Bike Friendly Richardson

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.

A Ride From Richardson To White Rock Lake

Posted in BFR Misc by dickdavid on May 15, 2011

One of the great things about living in Richardson is that we are so close to Dallas.  We get some of the great suburban amenities, like really great schools and quiet neighborhoods, but also the convenience of having such an great urban center within biking distance.

Yesterday, I decided to try out our newest connection to Dallas – the extended Cottonwood Trail. Not only does it provide safe passage from Richardson to Dallas (under some major highways), but it also merges with the White Rock Creek Trail. From there, I was able to take a nice spin down to and around White Rock Lake.

Here are some pics of my ride:

Under 635

Downtown Dallas On The Horizon

Boats On The Lake

Spillway

Damn Rider

Cottonwood Creek Trail Complete – But Not Open

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on April 9, 2011

Connect With White Rock Trail

Complete? Well, almost.

I was in the mood to check out the progress of the Cottonwood Creek Trail which leads from south Richardson, under Central Expressway and LBJ, with plans to connect with the Dallas trail network. Ever since the dedication of the Cottonwood Creek Trail Esplanade, back in June, the plan was to complete the trail through Willowdell Park, under Forest Lane where it eventually intersects with the White Rock Trail.

To be honest, I wasn’t planning on making it too far with the expectation to be held up by an incomplete trail or bridge. To my surprise, I discovered that it was complete. Of course, they are still making the finishing touches and construction equipment is still blocking the way. There was still some bubble wrap on the rest stop bike racks. My guess is that it won’t be long before it’s officially open. Expect an announcement for that soon.

Of course, we recommend that if you travel on this trail, please use caution until it’s complete.

Here are some pics from my ride:

Cottonwood Creek Trail Entrance

Cottonwood Creek Trail Esplanade - Open Since June 2010

Trail Still Close

Just South of Willowdell Park

Ramp To Go Under Forest

Ramp Down To Forest Lane Underpass

Passage Under Forest

South of Forest Lane Underpass

At DART Forest Station

DART Forest Station Trail Head

Still Unfinished

North Side Of The New Bridge

Bridge Still Being Worked On

South Side Of The New Bridge

Rest Area

Rest Stop

Brand New Bike Rack

Bubble Wrapped Bike Rack

Intersection

Intersection With White Rock Trail

Here is a link to a map (new section in Red).