The county recently completed a three-quarter mile segment of the Alameda Trail, which may not sound like much of a distance, but it can save miles and long waits in line in the car trying to get into the ABQ Balloon Fiesta Park.
“This new segment of the trail not only connects to two existing bike trails, it also provides greater access to a back way into the balloon fiesta park,” says Commissioner Michael Wiener. “Cyclists and pedestrians alike can enter at the southern end of the balloon field to attend the events.”
To get to the balloon park from the Alameda Trail, go north at the bike trail that runs parallel to the North Diversion Channel. A bike valet service is offered at Gate 8 at the south end of the balloon park. Staffed by a local group of bike volunteers, they will watch over the bikes while visitors enjoy the event. This bike valet service is free of charge. The hours of operation are mornings from 5:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and evenings from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Visibility during these hours tends to be at its lowest, so all riders are asked to wear something reflective and to wear a helmet for maximum safety.
The Alameda Trail is a recently completed project that is a paved trail with a minimum 10-foot width that includes a soft surface equestrian trail between 2nd and 4th Streets. The entire trail is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act with ramps and pushbuttons at the intersections of Alameda & 4th Street and Alameda & 2nd Street. A 150 foot pedestrian bridge was built over Edith Boulevard. A spur trail provides access to the Alameda Trail from Edith Boulevard. Railroad signals and crossing arms at the Rail Runner tracks provide safety to all who use the trail.
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The total project cost $2.4 million, which includes the costs of design, construction, and right of way.