Bike Friendly Richardson

East Dallas Veloway – Connecting Richardson To East And Downtown Dallas

Posted in Bike Change, Bike Friendly, Bike Trails and Routes by dickdavid on September 1, 2010

Last night I stopped off at the public meeting that discussed the new East Dallas Veloway Master Plan. There was a lot of detail discussed and I couldn’t catch all the specifics about phases and timing. So, I’ll just give you some of the top-line information. More details will come as we get them.

THE PLAN:
The East Dallas Veloway is a major part of the Dallas Veloweb, a network of trails designed by the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department. The idea is to build a “backbone” trail to connect a series of neighborhood trails. They will utilize existing city infrastructure and funding from multiple sources (including the City, County and DART) to bring another connection from northeast Dallas into downtown Dallas (via the Katy and Santa Fe Trails).

THE ROUTE:
The route will utilize the old Union Pacific railway, and create a more direct link from a northern part of the White Rock Creek Trail, just south of Forest Lane and Central, all the way to the White Rock Lake Park Hike & Bike Trail.

At the north end, via the White Rock Creek Trail, it will connect to the Cottonwood Trail – which will lead into Richardson. Half way down, it will connect with the new phases of the Katy Trail, which will lead you to downtown Dallas. At the south end, the connection with the White Rock Creek Trail will connect you with the Santa Fe Trail, which will also bring you into downtown Dallas.

TRAIL FEATURES:
The East Dallas Veloway will be built similar to the railroad route its replacing, a long, straight path with no hills or dips – just gentle slopes. The trail itself will be 14′ wide with the option of a second pedestrian path, similar to parts of the Katy Trail. There will be 5 trail heads and 11 gateways for access. The signage will be large 30′ tall structures that will be visible from multiple directions.

At this point, there are no plans for lighting. They say that it’s really expensive to install and maintain, plus it implies safety – where it may not be late at night. Also, the plan is to treat the trail like a city park, with daily closings.

Eventually, the idea is to get a group similar to the Friends of the Katy Trail to get organized and work on funding for improvements for some of these amenities.

TIMING:
UPDATE (From our friend Ron – see comment below):
The Veloway is still a long way off. Phase III will wait for the passage of an upcoming bond package of more than a million dollars from both the City of Dallas and Dallas County.  There is no budget  for Phase IV yet

UPDATE: Here’s a link from Stuart, with a copy of the presentation for anyone looking for more details: Download (pdf)

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  1. bibliosk8 said, on September 1, 2010 at 7:40 am

    We are on our way to being one of the best cycling cities in the country. You know, unless you want to get on the street, and of course ignoring the 1 million degree heat in the summer!

    STOKED!

  2. RonM said, on September 1, 2010 at 9:22 am

    The Veloway is still a long way off.

    You missed the part about funding; Phase III will wait for the passage of an upcoming bond package of more than a million dollars from both the City of Dallas and Dallas County. There is no budget for Phase IV yet.

    There was a lively discussion of the small section marked YMCA Connection. The discussion centered on the utility, especially in regard to the cost, of its extension all the way to the Gaston Avenue. This piece will cost close to a million dollars total, and there seems to be city and county money for most of it. It could be finished first.

    Apparently, this section fuels real estate development at the intersection of Gaston Ave, Garland Road, and Grand Ave (“3 G’s intersection”) already in the planning. The YMCA and Tejano night club will be gone eventually, as will the 7-ll, self storage units, and liquor stores. All replaced by upscale retail and residential, like around the Katy Trail. We learned in uptown that access to the bike trail increases the value of these properties. All fine and good, and I won’t miss the dumpy old businesses (except the 7-ll), but why are taxpayers paying and not the developers?

    • dickdavid said, on September 1, 2010 at 9:33 am

      Thanks for the information, Ron! I’ve updated the timing information on the post. It will be nice to see that area better developed.

    • Melinda said, on March 6, 2012 at 11:49 am

      There is group trying to garner support for the inclusion of funds for Phases III and IV on the upcoming bond package for 2012. The group is called Friends of the Sopac Trail (for Southern Pacific) and will be attending various town hall meetings to support for inclusion of the project. There is a town hall tonight – March 6 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
      The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection – Fellowship Hall – 11540 Ferguson Road. For those that can not attend, please let your council member know of your support.

  3. Stuart said, on September 2, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Here’s a copy of the presentation for anyone looking for more details:

    http://www.mpum.com/sites/default/files/Veloway_meeting_8-31-2010.pdf

  4. […] can go north or south on the White Rock Creek Trail, north on the Cottonwood Trail, south on the Veloway Trail or west on the Northaven […]

  5. […] can go north or south on the White Rock Creek Trail, north on the Cottonwood Trail, south on the Veloway Trail or west on the Northaven […]

  6. […] can go north or south on the White Rock Creek Trail, north on the Cottonwood Trail, south on the Veloway Trail or west on the Northaven […]


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