The DFW Bicycle Superhighway:

Old 05-29-18, 04:00 AM
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The DFW Bicycle Superhighway:

Does anyone in the DFW area who is familiar with this infrastructure know the current status of the project?
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Old 06-14-18, 02:45 PM
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There is this small article about connecting the bike lanes up there:https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Ar...471532564.html.
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All I know is what I've read in the paper over the last ~35 years. Latest map, latest projections (June 2018):

https://www.nctcog.org/nctcg/media/T...ctMap_0618.pdf

OP and others have referred to this as a 'bicycle superhighway'. Understand: what they're working on isn't a cycling Katy Freeway; it's more akin to a pedestrian/bicycle Natchez Trace Parkway.

After several years of not paying any attention, I discovered last year that I could leave my home in north central Plano, ride the length and breath of the Metroplex ~100 miles to the SW end of Benbrook Lake and be on segregated pedestrian/cycle tracks ~two-thirds of the way.
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I don't think anybody's holding their breath waiting for all this.
For one thing, the local people generally view cycling trails as an end in themselves, not as transportation to go anywhere. So if they meander all around following a creek, that's great if you just want to kill time, but lousy if you need to be somewhere.
Up in Plano, there's rather an extensive set of bicycle trails, but they cross major roads without any signal, so you can easily ride a block then wait 5 minutes on traffic, then ride another block.
Meanwhile, the Katy Trail in downtown Dallas is so choked with joggers and dog-walkers that it's rather a poor cycling route, and you do better to stick to the streets in that area.

I do see one ray of hope, though, per that map above, they're supposed to put a trail across 360 so you can get from the TRE Centreport station to the west side of 360, and that has potential benefit for me, personally.
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Up in Plano, there's rather an extensive set of bicycle trails, but they cross major roads without any signal, so you can easily ride a block then wait 5 minutes on traffic, then ride another block.
I've lived in Plano since 1985 and I've never experienced this. I know Plano has the reputation of being a go-go town where everybody is on the move, but where is it that major roads with five minutes of continuous traffic are only a block apart?

I can think of a couple of seven mile long sections and a couple more three+ mile long sections of Plano pedestrian & cycle segregated pathway with no at-grade street crossings at all. In addition to that they've put in rider-actuated signal lights or underpasses where some sections of trail cross major streets, and there are two segregated, barrier protected crossings of the Central Expressway/Hwy 75 freeway.
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Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
I do see one ray of hope, though, per that map above, they're supposed to put a trail across 360 so you can get from the TRE Centreport station to the west side of 360, and that has potential benefit for me, personally.
That illustrates the largest remaining issue: cities building out the last bit of trailway at their city limits.

Arlington has the pretty River Legacy Trail that one day is supposed to be part of the Fort Worth to Dallas recreational path. Currently both ends run out in the woods and stop at the city limits! (You can see the eastern end of the Arlington trail from 360.) In an odd bit of geography/politics, Fort Worth is on either side of Arlington here, and current plans indicate these trail bits on the far eastern periphery of Panther City will be the last to be built, maybe complete in 2021.

Plano has some trailway that runs up to Allen city limits and stops, and several hundred meters away an Allen trail starts. Same thing between Richardson and Plano, Plano and Frisco, and Allen and McKinney. As of mid-2018, only a little bit of additional trail construction would link up a large network. Some of the missing links were scheduled to be complete by the end of 2016. Will it happen next year? In our lifetimes?
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Here's the latest funding status & construction schedules:

https://www.nctcog.org/nctcg/media/T...ction_1018.pdf

This predicts six more years, 'til 2024, before completion of a continuous recreational trail.
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