May is officially Bike Month here in El Paso, as proclaimed by Mayor Cook on May 3, 2013 and then again by Mayor Leeser on May 1, 2014. This year, the Bike Month calendar is full of fun and exciting events, so please check out www.elpasobikemonth.com to join the rides and celebrate Bike Month!
Here are five great reasons why you should break your old bike out of storage:
A bike master plan, complete with more bike infrastructure, is currently in the planning process. Please check back for updates. For more information about how to request more bike lanes in a certain area, or to have certain lanes be swept or repaired, please click here: http://home.elpasotexas.gov/epdot/faq.php
The City has several lockers with over twenty bikes available for City Employees to check out and use at the Municipal Service Center and also downtown to go to lunch or meetings. These are regularly used and help reduce vehicle miles traveled, promoting better air quality in our city.
The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) is very close to accessing the federal funds to finish the procurement for the bike share program! The bike share program is in its last stages of the funding process and the CRRMA is currently waiting for the Letter of Authorization to release the federal funds, and then they need to Texas Department of Transportation to sign the agreement and then the CRRMA can begin the construction of the bikes!
The bike share program will have five stations downtown, two stations at UTEP, and hopefully one station at EPCC's downtown campus. All together, the CRMMA hopes to have a fleet of eighty bikes for the first phase, and then they will pursue sponsorship and funding to add additional stations in the following phases. They hope that by establishing the initial stations, UTEP, EPCC, and Fort Bliss can easily add stations and connect different areas of our city.
The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) is currently working with a marketing team to develop a logo and outreach plan. Potential bike share station locations will be surveyed once more to ensure they are optimally placed downtown and on the UTEP and EPCC campuses. The CRRMA is planning an open public meeting for anyone interested in learning more about the bike share program and providing input for the system. Please check back here for more information!
Borderland Mountain Bike Association - http://bmba.wordpress.com
EP Cyclists - The bicycle group offers rides for all levels Saturdays and Sundays mornings, starting from the East Side. Two rides are offered: one for beginners, pace and distance depending on riders; and one for intermediates and advanced, usually 40 to 60 miles at 18 to 20 mph. Starting times and locations are posted at www.facebook.com/epcyclist. For more information: Manny Valadez, 861-2311 or epcyclists.com.
El Paso Bicycle Club - The El Paso Bicycle Club is a group of recreational road cyclists with a focus on excercise and fun. For more information, please view their website: http://www.elpasobicycleclub.com
Velo Paso Bicycle-Pedestrian Coalition - http://www.velopaso.org
In May 2014, City Council approved a resolution establishing a Bicycle Advisory Committee for the purpose of advising the City of El Paso on matters related to bicycle planning and infrastructure.
Read more here.
In May 2014, City Council approved a resolution adopting the NationalAssociation of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) “Urban Street DesignGuide” and “Urban Bikeway Design Guide” as the official design guidelines forcapital improvement projects and other city funded street and roadwayimprovement projects within the City of El Paso.
Read more here.