Friday, December 21, 2012

Traffic Skills 101

Garland can be an intimidating place to ride for a lot of cyclists.  Part of that is perception.  I have taken several cyclists on their fist ride across Garland, and they have all been surprised at how easy it is.  A bigger reason is that we were never really taught how to ride with traffic.  We all took driver's ed, but who among us has taken cycling education?  We are bringing a Traffic Skills 101 course to Garland!  The hands on portion of the course is on February 2nd, at 8:00 AM.  Location is still TBD, so please check our Events page for updates.  It's going to be a fun day!

Course Description: Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Through TS101, students learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and children above age fourteen. The curriculum is fast-paced, nine-hours, and prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling. TS101 is a League of American Bicyclists (LAB) course.

Mike Freiberger, DORBA's (Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association) Commuter Coordinator, has volunteered to be our instructor. As DORBA's Commuter Coordinator, Mike is authorized to include one year memberships in DORBA with the price of the course. Mike is a LAB League Cycling Instructor.

This course is being offered to us for $25 each, which is a 50% discount.  It consists of 9 hours of instruction.  The fist four hours are online, and can be completed any time before the class on February 2nd.

After completing this course, you'll have the skills to take the Garland streets more safely and with confidence.  We hope that you'll be empowered to bike whenever you want, and wherever you want.  -Jared

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas on the Square 2012

The Generator Coffee House and Bakery
Downtown Garland
What a perfect night for a ride!  Bike Friendly Garland's second official ride was a lot of fun.  The weather could not have been more pleasant.  We had a total of 12 riders come out for the ride, though we lost a couple riding a tandem on the way to two flat tires.  Bummer.  They had a nicely decorated bike.

We came in two groups.  One left from the north side of town at Firewheel Mall, and the other group left from the south side of town at Duck Creek Park.  Both groups met downtown in front of The Generator Coffee House and Bakery.  This is a very nice coffee house, by the way.  They've done an excellent job with it.  

Shortly after everyone arrived, the countdown to the tree lighting began.  The square was lit beautifully, and there was a short fireworks display.  After that, we walked around to check out the food and booths.  A few of us locked up our bikes in front of The Generator, and went in for a hot drink.

Several of us decorated our bikes with lights and other decorations, which were a big hit with some people at the event.  Kids especially liked our bikes.  I heard one young girl begging her parents for a bike after she saw ours.  A future cyclist!

Here's some more pictures from the event:


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Garland Has Bike Lanes!

Garland has bike lanes now, and they are pretty nice!  On Glenbrook Dr., between Miller Rd. and Main St. Downtown, the city of Garland has striped about a mile and a half of bike lanes.  If you've ridden this way before, you'll know that this is the part of Glenbrook that opens up to four lanes and carries some high speed traffic.  Not anymore.

The city has added bike lanes and reduced the car lanes to two.  I think the traffic is noticeably more tame now.  The bike lanes are nice and wide,  and the pavement is in good shape the entire way.  I rode these lanes last night, and did not feel squeezed at all between the curb and car traffic.  It was a very comfortable ride.  Thank you Garland Department of Transportation!  -Jared

Monday, November 12, 2012

North-South Bike Route Update

I sent an email to the city of Garland's Transportation Department thanking them for the new signs we're seeing along Duck Creek and Gleenbrook, and asked about maps and future bike routes.  I received a response from Dave Timbrell, the Transportation Operations Manager.  He says that at this time, this is the only bike route that has been established, but as time and funding permit, others will be developed as well.  He also sent me this map of the North-South Bike Route that is currently under development:

Detailed with the type of infrastructure being put in place today.
Of interest in this map are the different types of markings being put in.  Most of route will have "May Use Full Lane" signs, a section of Glenbrook will only be shared lanes (it's only two lanes at that point), and there will be a separate bike lane painted from Miller into Downtown on Glenbrook.

Also currently being designed (which we previously reported on) are the connectors to Garland's Duck Creek Trail, Mesquite under I-30, and Breckinridge Park in Richardson.

