City's Thoroughfare Committee to Begin Rolling Out Dallas Bike Plan's "Quick Wins"

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For those who haven't really read the Dallas Bike Plan, you might want to sit down with it sooner than later -- both the 76-page document and the June addendum, which runs 42 pages. Like, say, turn to Page 33 of the plan, where you'll find the heading "Strategic Demonstration/Early Implementation Projects." That's where you'll find the chart you see above, which has the quick wins on the city's to-do list -- "many of which are already programmed and funded as City Thoroughfare Plan reconstruction projects," says the document, "which represent an opportunity to implement discrete segments of the Dallas Bikeway System."

Not all are gonna be that quick -- like the Riverfront redo, which stalled out at council before the summer break. But I see on Thursday the city's Thoroughfare Committee is meeting to consider three amendments to the Thoroughfare Plan, one of which involves reconfiguring Bishop Avenue from Colorado Boulevard to Neely Street -- turning Bishop from a four-lane undivided roadway to a "special three lane undivided with bicycle lanes within 100 feet of right of way" and so on. I asked Jason Roberts about it, and he says this has been in the planning stage for a year -- ever since a massive '06 bond project involving bigger medians proved unwieldy and transmogrified into a bike-lane redo.
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Amy Monroy
Amy Monroy

Take a look at the map published in today's DMN Metro of the "improved trails." Please note, that, once again, Far North Dallas (aka "the other south Dallas"), has gotten the finger. Look at the area north of LBJ and between the Tollway and Hillcrest. Covered over with ever-widening roads, strip developments, big-box retailers and cheap apartments, this area is rapidly becoming one of the biggest blights in Dallas. I see the trails, like the Katy Trail, will help relieve the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, east Dallas, and Plano, Richardson, and other 'burbs. Those treeless hellholes where no one has even a yard to play in. Somebody please explain why Dallas feels the need to improve the suburbs, much less its greenest, most park-dense neighborhoods. I won't even mention the rail lines, which all carefully go around FND. What do Maurine Dickey and Linda Koop have to gain from this setup?

biker
biker

Agree - The DMN map of the "improved trails" looked like a few pieces of string floating in a big bucket of spit.  Totally worked against the idea that suddenly all these fragments are going to come together.  The "Bike Plan" is a gimme to the paint lobby.

If you want to ride your bike - Learn to ride your bike - Stop being so afraid of traveling here to there on a  bike!

- No way can will the city afford to build or maintain all these "special" facilities for bikes.  -  A bunch of majic bike paint won't help keep you safe - knowledge and technique  will...

DRC
DRC

This sounds real nice and all, but I'd really prefer to see all the pot-holed streets fixed first.

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