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Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Keller, TX
Bikes: 2008 Jamis Xenith SL, 2007 Specialized Tricross Sport, 2007 Crossroads Sport, 1972 Gitane
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I'm a fair weather commuter. I work at Bell at Maxine & 121. I ride North Beach (going southbound in AM) from Heritage Trace to 121 a 2-3x/wk. From home, it is about 11.25 mi one-way. I've seen two other bike commuters on Beach.
Sadly, there is no shoulder on Beach. There are some sidewalks, but you can't go at speed on them, and brush is overgrown. I can tell you that the cars run pretty fast and that you need to ride with confidence and a good line. Know your braking ability. The good thing is that there are not so many cars that you'll create a train behind you. If you are going north, traffic is much lighter. Beach is very wide from Long to 820. The ride is slightly uphill has you go north. You will generally have a nice tail wind as you go uphill to 820.
In my opinion, the tough parts of Beach northbound, for safety, on my route are from 377 to Broadway (crazies in Haltom City) and 820 to Western Center (two lanes, no shoulder) If you're looking for something more "scenic," quiet, and safe there are neighborhood streets that parallel Beach. Haltom Rd is a very safe road that parallels Beach, but that will add about 3/4 mile to your trip to go down.
I'd like to hear from others that might have advice.
Post back and let us know how your ride goes.