The Grand Strand in Dallas Land (Part 1)

A couple of weekends ago, we loaded the BTBT staff car and decamped for a couple of days in Big D.  The Old 97’s County Fair was the primary destination, but I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to explore a bit of Dallas bike infrastructure.

We stayed in the Market Center area, right on I-35 west of downtown and just a couple of blocks from the Trinity Strand Trail.  Other than having mapped a possible ride to the show in downtown Dallas, I hadn’t done any research about the area.  Taking a quick exploratory ride on Saturday morning, I stumbled into Noble Rey Brewing at the west end of the trail (seen at the right side of the photo):

Hmm, that was unexpected, although I was aware that Community Beer Company is not far away.  I continued onto the trail and quickly discovered murals:

Beyond the murals, some funky eateries, and a few bridges and access points, the trail cuts through the up and coming Dallas Design District area.  I continued on to the eastern trail head at Stemmons and Oak Lawn.  A connection here to the Katy Trail is under development.

Eastern Trailhead

This initial 2.5 miles of the Trinity Strand Trail opened last fall with another 5+ miles planned.  There is already a viable cycling connection to the Trinity Skyline Trail (more on this in Part 2).

For a beautiful Saturday morning, the trail was remarkably empty.  For a ride lasting about 40 minutes, I didn’t see more than a couple of bicycles and a half dozen walkers/runners.  That’s a shame, it’s a wonderful piece of bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure, with wide concrete swathes, bridges, and even emergency signage.  The trail is relatively new, and will be expanded to at least 7.5 miles

Next — Check out Part 2 of The Grand Strand in Dallas Land.

Mumbai at Night?

OK, we know what you’re thinking.  You saw the post about cycling in Mumbai, but it sounds a bit too busy and hot for you.  Am I right?

Here’s the solution: Reality Tours offers a Mumbai Night Tour.

Chhatrapati Shivaji station, formerly Victoria Terminus. Photo: Shailesh Andrade/Reuters via The Guardian

The tour rolls past palaces, gardens, temples, mosques, markets and people.  Sleeping people, in the streets.  They stop for chai and climb a hill topped with billion dollar homes.

Beginning at midnight, the tour ends near dawn, as the city of Mumbai is waking up.

A New Bike Tour is Born

Fly City Bike Tours is opening this spring, in Fredericksburg VA.  Located about an hour south of DC, near the Quantico marine base, Fredericksburg is a small town of about 30,000 residents.  A small town that enjoys nearly 1.5M visitors annually, in large part due to its history, especially during the Civil War.

Image: Roger Price
Image: Roger Price

Fredericksburg appears to be a great fit for a bike tour.  The owner, Catesby Payne:

“…has taken bike tours on recent vacations and thought the concept would work well here.”

How great is that?  Catesby is apparently a recent city bike tour convert and is starting her own tour.  Fair warning, though, Catesby also owns Fly Fitness Inspiration, so plan on keeping up!