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.