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Old 05-21-08, 08:42 PM   #1
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My favorite ride route is under construction

So I got up early this morning to go for a ride. Since I live downtown, finding a safe place to ride from home is difficult. A couple years ago I found a great route. I go East on Main or Elm through Deep Ellum to Exposition Blvd to Fair Park. There's a 1-mile loop around the animal barns. It's great because there's virtually no traffic, so I can just do laps to my heart's content. So I get out there this morning, and had to deal with DART rail construction when I got to Fair Park. No biggie, there's plenty of room for me to get to the entrance. I start going around the loop, clockwise. Just as I get past the exits near Starplex (or whatever it's being called nowadays), I see construction vehicles, and a fenced in parking lot. I slowed down until I found a safe place to pass the vehicles, only to discover the entire Southwest side of the loop is tore up for construction. If I wanted to ride, I'd have to do 1/4 mile loops around a parking lot, or out-n-backs on the Northeast side.

Does anyone have any ideas for a safe place for me to ride in the mornings? I hate the Katy Trail, because I can't keep a good pace going due to all the walkers & joggers. I also have to be able to ride to the route, since my wife needs the car to drive to work. I'm sure there's a good, safe route for me to get to WRL & do a lap or two there, I just have to find it.
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Old 05-22-08, 12:02 AM   #2
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Here is one you might try. It is from our apartment at Dallas Theological Seminary to WRL. From Main you would go North on Hall to Swiss and then East. You would pick up my route to WRL just past Washington. From our apartment to WRL it is right at 4 miles. So one lap around WRL and back is 17. It is pretty quiet for most of the way. You do have to cross a few bigger streets and of course there are a million stop signs. But the closer you get to the lake the longer you go without stop signs.
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Thanks, Coy

I regularly ride past the DTS on my way to meeting up with other groups, so I'm familiar with the area. I even was thinking that taking Swiss to get closer to WRL would be the best option.
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