If City Can't Pay for Bike Lanes on Jefferson Viaduct, BFOC Will Try to Find the Money

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Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
Click to enlarge Jason Roberts's look at the problems cyclists face when trying to ride the Jefferson Viaduct.
Jason Roberts broke the news yesterday: Israel "Dallas" Torres, 32 years old and an experienced cyclist, was hit by a car Saturday afternoon while riding on the Jefferson Boulevard Viaduct. He was just beginning a 40-mile ride, a daily occurrence, when he was struck: "The impact threw him into the windshield and broke his neck," per WFAA's follow-up last night. He's now in the hospital, though there is word he's recovering following surgery.

News of the accident has once again highlighted an issue mentioned frequently in recent months: the city's inability, for whatever reason, to implement its own brand-new Bike Plan, in which adding bike lanes to the Jefferson Viaduct is high on the list of projects in need of early implementation. Roberts explains why.

"There's a reason you don't have high ridership between North Oak Cliff and downtown -- it's really hairy," he tells Unfair Park. "Right off the bat, if you're in a car you gun it when you get on the bridge -- it's a mile and a half with no lights and six lanes wide. When you're on a bike and come in from Zang, which is the widest entry point, you're always on the left of merging vehicles coming on from Marsalis.You have to cut over in a blind curve, and it's really scary. Cars don't expect to see bikes cutting across that merging ramp."

Which is why tonight, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff will meet to discuss ways to pay for what the city cannot.

Roberts says BFOC may use Kickstarter or a different online fundraising source to find the money needed to install Jersey barriers on the bridge. "The city has talked about a Jersey barrier, like you'll see on the toll road, which would take up a full lane," Robert says, "and you can actually do a two-way cycle rack."

Just two weeks ago, as you'll recall, Fort Worth Avenue Development Group raised $25,000 for bike lanes along Fort Worth Avenue from Colorado Boulevard to Beckley Avenue. Once again, it's left to citizens to do what the city cannot, for whatever reason.

"Maybe we're just dealing with an economic time where there's no funds to get any of these projects off the ground," he says. "The upside is it gets folks feeling more ownership: 'These are our streets.' And you'll see people get more passionate about them. As we do more of these fund-raising projects, I really do think you'll see even more activism."
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David Worthington
David Worthington

I can't think of a better way to illustrate why this city can't seem to drag itself into the modern world than some of the moronic comments found here. I've got a better idea Robert. Offer $1000 to a non-biker to ride a bike to work everyday for two months, Do a story on the changes they make, the way they look at bike commuting changes and above all the way they see themselves changes.

Liberame Ya
Liberame Ya

For the record, I do not know the rider was fat. The fat comment was me venting on some of the gross fashion disasters I have witnessed...

Eggs
Eggs

dang, Dalai Lama, you a dick.

Wanda
Wanda

you are wasting valuable bike time, fatty!

torres
torres

ha, you a internet thug

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I think Dallas loves people ridin' bikes in the road. Hey, another genius idea would be playing football on the HIGH FIVE-full uniforms please!

Liberame Ya
Liberame Ya

GOT ONE! GOT ONE! GOT ONE!... Easy fix!!!... Stay off the damm road!!! You want to ride a bike? Use your @#$% common sense. I hate cyclists smug 'I own the lane so go around me attitude'... And another thing... Lycra shorts are a privilege, not a right. I hate driving behind cyclists packing 50 pound of cottage cheese into spandex... 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

It's funny that most of said riders are, well, uuuhhhmm (clearing throat), LARGE. You would think riding a bike would make you SKINNY?  

Eggs
Eggs

Is this shit serious?  This is where we are?  Somebody's in the hospital screwed together with titanium, and we're cracking fat jokes?  Cyclists do own the lane around them, IT'S IN THE TRANSPORTATION CODE.  I can't imagine what otherworldy inconvenience it must be on a sunny Saturday afternoon to spend ten extra seconds to change lanes and pass someone going twelve miles an hour slower than you are, but it must be gratifying to be so busy and important. I'm sure hours logged in a car has done wonders for the shape of your ass.  

kf9as
kf9as

Kergo likes hummers... especially when he's the one giving them. He needs his daily ration of man juice to keep his energy levels up. After all, it takes a lot of energy to maintain such an elite level of stupidity.

Liberame Ya
Liberame Ya

The driver could have been a drunk, blind, uninsured, unlicensed, baby-seal-clubbing ponzi-scheme-managing neo-nazi and all around really bad person... You know... A regular Kardashian... And the person was 10000% in the right...  Still does not change the fact the a cyclist got hurt bad... And it could have been prevented by using common sense. Keep it safe and stay off the freaking road!If you can't live with this simple fact, then feel free to get on the road with your bike and get hit by a car, and then let's re-live this exchange.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

 go ride bike now!  make sure you wear all that gear,Lance. 

