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Safe Passing Approved In Plano

Posted in Advocacy, City Stuff by dickdavid on February 14, 2012

Plano City Council Meeting

BFR stopped by to show our support for cyclists who were working to get a Safe Passing Ordinance approved in Plano – which was on the Plano City Council’s meeting agenda last night. There was a crowd of  about fifty cyclists, who also came out to show their support.

I have to give some recognition to the Plano City Council. Not knowing what to expect at this session, I was worried that there might be some hesitation or debate with passing this ordinance. Fortunately, the vote was quite uneventful and relatively quick. They introduced it as part of the meeting’s Consent Agenda, voted on and approved it in a matter of minutes.

Plano City Council Meeting

Plano City Council Meeting

Plano is now the third north Texas city to pass a Safe Passing Ordinance after Forth Worth and Denton. Hopefully Richardson will be close behind.

Read more about the ordinance at Bike DFW.

Below is content pulled from the approved ordinance:

An Ordinance of the City of Plano, Texas amending Chapter 14, Offenses- Miscellaneous, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Plano to add a new Article XI, Vulnerable Road Users, to regulate the conduct of motor vehicle operators while passing cyclists on a highway or street and providing a penalty; and providing a repealer clause, a savings clause, a severability clause, a publication clause and an effective date.

the City of Plano Police Department recently conducted a review of past accidents involving pedal-cyclist and determined that driver inattention was a major cause of most pedal-cyclist crashes within the City; and

City staff recommends that City Council add a new Article XI, Vulnerable Road Users, to establish safe passing distances and to regulate the other conduct of motor vehicle operators while passing cyclists on a highway or street to enhance cyclist safety; and

upon recommendation of staff and upon full review and consideration of all matters thereto, the City Council hereby finds and determines that it is necessary and in the best interest of the city and public safety to amend Chapter 14 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Plano to add a new Article XI, Vulnerable Road Users, to regulate the conduct of motor vehicle operators while passing cyclists on a highway or street.


Section I.
A new Article XI, Vulnerable Road Users of Chapter 14, Offenses- Miscellaneous is hereby adopted to regulate the conduct of motor vehicle operators while passing cyclists on the highway or street to read in its entirety as follows:


Section 14-127. Definitions.
The following words and phrases as used in this section shall have the meanings as set forth in this subsection.
“Vulnerable Road User” shall mean a person operating a bicycle, hand cycle, unicycle, motor-driven cycle, or other human powered wheeled vehicle on a street or highway.
“Safe Distance” shall mean three (3) feet if the operator’s vehicle is a passenger car, or six (6) feet if the operator’s vehicle is a truck or a commercial motor vehicle.

Section 14-128. Passing a vulnerable road user.

(a) An operator of a motor vehicle passing a vulnerable road user on a highway or street shall:
(1) vacate the lane in which the vulnerable road user is located if the highway or street has two or more marked lanes running in the same direction; or
(2) pass the vulnerable road user at a safe distance.
(b) An operator of a motor vehicle may not overtake and execute a right-hand turn in front of a vulnerable road user unless the operator is safely clear of the vulnerable road user, taking into account the speed at which the vulnerable road user is traveling and the braking requirements of the motor vehicle.
(c) An operator or passenger of a motor vehicle may not knowingly throw or project any object or substance at or against a vulnerable road user.

Section 14-129. Penalty.

Any person, firm or corporation found to be violating any term or provision of this article shall be subject to a fine in accordance with Section 1-4(b) of the City Code of Ordinances for each offense.”

Section II.
All provisions of the ordinances of the City of Plano in conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed, and all other provisions of the Ordinances of the City of Plano, not in conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance, shall remain in full force and effect.
Section III. The repeal of any ordinance or part of ordinances effectuated by the enactment of this Ordinance shall not be construed as abandoning any action now pending under or by virtue of such ordinance or as discontinuing, abating, modifying or altering any penalty accruing or to accrue, or as affecting any rights of the municipality under any section or provisions of any ordinance at the time of passage of this Ordinance.
Section IV. It is the intention of the City Council that this Ordinance, and every provision thereof, shall be considered severable and the invalidity or partial invalidity of any section, clause or provision of this Ordinance shall not affect the validity of any other portion of this Ordinance.
Section V. This Ordinance shall become effective immediately upon its passage and publication as required by law.

Click here to download this as a pdf.

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Plano Safe Passing Ordinance – Monday Night Vote – February 13th

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Friendly, City Stuff by dickdavid on February 10, 2012

Entering Plano - All America City 1994

Our friend Warren Casteel, with BikeDFW, sent us an email encouraging cyclist to come out and show their support at Monday night’s Plano City Council meeting. Apparently, they are voting on The – long awaited – Safe Passing Ordinance. There is hope that if we can pass this in Plano, perhaps we can pass it here in Richardson as well.

This ordinance stipulates distances motor vehicles must allow cyclists, outlaws throwing or objects or substances at cyclists, and provides legal remedy if a cyclist is hit by a motor vehicle in some situations. The ordinance can be viewed here (pdf).

Plano City Hall is about a block from the DART Station. Map.

We hope to make it out there and we hope to see you there too.

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Way To Go, Plano!

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Change, Bike Friendly by dickdavid on December 13, 2011

I saw this NBC video on Facebook, talking about the city’s new bicycle signs. Click below to see the news report.

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Way To Go, Plano!

Posted in Bike Change by dickdavid on August 4, 2011
PGB - Ohio Drive Underpass

Ohio Drive Under The PGB Tollway

Here’s some great news from our neighbors in Plano. Bike Friendly Richardson friend Howard M, posted this on the BFR Facebook page.

Fwd: City of Plano City Council to approve On-street Bicycle Signage project 8/8 7 PM

From: “Renee Jordan”
Date: August 2, 2011 2:37:09 PM CDT
To: Plano Cyclists
Subject: City of Plano City Council to approve On-street Bicycle Signage project 8/8 7 PM


I wanted to let you know that on Monday 8/8 our City Council has on its agenda 2 items that might be of interest to you.

1.) Bid No. 2011-194-B for the Citywide On-street Bicycle Route Signage, Project No. 5858

This is a project to install bicycle route signage along 168 miles of roadway in the City of Plano.

2.) To approve an Engineering Services Agreement by and between the City of Plano and BW2 Engineers, Inc. for the design of the Preston Ridge Trail connection.

This is a project to place trail in the right of way of Ohio Drive from the Bush Tollway north to Tradition Trail making an off road connection to Preston Ridge Trail in Dallas at the Tollway.

On the close of business Thursday, the City Council meeting agenda will be posted here:

Additionally, the City of Plano has launched a new program called Fix It Plano. It is a tool to report problems such as pot holes. Problems can be reported by phoning in, texting in, using the web portal or a smartphone. Here is a link:​spx

Please share with your contacts. Thanks!

Renée Burke Jordan, AICP
Plano Parks & Recreation
Trail System Planner

This is GREAT NEWS for those of us who use the Preston Ridge Trail or ride through Plano. The missing link under the PGB Tollway (between Dallas and Plano) is probably one of the biggest misses in the north Dallas trail system. Making this connection will get cyclist closer to a complete multi-purpose trail that will run from North Plano (almost Frisco) all the way into Dallas.

There is still a trail gap at Tradition Trail, but it’s all side streets from there to Plano’s Preston Ridge Trail (to the north). There’s also a gap at the southern end of Dallas’ Preston Ridge Trail, where it doesn’t quite connect with the Cottonwood Trail.

The signage will be a nice plus as well. Hopefully, they will remind drivers to share the road with cyclists.

PGB - Ohio Drive Underpass

Start Of A Multi-Purpose Trail Under The PGB. Looks like the tollway planners took into account a need for a MPT. Now it's just a matter of continuing it up Ohio Drive.

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Ride And Make A Wish Come True – Wish 100 Ride This Weekend

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on October 5, 2010

I kept seeing the billboards and posters around town about the Wish 100 Ride, but forgot to post about it. It’s not too late to ride or donate.

Here’s what the event is about:

Ride for a great cause. The Jones Lang LaSalle Wish 100 is a 100K bike rally benefiting incredible children all over North Texas. This event is part of The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas fundraising efforts and FUN raising efforts benefitting incredible children battling life threatening medical conditions.

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2010
Time: Registration 6:30 am ; Ride 8:00 am
Location: Frito Lay HQ – 7701 Legacy in Plano
Distance: Your choice – 10, 30, 45 miles OR 100k
CLICK HERE to join.
CLICK HERE to donate.

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