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Central Trail Update – Great News

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Well, it’s been over a month since the Ribbon Cutting on June 2, and now it looks like the Central Trail (southern extension) is almost complete. It seem like we went weeks with no progress on the few remaining gaps. Now, all that’s left are a few curb finishes, where it crosses Polk Street.

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There is also some great news with the trail extension, just north of Arapaho Road. The ‘bonus’ connection to the DART Arapaho station is really taking shape. The forms are up and you can see the full length of that section.

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For those of you wondering how they intend to connect the trail to the train platform, that mystery has been answered. They are installing a small bridge that goes over the sub-Greenville Avenue tunnel ramp. Now you can connect directly from the trail to the Aprapho Station platform without having to cross to the entrance on the other side of Greenville.

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Buried Under A Trail

Buried Under The Trail

I had forgotten all about this, until I ran across the pic in my photo stream.

A few years back, during the construction of one of Richardson’s bike trails, I buried a “Bike Friendly Richardson” pin in the ground before they laid the cement. I’m calling it a time capsule of positive thinking. Hopefully, many years from now - when they dig it up to widen the trail - somebody will see that we cared about cycling back then.

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TxDOT – Public Hearing – Bicycle Use in DFW – Tomorrow

Share The Road Sign - Richardson, Texas

If you ride a bike in north Texas, you should think about going to the Texas Department of Transportation Public Hearing – Bicycle Use in DFW.

Information from their site:

Where:
City of Irving City Hall
825 W. Irving Blvd.
Irving, TX 75060

When:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Purpose:
The purpose of this public hearing is to provide information on the bicycle plans, policies, programs and upcoming projects for the Dallas and Fort Worth districts of TxDOT and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). Also, the public will have an opportunity to make comments and provide input on the bicycle transportation projects and programs

Description:
The public hearing will consist of a presentation from TxDOT and NCTCOG beginning at 6 p.m. and an open house format before and after the presentation.

Maps and drawings will be on display to show the existing bike facilities and upcoming transportation projects on the state system and Dallas/Fort Worth regional area.

Downloads:
Notice (pdf)
Map of Meeting Location (pdf)

Contact:
TxDOT Dallas District
(214) 320-4480
Email

Filed under: Advocacy,

New Bike Lanes Along Collins Boulevard – East Richardson

Collins Bike Lane

Heading East From Alma Road

Thanks to Bruce, over at the Bike Friendly Richardson Facebook page, for spotting the new Bike Lanes on the eastern section of Collins Boulevard – in Richardson, Texas. Although not complete, lacking ‘bike’ markings on the pavement and ‘bike lane’ signage, they are ready for riding. Eventually, these bike lanes will continue east, into the Yale Park neighborhood, where more bike lanes are scheduled for Yale Boulevard. Unfortunately, the bike lanes will not continue west, right now, and connect to the other bike lanes on the western section of Collins.

We got word from the City of Richardson‘s Asst. Director of Development Services, Transportation and Traffic, Dave Carter, who reports:

This Bike Lane will connect from Alma all the way to Jupiter. The portion east of Plano Rd is being paid for with Safe Route To School (SRTS) funding. The western half is Richardson funding. We wanted to get it all done at the same time. There is a new trail that will be going in adjacent to the Apartments under construction that will connect from Alma down to Greenville. There is also trail along Alma that will lead down to the Arapaho DART station so getting this Bike Lane in now really connects quite a few projects.

As for the Collins bridge over US75 – we don’t have enough funding to make all the improvements we need yet. However, we will be adding some “Bikes may use Full Lane” signs and sharrow markings across the bridge for now.

With these new Bike Lanes as well as the recent extension of the DART Central Trail, it’s really great to see the Richardson Bike and Pedestrian Plan actually getting built out.

Having these bike lanes opens this part of Collins Boulevard for many cyclists who wouldn’t usually attempt to ride on this road. This creates a great connection between east Richardson neighborhoods and the Central Trail – as well as many other parts of Richardson.

Collins Bike Lane

Heading West From Plano Road

As you can see from the map we’ve made of completed bike lanes, the City of Richardson is doing a great job at making bike connections all around town.

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UPDATE: Apologies. I had the map set to private. It should be visible to all now.

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City of Richardson Bike Parking Initiative

Mark Adams Speaking To Richardson City Council

Increased bike parking has always been one of the goals of Bike Friendly Richardson. More bike parking provides incentive for folks to ride their bikes to local destinations, like parks, libraries and local businesses. We have a great city to ride, and now it’s time to work harder on our destinations.

Recently, we were asked by City Council member, Scott Dunn, to present information about creating a functional and comprehensive bike parking plan that would benefit, not only cyclists, but local business owners as well as the city. Bike Friendly Richardson‘s new Bike Parking Initiative’s lead, Mark Adams, was able to present a brief introduction to a bigger plan that will, hopefully, pave the way to a system of well designed and well placed bike racks that will encourage more cycling around town.

Mark Adams Ready To Speak To Richardson City Council

Along with some shared input from other local cyclists, Mark has done some extensive research into the world of reliable, sensible and secure bike parking, and we will be sharing that information with city council, staff and developers. We hope to follow in the footsteps of other great cities and incorporate a bike parking component into future building ordinances. We would also love to have the City as a supporter in our crusade to ask existing local businesses to consider investing in bike parking as well.

You can catch Mark’s presentation to the Richardson City Council here.

