Bike Friendly Richardson

Owens Trail Closure July 23 to July 27

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, Trail and Road Hazards by bergerandfries on July 19, 2012

FYI, Owens Trail will be closed July 23 to July 27 for repairs. The gate across the creek bridge will be closed and locked. Dan Baker at the city says, “We are anticipating the repairs to take 5 days leaving that section of the trail closed Monday – Friday of next week (July 23 – 27). There is an issue with the concrete panel that abuts the bridge on the east side being undermined / eroded. We are removing that section of trail, stabilizing the bank, and replacing that section of the trail. We hope to be 100% by Saturday if not sooner.”

White Rock Creek Trail Closure – Detour

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, Trail and Road Hazards by dickdavid on June 15, 2012

With all of the construction happening with LBJ (Interstate 635), the White Rock Creek Trail will be closed for about 2 months. There is a detour with directional signage to help guide cyclist get across the highway. Here (pdf) is a map of the detour and signage.

Until it’s reopened, the best route for users is the Cottonwood Creek Trail crossover @ the High 5.

Trail Rules and Guidelines Proposed

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on March 17, 2012

M takes the lead.

From the City of Richardson’s weekly newsletter:

The City Council is considering rules and guidelines that would improve safety on Richardson’s growing network of trails. 

The proposed rules are similar to those in effect for City parks. They include prohibiting motorized vehicles on trails, requiring pets to be on a short leash, requiring users to travel at a safe speed and requiring bicyclists to yield to pedestrians. 

Suggested guidelines for trail courtesy and safety include passing slower users on the left, keeping to the right side of the trail, listening for other trail users who may be approaching, yielding when entering or crossing trails and wearing a properly fitting bicycle helmet. 

Once in effect, rules and guidelines will be posted on the City’s trails web page, included on printed trail maps and displayed on signage which will be installed along the trails. 

There are more than 30 miles of trails in Richardson, and more than 18 miles of additional multi-use trails are planned. 

Click the link below to watch Monday’s City Council discussion:

This is a great move for safety on our trails. Even though this is still under consideration by the City Council, trail courtesy should already be practiced by cyclists.

Portion of Breckinridge Trail Closed

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff, Trail and Road Hazards by dickdavid on February 4, 2012

From the City of Richardson newsletter:

Today, the Richardson Parks and Recreation Department closed a portion of the Breckinridge Trail in Breckinridge Park due to erosion damage. The impacted section is located at the pedestrian bridge between park entrances A and B. A timeline for repairs is still being determined, and it is unknown at this time when the trail may re-open.

Alternate routes are available in the park for trail use.

Click here to download a larger map.

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Spring Creek Trail is Re-Opened

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff, Trail and Road Hazards by dickdavid on January 20, 2012


According to this week’s newsletter from the city:

Repair work on Spring Creek Trail has been completed by the contractor ahead of schedule, and other than some cleanup work still taking place over the next several days, the trail is open for all users once again.

The trail was closed in three phases beginning Jan. 3, and the rehabilitation work along the 1.1 mile section had been expected to last until Feb. 7. The City contractor removed and replaced concrete trail sections that had been damaged by tree roots and shifting soil.

New Bike Route Signs On Collins

Posted in Bike Change, Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on January 20, 2012

I noticed these last night and thought I would share. The new signs – that I’ve seen so far – are placed on Plano Road (approaching Collins) and on Collins, between Plano Road and the Central overpass.

I wonder if these are place holders until they get money to finish out the painted bike lanes on Collins.

New Bike Signs In Richardson

View From Plano Road Facing South (to Collins intersection)

New Bike Signs On Collins

View of Collins - Westbound

Plano On-Street Bicycle Signs and Routes

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Trails and Routes by bergerandfries on January 18, 2012

Hello there, bergerandfries with my first BFR posting. Our friends in Plano have kicked off a project to make Plano easier to ride by bicycle!  Plano has a great off street Multi-Use Path system, but now they are implementing On-Street bicycle signs and routes.

