How we think about transportation

“There is no question that conditions for bicycling and walking need to be improved in every community in the United States; it is no longer acceptable…that two desirable and efficient modes of travel have been made difficult and uncomfortable.”  —FHWA’s recommended approach for designing for cycling & walking

Ian Lockwood’s article in the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) journal this January makes a case for changing the language standards in the transportation professions.  For a long time roadway design was synonymous with serving the automobile, and the language developed around this singular goal was exclusive and limiting.  Lockwood suggests we use a more objective and representative vocabulary.  Language reflects our thoughts, and also shapes how we think.  Changing language is one important step in changing our thinking.  Take a look at Lockwood’s article for a stimulating read.


Read Ian Lockwood’s succinct 2-3 page article in the ITE Journal (page 41) or download a PDF file here:
“Making the Case for Transportation Language Reform: Removing Bias” by Ian Lockwood, P.E.



Bicycling the overlook in Placitas, New Mexico

Team CSP-SBI’s Michael Ort goes bikepacking

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.  — H.G. Wells


Professor Michael Ort from the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability spent his winter break bikepacking.  Over the years I’ve received emails from Michael from far flung places–Argentina, Ireland, all over Europe, Reunion Island–while he was traveling for research and work.  But this winter he stayed close to home and took a bicycle journey with a friend.  Here are a few pics he sent.  The things you can do and see on a bicycle.  More coming soon!





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SBI attending transportation conference

Mark Aasmundstad, Founder of the Southwest Bike Initiative, is attending the 54th Paving and Transportation Conference January 4th and 5th, 2017, thanks to sponsorship by Lee Engineering.  The conference theme is sustainability and resiliency of transportation infrastructure.  Mark is looking forward to learning, networking, and sharing more on what the simple yet often overlooked bicycle can do for improving transportation systems and expanding the value and services delivered to our community.  Thanks again to Lee Engineering, and conference host UNM Department of Civil Engineering.  The conference agenda is here:


SBI receives grant from foundation

The Southwest Bike Initiative received a $5000 grant in December of 2016.  The gift came from the SB Foundation, a New Mexico Nonprofit Corporation, in support of SBI’s work “organizing citizens for health, recreation, transportation, and environmental education”.  The SB Foundation is a small family organization rooted in New Mexico and Albuquerque.  They do not accept uninvited requests for funds.  SBI is very grateful for their gift, and is looking forward to putting it to work furthering our innovative approach to sustainable transportation as we work towards our vision.  Thank You!  –Mark Aasmundstad