Take that, Dallas!


I’ve written several posts about Fort Worth’s extensive and growing network of bicycle trails and designated lanes along city streets, as well as at least one about how that compares to Dallas.
The point is that Fort Worth has pressed ahead with making the nation’s 16th-largest city more bicycle-friendly while Dallas, Fort Worth’s bigger sister to the east, has dawdled and dithered.
Here’s more reinforcement for that view.
“Fort Worth is full speed ahead when it comes to bicycling as a culture and as a city recognizing it as a cheap, convenient, and serious form of transportation,” Patrick Kennedy wrote for Pegasus News, a Dallas-based hyperlocal website recently purchased by The Dallas Morning News.
“Every new bike lane Fort Worth adds is like a paper cut to Dallas’s right arm in the competition amongst cities. Unfortunately, every one Dallas doesn’t add, it’s administering paper cuts to its left. We might be worried about death by a thousand cuts if we didn’t enjoy it so much. Such masochists we must be.”
Ouch, Dallas!

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One response to “Take that, Dallas!

  1. In Fort Worth, you have a cross-walk to an overpass over I-30 between downtown Cowtown and the happening Near Southside. However, if you happen to be crossing here (and why would you ever?) you best be nimble as the pedestrian crossing signal is placed smack in the middle of the ramp. If you happen to be on a bike, headed back to your bicycling capital of Texas, the Near Southside, there are better ways to go (especially because they have actual, real live bike lanes in FW. If you’re in a wheel chair? Stiff upper lip, survival of the fittest, and all that. The next is one I visit on a nearly daily basis on my foot or bike commute between downtown and uptown Dallas. This is the “pedestrian refuge” or Gilligan’s Island at Woodall Rogers frontage road and Pearl, a road typically only used for accessing the highway (because as we all should know by now, it’s easier to get from downtown to Plano and points beyond than the simple trip between downtown and all surrounding areas). Because the highway access and unimpeded traffic flow is so important to people who literally want to choke the city until its blue in the face and dead dead dead, the island is cut off from the rest of the sidewalk by a healthy, comfortable turning radius allowing 30 mph turning movements. But that’s not the issue at hand.

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