National Bike Month in Santa Fe


Join the City of Santa Fe Environmental Services and take a tour of the Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station (BuRRT)! Participants will begin at Bicentennial/Alto Park at 8am and ride bikes together as a group to the BuRRT, following all traffic laws as applicable. Environmental Services will follow the group in a car. Attendees will go on a tour of the recycling facility and then return to the starting point by bike.

Date: May 24, 2024

Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Bicentennial Alto Park

Price: Free!

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May is National Bike Month, and as the weather warms, the month presents an opportunity to highlight the benefits of biking to residents and our sustainability initiatives in Santa Fe.

 Biking and Sustainability 

Transportation accounts for 34.6% of Santa Fe’s greenhouse gas emissions – the largest source of emissions in the city. Traditional vehicles burn gasoline, which creates greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and detrimentally affect our air quality. Santa Fe’s vision for sustainable transportation includes an equitable and efficient transition to electric vehicles, public transportation, and more to reduce these emissions. 

Image Source: Santa Fe MPO

Progress in Santa Fe’s Bikeability 

Choosing to bike instead of driving a car is a simple way to reduce our transportation-related emissions, and Santa Fe is committed to making bicycling safe, comfortable, and accessible to all. In February of 2024, Santa Fe was named a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists, recognizing city investments in bike education programs, bike events, and pro-bike policies and infrastructure.

In March of 2024, the Santa Fe City Council passed a new resolution aiming for a Gold-level BFC ranking. This resolution provides funding to assess and map existing bike trail conditions in Santa Fe and to fund ongoing maintenance of the city’s bike infrastructure. This work will build upon the initiatives already created within Santa Fe’s Multimodal Transportation Plan, Metropolitan Bicycle Master Plan, and Sustainable Santa Fe 25-Year Plan.

 Benefits of Biking in Santa Fe

Unlike many common modes of transportation, biking stands out as a zero-emission mode of transportation, contributing significantly to cleaner air and reduced carbon emissions in our community. By choosing to bike over driving, even occasionally, individuals can actively participate in mitigating the impacts of climate change. Furthermore, biking is also proven to benefit riders’ physical and mental health and can help individuals foster connections to the outdoors and their community.

 Getting Started: Biking Events in Santa Fe

Any time you choose to bike rather than drive, you help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work towards a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable city. Check out these opportunities to get biking in Santa Fe:

  • Santa Fe Environmental Services’ Cycle to Recycle ride on May 24th
    1. Join this intermediate ride to the Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station and learn about Santa Fe’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) recycling operation and diversion programs
  • Bike Santa Fe’s Bike Calendar
    1. Provides information on community bike rides for everyone from kids to beginners to experts, along with opportunities for free bike repair clinics and other community events.
  • See the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society Calendar for weekly rides including women’s rides, kids and family rides, and general club rides.
  • View Santa Fe MPO’s Bikeways and Trails Map to see what routes and trails you can ride, including wilderness trails that connect to the Santa Fe National Forest and Galisteo Basin Preserve

Santa Fe MPO’s Bicycle Master Plan