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We participated in Bike to City Hall day this morning. Individuals rode in from different parts of Dallas, and groups of people rode in with organzied (and safer) rides with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and Bike Friendly Knox Henderson. Union Station was the meeting point.
Once we gathered at Union Station, we all went as a big group at 8:00 am to the front of City Hall for a press conference of sorts where Mayor Rawlings, Council members Delia Jasso and Scott Griggs, and Max the “Bike Czar” (great unofficial title!) discussed the continuing efforts to implement the recently approved Bike plan. All road work that is done on streets identified in the Bike Plan will have to implement the approved changes. So, if a road is getting re-striped, the workers will have to stripe the new bike lane or sharrows too. If it’s being repaved, they might have to also expand to include a cycle track. Over the next few years we should see an increase in bike infrastructure which not only improves quality of life (as we bikers know) but is also beneficial in reducing smog, congestion, and parking problems.
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and Knox Henderson were both recognized for their efforts on behalf of biking in Dallas, and Amanda Popken was recognized for helping organize Bike to City Hall Day. It was a very fun way to start the day, with great exercise and wonderful people celebrating getting things done. Now all I want some is some big breakfast tacos.
Visiting Santa Barbara last weekend, Cycle Chic was on my mind. It’s a chic hippie town to begin with. I was surprised, however, to see how few people on bikes were wearing anything more stylist than hippie workout wear (which is pretty typical attire in beachy Santa Barbara even for those not on bikes or working out.)
There were some pretty chic bikes locked up along State St though.
Not to mention a cute little dog in a bike basket (love it!)
Even saw a bike in the storefront window at Dear Diary.
After biking around a bit (albeit on a borrowed bike that frankly needed a good tuneup) I could understand why people have electric bicycles. The hills along Shoreline Dr are exceptionally steep and go on forever. With my minimal tolerance for biking hills (Dallas is mostly flat), I’d had just about enough of that by the time I reached La Mesa Park. (Check out the little sign in the photo below warning cyclists that the hill’s steep! And, yes, there’s a sidewalk and a separate 2-way bike lane, with the car-lanes to the left just out of the shot. So accommodating!)
It’s such a beautiful place though, with bike lanes all over, and fairly courteous drivers I’d say (pedestrians do have the right-of-way by law – and there are so many bikers you get accustomed to looking for them.) They even have bike parking at the SBA airport (smiles!)
My question: are they bikes of employees, or day-trip passengers with minimal luggage?… Either way I loooove this hippie town.