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Health and Safety

Transportation affects many things in our daily lives, including our health and safety. We have long focused on improving the safety of the region's transportation network and have recently begun looking into how transportation options affect health.

Active transportation, such as walking (including walking to transit) or riding a bike, can help people get more exercise in their daily routines. Not only is this good for physical and mental health, but it also helps reduce traffic congestion and decreases air pollution.

bosque trailLearn more about how the Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization is working to address health and safety as it relates to transportation by selecting a category on the right.

 


Safety Analysis

The transportation system must be safe for all modes. MRMPO analyzes crash data to determine which areas need improvement and produces an Annual Crash and Safety Report that includes crash rate information for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area.

Note: Although the report is updated annually, it reports on the most recent data available, which is a few years behind the current year.

To provide additional detail about pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Bernalillo County, the MRMPO analyzed information collected by New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Bureau and compiled findings in the following report: Bernalillo County Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Data Analysis 2010-2014. Findings in the report are based on the best information available about the quantity and severity of crashes along with the details such as location, time, date and basic information about the people involved in the crash the report provides. To the best extent possible, details underlying the cause of the crash are also provided by the reported top contributing factor to the crash. Work on the report was done in collaboration with the Healthy Here: Communities Leading Healthy Change Initiative funded in part by the Center for Disease Control.

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Safe Routes to School

The 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan reinforces that safe routes to school are a priority for the region. The Safe Routes to School program improves pedestrian and bicycle access to schools so that students have safe and healthy alternatives for getting to school and back. The national Safe Routes to School website has useful information for communities wishing to develop an action plan.

Road Safety Audits

MRMPO can perform Road Safety Audits, which are formal safety performance examinations of existing or future roads or intersections. In cooperation with the City of Albuquerque, we will examine areas that have high levels of pedestrian fatalities and injuries upon request.

The first focus area, Albuquerque's West Central corridor, was audited in conjunction with the West Route 66 Sector Development Plan. The second focus area, the intersection of Central and San Mateo, was audited in conjunction with ABQ Ride prior to the implementation of Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART).

Road Safety Audit Reports:

pdfWest Route 66 Road Safety Audit
pdfCentral and San Mateo Road Safety Audit

 


Health Impact Assessment

MRMPO recently became involved in assisting with Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) for planning projects. HIAs assess the safety in an area and how it will be affected by a particular project (for example, a sector plan, intersection improvements, etc.)

Read more about Health Impact Assessments.

 


Complete Streets:  Encouraging Transportation for Everyone

The Metropolitan Transportation Board passed a Complete Streets resolution in 2011 that directs the creation of a policy and roadway design guidelines. Complete Streets practices ensure roadways are designed for the comfort and safety of all users of all abilities. Additionally, MRMPO revised the Future Albuquerque Area Bikeways and Streets (FAABS) document to include Complete Streets design guidance. The new updated document is the Long Range Transportation System Guide. In addition, MRMPO works with the New Mexico Complete Streets Leadership Team, a statewide education effort.

Frost Road in BerncoComplete Streets is a national movement to encourage and ensure that roadways are designed, built and operate to serve everyone - pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and drivers - and that they take into account the needs of people of all abilities including those with disabilities, senior citizens, and children. Several jurisdictions in New Mexico have passed Complete Streets resolutions or adopted policy that encourages or ensures the development of streets that serve all users. The Santa Fe and Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), the Town of Mesilla, Doña Ana County, and the City of Las Cruces.

MRMPO intends to follow the precedent set in southern New Mexico by encouraging the adoption of Complete Streets resolutions and policies in our region. Bernalillo County has already taken steps toward this direction with the adoption of its Pedestrian-Bicyclist Safety Action Plan (2012) which includes a Complete Streets policy and Complete Streets design recommendations. Rio Rancho's Comprehensive Plan includes Complete Streets-related goals, policies and actions and calls for the development of a city-wide Complete Streets Policy. And in 2014 the City of Albuquerque adopted a Complete Streets policy.

To receive emails from the Complete Streets Leadership Team, contact Tara Cok (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or 505-724-3627.

Bernalillo County Complete Streets Initiative

Bernalillo County is sponsoring work on Complete Streets through the Healthy Here: Communities Leading Healthy Change Initiative, funded in part by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC as well as many national advocacy groups have identified active transportation policies and design approaches as an effective intervention for reducing obesity and chronic disease. This initiative is intended to provide Complete Streets tools and resources to expand the local knowledge base around Complete Streets and emphasize the health and social benefits of integrating a variety of transportation modes. Below are products of this effort:

  • Bernalillo County Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Data Analysis 2010-2014

To provide additional detail about pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Bernalillo County, the MRMPO analyzed information collected by New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Bureau and in September 2016 completed the Bernalillo County Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Data Analysis 2010-2014. Findings in the report are based on the best information available about the quantity and severity of crashes along with the details such as location, time, date and basic information about the people involved in the crash the report provides. To the best extent possible, details underlying the cause of the crash are also provided by the reported top contributing factor to the crash. 

pdfRead the Bernalillo County Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Data Analysis 2010-2014

  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Travel Monitoring Report September 2016

Monitoring pedestrian and bicycle travel is a key step to planning, designing and implementing better active transportation systems at the neighborhood level. It provides baseline data needed to evaluate and understand how our built environment supports, doesn’t support or in the worst case is a barrier to walking and bicycling. 

This report provides preliminary findings at seven count locations; 3 in the International District and 4 in the South Valley. It includes the numbers of people walking and bicycling along the roadway, their volume fluctuation during the day, their direction of travel and their use of travel lanes, bike lanes and/or sidewalks. 

The count locations were chosen to illuminate potential contributing factors influencing non-motorized user volumes and behaviors. In some count locations data was collected both before and after the implementation of roadway improvement and in other count locations data was collected as a baseline for planned future improvements.

pdfRead the Pedestrian and Bicycle Travel Monitoring Report September 2016

  • Pedestrian and Bicyclist Crash Report

This report provides more detail about the 744 pedestrian crashes and 690 bicyclist crashes that occurred between the years of 2008-2011. The report also includes a presentation and an interactive mapping tool that allows viewers to zoom in and see more details as well as select various layers to view such as transit ridership and intersection safety measures.

Some overall highlights from this report include that 50 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes involve an impaired pedestrian and 62 percent of bicycle crashes occur on roadways with no bicycle facilities.

The purpose of this report is to use current data to better understand issues in order to better address pedestrian and bicycle safety.

pdfRead the Pedestrian and Bicyclist Crash Report

View the Story Map Presentation >>2014-crash-report-capture

Access the Interactive Map* >>2014-interactive-map-capture

*Selecting Basemap will allow you to select imagery or street/geographic view.
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  • Public Health and Transportation Literature Review

The purpose of this literature review is to provide quick access to some of the plentiful research in this area. It contains an annotated bibliography of 22 articles. Each article lists the author(s) and title, then an abstract. This is followed by direct quotes from text covering various aspects of active transportation and health.

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pdfRead the Literature Review

  • Comparison of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)

Below are two links to comparison matrices of various MPOs. Included are the MPOs in New Mexico and El Paso, Denver, Tucson and Phoenix areas along with MPOs with highly rated policies from the National Complete Streets Coalition. Data collected for this comparison comes from adopted, published documents.

xlsxSummary MPO Comparison – This document can be printed out on 8.5” x 11” paper and used as a handout. It includes the MPOs plans, the policy type, its unique features and design standards if any.

xlsxMPO Comparison Full Document – Although not printer friendly, this document also includes much more information from implementation to promotion.

 


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