Let's take advantage of this.  Let's be seen using it.   -Jared

Monday, November 5, 2012

Christmas on the Square

Join us on a ride to Downtown Garland for the annual "Christmas on the Square" celebration!  Since Garland is so large, we will be riding from a north location and a south location.  That keeps distances at around 5 miles each direction, so this should be ride-able by just about anyone.  This is a casual pace, no drop ride.  Nobody will be left behind.  It's going to be dark, so please have lights and reflective clothing!
Garland's Christmas on the Square
 I found this picture and others from last year's Christmas on the Square on Flickr.  Dave Hensley is the photographer.

Garland will kick off the 2012 Christmas season with the annual Christmas on the Square tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 6, 2012.  The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the downtown square, located on Sixth Street from State Street to Main Street. The official tree lighting takes place around 7:00 p.m. as Santa helps city officials light up the square with thousands of twinkling lights.
Christmas on the Square offers many free family activities, including horse drawn carriage rides and snow tubing hills.  Children can get their picture taken with Santa and take home a free souvenir photo button. 
Local choirs provide the entertainment for the evening. Attendees can enjoy shopping in the Christmas Bazaar booths or take advantage of a variety of festive foods.
From the north side, that group will leave from Firewheel Mall.  From the south side, that group will leave from the Gatewood Pavilion parking lot on Duck Creek Dr.  Wheels roll at 5:45 PM, and both groups will meet up downtown.  More details will be coming, and you can always find us on our Bike Friendly Garland Facebook Group page.  -Jared

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Official Bike Friendly Garland Ride

BFG riders from right to left: Tim, Rik, Jared and Johnny
 On a crisp 40 degree October morning, overlooking a sparkling lake with the fog in our horizon, a group of four determined riders that included me met for a ride through Garland. The purpose of this ride was to see if it was possible to ride the length of Garland from Windsurf Bay Park all the way into Downtown. We also wanted to see if this could be done safely. Our results were very surprising.

Once we started to move our legs the cold weather became more manageable. We were able to get to the Duck Creek Greenbelt from Rowlett road and took this multiple use pathway all the way to Centerville Road. From Centerville we were able to get into a residential neighborhood then on to Fifth Street. Fifth Street took us into the heart of Downtown Garland.

We stopped for some grub at a mom and pop breakfast diner called Hubbard's Cupboard. This place was really old timey in appearance and I also liked how they had an outdoor seating area. They are about one bike rack away from being a bike friendly business. Any ideas?

Hubbard's Cupboard- The happening place
We ate, now we are ready for the ride!

 After breakfast at Hubbard's we headed back to our starting point. We took Glenbrook Road and were amazed at the city's progress in posting signage to make road users aware of cyclists.  On our first ride through Garland, we noticed no such signs. All along Glenbrook and Duck Creek Road, we saw freshly planted "Share the Road" and "May use full lane" signs. There was even a driver who honked at us to get out of her way as we passed one of these signs. I pointed to her, then I pointed to the sign, and the problem was solved. She knew she had to share the road with us.

"Share the Road" signs like these are becoming commonplace in Garland.

"We took a picture of this sign because it was funny"

I never thought I would see one of these  in Garland. Great progress!
We are looking forward to doing more rides like this on a regular basis. For those who weren't able to attend this ride, there will be other opportunities in the near future. On our list of proposed rides are riding to White Rock Lake and riding from Garland to Sunnyvale. Stay tuned and check out our events page for more information as well as weekly group rides.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The BFG Inaugural Ride is Here!

