Welcome to DFW

Photo: Backamp Research
Photo: Backamp Research

Dallas is a tough place to ride bikes.  In 2010, Bicycling Magazine rated Dallas one of the three worst cities to ride a bike. In 2012, it happened again.  The bicycle coordinator from 1991 to 2006 believed that bikes were just like cars and removed the few existing bike lanes in favor of a “vehicular cycling” approach.

The most recent bicycle czar has finally been making some solid progress against their 2011 plan.  Sadly, she recently left for greener pastures in Denver.

Ft. Worth, on the other hand, has a B-cycle operation and a mayor who conducts “rolling town hall meetings” by bicycle. If you’re unfamiliar with the metroplex (a portmanteau originally coined by the NTC) , it’s more than just the big D and Cowtown…there’s Arlington, Grapevine, Coppell, Lewisville, Plano, Garland, Irving, Richardardson, and a handful more.  Mix in a dozen or so municipalities and a crazy pickup truck/luxury car mashup culture and it’s hard to believe anything involving bikes gets done.

Nevertheless, a 60+ mile network of trails is nearing completion that connects “D” to “FW” along and near the Trinity River.

So, what of bike tours?  Until recently, Dallas sadly had no bike tours.  But we recently discovered this video that shows a DallasCityTour bike tour.   No sign of them on the website, but we’ll keep an eye out.

As we mentioned, trail infrastructure looks to be Dallas’s primary investment strategy.   Spinlister has a couple of rides using these urban trails.

Things are looking up in Fort Worth too.  Until recently there was only one, running once per month.  CowTown Electric Bikes has recently started several tours, running a few times per week.  Progress in the Metroplex!

We think there’s room for more…C’mon bike entrepreneurs, where are ya?

 

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