Fair West Neighborhood received a Pace Bike Share rack station in Fox Memorial Park this week. Bike sharing is a healthy, sustainable, and affordable form of public transportation. The bike sharing program started in Albuquerque in 2015 as a pilot program; today it is in full swing and has expanded to 250 bikes and 50 parking stations around town.
ABQ’s Pace Bike Share
Riders can rent a bike from any of the dedicated Pace Bike Share racks or public bike racks available throughout the city. This mix of rack placement along with the program’s unique “lock-to-dockless” bike model, which bikes can be locked to fixed objects — not just to specific Pace bike racks — offers riders convenience and more freedom in their daily transit choices.
How Pace Bike Share Works
Pace Bike Share is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Eligible participants must have a valid credit or debit card to become a member. Once a rider had downloaded the Pace app, renting a bike is as easy as three simple steps:
- Borrow: Find bikes near you in the Pace app (App Store or Google Play). When you enter the bike number into the app on your mobile device, the lock will pop open. Unplug the security cable and hop on.
- Ride: Enjoy your ride! Select “Hold Bike” in the app if you’d like to keep your bike during a quick stop. Grab a coffee and your bike will wait.
- Return: Park at your destination by locking to a Pace ABQ rack or any public bike rack. Push the back tire lock closed and secure with the cable.
Get the App
To use Pace Bike Share, riders download the free “Pace Bike Share” app, available in the Apple Store or Google Play. Riders can find available bikes and parking locations in the app and unlock bikes with the touch of a button. https://ridepace.com/albuquerque
Rides start at $1. Pay-as-you-go; $1 per 15 minutes.
Annual Subscription: $60 for a standard subscription; $30 for student, senior, military, and EBT subscriptions. Unlimited 30 minute rides.
Monthly Subscription: $10 for a standard subscription; $5 for student, senior, military, and EBT subscriptions. Unlimited 30 minute rides.
Managed by Rio Metro Regional Transit District, Pace Bike Share is described as a transit system that consists of a network of stations where bikes are publicly available for short-term rental. Rio Metro is betting that the Pace Bike Share program will complement existing public transit, providing the first and last mile of connectivity by filling in gaps where no other mode exists. Learn more about ABQ’s bike share program
The Bicycle Boulevard in our Neighborhood
It makes sense that Fair West would be a good fit for the bike rack, due to the bicycle boulevard that runs through the neighborhood, the HAWK signal at Lomas and being centrally located between Nob Hill, the International District and Uptown.
In 2018 Alvarado Drive became a designated bicycle boulevard between Copper and Lomas. However, most of all the stop signs were removed and speeding has become an issue as very few drivers observe the posted 18 mph speed limit and have increased their speed to exceed the previously posted 25 mph.
The neighborhood association has submitted a traffic calming request application with the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP).