Bike Friendly Richardson

New Guard Rail

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on August 28, 2010

I’ve made it my mission to do weekly checkups on the new trail construction by Spring Creek Park (at Central and Renner Road). Every week, there’s a new surprise addition that gets us closer to having a bike friendly passage under Central Expressway, safely joining east and west Richardson.

This week, they added guard rails to the newly poured path we reported on last week.

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More Trail Progress

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on August 21, 2010

It’s amazing what could happen in a week. They had the forms set up last weekend for the addition to the trail at Renner Road and Central. This week we have about 70-80 yards of hike and bike trail, leading us closer to the pass under Central. Check back and we’ll keep you posted with more progress as it happens.

Last Weekend

Today

More to come...

On a side note, I met a really nice lady on the bike trails today. Jill was getting back on the bike for the first time in years. I told her about BFR and she seemed excited about the idea of a group that is more about riding for fun or utility over sport. Seems, like with most of us, the intimidation of the sport cycling culture has kept her off the bike. We hope to see more riders, like Jill, rediscover the enjoyment of riding their bikes – at their own pace.

Follow our coverage of this trail construction:
July 25, 2010
June 13, 2010
May 8, 2010
April 3, 2010
March 11, 2010

Trail Construction Update Pics

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on July 25, 2010

Every time I ride by the new trail construction it doesn’t look like much is happening. I decided to take a closer look and actually discovered more progress down the trail.

Here’s a pic of one of the new trails that leads to the southern of the two passages under Central Expressway. Here, you can actually see where the trail will be poured.

Further down they are getting ready to pour more of the retaining wall. As you can see, it’s quite a big task.

Going under Central Expressway, you can see a whole new concrete spillway, most likely set up to control runoff and reduce erosion – but I’m no engineer.

Under Central Expressway you can see a trail in the making.

Since I was investigating, I decided to check the progress of the trail that Bob spotted a few months back. Starting from the west side of Central, this side of the trail is mostly complete. With the exception of a few gaps, it makes it all the way to underneath the PGB Tollway. From there the brush got thick and I didn’t want to deal with snakes.

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