On Tuesday afternoon, with summer vacation on the wane, a sparse a handful of families could be found at Fair Park's entrance at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, en route to the aquarium or the Texas Discovery Gardens. Further into the park, there was a man sitting on a bench overlooking the lagoon and a carpenter assembling what he confirmed to be tiny crooked houses. "For the fair," he explained.
Rafiul Alam Poor pedestrians. They could be biking.
What weren't there, save for the one ridden by yours truly, were bicycles. This wouldn't normally be surprising, given the triple-digit heat and Fair Park's general lack of human activity, were it not for the fact that there were supposed to be 16 of them. Back in March, the City Council voted to install at Fair Park a miniature bike-share system -- two, eventually maybe three stations -- at a cost of $125,000.
The promise at the time was that the system would be up and running by late May or early June, according to Fair Park's April newsletter. Then, the system was supposed to be unveiled at Fair Park Sparks!, which happened on June 13. Seven weeks later, there are still no bikes.More »