I hate stop signs when I'm in a hurry, yet I obey them not out of a fear of being ticketed, but because I don't want to cause or be involved in an accident.
In the congested area between UNM and CNM there is an unfortunate amount of new, unskilled drivers who are impatient, distracted, and very self-absorbed. Some are intoxicated, while others driving skills may be impaired by loud music and the perpetual cell-phone stuck to their heads. While riding a bike it only goes as fast as the rider can pedal it, and few people can get out of their own way should a car bear down on them when they breeze through a stop sign.
I agree there should be a better bike lane, and I wish it was possible for the city to spend some money making a bike path. However, I am happy with the Silver Avenue Bicycle Boulevard, even as a gesture it shows that the city is at least making efforts to make this place more bike friendly. In the meantime, please be mindful that someone might want to breeze through the same stop sign as you.