Update, Council Briefing of Bike Plan Moved to February 20th

February 4, 2013 § 1 Comment

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UPDATE– Max Kalhammer, the Dallas Bicycle Coordinator for the city has informed us they’re preparing the briefing to the council on February 20th, NOT this Wednesday, February 6th.  We will continue to host a group ride to the meeting for those that can attend.

We encourage any other Bike Friendly groups to rally their troops and meet up at 8:30 AM at Main St Gardens park to then head over together to attend the meeting.

Once the agenda has been posted to city hall’s website, we’ll update this posting with that information.  Here are the group ride details:

  • Date:  Wednesday, February 20th
  • Oak Cliff meet up location:  Oddfellow’s in the Bishop Arts
  • Meet up time:  7:40 AM
  • Departure time:  8:00 AM
  • Destination:  Main St Garden park
  • Arrival time:  8:30 AM
  • Departure time:  8:45 AM
  • Council meeting start time:  9:00 AM
  • RSVP on Facebook

Group Ride to the City Council Briefing of the Dallas Bike Plan – Update***

January 21, 2013 § 4 Comments

dallasbikeplanAs discussed in a recent post of ours, the Dallas City Council will be briefed about the progress of the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan.  BFOC is hosting a group ride that morning to city hall from Oak Cliff.  We encourage any other Bike Friendly groups to rally their troops and meet up at 8:30 AM at Main St Gardens park to then head over together to attend the meeting.

Once the agenda has been posted to city hall’s website, we’ll update this posting with that information.  Here are the group ride details:

  • DateWednesday, February 6th   Wednesday February 20th
  • Oak Cliff meet up location:  Oddfellow’s in the Bishop Arts
  • Meet up time:  7:40 AM
  • Departure time:  8:00 AM
  • Destination:  Main St Garden park
  • Arrival time:  8:30 AM
  • Departure time:  8:45 AM
  • Council meeting start time:  9:00 AM
  • RSVP on Facebook

February 20th Council Briefing of the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan –Updated**

December 12, 2012 § 3 Comments

An update on the progress of the bike plan is slated for February 6th

An update on the progress of the bike plan is slated for February 6th, 2013 at City Hall

The above graphic illustrated the first public meeting scheduled for the public in reviewing the update to the Dallas Bike Plan which passed on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

Since then we’ve heard various trials and tribulations for implementing the plan and how to help fund the plan.  However, since today’s news of a safe passing ordinance went before the council and passed, along with a wide array of stripping that has occurred in the last few months, we seem to be turning the corner.  One reason for the expedition in implementation could be that the city’s wheels just needed some extra grease in the cogs to help them move better.

Recently, Keith Manoy, Senior Transportation Planner with the city and the one slated with implementing the plan, now works for the Public Works department.  This may seem trivial, but there has been some reorganizing within the city staff to help get things moving quicker.  Also staff positions like, Jared White, who helps oversee the city trail network and Max Kalhammer, the city’s only bicycle coordinator, have also been reorganized.

So, on February 6, 2013   February 20, 2013, the city will get a briefing at the council meeting of the current and future progress.  Be on the lookout for a group ride to the event, as well as other ways you can support the Dallas Bike Plan in 2013!

Also, we hear that the city is re-establishing their Bicycle Advisory Committee.  Email Max Kalhammer at max.kalhammer@dallascityhall.com.  The very one organized to help plan & implement the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan, however they inadvertently didn’t keep it on board to implement.  That action has hurt them in their planning efforts, most recently with the Continental bridge park design NOT including separated bicycle infrastructure.  More to come on that story!

Sylvan Avenue Bike Lanes proposed

December 1, 2012 § 4 Comments

 

Sylvan Avenue Bike Lanes Proposed

Public meeting December 10th, Salon Las Americas, 1004 Ft. Worth Avenue, 6pm

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff needs every able bodied person to attend a public meeting December 10th at Salon Las Americas, 1004 Ft. Worth Avenue, 6 pm to review plans for converting the six lane Sylvan Road to four lane, with bike lanes and sidewalks.

A group ride to the meeting is planned for 5:30 pm at Oddfellows in the Bishop Arts District.

Real momentum is finally starting to build for the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan, especially here in Oak Cliff.  In late summer we opened the first buffered bicycle lanes in Dallas on Mary Cliff near Rosemont Elementary, last month we opened the first complete street on a stretch of Bishop Ave, we’re only days away for the first of many segments of stripping on Ft. Worth Ave, and now we’ve got another funded section of Sylvan Ave from I-30 to Colorado Blvd ready for public input.

Currently, the street has no sidewalks, and a blind curve near Colorado that increases accident potential on the roadway. Be sure to head out to show your support for the proposed alignment. The larger the turnout, the better chance we’ll have of getting this infrastructure put into place.

Looking at the image below, this important north/south thoroughfare will get new bicycle facilities in the coming months.  The design proposal takes the 6 lane road down to 4 lanes with 2 buffered bicycle lanes in each direction.  This will finally make this portion of Sylvan a realistic and  direct bicycling route, especially when heading south up that big, winding hill that makes it nearly impossible for most cyclists to use it.  With increasing business development on Ft. Worth Avenue and the Trinity Groves, and the redevelopment of the Continental Avenue bridge as a safe connection across the Trinity, more people will feel safer riding in that direction to get to their favorite destinations.

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Press Conference at City Hall Announced for Bike Lanes on Fort Worth Avenue

January 3, 2012 § 2 Comments

After the recent controversy surrounding the absence of recommended bike lane installations (per the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan) on Fort Worth Avenue, the non-profit organization Fort Worth Avenue Development Group spearheaded a rapid fundraising effort which began with an initial $15,000 contribution by the group. An additional $10,000 has been donated by local businesses, organizations, and residents all along the two mile corridor in order to install bicycle lanes from Colorado Boulevard to Beckley Avenue. Council members Scott Griggs, and Monica Alonzo will welcome the group and accept the check which is being given with the condition that the bicycle infrastructure is installed within 6 months from the time given. Other donors include SMOKE, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Amanda Cross, Victor Balis, the Belmont Hotel, Chicken Scratch, the Foundry, Metro Paws, the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, Options Real Estate, and area developers who are in strong support of the initiative to make Fort Worth Avenue “Bike Friendly”!

You can attend the press conference by heading to City Hall at noon on Wednesday, January 4th in the Flag Room (6th Floor). Click here for a Facebook invite and here to view the press release.

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