Barry Bishop rides his mountain bike on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 on the North Shore Trail around Lake Grapevine in Flower Mound, Texas. North Shore is one of 22 trails maintained by the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association. More are needed. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News) Remember that spike in bicycle sales at the beginning of the pandemic? In June 2020, Woody Smith, owner of Richardson Bike Mart told Bicycling magazine that demand was “mind blowing.” Turns out, people have been pedaling those things instead of leaving them to collect dust in the garage.
That, along with some forward-thinking planning, is giving North Texas a chance to dramatically improve its bike culture. City leaders should do what they can to support this trend.
Nationwide rankings of the most bike-friendly cities regularly leave out Dallas. In 2018, Bicycling ’s top 50 list only included one Texas city: Austin. Last summer, another such study ranked Dallas 140 out of 200 cities, when considering factors like bike lanes, share of workers who bike to work, access to bike shops and clubs, air quality, and weather.
But Dallas cycling activists expect that to change.
An ace we have up our sleeve: The Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association . According to Sean Laughlin, the club’s director of development and sponsorship, DORBA, founded in 1988, was one of the first such organizations in the country and remains one of the most active. Its 2,000 members help maintain more than 200 miles of bike trail.
Laughlin has been tracking the surge in […]