This weekend, BFOC and Go Oak Cliff combined efforts to install Dallas’ first complete street for two days only. Taking up two blocks from Seventh Street to Eighth Street, along Tyler, we converted a 43′, 3 lane car-only road, to a street that included a bike lane (cycle track) with outside parking creating a dedicated barrier for cyclists, a single lane for car travel, and extended the sidewalk into the street to allow for outdoor cafe seating. The results: traffic immediately slowed when entering the area, children and families comfortably walked and bicycled across the streets, people sat outside drinking coffee and perusing the shops that typically receive little foot traffic due to its inhospitable form. The Cliff Notes bookstore, which has held shop on the block since early last year, had their best sales ever. Not only did the psychology of the street change when we gave equal treatment to all modes of transit, but the economics of the street began working as well. With vehicle speeds slowing, all modes of transit were safer and residents that have lived in Oak Cliff for 50 years, began asking how we could make the changes permanent.
All in all, it was an amazing project, and city council members, city staff, and urban planners were on hand to witness the amazing transformation. Moving forward, we’ll begin working with Councilmember Delia Jasso, to make the changes permanent, and truly enliven this block for all modes of transit.
We’ll be posting several videos and images throughout the week spotlighting the project, so stay tuned!