Dallas Will Ask the State for $7 Million to Fund Cycling Infrastructure and Education

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A couple of weeks back, we stumbled upon the city's campaign to educate drivers about its new cyclist-protection ordinance. It consisted of a single, poorly designed brochure posted to the Dallas Police Department's website that was more concerned with admonishing cyclists to behave than anything else. It was quickly taken down, at least in part because Dallas has nowhere near the 90 miles of bike lanes the brochure claimed.

A more comprehensive PR campaign could soon be on its way. The City Council voted during its briefing this morning to apply for a $599,840 grant from TxDOT (the city would chip in $149.960) to "develop an education program for both bicyclists and motorist to improve the safety and shared use of the City's roadways" through billboards, direct mail and TV and radio ads, according to this morning's agenda.

The reference to a singular "motorist" is the city's typo. At least we hope it's a typo.

Scott Griggs is one of the council members who has encouraged the city to apply for the funding.

"What we've seen is a lot of people don't realize the ordinance [is in place]," he said. "We want to spread awareness about that and offer general education about where you share the road and how to share the road."

Speaking with the Morning News today, Councilwoman Angela Hunt, a vocal cycling advocate, cautioned against "throw[ing] something at the wall because it looks good," suggesting that it'd be wise to invest in "separate cycling facilities," e.g. buffered bike lanes.

Griggs is on board with that, but he points out that the other part of the TxDOT grant application is a request for $6.4 million, to be matched by $3.2 million from the city, to extend the Coombs Creek Trail to connect with the bike and pedestrian elements over the soon-to-be-built Margaret McDermott Bridge.

There's no guarantee the city will get the grant, but Griggs sees the willingness to put some skin in the game as a positive sign.

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FEDUP
FEDUP

I love that little yellow sign- *Share the road*,  I've seen way to many of these shit for brains (ones that disobey the law) run stop signs, red lights, serve as group and a single over three lanes of traffic without looking or signalling. That is until they do it in front of me. 

I've put more than one of those lawbreakers  son's of bitches in a bar ditch, and they'll be more.

For those folks that obey the law when riding i leave alone


manpanties
manpanties

@FEDUP I'm with you , man.  Any time another person gives me a reason to be an asshole, I just can't resist being an asshole.

FEDUP
FEDUP

@manpanties @FEDUP Yeah, that's right, I'm a FEDUP asshole!!  65 yrs old, I change my ways for NOBODY!! 

whareagle
whareagle like.author.displayName 1 Like

Angela is NOT a cycling advocate. She's a facilities advocate - someone who believes that we'll cure all of society's ills by going backwards in our thought processes to a "Separate But Equal" world, where bicyclists can't cope with driving their bicycles on public streets, and therefore must be segregated to separate facilities in order to survive and thrive. The only problem is, roads are open to everyone, and segregated bike facilities aren't. Therefore, they end up costing kajillions, creating ire in the eyes of the rest of the taxpayers, and once built, they must be maintained in order to be utilized. 

With over 100 pedestrians for every cyclist, you'd think the City Elders would be more interested in installing sidewalks on blocks that don't have them, rather than segregating cyclists to a debris-strewn gutter, just so one 'Mom' can feel better about her 5x/yr outing with her kids. When she starts to commute to City Hall on a daily basis, regardless of weather or kid responsibilities, I'll start to pay attention. Same with Griggs. 

The Education part is easier, quicker to implement, and it sticks. For everyone else, read this: http://labreform.org/wordpress/bicycle-facilities-and-the-cargo-cult

sidewalkastro
sidewalkastro

@whareagleHey Whareagle, protected separate bike lane are the way to go. Ask the Dutch about this. If more people are going to use bikes for transportation they need to feel safe. The majority of people don't want to take a chance at becoming roadkill because they have to ride in car traffic. So called shared lanes are a joke. They offer no protection. Ride in the streets with cars if you like, but for me, I am going to push for protected bike lanes. They don't cost kajillions. I used to ride motocycles and I know how dangerous it is out there with cars even going the same speed.

whareagle
whareagle

%s

sidewalkastro
sidewalkastro

@whareagle Education is good, but it's not going to stop the drunk from running your ass over in the street.

sidewalkastro
sidewalkastro

@whareagle your link doesn't show anything. The picture in the Labreform is not the way the Dutch do bike lanes. Austin had the sense to bring in the Dutch to have them have workshops in the safe way of constructing Protected bike lanes. The one in the picture is not safe.

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch like.author.displayName 1 Like

So if they are going to spend more money on bikers does their point value when you hit them going to go up?

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie like.author.displayName 1 Like

Could we put a GPS Tracker on the money....Just to see where it actually ends up ?

Scott Stevenson
Scott Stevenson

Now if I could only cross the street without someone trying to run me down.

Doug Robinson
Doug Robinson like.author.displayName 1 Like

One would think Dallas would pay for their own bike programs and not have to go to the state.

Krash Vegas
Krash Vegas

When I was a kid they just told us not to ride our bikes in the street...

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