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.
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.
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.
UPDATE: Apologies. I had the map set to private. It should be visible to all now.
We got a notice from Dave Carter, with the City of Richardson, that more bike lanes were being installed – with more planned for the summer. I’m excited because the ones installed this summer will be in my neighborhood. Click here to see a map of the completed bike lanes in Richardson (so far).
Another 1.1 miles of new bike lanes are being installed this week on both sides of Collins Blvd from Campbell Rd. northward to tie into the existing bike lanes on Collins Blvd at Palisades Creek. This installation will connect the existing bike lane system on Collins Blvd from the Renner Trail all the way down to Campbell Road.
Later this summer there will be three additional bike lane segments installed as part of the Safe Routes to School program grant received from TxDOT.
Collins Blvd (Plano Rd to Jupiter)
Yale Blvd (Arapaho to Campbell)
Owens Blvd (Woodoak to Campbell)
All of these bike lane segments were discussed in the City Council worksession on 10/22/2012 and continue to address the Council Near Term Action Item #29.
I went out to take some pics:
UPDATE: Here is more information from the City of Richardson.
From the City Of Richardson‘s weekly newsletter:
The City Council received an update on efforts to expand the Bike Transportation Program in Richardson at its work session on Monday. The City is among many other municipalities and organizations in North Texas working to provide more bike lanes and improve safety for people who commute by bike. Many of these bike routes are designed to connect across the region when complete.
Expanding Richardson’s bike lane system and enhancing pavement markings and signage is one of the City Council’s near-term goals. Ten miles of a planned 20 miles of bike lanes have been installed, including lanes on Custer Parkway, Grove Road and Waterview Drive. Additional lanes funded through the Safe Routes to School grant are expected to be complete in 2013 along Collins Boulevard from Plano Road to Jupiter Road, Yale Boulevard from Arapaho Road to Campbell Road, and Owens Boulevard from Woodoak Drive to Campbell Road. The Duck Creek Trail Extension will add a route in 2014 along Collins Boulevard from Plano Road to US-75.
The City has installed signs identifying bike routes in Richardson and is working to clearly mark them on roads to improve safety. City officials will continue to work with bicycle organizations, including local partner Bike Friendly Richardson, and neighborhood groups to identify and implement additional bike routes.
Watch the Bike Transportation Program presentation here.
The City of Richardson does it again. We now have some new bike lanes on Canyon Creek Drive, along with some newly repainted bike lanes on Yale Boulevard. As usual, we are grateful that the city has been doing this for cyclists. These are also great for calming traffic through these neighborhoods as well.
Here are some pics:
Most of the route is painted with a nice buffer between bikes and traffic, yet wide enough to keep riders out of the gutter.
Unfortunately, because these go through residential streets, accommodations were made to give homeowners space to park in front of their houses. This will put cyclists in the ‘door zone’. Please, proceed with caution in these lanes and always know that you are allowed to leave the bike lane if you choose. Travel in the bike lane is not required – just a benefit.
Richardson is on a roll with putting up new bike lanes. This newest set is in the Duck Creek neighborhood on the east side of Richardson (between Plano Road and Jupiter Road, Arapaho Road and Belt Line Road). The streets updated are Yale Boulevard and Apollo Road.
These new bike lanes tie in nicely with the Duck Creek Trail, including the new addition that leads to the updated Huffhines Park and rec center. This is great news, since these lanes weren’t on the last round of the Richardson Bicycle Route Plan – which gives me hope for my neighborhood.
Some of these new bike lanes (all of Yale Boulevard and the west half of Apollo Road) are similar to the new bike lanes on north Collins, which are NOT marked for shared car parking. However, the lanes in Duck Creek aren’t as wide. The bike lanes on the east half of Apollo are like many other bike lanes in Richardson which ARE marked for shared parking.
We hope these narrower lanes will have the same traffic-calming effect as the wider ones. We’re grateful to have them because, if anything, they help increase awareness of cyclists in our neighborhoods and streets.
Click here to see a map of completed Richardson bike lanes.
UPDATE: Check out some videos on Suburban Assault.
Based on the Richardson Bike Route Plan (downloadable pdf), we were expecting this. It’s still a nice surprise to see them actually getting done. If you happen to go down Waterview Drive between Arapaho and Belt Line, you’ll see one less lane for driving (each direction) and a new one dedicated for bikes (and parking). These bike lanes are expected to stretch from Campbell, all the way south to Spring Valley. Way to go, Richardson.
Even if you have mixed feelings about having bike lanes, you’ve got to remember that these serve more than just creating safer routes for bicyclists, they also serve as a way to slow down traffic through Richardson neighborhoods.
We will keep you posted as we discover more bike friendly routes around town.
There is a recent Dallas Morning News article about biking in Richardson. This comes in the wake of Bicycling Magazine’s recently released list of Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities – which lacks any of the DFW cites.
Although Richardson isn’t progressive enough to make the Bicycling Magazine list, at least we’ve been making some great progress with our biking infrastructure – more so than most of the Metroplex.
Still, I wouldn’t mind a little more competitiveness in wanting to make that list. How cool would it be if we were one of first north Texas cites to make it?