Bike the Metroplex!…and hopefully soon Arlington too
Cities all around the Metroplex are making great strides to advance bicycle infrastructure.
As Mayor Mike Moncrief stated before he voted to approve the plan “The important message tonight is alternative modes of transportation. We deserve options from which to choose” (see his comments starting at 01:24:00 here).
To supplement this plan, the Fort Worth City Council also recently unanimously approved both a Safe Passing Ordinance (requiring a vehicle to give three feet of space between it and a vulnerable road user) and a bicycle parking ordinance for the city.
Just this month the Dallas City Council also unanimously approved the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan. This plan provides 255 miles of on-street bike lanes, 188 miles of on-street bike routes, and 456 miles of off-street trails.
Other area cities
The City of Richardson’s bike plan contains a robust system of bike lanes, routes, and trails.
We realize Arlington is not any of these cities, and we appreciate that too. We love Arlington. But we feel Arlington is missing an opportunity to provide real amenities for its citizens. Our neighbors are attracting creative people who help spur economic development and Arlington needs to do the same.
For a comparison of these plans versus Arlington’s proposed Option C:
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With a quick glance, wouldn’t you think Arlington deserves more? Now take a look at Option A – the plan created over a year and half with the work of the public, city staff, and experienced consultants:
Better, no? Also, Arlington’s Option A is about 58% on-street and 42% off-street, which is closer to Fort Worth’s percentages (75% on-street and 25% off-street) and Dallas’ percentages (65% on-street / 35% off-street). (By comparison, Arlington’s Option C is only about 49% on-street / 51% off-street – learn more here.) Option A also has many more miles of lanes, instead of routes, which is a better option – people want on-street facilities to get to practical destinations.
For a full understanding of the differences between these facilities, please see our post about bike lanes and bike routes, and why bike lanes are accessible to more users than bike routes.