City bike plan meeting Thursday

The city is expected to unveil a draft of the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan in a 5 p.m. meeting at City Hall Thursday. The city has been taking comments and suggestions from the public since May.

Dallas cyclists say it’s difficult to commute by bike here. There are plenty of bike paths for recreation, but those are not practical for the bicycle commuter.

These are the plan’s main objectives:

  • Connectivity – create an interconnected bikeway system with better routes to major destinations such as schools, parks, shopping centers, etc.
  • Complete streets – create a more bicycle-friendly Dallas, adopt a complete streets approach, with room for cars, bikes and pedestrians, as one strategy to implement the plan.
  • Install bicycle facilities like bike lanes, shared-use markings, cycle tracks, multi-use pathways and bike boxes, where appropriate, to help define the cycling network and to improve bicycle connections.
  • Promote education and awareness for both motorists and bicyclists.

The city is expected to take comments and suggestions on the draft plan starting this week, and a final plan is expected in the spring.


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