09-301 2009

4. Dona Ana County adoption in Dec 2009 by Resolution #09-114   (pdf copy)



The League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designations today to kick off May as National Bike MonthMore. . . Article from Bike World News


25 mph speed limit
  • April 24, 2011  "Reduction of Speed limit on Stewart Avenue, east of Locust intersection." 

Agreement by EH&S on behalf of Bicycle Safeyt Committee with NMSU Traffic Engineer to reduce speed limit on Steward through main campus pedestrian area to improve pedestrian safety.  Steward is posted as 25mph from Knox to Locust.  This changes current 35mph limit to 25mph from Locust to Payne/Arrowhead Road.  Signs posted by May 25. 


A Hybrid* Road Skills Course for bicyclists at all levels.
Saturday, April 2, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
at Academic Research Center C, Rm 110, NMSU (MAP)

This comprehensive course includes:
- an online, self-paced course*,
- in-road riding skills & road hazard maneuvers;
- a student manual; and
- a set of tire levers and a patch kit.

NMSU students, faculty & staff: $25 • Non-NMSU participants: $50

Register at  by Saturday, March 19.  Class size is limited.  Restricted to Individuals 15+ years old.  Bring a bike helmet (required), a bicycle in good working condition, a pen, riding clothing/shoes, and a water bottle.

* The online portion must be completed no later than Saturday, March 26




NMSU and Las Cruces Bicycle Safety News/Topics of Interest

For 2010


  • October 25, 2010 (posting) Bicyclist responses needed for NMSU Transportation Survey

This note is to encourage those in the Bike Safety Committee, the Bike Racing Club and the NMSU bicycling community to respond & comment in the Transportation and Parking Study survey.  The survey was noted  in the October 25 Hotline.

New NMSU Transportation &Parking survey

As part of the transportation and parking study currently underway on campus, your assistance in completing a brief survey is critical to the accurate understanding of the parking and transportation issues on the NMSU campus. Please complete the one-page survey at Your responses are strictly confidential.

There are at least five of 16 question and several open comment forms which relate to bicycle facilities and use on the NMSU campus. The survey is not restricted to NMSU students nor employees as it allows all the local bicyclist community to voice their comments on bicycle accommodations and the need for related facilities at NMSU.

Sorry the survey closed Nov15.  However, your opinions on this matter are important.  Sent an email and EH&S will forward it to the Transportation and Parking Committee.


A Hybrid* Road Skills Course for Bicyclists
Saturday, October 16, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Academic Research Center C, Rm 110, NMSU,
Beginning & seasoned cyclists (15+ years old) can benefit from this comprehensive course that includes an online, self-paced course*, in-road riding skills & basic maintenance tips. Register for this course by Saturday, September 18. Class size is limited. Register by contacting Ellen Castello at


UCSB is recognized as one of the top bicycling campuses in the country, with seven miles of bike paths, over 10,000 bike rack spaces and sustainable transportation initiatives from groups such as Transportaion Alternatives Program and A.S. BIKES.   Nearly half of UCSB student population and nine percent of staff and faculty bike to campus every day (




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