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Dallas Working to Build More Protected Bike Lanes

Not all bicycle infrastructure is created equal. Dallas planners are working to find new ways to build protected bike lanes instead of sharrows and other half-measures.
September 26, 2015, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Brandon Formby reports on efforts in the city of Dallas to build out bicycle infrastructure. The key statistics: "In 2012, Dallas had 8 miles of on-street bike lanes. Today that’s grown to 39.3 miles. Within the next few years, that’s expected to increase to 107 miles."

Formby notes, however, some residents, "including some Dallas City Council members, aren’t as awed. That’s largely because 32 miles of the network so far is made up of shared lanes. Those are places where the city paints arrows and bike icons often called 'sharrows' to indicate cyclists and drivers share the same space."

The rest of the article goes on to detail the challenges facing the city in its efforts to build a more complete, protected network. Included with those challenges, however, is good news for bicyclists, such as the city's draft complete streets design manual.

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Published on Friday, September 25, 2015 in The Dallas Morning News
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