Council Set to Pass Safe Passing Ordinance

October 9, 2012 § 3 Comments

The video above was posted to the Dallas Morning News city hall blog, and shows the head cam and audio of a bicyclist riding and describing how to ride in the new shared bicycle lanes in downtown.

Furthermore, Dallas is set to pass its first ever safe passing ordinance at tomorrow’s city council meeting.  It means that motor vehicles must “vacate the lane occupied by a vulnerable road user when passing, and reenter the lane occupied by the vulnerable road user only after passing at a safe distance”

Here’s the addendum’s full text:

The proposed ordinance would require the operator of a motor vehicle to: (1) vacate the lane occupied by a vulnerable road user when passing, and reenter the lane occupied by the vulnerable road user only after passing at a safe distance; (2) not turn right in front of a vulnerable road user unless safely clear of the vulnerable road user; and (3) not throw items at a vulnerable road user. A vulnerable road user includes operators of bicycles, hand cycles, unicycles, and other human-powered wheeled vehicles on a street or highway. A motor vehicle operator violating the ordinance may be subject to a fine not to exceed $500. The motor vehicle operator is provided a defense if the vulnerable road user was not complying with laws governing the operation of bicycles on streets and highways. A defense is also provided if the motor vehicle operator cannot change lanes because of a physical barrier or obstruction or because the change of lanes would be unlawful, and then passes the vulnerable road user at a safe
speed and distance.

Simply put, this provides the defense if ever someone is hit in the city of Dallas by a motor vehicle that doesn’t fully vacate a lane when passing a bicycle or other human-powered wheeled vehicle.  Of course, if you’re hit, a $500 fine  isn’t much when you’re in the hospital paying thousands of dollars recovering or even worse.

Now that we’ll have this ordinance, it’s up to us bicyclists to be informed and educated on how to ride appropriately with motor vehicles using the new infrastructure and on streets without infrastructure.

We recommend the following organization’s on-street bicycle workshops:

Richardson Adds More Bike Lanes

August 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Re-posted from Bike Friendly Richardson

New Bike Lanes On Canyon Creek Drive

The City of Richardson does it again. We now have some new bike lanes on Canyon Creek Drive, along with some newly repainted bike lanes on Yale Boulevard. As usual, we are grateful that the city has been doing this for cyclists. These are also great for calming traffic through these neighborhoods as well.

Here are some pics:

Most of the route is painted with a nice buffer between bikes and traffic, yet wide enough to keep riders out of the gutter.

See all photos of these new lanes here!

TONIGHT: Show up to support Bike Lanes on Ft. Worth Ave, pass it along!

June 27, 2012 § 1 Comment

JOIN THE EVENT ON FB

SHOW UP TO SUPPORT BIKE LANES ON FT. WORTH AVE!

We need as many bike friendly supporters TONIGHT to attend at, 6:30 PM, June 27th at The Bataan Community Center 3232 Bataan Street, Dallas, TX 75208 for a city of Dallas public meeting.  PLEASE share this with as many people aas you know.  The people who show up to these meetings and fill out the feedback cards are the one’s that DON’T want bicycle infrastructure on streets!  See the public notice below:

CITY OF DALLAS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

FORT WORTH AVENUE
PROPOSED THOROUGHFARE PLAN AMENDMENT

Your input is requested at a community meeting to discuss a proposed
Thoroughfare Plan amendment for Fort Worth Avenue on Wednesday, June
27, 2012 at

The Bataan Community Center
3232 Bataan Street
Dallas, TX 75208
6:30 p.m.

The proposed street design approach places emphasis on establishing a
design that balances vehicle movement while incorporating amenities that
accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and public transit users and are
consistent with the vision of the community. The proposed amendment
includes reducing the designated number of travel lanes from six to four
and adding a cycle track along the corridor. For additional information,
please contact Tanya Brooks at (214) 243-2083 or Max Kalhammer at (214)
671-8295.

UPDATE: Show up to support Bike Lanes on Ft. Worth Ave, pass it along!

June 20, 2012 § 4 Comments

*Original post had the wrong date of June 20th in the opening paragraph.  The actual date is June 27th.  The post has been corrected below

JOIN THE EVENT ON FB

SHOW UP TO SUPPORT BIKE LANES ON FT. WORTH AVE!

We need as many bike friendly supporters to attend Wednesday, 6:30 PM, June 27th at The Bataan Community Center 3232 Bataan Street, Dallas, TX 75208 for a city of Dallas public meeting.  PLEASE share this with as many people aas you know.  The people who show up to these meetings and fill out the feedback cards are the one’s that DON’T want bicycle infrastructure on streets!  See the public notice below:

CITY OF DALLAS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

FORT WORTH AVENUE
PROPOSED THOROUGHFARE PLAN AMENDMENT

Your input is requested at a community meeting to discuss a proposed
Thoroughfare Plan amendment for Fort Worth Avenue on Wednesday, June
27, 2012 at

The Bataan Community Center
3232 Bataan Street
Dallas, TX 75208
6:30 p.m.

The proposed street design approach places emphasis on establishing a
design that balances vehicle movement while incorporating amenities that
accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and public transit users and are
consistent with the vision of the community. The proposed amendment
includes reducing the designated number of travel lanes from six to four
and adding a cycle track along the corridor. For additional information,
please contact Tanya Brooks at (214) 243-2083 or Max Kalhammer at (214)
671-8295.

Update from City Hall

January 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

Check presented by Fort Worth Avenue Development Group to Councilmembers Alonzo and Griggs

The entire City Council along with City Manager Mary Suhm and others were on hand to celebrate the fundraising campaign by the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group to stripe bike lanes that were recommended in the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan. Council member Alonzo spoke on how it was necessary for communities to come together to help move these projects forward and stressed the importance for the city to implement this project. Scott Griggs, former president of the FWADG and council member for District 3, also spoke in support of the effort, while the Mayor congratulated the group and asked that more public and private partnerships like this occur throughout the city to help larger portions of the bike plan become reality. According to Dallas planning director, Theresa O’Donnell, the project will be expedited and should be installed by July of this year.

We’ll be celebrating this Friday, January 6th, at 6:30PM at the Bar Belmont. Join us for drinks and a group photo with the giant check! Click here for the Facebook invite.

Again, we want to acknowledge all of the local businesses and organizations throuhgout the corridor who contributed to the cause and helped make this campaign a success:

Fort Worth Avenue Development Group
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
Options Real Estate
Old Oak Cliff Conservation League
Metro Paws
the Belmont Hotel
Victor Balis & Amanda Cross
SMOKE
Chicken Scratch
the Foundry

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.

Bicycling and the “elite”

December 7, 2011 § 3 Comments

A friend of BFOC just forwarded the following article from Salon magazine on the new wave of urban cyclists and perceptions of elitism. It brings up some interesting points on how this simple and inexpensive mode of transit is surprisingly being pegged as “high-brow” by some. With that being said, my favorite part of the article was the author’s admission that New York’s development of bike lanes is what motivated him to begin cycling…more proof that infrastructure increases ridership:

“Like many of today’s bicyclists, I started riding when my city striped a bike lane near my apartment. It was the Prospect Park West bike lane, which became ground zero in New York’s bike wars. The lane was what made me first realize that biking to work was an option — I didn’t feel forced, but I did feel nudged, as if the city was suggesting that maybe I’d like to give this a whirl. I think this is the true power of bicycle infrastructure: It’s an implicit message that bikes are real transportation, and an advertisement for biking that runs right through the city in bright green paint.”

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