Groundwork Studio has worked with the American Heart Association (AHA) since 2019 to develop visualizations of Complete Streets in multiple urban centers in New Mexico including Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. These visualizations were developed to support the AHA’s advocacy efforts and assistance in developing robust Complete Streets ordinances.
In Albuquerque, we worked with the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) and other community partners to promote updates to the City of Albuquerque’s Complete Street Ordinance. As part of this effort, we worked with AHA’s camera crew to film some of the more uncomfortable and dangerous streets in Albuquerque and developed renderings of potential Complete Streets improvements. Intersections and streets were chosen based on MRCOG’s High Fatal and Injury Network and Road Diet Candidates maps and other existing data sources. Our team developed “before and after” renderings, demonstrating improvements that would help alleviate some of the existing safety issues along four roadways with higher pedestrian crash rates and traffic volumes. These proposed improvements provide more comfortable public space while encouraging motorists to slow their speeds.
In Las Cruces, we coordinated with the Mesilla Valley MPO to understand crash data and key roads and intersections needing safety improvements. These renderings supported the passing of their new Complete Streets Ordinance in early 2022.
We are currently working with AHA and the City of Santa Fe to develop similar renderings to support the development of their Complete Streets Ordinance.