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.

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