Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 19, Ed. 1 Friday, September 23, 2011 Page: 12 of 48
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Bike vs. Bike
Which is the best city for cyclists:
Big D or Cowtown? Both cities have
plans in place now to create safer,
more convenient options for riders
DAVID TAFFET I Staff Writer
This weekend, Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS
riders can decide for themselves which city is
more bike-friendly — Dallas or Fort Worth — as
the fund raising cyclists ride through Cowtown on
Saturday and Big D on Sunday (see separate
story page 11).
Both cities have bike plans in place to increase
bicycling for fun and fitness and to encourage
Jed Billings in Fort Worth
two-wheel transportation as a viable means of
commuting. But which city's plan is the best?
The Dallas advantage in bike commuting is
DART. Both cities have buses equipped with bike
racks, and the Trinity River Express, the train run-
ning between the two, also welcomes bikes on
But the new center section on each DART train
car eliminates the stairs and has hooks for hang-
Plus, the bike trails in Dallas are accessible
from DART stations.
The Katy Trail begins actfbss the parking lot
from Victory Station. Fair Park Station is blocks
from the new Sante Fe Trail. White Rock Station
is adjacent to the White Rock Trail, and Forest
Lane Station is: right next to the Cottonwood
But on the other side-<of the Metroplex, Fort
Worth has the extensive and interconnected Trin-
ity Trails in its favor. The trails are named, of
course, for the river and its forks, along which
much of the 40-mile trail system runs.
Lone Star Ride will use 22 miles of the trail sy&-
tem on Saturday, the first day of the event.
Both cities have developed bike plans to make
cycling a transportation alternative. The plans in-
clude a variety of ways to make the streets more
In Dallas, the plan includes creating bike lanes,
cycletracks, shared lane markings, climbing lanes
and paved shoulders that crisscross the city.
Some bike lanes will share a lane with a bus.
Cycletracks are dedicated lanes: separated from
traffic with curbs or other barriers.
Dallas plans 840 miles of on-street bike lanes,
with another 255 miles of off-street trails.
"That doesn't include the trail network," said
Dr. Paul C. Dunn
8999 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218
Max Kalhammer, project manager of the Dallas
Plans are to connect the Katy Trail and Sante Fe
Trail through downtown Dallas with a lane over
the Jefferson Street Viaduct to link the Bishop Arts
District. That plan should be implemented by
The next phase involves a network of lanes
within a three-mile radius of light rail stations.
The full plan should take 10 years to implement,
according to Kalhammer.
The Fort Worth bike plan is simpler, with just
two types of bike lanes — shared and dedicated
— but no less aggressive.
City of Fort Worth Senior Planner Julia Mc-
Cleeary said the Fort Worth plan extends more
than 1,000 miles, but that includes expected future
development and will take 30 to 40 years to fully
implement. Currently, the city has 14.1 dedicated
bike lanes and 30 miles of shared bike routes.
Over the next six months, another eight miles will
Residents seem to be responding to the new
"I left work Friday and within five minutes saw
three cyclists," McCleeary said. "Wow. You
wouldn't have seen that before."
She said that Fort Worth is the first city in Texas
to pass a safe passing ordinance: Cars need to
leave three feet between themselves and anyone
vulnerable, including bike riders, horseback rid-
ers or the handicapped. Commercial vehicles
must clear by six feet.
"We also passed a bike parking zoning ordi-
nance," she said. "Developers must install racks
according to specs."
Striping downtown streets was done with a
Department of Energy grant. McCleeary said that
when a street is repaved and must be restriped
anyway, the cost of adding the bike lane is mini-
"[In Dallas] none of the on-street lanes have
been implemented yet," Kalhammer said, but he
added that the first lane should be opened soon.
He said that will be on Mary Cliff Road in Oak
Cliff, in conjunction with some road reconstruction.
The next project will be Bishop Street, which
will have dedicated bike lanes.
The Dallas bike project includes destination
signs that point in a direction with a distance to
the destination. Those replace the current bike
route signs that point down a street but usually
McCleeary said she would like to see standard-
ized bike lane marking between cities to minimize
driver confusion and promote safety. Kalhammer
said he thought the markings will be similar
enough to not confuse riders.
Dallas would like to see many more people
using bikes as part of their intermodal commute
Fort Worth's goal is to triple the number of bike
commuters, decrease bicycle-related crashes by 10
percent and earn the Bicycle Friendly Community
designation given by the League of American Bi-
Where do we rank?
Currently, the "bike friendly" designation has
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