“They say 60 is the new 40; this is one way to make sure of it.”
— Fort Worth cyclist Betsy Price
Fort Worth’s quickly evolving bicycle culture gets a nice bit of recognition in 360West, a slick, upscale magazine that focuses on Tarrant County.
The April issue of the magazine — which covers the half of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex west of Texas 360 — has three pieces on cycling in and around Fort Worth under the label “Passions.”
One, headlined “The Builder,” is about Jeremy Shlachter, a friend and neighbor who founded Gallus Cycles in January 2009 and makes custom bikes in his small workshop on Fort Worth’s south side. (I’ve written several times in this blog about Jeremy: “The debut of the Gallus,” May 12; “Debut of the Gallus: Part II,” May 14; and “Debut of the Gallus: Part III, June 4.)
The third story, “The Roll Model,” is about one of the city’s most prominent cyclists, Betsy Price, who is tax assessor-collector for Tarrant County.
Price, who commutes to work by bicycle, has been a high-profile advocate of an ambitious plan to make Fort Worth one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation within the next five years. (See Feb. 10 post, From Cowtown to BikeTown?)
The city’s “comprehensive bicycle transportation plan,” approved by the City Council Feb. 9, aims to “attain official designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community through the League of American Cyclists” by 2015.
Called “Bike Fort Worth,” the plan also calls for expansion of the bike transportation network to nearly 1,000 miles, including off-street trails, dedicated on-street bike lanes and shared-roadway bike routes.
“The city is stepping up and has realized that to encourage growth they need to support different kinds of transportation,” 360West quoted Shlachter as saying.
“Fort Worth has always had kind of a strong racing scene, but the commute bike scene is kind of a new thing. I still don’t think it’s where it should be, but it’s definitely a lot better than it’s been.”