Bike Friendly Richardson

Bicycling Goals For Richardson – 2014

Posted in Advocacy, City Stuff by dickdavid on January 3, 2014

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What do you think the 2014 Bike Goals for the City of Richardson should be? Please post your ideas that would help improve biking in our city – and would cost little to nothing out of their budget. We’ll see if we can politely bring them to their attention.

I’ll start:
Safe Passing Ordinance. They passed it in Plano and a few other north Texas towns, so it makes sense for Richardson.
Keep Public Trails Open Longer. Figure out a way to open the Owen’s Trail for pedestrians and cyclists through the Sherrill Park Golf Course for much longer hours – 24 if possible
Safer Intersections Along Bike Routes. An example would be to turn the intersection at Melrose and Custer into a 4-way stop.
Bike Parking Ordinance. Require new construction to include bike parking. OR, at least, offer good incentives for developers to add them to their plans.

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  1. patrick said, on January 3, 2014 at 9:45 am

    1. +1 on Owen’s Trail through Sherrill. Some mornings it’s open by 6am, some it’s not.
    2. increase sensitivity on traffic light sensors so they always detect bicycles
    3. offer a safer way for Apollo road cyclists to cross Jupiter. Currently it’s a game of chicken. I use Moon Glow Rd. but it still means an unprotected crossing…

    • patrick said, on February 11, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Yesterday Feb 10th at 3:35PM I cycled through Sherrill’s main gate toward Owen’s Trail. A golf cart came up the path at high speed toward me and then turned into the office area. I got to the gate to find that the guy on the cart had just locked it. I waited figuring he’d turn around and come unlock it for me. Nope. I had to turn around, exit again through the main gate, and cycle the roads with busy afternoon traffic.

      As an aside,
      02/10/14 6:40am, gate locked
      02/11/14 6:45am, gate locked.

  2. milton said, on January 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    +1 on the traffic light sensors – they should all work, but start with those on the city bike routes, like Collins at Jupiter and Plano. I know it is “legal” to run the red after waiting through two cycles, but the motorists just see another cyclist running a red light so you feel compelled to push the pedestrian button (kinda defeats the purpose of biking).

  3. Mark Adams said, on January 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Here’s my top goals:
    * +1 Safe Passing Ordinance
    * +1 Safer intersections for cyclists
    * +1 Bike parking required in new construction
    * Richardson apply and become a “Bicycle Friendly Community” (free to apply)
    * UTD apply and become a “Bicycle Friendly University” (also free to apply)

    Both of the Bicycle Friendly designations provide a pretty good structure for helping cities see how they can improve and there aren’t many in Texas so far.


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