Hash House Harriers Meet Thursday
The next hash is starts from Robert's house at 903 School
of Mines Rd. at 6PM on Thursday (May 8). Grab your running
togs and a 6-pack and join us for some fun!
May 10 Bike Rally Details Set
Meet at the Socorro Plaza at 10AM on Saturday, May 10th
for the start of the bike rally. Robert's spare time has been
limited lately, and so the rally has had to be changed a
bit. Robert will describe the rules when we meet at the Plaza, but
in short, this will be a non-competitive event where we'll be
given a rally sheet at the beginning, and a route to follow. Along
the route, we will find words written in chalk. If you take a
short cut, you may miss marks. When we finish at around 11-11:30 at
the Socorro Springs Brewing Company, we'll try to guess what the
If you're coming, please let Robert know via e-mail, or call
him at 838-0861.
The route will follow paved streets, and so you can use road or
mountain bikes. Families and friends are welcome. Come try this
out; if it's a success, a bike rally of some sort may be included
as a part of the Fat Tire Fiesta.
Highway 60 Clean-Up On May 14
It's that time again, time to pick up the litter on our adopted
stretch of Highway 60. Meet at 5:30PM on May 14th at the
bottom of Sedillo Hill (west of mile marker 129). The highway
department provides garbage sacks, and they pick them up; we just
have to fill them. Bring gloves; we'll provide the water. We'll
work until 7:30PM or so.
May 12-16 Is Bike-to-Work Week
May is National Bike Month,
next week (May 12-16) is National Bike-to-Work Week, and May
16th is National Bike-to-Work day. The recent spike in
fuel prices should remind everyone that prices are tied to Mid-East
political stability. Conservation is a hard thing, but real change
has to start at the grassroots level, and that's us. So get that
commuter bike out and use it!
Regular Rides and Runs Around Socorro
These are not SSR-sponsored club events!
- Cycling (Road): MWF 11:30 AM, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
- Cycling (MTB): Friday 11:30 AM, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
- Running: Sunday social run, meet at Tech pool parking lot, 7AM Sundays.
Like to start a new regular run or ride? Contact Matt Perini to get it listed
SSR Meets With NM Highway Department Representative
Tuesday's regular meeting was almost entirely a discussion
session with Greg White, the New Mexico State Highway And
Transportation Department representative on the state's Bicycle,
Pedestrian, and Equestrian committee. Mr. White, who describes
himself as a "cultural revolutionary" within the highway
department, is a strong advocate for cultural changes in New
Mexico that would make our state more accomodating for
cyclists. Perhaps the strongest point he made was that the bond
issues used to fund recent major highway construction in New
Mexico, including US550, US285, and the Big-I, will starve the
highway department for cash for years to come, and any changes
to help the cycling community will have to be limited in
scope. We were asked to prioritize possible projects in our area
in terms of their neccessity and impact upon the cycling
community, with weight given to political issues, such as the
impact upon tourism.
During our discussion, some problem areas were identified
quickly. Those included the Bosque del Apache railroad crossing,
the Highway 60 railroad crossing, Highway 60 near the hospital,
the Escondida I-25 underpass, the I-25 frontage roads, New
Mexico Highway 1 in general, dangerous quad-bikes on the
ditchbanks, and others. Mr. White expressed an interest in
helping us get the Bosque del Apache crossing fixed soon, but
emphasized that we could help get it done by complaining to the
Department of Tourism.
Save Otero Canyon Trails
Submitted to SSR by Matt Turgeon
There is a popular hiking, biking, and horse riding trail outside
of Albuquerque called Otero Canyon. The trail is on part of land
that has never been fenced or used for anything other than
recreation. However, it also sits outside of Kirtland Air Force
Base and a portion of the land is what is called "military
withdrawal land." This land was given to the Department of
Defense when Kirtland AFB was originated right after WWII, but the
Air Force has never had use for it in over 50 years.
The Otero Canyon trails extend from National Forest Land into this
military land, and for at least 20 years there has been no concern
by the military over the use of it as a recreation area. However,
because of the significant amounts of money available for Homeland
Security, Kirtland decided to request funding for a project to
fence this land off. Most people here in Albuquerque would agree
that this is an unnecessary taxpayer expense and the land is
better served to be left open to the public.
Please take the time to click here and sign the petition to
stop the closure of Otero Canyon. Also please pass this onto
others that you know of that might be interested in signing this