A bike commuter rejoices on the Jefferson bridge


That guy loves him some segregated asphalt. It’s bike commuter Brandon Schrader of Oak Cliff, face planting in the good way.

“Dallas did it,” he writes. “They finally put in a safe, useful bike path that makes sense.”

Schrader says he is not an advocate for bike lanes. He even criticizes some that others have celebrated, such as those on Bishop Avenue, where there is “traffic on one side and parked cars waiting to door you on the other.”

But on major streets that can’t be avoided, separated bike paths are a must, he says.

Today there was a marked difference in my commute. Instead of constantly looking back and wondering if the cars going 50 MPH were going to hit me, I was able to keep a nice, enjoyable leisurely pace thanks to the protected barrier.  For the first time there is a legitimate and safer way to ride to and from Oak Cliff into Downtown.

Schrader described the dead end downtown as “awkward but manageable.”

A two-way cycle track opened Monday on the Jefferson Viaduct, which also was reconfigured for two-way auto traffic since the Houston Street Viaduct closed for streetcar construction.

By |2015-02-18T11:42:51-05:00March 14th, 2013|Development, News, Parks & Trails, Traffic, Transportation|3 Comments

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  1. […] A closer look at the heat map of the Oak Cliff area reveals a score of 47 — not much higher than the city average. You wouldn’t know it judging by the neighborhood’s bike culture and the number of folks out their on two wheels. Plus, Oak Cliff reached a milestone recently when the city finally installed a bike path on the Jefferson bridge. […]

  2. Jason Jones March 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Congrats Brandon. I’m glad that the chances of you getting run over commuting to the office have gone down. Just watch out for those crazy downtown and north Dallas drivers once you cross the bridge.

  3. Mike Dunlap March 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    I’ve been biking around Brooklyn all afternoon today. On-street bike lanes and separated, green-painted, cycle tracks everywhere.

    And for anyone thinking this is something NYC can do that for some reason Dallas can’t: none of this existed 7-8 years ago.

    Dallas has the most incompetent, city-clueless city manager possible. She has no clue what smart cities are doing these days. With a city manager that actually studied and understood cities (i.e. urban, dense, integrated cities) Dallas could be doing great things for cyclists and pedestrians as well. But unfortunately we don’t have one.

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