At Julyâs end we noted that thanks to Downtown Dallas Inc.âs generous donation, the city at long last had enough dough to lay down Phase 1 of Dallas Bike Planâs Central Core Connector, which links the Santa Fe Trail and Katy Trail through downtown. And so itâs off to work they go â" âtheyâ being the three workers from Striping Technology, which the cityâs hired to lay down the bike-path markings being affixed to Lamar Street at this very moment.
Now, youâll note: The 2011 iteration of the Central Core Connection doesnât run down Lamar (in both directions, turns out); Market and Griffin made up the original loop. Iâve got a call in to Keith Manoy, one of the cityâs senior transpo planners, to discuss the change of plan.
But Jim Wood, director of Planning, Transportation and Development for Downtown Dallas Inc., says, yes, Lamarâs the route â" from the American Airlines Center, where bike lanes were laid down a couple of weeks back, to the Dallas Convention Center. And, yes, these are shared bike lanes, not dedicated or buffered lanes, like the one that showed up around Rosemont Elementary last week.
But âthe markings are better than nothing,â says Wood. âEverybody would like to see designated lanes, but there are some challenges, especially with downtown â" intersections and parking, for instance. But this is the first bike path through downtown. Weâll see how this works, and maybe we can figure out some designated paths in the future.â
As for when this will be finished: The workers putting down the markings guesstimate they have 200 to go as they make their way to the convention center and back to Woodall Rodgers. So â¦ âmaybe a week?â
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