Dallas Has Its First Real Bike Lane, and It's in Oak Cliff

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Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
It's easy to bemoan Dallas' glacial progress on the bike plan that is supposed to, one day, connect the city with an extensive network of bike lanes, but credit should be given where it's due. In the spring, it was the shared lane that randomly sprung up on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard next to Fair Park. This time, as Bike Friendly Oak Cliff informs us, it's the first piece of real estate on city streets dedicated exclusively to bikes.

What you see above is the city's first and only buffered bike lane, running by Rosemont Elementary on Mary Cliff Road. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff co-founder Zac Lytle said the group has been working with the city for a year to get the bike lane installed.

"It took a long time for (the city) to get everything in place, from funding to communication between various departments," he said.

The buffering is important because, while those stylized bicycle icons on MLK theoretically let drivers know they might run over a cyclist if they're not careful, they're often reluctant to cede the road. Giving bikes their own lane makes it less likely they'll be plowed over.

And while the bike lane at Rosemont is short, almost laughably so, stretching less than a quarter of a mile between Ranier and Taft, it's undeniable progress.

"This is something to celebrate," Lytle said.

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willstillbreakrules
willstillbreakrules

I'll continue to go around cars on whichever side is the most convenient and will still run every light and sign that I can.  Give me a shout scottsmerkin, I'll show you how to bunny those pesky curbs.    

RTGolden
RTGolden

How are these funded?  If there isn't any private money going into them, quit yer bitchin.  There are a ton of things this city needs more than bike lanes. They'll get to it when it is the highest priority on the list of things the city needs to get done. (which, of course, comes after the list of all the things select people WANT to see get done).

 

The few bike riders I know think the bike lanes are a bad idea.  Better to educate bike riders on how to properly integrate with traffic (and, I assume, educate traffic on how to integrate bikes).  They tell me the bike lanes will provide an unfounded sense of security in riders, making them less vigilant.

LiberalInfection
LiberalInfection

Did they paint the lines in the jizz of their own smug self important satisfaction?

jharris214
jharris214

Houston Street has had a shared bike lane running through Victory Park up to the Katy Trail for about a month now.   Every little bit helps. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Speaking of bikes.  Why is that people persist in riding their bikes on downtown sidewalks?  I thought there was a city ordinance against this dangerous behavior.

steve.sandwich
steve.sandwich

The figure drawn in the bike lane should be the chalk outline of a dead cyclist.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

This is why I hate Oak Cliff.  Deep Ellum does all the heavy lifting, gets no credit, and is tossed to the side like a red-headed step child and the observer swoons over a friggin' repaint job!

 

on a road!

 

Gimmee a break.

 

Here, take my charter school.  Please.

Will Evans
Will Evans

Less than a quarter-mile! Haha!!! Progress takes time, time, time, but a fantastic development!!!

Hannibal_Lecter
Hannibal_Lecter

"Giving bikes their own lane makes it less likely they'll be plowed over."

 

Nice assumption, but try finding some empirical evidence to back it up. There isn't any.

 

It's really just a feel good measure.

kduble
kduble

It needs some sort of a physical barrier, like a curb. What's so hard about that?

Gregory Naber
Gregory Naber

About fricking time, transplant from Oregon, like going from heaven to hell when it comes to riding a bike, remember bikers, no bike lane, take the lane!!!!

J_A_
J_A_

How long before someone gets hurt using the bike lane? I smell a lawsuit coming soon!

Susan Nicholson
Susan Nicholson

Drivers have little respect for bikers where we live (ATL). Hope Dallas makes better progress.

jharris214
jharris214

 @RTGolden

 Where has vehicular bicycling gotten Dallas?  NOWHERE! That's why Dallas has fallen so terribly behind, because it was listening to people like you.    All you care about is lining your own bloody pockets by trying to up enrollment in your bicycling classes.

RTGolden
RTGolden

A last little question, I wonder how many bikers are going to be blowing off the stop sign so conveniently left out of the picture?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I like the downtown rider who goes from sidewalk to street, doesnt stop in line with the other vehicles at a red, passes everyone at said red light, then makes all the cars re pass him again.  

anon
anon

 @holmantx Outside the dozen or so self-promoters who use the Observer/media for free publicity for their marketing/consulting firms and restaurants, most of us in Oak Cliff would be happy for the media to give up its North Oak Cliff fetish.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

 You act like Oak Cliff has gotten something ? WOW 1/4 mile bike lane ?

You can keep the charter school and feel free to come take this little TURD of a go nowhere set up  to your street .

 

As we see here "This is something to celebrate," Lytle said."The usual suspects with trumpet this as a success .The rest of us will be asking WTF ? If it took all he seems to imply  to do this It will be years before the next phase started .

 

 

icowrich
icowrich

 @Hannibal_Lecter It's a step.  The next (better) step would be to put those little bumps in the buffer.  To stop cars from wandering.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @kduble why, then the bikers wouldnt be able to weave in and out of the lane as they please

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

@JaniceA The road laws haven't changed so why do you smell a lawsuit?

tjsbocaj
tjsbocaj

 @jharris214  @RTGolden

 I guess you didn't see where the lane ends and switches to 'Bicycle May Use Full Lane' signs that were installed, as well as sharrows.  You know, vehicular bicycling stuff.

RTGolden
RTGolden

 @jharris214 uh.... i don't even own a bicycle.  I'm a runner, I despise cyclists for the same reasons cyclists despise drivers.

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