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Want to Tell Dallas That Cycling in the City Is Unsafe? Here’s Your Chance.

Want to Tell Dallas That Cycling in the City Is Unsafe? Here’s Your Chance.

The bike lane down Polk, which does not feel great if you’re on a bike cruising down Polk. The city of Dallas has launched a…

Tuesday, Jul 12

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The bike lane down Polk, which does not feel great if you’re on a bike cruising down Polk. The city of Dallas has launched a survey to help inform how it will update its 11-year-old bike plan. That survey is live through July 17.

But first, an anecdote.

I live in Oak Cliff, where the city recently reverted Polk and Tyler streets into two-way thoroughfares. The city began this process in 2016 with a goal of slowing traffic and encouraging more pedestrian activity along these streets. When they were one-ways, they were raceways in and out of the neighborhood.

There’s a new roundabout that allows drivers to access both directions of Tyler and Polk at their northern junction, a few blocks above Davis Street. Past Davis, Polk Street splits into a driving lane, a bike lane, and another lane for on-street parking abutting a dozen or so new homes.

When there are no cars parked in those spots, drivers take the lane as their own, zooming perilously close to the designated bike lane, as the gentleman in the red Hummer did in the photo above this post. I’ve seen some cars even wait for the traffic light at Jefferson Boulevard while idling in that bike lane. (That light and others in the corridor still blink red six weeks after the street opened up to traffic, for some reason.)

This is the sort of thing I would like to share with the city.

I believe cyclists in Dallas would be safer with what the city calls […]

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