A map can be found at here (pdf).
An excerpt from Plano’s Website at: City of Plano’s On-Street Bicycle Routes

What will the signage be?
The signage is in accordance with the Texas Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices, a code that regulates traffic signage at the state level, ensuring that all traffic signage is consistent. This code also dictates how signs are placed in terms of location and frequency and how they are displayed. Most of the signage is green and white guidance signage. This regulatory sign below tells both the cyclist and the motorist that the cyclist has the right to occupy the whole travel lane.
Cyclist Right to Whole Lane
Guidance signs show the Plano logo, a bicycle symbol and the route number you are on. Some directional signs show which way to turn to intersect with another bicycle route.
Route 90 Sign
Route 88 Left Turn
What do the numbers mean?
For example, the numbers 90, 88, 70 and 37 above are route numbers. The routes are numbered because they are often not one single through street but a combination of several different streets making up the route.
The numbering system mimics our nation’s interstate highway system. Odd numbers indicate north-south routes. The odd numbers are smaller on the west side of the city increasing as you move eastward starting with 5 and ending with 97. Even numbers indicate east-west routes. The even numbers are smaller on the south side of the city increasing as you move north starting with 2 and ending with 90.

What can Richardson folks do to help?
Plano Bike Route #97 leads directly into Richarson North Star Rd, which on the Richardson Bike Plan is a future signed on-street route too. You might remark to City of Richardson that it’s time to get moving on North Star Rd marking. These signs can really helps Richardson folks to get around Plano if they don’t know the best places to cycle on-street. And if you stop in any Plano businesses, even if the signs are not up yet, please thank them for being on the Plano Bike Route #xxx and ask when are they getting a bike rack!

Trail Hazard Alert – Ice On Owens Trail

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, Trail and Road Hazards by dickdavid on January 13, 2012

Owens Trail Ice

Ice On The Trail

BFR friend Mike Freiberger sent us a note warning us of some dangerous ice conditions on the Owens Trail just west of the bridge (GPS coordinates N32.985141,W-96.690661). Based on these coordinates, it’s the part of the trail between Lookout Park and Sherrill Park Golf Course. According to the city, the problem is a drainage issue. The Parks and Recreation Department is assessing how best to rectify the drainage problem. Very soon the problem will be corrected.

Until then, with these freezing days ahead of us, please be careful out there. Watch out for ice, not only on the Owens Trail, but anywhere water might be collected. If you see any hazards within the city parks or trail system, please let the city know.


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Spring Creek Trail Looks Worse Than I Thought

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on December 30, 2011

Last week the City of Richardson announced that they would be closing off portions of the Spring Creek Trail for repairs. Since I typically ride the west section, from the Routh Creek Parkway ramp to the Central Expressway underpasses, I didn’t know the extent of the wear and tear on the trail.

I took a spin thought the entire length this morning and discovered that it was much worse than I thought. Here are some pics of just a few areas marked for repair:

Pending Trail Repair

Pending Trail Repair

Pending Repair

Bridge For Repair

Pending Trail Repair

Seeing the extent of this wear makes me glad the city is working – proactively – to keep it maintained and safe for those using it. Yet, another great reason to live in Richardson.

Spring Creek Trail To Close For Repairs

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on December 22, 2011

Here is the notice from the city about some trail closures:

Starting January 3, 2012, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will begin rehabilitation work on the Spring Creek Trail in north central Richardson. The trail is located between Central Expressway and Plano Road, south of Renner Road, and meanders through the Spring Creek Nature Area.

The trail will be closed in three phases (see map below) between January 3 and February 7. The closures will allow City contractors to tear out and repour concrete trail sections damaged by growing tree roots and shifting soil.

Weather permitting, work along the 1.1 mile section of trail should take about five weeks.

Although this will be a small inconvenience, we’re glad the city has decided to do it. This show’s the city’s commitment to keep the bicycle infrastructure maintained and it’s users safe. We’ve started to notice some wear and tear on the trail, so we’re glad this is getting done before it gets worse.