Eggs
Eggs

I'm still not clear how "riding legally along a public thoroughfare" is "not exercising common sense".  No comment on the UNLICENSED DRIVER OF A THOUSAND POUND PROJECTILE might have been at fault a wee bit?  Driving is a privilege, not a right, no matter what they told you at the Hummer dealership.

Liberame Ya
Liberame Ya

Oh, I am very serious! First of all... The cyclist is in the hospital for not using common sense... What is the diference between this and the dumb Pitbull owner that acts surprised because their precious little dog mauled a child?... You can ride around wearing a full-body day-glo orange suit with lit roadflares in the bicycle's handlebar and a on-full-blast airhorn. Still does not change the fact... Ride a bkie on a major street and risk getting hurt. Therefore, why should I hold a modicum of 'feel-bad' because or rider stupidity? ...Darwinism at work.

As for the shape of my ass; is nicely round, hairy, brown and has a reserved spot for you to kiss :)

Eggs
Eggs

Again, this is inane.  People who are fat and unfashionable deserve to get run over?  Really?  Are Todd in Toledo (a town known for its raging hotties) and Kergo from Mom's Basement (again, sexy.  Is that t-shirt in Elvish?  Fierce) gonna be our fashion police?  

I'm going to reiterate that this conversation is walking the line between infantile and flat-out disgusting.  What were that faggit doin riding in tights on my four-lane road?  Hurr durr durr.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Doesn't everyone get in full gear when they are playing/enjoying sports?  I mean just last week I went running in a full track suit........the week before that I threw the football in the front yard; so, I had to get in full football regalia, replete with pads, cup and mouthpiece.  

The thing is, you bike people take it TOO FAR, with the gittup, and the attitude, and again-(I'm jes sayin') alot of these folks are, ummmmm, large.  Most could ride a bike from here to Akron, and still have dat ass.

Todd in Toledo
Todd in Toledo

I detect a bike fag!  Now git in yer full gear, and bike around the block, you fruit.  

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

This is my summation of this situation:

-I'm going hiking....and I don't want to see ANYONE in the forest; except for mountain bikers!

Robin Phelan
Robin Phelan

Railroad tracks are for trains. Busy thoroughfares are for motor vehicles. Bike things like the Katy Trail are for bikes. Nice wide residential streets with little traffic are for both bikes and motor vehicles. I don't play basketball on a bridge and people shouldn't ride bikes on a bridge.

Eggs
Eggs

So to cross the Trinity on a bike, I should...swim?  Will you come carry me?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

don't cross the trinity.....stay in drug infested cliff-please.

JT
JT

Actually, the Katy Trail is a multi-use path, and not specifically for bike riders.  In fact, a pedestrian was accidentally killed by a cyclist there not too long ago. 

http://www.howwedrive.com/2010...

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Ok, noted again...and that was a shame (Huddleston).  Did you all EVER get the idea that Dallas doesn't like people of bikes?  Jes sayin'.  Move to Portland granola muncher; you are in the way of my GIANT SUV!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

No, I fight sh+t.....I don't live in it!  I can ride my bike anywhere up here!  Woo hoo.  Don't like cramped, and dirty stuff?  Move north!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

It's not; but I just had to bring Bubba's and/or the Yuppie perspective in........drivin' is a Dallas institution-like shopping.  I can't wait til my kids grow, so I can get out of this mess.

Kergie out.

ps-Riding my bike.........on, the, sidewalk and bike trail.  Kinda lame.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Thank you!  Truer words have never been spoken.  And if they do HAVE TO ride on major streets, they should be forced to get licences, like everyone else!  Nothing worse than 50 bike twits clogging up a thoroughfare, just because they can.  Also, what' swith the gear.....come on, really?  You wonder why people dislike you all.  I don't play whiffleball with my friends in a full baseball uniform.  So, let's review:

-Ride on the sidewalk, or bike (note BIKE trail!)-Take off that ridiculous uniform , unless you are racing in the Tour.

ps-If you need to ride, like 1000 miles, go to the Veladromme in Frisco, and ride to your hearts content. 

