Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Advocacy & Safety
Reload this Page >

Hope in Texas DFW

Notices
Advocacy & Safety Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Discuss your bicycle advocacy and safety concerns here.

Hope in Texas DFW

Old 12-22-11, 12:17 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Houston TX area
Posts: 816

Bikes: Trek 1420 triple, Mercier Corvus, Globe 1 700, Surly Disc Trucker, GT Avalanche, GT Grade, GT Helion, Mercier Corvus, Motobacane Boris X7 Fat Bikes,

Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Hope in Texas DFW

Hope of sorts in this news report about bike lanes in Dallas

Bicycle Advocates Win a Game of Chicken

https://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-1...-of-chicken/3/
Jamesw2 is offline  
Old 12-22-11, 12:29 PM
  #2  
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Posts: 27,079

Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2

Liked 4,532 Times in 3,158 Posts
So what happened to the great Dallas "ride vehicular" experiment?

I know for years the bike coordinator in Dallas had insisted on not having bike lanes and stuck to a strict vehicular mindset... which I believe ultimately might have cost him his job ("Why do we need a bike coordinator if cyclists just use the same lanes as motorists?")

Now while I am a fan of well designed bike facilities, (meaning: not all bike lanes are good, nor equal, nor needed) I have a feeling that Dallas might not be Austin, and bike lanes will tend to be the usual afterthought and poorly implemented in the Big D.
genec is offline  
Old 12-22-11, 12:54 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Tacoma, Washington
Posts: 78

Bikes: 1975 Schwinn Varsity

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I wish my city had a wider selection of bike lanes. Some of the bigger roads have them, but I would like it if a few of the in-between roads had them - especially the high traffic ones.
sbattey is offline  
Old 12-22-11, 01:37 PM
  #4  
Cycle Dallas
 
MMACH 5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Land of Gar, TX
Posts: 3,777

Bikes: Dulcinea--2017 Kona Rove & a few others

Likes: 0
Liked 10 Times in 5 Posts
At this point, there are no bicycle lanes within the city of Dallas. We used to have one that ran about 1/3 of a mile across a bridge, but it was pulled up about five years ago.
MMACH 5 is offline  
Old 12-22-11, 01:49 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
hotbike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 3,755

Bikes: a lowrider BMX, a mountain bike, a faired recumbent, and a loaded touring bike

Liked 91 Times in 76 Posts
I left a comment on that piece.
hotbike is offline  
Old 12-22-11, 02:12 PM
  #6  
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Posts: 27,079

Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2

Liked 4,532 Times in 3,158 Posts
BTW, what is DWF???

I am very familiar with DFW... but this article is pointedly just Big D.
genec is offline  
Old 12-22-11, 02:38 PM
  #7  
Arizona Dessert
 
noisebeam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: AZ
Posts: 15,029

Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix, Lemond Poprad. Retired: Jamis Sputnik, Centurion LeMans Fixed, Diamond Back ascent ex

Liked 2,169 Times in 1,288 Posts
Ha ha ha, what a freaking joke
free bike lanes shoehorned into existing roads = crap with zero consideration of the context of the lane = creating more problems than were there to solve in the first place. these people can't possibly ride bikes.

magic bike lane thinking!
Originally Posted by dallasobserver
"If you are not moving any curbs, it really is not very expensive," he said. "You still have a centerline. You still have your travel lane markings, and typically you will put down an edge-line, so that people can see the white line before they hit the curb and gutter. "So it's simply a matter of how far that outside line goes away from the curb and gutter. We put it four and a half feet out, so it becomes a bike lane."
Voila! Free bike lane. Almost. You still have to put little bike symbols in the pavement and some signs along the curb.
noisebeam is offline  
Old 12-22-11, 04:18 PM
  #8  
24-Speed Machine
 
Chris516's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Wash. Grove, MD
Posts: 6,058

Bikes: 2003 Specialized Allez 24-Speed Road Bike

Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Jamesw2
Hope of sorts in this news report about bike lanes in Dallas

Bicycle Advocates Win a Game of Chicken

https://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-1...-of-chicken/3/
Funny faux pas in subject title

You mean DFW, not DWF, I presume?
Chris516 is offline  
Old 12-23-11, 04:33 AM
  #9  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Houston TX area
Posts: 816

Bikes: Trek 1420 triple, Mercier Corvus, Globe 1 700, Surly Disc Trucker, GT Avalanche, GT Grade, GT Helion, Mercier Corvus, Motobacane Boris X7 Fat Bikes,

Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Chris516
Funny faux pas in subject title

You mean DFW, not DWF, I presume?
You presume correctly. LOL Yep! It's a worth fort ? Some old English term. Kinda like a Henway and what is a henway? about 3 1/2 pounds
Jamesw2 is offline  
Old 12-23-11, 10:40 AM
  #10  
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Posts: 27,079

Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2

Liked 4,532 Times in 3,158 Posts
Originally Posted by noisebeam
Ha ha ha, what a freaking joke
free bike lanes shoehorned into existing roads = crap with zero consideration of the context of the lane = creating more problems than were there to solve in the first place. these people can't possibly ride bikes.

magic bike lane thinking!
Most likely true... just slap down some paint, create a 2 foot wide "lane" and then call for a "golden status award," with photo ops... sigh. Oh and be sure to only do this on low speed residential streets that don't connect cross city.
genec is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
spinnaker
General Cycling Discussion
41
03-22-18 01:36 PM
detroitjim
Great Lakes
3
05-08-14 10:56 AM
dolanp
Advocacy & Safety
37
08-02-11 11:49 AM
bluefoxicy
Advocacy & Safety
43
04-26-11 05:20 PM
Aussie_Al
Advocacy & Safety
6
07-18-10 11:28 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.