Tramway Bike Path
The Tramway Bike Path, paralleling the Sandia Mountains on the East side of Albuquerque provides awesome views of the Rio Grande valley, and close-up views of the Sandia Mountains. The route is nicely landscaped and has a number of nice turnouts and benches along the way. The Tramway Bike Path runs from I-40 and Central north to Tramway Lane where the road up to the Sandia Tram begins on the east side of Tramway.
This is a very popular route so start early, especially on weekends. There are numerous walkers, runners, skaters, and baby strollers using the trail, too. The bike path is very open and crosses mainly through residential areas and is a very pleasant ride. This is a great route to take your kids or grand-kids to learn to ride.
The Tramway Bike Path crosses all the intersecting roads at grade, most using the pedestrian crossings. Use extreme caution at the crossings. Even though most have traffic lights many of the intersections have right turn lanes where cars zip around the right turns without looking for joggers, pedestrians or cyclists. There are fewer crossings north of Montgomery. Most of the crossings have pedestrian signals but these do not give pedestrians their own protected turn so watch for turning cars - they aren't looking for you.
Many experienced riders prefer to ride on the excellent, fast shoulders along Tramway from I-40/Central to I-25 rather than dodging turning cars and baby strollers.
There is also a paved sidewalk west of Tramway paralleling it from the north side of Montgomery north several blocks that is appropriate mainly for children, baby strollers, and walkers.
Be careful crossing at Central Ave. and I-40, it's very busy. There are two right turn lanes on southbound Tramway where right turning cars don't see you if you're using the pedestrian crossing.
Getting There: The Tramway Bikepath crosses all the highways at grade so there are numerous shopping centers along the way where you can park, including Montgomery and Indian School. You can start at the 4-Hills Smiths but you have to cross Central.
Distance: The end-to-end distance from I-25 to the Tramway Rd. stop sign is about 8.5 miles. There are a number of hills along the way so it is not as easy as the Riverside Trail.
Roadway: The Tramway Trail is paved and varies is width. It has a number of wooden bridges, be careful on winter mornings. The Tramway Bike Path crosses all the intersecting roads at grade, most using the pedestrian crossings. Use extreme caution at the crossings since most motorists are not looking for cyclists and most run the red lights on right turns without looking. Also, there are lots of pedestrians.
- Tramway is a major north/south highway crossing several east west bike paths and bike routes in a addition to numerous artierals. Tramway has an excellent shoulder all the way from Central/I-40 to I-25 in the west.
- There are large wooden bridges over south Tramway which connect to east-west bikepaths.
- There is a connection to the I-40 bikepath at I-40 and Central.
- Tramway Lane - Hard climb to the Sandia Tram at the north.
- Juan Tabo Picnic Ground - Very rough, hard climb.
- Elena Gallegos Open Space - A steep ~2 mile climb to the Elena Gallegos Open Space. Water, bathrooms, and great views available.
- Tramway Blvd. is included as portions of other rides such as the Bernalillo Blast, Foothills Frolic, etc.
- This is a popular cold weather ride though it is prone to south winds.
- Be careful crossing the wooden bridges in the rain or if there is ice early in fall or spring mornings.
- There are a number of convenience stores along the way.
- Use extreme caution at the crossings since most motorists are not looking for cyclists and most run the red lights on right turns without looking.
Tramway Bikepath Cuesheet
Tramway Bike S-N CueSheet / 8.5 Miles
Mileage Waypoint Leg Description
4-Hills Smiths Uphill from I-40.
I-40 underpass A maze of traffic lights. Some shoulder and a lot of debris. Riding back south downhill if staying in traffic lanes watch for 2-lane right turn lanes, the straight-through lane is about 3 from the right.
Encantado The bikepath crosses a hundred feet east of the intersection, be careful of turning cars.
Lomas Convenience store. Be careful of wooden bridge
Indian School Be careful of right turning cars. Begin downhill.
Montgomery Smith's, McD, etc. Be Careful of turning cars.
Academy The turnoff to Elena Gallegos Open Space turnoff is north of Academy is about .25 miles and is well marked. About 2 miles uphill.
Elena Gallegos Open Space The Elena Gallegos entrance station is about a mile climb and there is about a mile paved loop in the park. There is water and bathrooms available. Excellent views. There is an open space map available.
Sandia Tram Rd Stop Sign. Bike path ends but shoulder all the way downhill to I-25. Turnoff to La Luz Juan Tabo picnic ground is just ahead.
Tramway Elevation Profile
Pretty flat, note the narrow range of elevation.