Paul Adams
Paul Adams

Kergo, you might want to read up on your traffic regulations:

http://www.tooledesign.com/dal...Cyclist actually aren't allowed on the sidewalks once they enter downtown so Dallas (the cyclist) actually was obeying the current and impending laws of the road to which he was headed. The pdf also lists the roads cyclists aren't allowed on which you should be interested in.I'll add this as well, yesterday nearly 100 cyclists road through Deep Ellum, FairPark, the Arts District and the Cedars as a group with no problems. We stayed in one lane so motorists were free to pass us and we all existed on the street together safely while obeying traffic laws.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Well sir, then you are rare...and I commend you!  That's all I need, just mutual respect.  I just hate it on Saturday when I'm carting kids off to this and that, and "Joe the Bi cycler" is just blocking traffic.  Although, I'm sure, from you all's point of view, we are just being reckless-and ruched.  Which we are.  Nice post......I'm going to be nicer-sir. 

Tjsbocaj
Tjsbocaj

Kergo,  What Sidewalk?  This road has raised curb and vehicular barriers only.

http://maps.google.com/?ll=32....

If he tried to ride on that, he could very easily fall off the side of the bridge.  Also, have you seen the sidewalks in this city? 

http://maps.google.com/?ll=32....

Have fun riding on that, not that it matters.  Mr. Dallas had the right to be there, and his presence on the road is protected by our state's transportation code. But evidently they didn't teach that in Drivers Ed. No matter the circumstances surrounding the driver, Dallas had the right of way and the driver failed to yeild that right of way. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Reality check........sir, or ma'am; do you think that will happen?  Peace in the Middle East?  Balkan paradise?  Biker and driver respect? Reality is a great truth.

ps-A bike facility......not a bad idea. 

Tjsbocaj
Tjsbocaj

An inexpensive bike facility may be out of financial reach, but in the meantime I could settle for drivers obeying the rules of the road and not blaming cyclists who ride in a lawful manner for being run over.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

First world problems?  Take a bike trail, or a bus....settled!  Dallas has to fix EVERYTHING else, THEN worry about Johnny on his bike, from Oak Cliff.  Maybe if they didn't build that dumb bridge, they could afford sidewalks, or teachers? 

sue_j_s
sue_j_s

And this is exactly one reason why Dallas needs bike lanes. So that Dallas drivers recognize what drivers in every other major American city have: bicycles are a means of urban transportation and can peaceably share the road with the addition of some very simple infrastructure.  New York's managed to get cyclists safely across the Brooklyn Bridge. London safely gets hundreds of cyclists across Waterloo, Westminster, Blackfriar's, and Southwark bridges every day. Dallas can do better.  (And Kergo, I'd venture to say that most cyclists in Dallas are, of course, also licensed drivers. The reverse isn't the case, unfortunately, so comprehension and empathy is pretty one way, as your comments demonstrate.)  

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Ok, half of Dallas, I'm sure, doesn't have a license, insurance, blah blah blah.......blah. 

Record noted.  Now lets proceed with life?!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Who said Dallas was is in line with other cities?  Sheeesh, other cities have infrastructure, and non potholed ridden streets.  Dallas City is a dump!  And just because you can name some random neighborhoods, doesn't make you smart, or prove your point.  My thing is, ya'll kind of bring on the hate, because you are generally obnoxious, and, half of you all could use lap band surgery. See, in general, when people exercise, they get skinnier......not you all.  It's just a bit!  Quit the bit.

Holly Jefferson
Holly Jefferson

For the record, the driver who hit Dallas did not have a driver's license.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

If ya'll just ride yer bikes on the sidewalk, or bike trails like normal people-maybe we won't have problems?  Nothing is more of a beating than some fat dude with THE ass sweats, on a creaking bike, if full Tour de France gear, taking up like 8 lanes of traffic.

VictoriaSee
VictoriaSee

I'm confused. Take up 8 lanes? Where are there 8 lanes? How does one take up 8 lanes? I couldn't take up 8 lanes if I laid down sideways and rolled across the bridge! And what are THE ass sweats? Are they different from the ass sweats? More specific? And are we talking about THE ass or THE sweats? What's a people-maybe?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

some of ya'll could take up 8 lanes....jes sayin'.  

Wanda
Wanda

if'n you took fat bikers off the road, methinks the road would be empty-no more 8 laners!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Methinks ridin' a bike in Oak Cliff is akin to storing copper in a meth den. 

Rangers100
Rangers100

Do you even know where Oak Cliff is?  (Hint: It's a long way from Frisco.)

cockadoodledoooo
cockadoodledoooo

Bakersfield is a long way from Oak Cliff....Walla Walla is too! Frisco, not so much, but I guess you were just doing a smug, self importance bit, eh? So, why do you enjoy smelling your own flatulence? 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Yeah, I have a head, you monkey fart!  Do you know where Texoma is?  Hinte: it's not in Arkansas. 

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