Bike lanes planned for Zang, Beckley

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The city’s public works department presented changes to the thoroughfare plan, which includes bike lanes in our neighborhood, in a meting with neighbors Tuesday.

Any time the city wants to install bike lanes or cycle tracks, they are required to amend the thoroughfare plan, including conducting neighborhood meetings. City staff members Tanya Brooks and Ashley Haire stressed that these plans are preliminary.

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The plan calls for a protected bike lane, or cycle track, along Beckley from Greenbriar to Zang. Where the protected cycle track on the Jefferson Viaduct will end at Oakenwald, it will transition to bike lanes on either side of the street. Shared bike lanes would be painted on Neches to Bishop, which already has bike lanes. Bike transportation coordinator Ashley Haire says she thinks directing bike traffic onto side streets generally works better than having bike facilities on main traffic thoroughfares, such as Colorado or Zang. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff board members present at the meeting said they were pleased with the plan.

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East Kessler Park neighbors were not too pleased with plans for Beckley, the current design of which encourages speeding (the posted speed limit is 30 mph, but traffic typically moves much faster) and discourages walking. While the proposed redesign does include a cycle track, it doesn’t do anything to slow traffic.

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Neighbor Katherine Homan says she would like Beckley to be a real complete street with “women pushing strollers” on wide sidewalks. The city’s minimum sidewalk width is 4 feet, and the minimum for a cycle track is 8 feet. So the design minimizes bike and pedestrian amenities while allowing 64-76 feet for cars.

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These amendments are expected to head to a subcommittee of the City Plan a Commission, and it could go to City Council in May.

That being said, this is just a plan. The Beckley changes have not been funded, and neither have the bike lanes on Zang, nor the shared lanes on Neches.

Offer your feedback directly to Tanya Brooks at 214.243.2083, or by emailing her.

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  • Chris

    If we know people are speeding down beckley, and they are, why doesn’t DPD have an officer radar right by the hospital, they could write enough tickets to pay that officers salary in a single day. Walking on north bound beckley’s sidewalk is terrifing, on one side is a cement wall that towers over any pedestrians and the other side has cars blowing by at twice the speed limit.

  • dump the incumbents

    Seems the city can do anything they want! They are not “required” to do anything, but follow their own rules. They do not care what we think. They manipulate the meetings, the rules and you, to serve their own hidden agendas. Why do lesser travelled streets even need the much ignored bike lanes? Bicycle riders are being used as political pawns just like everyone else. Bike lanes are mainly occupied by trash and bike hazards brushed aside by traffic… talk about tokenism! Can anyone explain why a segment of the traffic is given a specific lane even though their vehicles pay no road taxes and are not held responsible for following traffic rules and regulations? I see bike riders irresponsibly running stop signs and traffic lights on a regular basis. What a joke!

  • Jonathan Braddick

    Thanks for posting this follow up Rachel! Though to clarify the statement, “Anytime the city wants to install bicycle lanes or cycletracks, they are required to amend the thoroughfare plan…” I believe they only need to do this when the changes are actually be done to a thoroughfare. like Zang or Beckley. This requirement doesn’t include streets that aren’t in the thoroughfare plan, like Neches in this project.