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only been awarded to smaller cities — Steamboat
Springs, Col, Burlington, Vt., and Santa Fe, N.M.
are typical examples.
In Boulder, Colo, more than 95 percent of city
streets have bike lanes. One Texas city was rec-
ognized by the group this year for the first time
— The Woodlands — and another — College
Station — received an honorable mention.
According to the census, of the top 50 citieg>.
Portland is the No. 1 biking city in the United
States with as much as 9 percent of commuters
using bikes in some neighborhoods and 3.5 per-
San Francisco, which ranks fifth, has one of the
densest populations in the United States and
counts about 40,000 people commuting regularly
Even more — possibly 75,000 people — get
around in New York City by bike.
With .02 percent of commuters using bikes,
Dallas ranked 41st and Fort Worth 42nd. But
those census figures were released in 2007, before
either city instituted their current bike plans.
DART added its bike-friendly trains and buses
with bike racks just last year and the census un-
dercounts intermodal bike riders by listing them
as public-transit users.
Of course, even the bike-friendliest cities in the
United States rank far behind many European
In Amsterdam, the world's top biking city, 40
percent of traffic moves by bicycle. Centraal Sta-
tion, the Dutch city's main train station, has park-
ing for 7,000 bikes.
Trondheim, Norway became one of Europe's
top bike riding cities by tackling its hilly topog-
raphy with bike lifts along some of the city's
steepest streets. That sounds like a great idea for
the hills that climb into Oak Cliff. ■
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best times and places to do that.
Pit stops and lunch stops for the riders are great
places for supporters to gather and cheer them on.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, Pit Stop 2 will be at the
Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth. Riders are ex-
pected through there between 8:30 a.m. and 11
Pit 3 is the lunch stop. That takes place at the
Pour House on 7th Street between downtown
Fort Worth and the Cultural District. Riders at-
tempting the 100-mile "century" route to Eagle
Mountain Lake must leave lunch by 11:30 a.m.
Other riders may linger here until 2:30 p.m.
One of the highlights of the Fort Worth route
will be 22 miles along the Trinity Trail. That scenic
system of trails follows the Trinity River as it
winds through the city. Riders will pick up the
trail near Texas Christian University after the
Rainbow Lounge pit stop, detour off the trail for
about a mile for the lunch stop and then pick it
back up for the ride around the Fort Worth Stock-
Wilkesen said that unfortunately the ride can-
not go through the Stockyards because of the
bike-unfriendly cobblestones in the area.
Day 2 takes riders through Irving to Dallas,
then back to the American Airlines training center
for closing ceremonies.
The first stop is the new Irving Convention
"It's an architectural gem sitting in the middle
of Las Colinas," Calumn said.
He said that Irving was excited about the ride
coming through the city and was very helpful.
Riders travel through Irving both in the morning
A highlight of the Sunday route will be riding
through Oak Lawn. This will be the first time the
ride has traveled down Cedar Springs Road.
Pit Stop 2 will be at Station 4. Most bike riders
will pass Cathedral of Hope between 9 a.m. and
11 a.m. The church promised a cheering section as
From there the route turns north on Turtle
Creek Boulevard and crosses Highland Park be-
fore heading north to Webb Chapel Park.
The ride through Irving will be on the Campion
Trail. "Irving invested well in its parksystem and
it shows," Calumn said.
He called the highlight of the afternoon the stop
in North Lake Ranch Park, located on one of the
highest points in north Dallas County and with a
panoramic view of the area. Of course, for riders,
that's a mixed blessing: To get to the highest point
means riding up hill. And the uphill ride comes
in the afternoon after they have already pedalled
more than 40 miles.
But once there, the ride back to base camp for
closing ceremonies is mostly down hill.
Both Calumn and Wilkeson said they believe
that the higher visibility of the routes this year will
help with organizers' ongoing efforts to grow the
"With more visibility, we'll get more riders,"
In a battle of Dallas vs. Fort Worth, Wilkesen
suggested Irving wins as the city most aggres-
sively interested in bringing the ride through
town. He said the city even mapped a safe and
scenic route for him, saving him a lot of time.
Calumn said Fort Worth has the most sophisti-
cated plan to host groups like this. In Dallas he
met with police, parks and events separately. He
complimented each department for its coopera-
But, he said, Fort Worth held one meeting with
him that also included the health department.
"That way, police can talk to streets," he said.
"It's very helpful."
Closing ceremonies take place at the AATCC at
5 p.m. The Riderless Bike leads the procession as
riders return and complete a year of fundraising
that is expected to bring the total raised in event
history to more than $2 million. ■
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