Bike Friendly Richardson

Richardson City Council Approves Resolution for Work on New Trails

Posted in Bike Change, Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on September 16, 2013
Richardson Growth

State Farm Campus – Plano Road, just south of the PGB Tollway

From last week’s city newsletter:

The City Council on Monday approved a resolution that advances the development of a trail system near the future State Farm campus and surrounding area. The resolution authorizes BCS West Land Investments to design and construct the trail along Routh Creek Parkway from Renner Road to the nearby DART rail station.

The City has obtained a Regional Toll Revenue grant to fund approximately 80 percent of the trail. Once complete, the trail will tie in to the City’s Central Trail, which will eventually run from north to south across the entire City.

Big Fat Bike Trail

Trail Along Routh Creek Parkway, heading north to Renner Road

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The City of Richardson Talks About Their Trail Expansion

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on September 11, 2013

The City of Richardson is starting to realize that they need to really promote their bicycling friendliness. Over the past few years, they’ve made great efforts to improve awareness, expand the trail network and add traffic-calming bike lanes. However, aside from us at BFR and our cycling neighbors, folks in Texas rarely get to hear about it.

It seems like that is starting to change. Here is a video that they produced to promote the expansion of the Central Trail, along the DART rail line.

They are also talking about the expansion on the front page of the city’s monthly newsletter, Richardson Today. Here is a digital copy of that issue, featuring BFR friend and local cyclist, Marshall Hallberg.

RichardsonToday_Sept2013

WANTED: Richardson Cyclist For Interview

Posted in City Stuff by dickdavid on August 7, 2013

Central Trail

ATTENTION RICHARDSON CYCLISTS!!

Ann Marie Shambaugh works for the City of Richardson’s Communications Department, and she is putting together a video package about the Central Trail. They need somebody in the local bicycling community who is eager to use the trail once it is complete. She’d like to do an on-camera interview with a Richardson resident or two who use the Central Trail and plan to use the extension once it is complete. She’d needs to do the interview before August 17.

Would anybody be interested? This would be a great opportunity to show our appreciation for the City’s cycling efforts. Please post here or send us a message if you are interested.
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Updated Pics Of The Central Trail (South) Construction

Posted in Bike Change, Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on July 30, 2013

Here are some updated pics of the new, southern link to the Central Trail.

Central Trail

Test Ride

Towards Completion

Heavy Equipment

 

Construction is still looking a bit light, south of Belt Line. We’ll keep you posted on any new updates.

Central Trail Construction (South) Coming Along Nicely

Posted in Bike Change, Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on July 7, 2013

We’ve been keeping an eye on the construction of the southern extension of the Central Trail.

Central Trail is the trail that runs parallel to Central Expressway, along the DART Rail Red Line tracks. Currently, it starts at Renner Road at Routh Creek Parkway (where it connects to the Spring Creek Trail), and runs south to DART’s Arapaho Center Station – well, sort of. In our opinion, it really stops at about Alma Road, and becomes a sidewalk, along Greenville, until it reaches Arapaho Center Station. Read more about that here.

This new addition is designed to extend Central Trail south, from Arapaho Road to Buckingham Road – at the city limit. Future extensions will eventually connect it to the White Rock Creek Trail. We were also given some information that lead us to believe that the trail extension will connect to the Arapaho Center Station train platform, instead of the bus transfer station on the east side of Greenville Road. That would be fantastic if it actually happens.

Once this extension is complete, people will be able to walk or ride their bikes to three of the four DART train stations in Richardson (Spring Valley, Arapaho Center and Galatyn Park). The Bush Turnpike Station will have to wait for a future extension.

Here are some pics and descriptions of the current progress:

This shot was taken at the southwest corner of Arapaho Road And Greenville Avenue. You can see the DART tracks to the right and Greenville Avenue to the left.

North End, Just South of Arapaho

This shot was taken a bit further south along Greenville Avenue. As you can see, they’re making every effort to save the trees.

Trees Saved

This shot was taken even further south along Greenville Avenue. Here you can see how the trail will coexist with the DART Red Line.

Morning Train

This pic was taken just south of the Jackson Street crossing.

From Jackson To Belt Line

As you can see, the trail isn’t ready to ride.

Missing Section

As the trail approaches Belt Line Road, it actually crosses under the DART Rail track overpass.

Under The Tracks By Belt Line

This is where the trail will cross Belt Line Road. The city has decided that the light at Interurban will be the best place to cross.

Belt Line Crossing At Interurban

Once across Belt Line Road, the trail is lost at this parking lot entrance. It eventually begins again at the rail underpass.

South Side of Belt Line (Facing East)

The trail construction seems to end at Polk Street.

Ends At Polk Street

I rode a bit further south to find this bridge being built at Phillips Street. Not seeing a current plan, I can only guess that this will have a roll in the extension of Central Trail.

New Bridge At Phillips Drive

I didn’t get a chance to ride down to Spring Valley Station. I’ll try to get down there next weekend to check on any progress down there.

Richardson Cyclists – 2013 Voter’s Guide

Posted in City Stuff by dickdavid on April 28, 2013

VotersGuide

There is a city election coming up. Richardson residents must choose the office holders for City Council and, for the first time in many years, Mayor. The election will be held on May, 11 2013, but early voting will start as soon as April 29.

Most of the positions are unopposed, but the Mayoral position is up to the voters.

As an advocacy group, Bike Friendly Richardson does not have any official endorsement for any of the candidates. However, as cyclists, we were concerned about each candidate’s position on cycling issues. We sent each a questionnaire covering several bicycling topics, and many of them sent in their responses. We’ve posted those responses here so that Richardson cyclists can have a perspective of who they are voting for.

Don’t forget to vote.

CANDIDATES
Mayor
Laura Maczka
Amir Omar

City Council
Place 1: Bob Townsend
Place 2: Mark Solomon
Place 3: Scott Dunn
Place 4: Kendal Hartley
Place 5: Paul Voelker
Place 6: Steve Mitchell

Mayor & Council Survey – Mark Solomon

Posted in Advocacy, City Stuff by jennyrilling on April 24, 2013

Mark Solomon is running unopposed for re-election to City Council Place 2. Thank you Mr. Solomon for taking the time to give your perspective on cycling issues in Richardson.

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Mayor & Council Survey – Kendal Hartley

Posted in Advocacy, City Stuff by jennyrilling on April 24, 2013

Kendal Hartley is currently the Place 5 councilman and is running unopposed for the Place 4 seat (Laura Maczka’s seat). Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Mr. Hartley.

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Mayor & Council Survey – Scott Dunn

Posted in Advocacy, City Stuff by jennyrilling on April 23, 2013

Scott Dunn is running unopposed for re-election to City Council Place 3. He is also a member of the Bike Friendly Richardson Facebook group and comments there from time to time. Mr. Dunn pointed out that although we did not ask about an east-west bicycle & pedestrian connection across 75 in the southern part of Richardson, he will continue to look for possible solutions.

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Mayor & Council Survey – Paul Voelker

Posted in Advocacy, City Stuff by jennyrilling on April 10, 2013

The second response to our questionnaire is from Paul Voelker, Place 5 City Council candidate (running unopposed). This will be Mr. Voelker’s first council term, so it’s great to get an in-advance look at his views on cycling. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

 

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