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.
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.