Filed under: Advocacy, Bike Change, Bike Friendly, , ,

Central Trail South Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Recap and Pics

BFR In The Group

Today was a great day for the City of Richardson. They had a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to welcome cyclists to the newest addition to our Bicycle Master Plan – Central Trail South.

Although not entirely complete, this trail will eventually provide a much needed extension to the existing Central Trail North. Scheduled to be finished within the next few weeks, the Central Trail will be a complete route that reaches from the northern end of the city limits to the southern end. Eventually, it will connect to other trails which will provide access into downtown Dallas.

Along with the many city officials, government partners and city staff, Bike Friendly Richardson, was there to participate in the ceremony.

Here are a few pics. Click here to see the entire set.

BFR at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Presentation

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Mayor Speach

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BFR at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Filed under: Bicycle Events, Bike Friendly, Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff, , , ,

ATTENTION: MONDAY IS A BIG DAY FOR RICHARDSON CYCLISTS!

There are two big bike events happening on Monday, June 2. Please try to attend either one, or both.

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The first is the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Central Trail extension in Richardson. It’s a much needed extension of an existing trail, providing some great connections between our local DART rail train stations and neighborhoods. The City of Richardson and Dallas County are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the trail on June 2.

Here are the details:
Date: Monday, June 2. 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Spring Valley DART Station/Central Trail – Spring Valley Road at Lingco Drive

 

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Richardson - Bike Parking

The next is the Bike Friendly Richardson, Bike Parking Initiative presentation to the Richardson City Council, that evening.

We were asked by City Council member, Scott Dunn, to present information about creating a functional and comprehensive bike parking plan that would benefit, not only cyclists, but local business owners as well as the city. Our new Bike Parking Initiative’s lead, Mark Adams, will present a brief introduction to a bigger plan that will, hopefully, pave the way to a system of well designed and well placed bike racks that will encourage more cycling around town.

Date: Monday, June 2. 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. – During the City Council Work Session
Location: Richardson City Hall - 411 W Arapaho Rd, Richardson, TX 75083

WE NEED TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR THESE EVENTS! Let’s try to get as many cyclists as possible to the ceremony and council meeting, and show our appreciation and support.

Filed under: Advocacy, Bike Change, Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff, , , , , ,

Bike Parking Workshop – WE NEED YOUR INPUT

BCBS Richardson Bike Parking

 

Because of some of the success cyclists are getting with local businesses to get bike parking, we are getting some attention from the Richardson City Council. Currently, we are working on a proposal to promote more bike parking throughout Richardson and we would love to get your input.

If you are free this Friday evening, please stop by and let us know what you think about bike parking around town, where you think we need it, where businesses would benefit and how the city can help facilitate this.

Date: Friday, May 30
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Freebirds - 238 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

We hope to see you there.

Filed under: Advocacy, Bike Change, City Stuff, , ,

Protect Biking and Walking Federal Funding

Bike Route Sign - Richardson, Texas

We received a message from the League of American Bicyclists, requesting our support. We would love to get our local cyclist friends involved with this initiative:

Thank you for you dedication to building a Bicycle Friendly Community.  We appreciate the work you are doing to make bicycling safer and more accessible. We wanted to make you aware of a sign on letter for Mayor’s, championed by the US Conference of Mayors and the League of Cities, asking Congress to continue to support the Transportation Alternatives program. The Transportation Alternatives program is the biggest funding source for bicycle and pedestrian projects and an important source of funding for small, local transportation projects. Protecting and expanding this funding source ensures communities like yours can continue to make it safer and more convenient for people to bicycle (and get the recognition for it too)!

The current transportation bill expires September 302014 and Congress is now debating policy for the next bill. Please consider encouraging the mayor to sign onto this letter  to let Congress know that the community supports continuing and increasing funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program.  We have sent a request directly to your mayor as well.

Thank you,

BILL NESPER, Vice President, Programs

With respect to our hard working City Council, we hope that you would take the time to politely encourage Mayor Laura Maczka to participate in this. Let her know that her constituents recognize the progress the city has already made for cycling and we are proud to support this initiative.

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I Bike Richardson – Marianne Rogers

It’s time for another installment of the I Bike Richardson series, where we put a face on Richardson cyclists. We’d like to introduce Marianne Rogers. She took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

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Name:
Marianne Rogers

How long have you been riding?
I have ridden most of my life. We scaled it back when we had kids until they were old enough to join us!

How often do you ride?
I ride most days. I commute to work (from Plano to Richardson) 2 – 3 days per week, run errands on my bike, do dirt riding on occasion and long distance rides on the weekends.

What’s your favorite route?
We just did the Beauty and the Beast in Tyler and I’d say those are some of the prettiest roads we have ever been on.

Why do you cycle?
I bicycle because it is fun! I get to continue the fun when I commute and run errands on my bike. (getting stuff done while having fun doing it!)

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Cycling is great because you can ride great scenic roads and have fun doing it.

Riding in Richardson is great because there are lots of nice bike paths, bike lanes and bike friendly roads.

Tell us about your bikes.
5 bikes:

Trek Crossrip – Commuter
Trek X-Caliber 5 – Mountain bike
Trek 2.1 Lexa SLX C – Road bike
Trek T50 Double Track – Tandem
MINI brand foldable bike – for something completely different.

My favorite is my Crossrip…it’s just so versatile.

We want to thank Marianne, for sharing her perspective on Richardson cyling.

We’d also like to extend an invitation to any cyclist who lives and/or rides in Richardson to share their story as well. You can either answer the questions (above) or send in a story – along with some pics to bikefriendlyrichardson(at)gmail.com.

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