It's here!  Get ready for a 40 degree morning ride!  Click HERE for directions to Windsurf Bay Park.  Remember, this is a casual pace, no-drop ride.  Spandex is not recommended. :)

Some tips for Sunday's ride:
  • Dress warm and comfortably.
  • Use protective and  reflective gear if available.
  • Stay with the group and follow the rules of the road
  • Be ready for a 20 mile ride
  • We will stop for breakfast in Downtown Garland in the interim of our ride.
We will be setting the pace for an easy ride and so we can accommodate all skill levels of cyclists present. All levels of cyclist and bicycles welcome. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

BikeDFW Fall Meetup

This evening, I had a chance to attend BikeDFW's Fall Meetup at REI in Dallas.  I estimate around 60 people were in attendance from all over the Metroplex.  Among the attendees, it was pretty much a "who's who" of DFW cycling advocacy.  It was very cool to finally meet some of these guys.

Speaking at the event were the city of Richardson's Assistant Director of Traffic and Transportation Dave Carter, and the city of Fort Worth's Transportation and Planning Senior Planner Julia McCleeary. Also presenting on grass roots advocacy were Bike Friendly Fort Worth, and MaryAnn Means from the Fort Worth Mayor's Office.

Dave Carter showed how they've transformed a number of streets to be accommodating to cyclists by using an array of different types of infrastructure and signage.  The emphasis was that you have to choose what works best for any given situation, and sometimes the best solution is nothing at all.  The education and "training" of drivers was also emphasized.

He also gave us a glimpse of how some of this stuff actually gets done.  For instance, traffic calming was something that the citizens were demanding all over the city, so they used this demand for traffic calming and built bike lanes to accomplish it.  That's brilliant.

These are some of the criteria that the city of Richardson looks for when creating a bike route.  Mostly common sense, but good to keep in mind when asking "why not my favorite street?".

  • Collector streets with excess roadway capacity
  • Strong Potential for Demand
  • Safety
  • Minimal Intersections
Julia McCleeary presented for the city of Fort Worth.  In just two years after their bike plan was approved, they've done what so many said was impossible in North Texas.  They've built out comprehensive bicycle infrastructure that works, and people actually use.  Ridership is continually increasing, and cyclists are riding all over the city and downtown.

She gave these ideas on how to make a difference in your city:
  • Make a plan
  • Create bike friendly policies
  • Grassroots advocacy
  • Look for creative funding
  • Free bike corrals at events
  • Partner with transit, health, and safety agencies
  • Educate the public at community events
Finally, the message about grass roots advocacy was loud and clear:  We have to be out there advocating, educating, and riding!  There are a lot of great people working for the cities that could use our help in making noise.  They do all they can, but after a while, even they can get ignored.  If 10 citizens call about something, it tends to get noticed.  Organizing events and educating the public is crucial.  When people put a human face on cycling, there's a lot more acceptance and respect given.  This is something that Bike Friendly Fort Worth, Bike Friendly Richardson, and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff have been really great at.  I think it's easy to see how that's paid off for them and their communities.   -Jared

Monday, September 3, 2012

North-South Bikeway Progress

The North-South Bikeway is what the city of Garland refers to in its documents as its portion of the coming Mesquite-Garland-Richardson Bikeway.  Read more about the North-South Bikeway in the 2012 Capital Improvement Plan.

This map has several items on it, but anything that looks like a railroad  is the bikeway.  Red, blue, and black.

In June, the contract for the design of two off street sections of the bikeway was awarded to local firm BW2 Engineers, Inc..  The first section is a connector from the Duck Creek Trail to Mesquite under I-30.  The second section is a connector from the Duck Creek Trail under Centerville Rd. to Glenbrook Dr.  Both sections include bridges over Duck Creek.  You can read the PDF of the Council's agenda here to find out more on the specifics of this contract.

These are the two pieces being designed today.

Since the North-South Bikeway will continue to use the bike route on Glenbrook, this connector will make getting there a lot easier.  Today, if you follow the "bike route" signs, you have to cross Centerville,  go up 1st street, take a left on Woodbury, curve up Ridgedale, take a left on Kingsley,  and finally take a right on Glenbrook.  With the connector in place, it's a much straighter shot, and best of all, there's no traffic signals or stop signs.

This is actually happening.  According to the city's tentative project schedule, construction should begin  in March of 2013.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Eventually, the North-South Bikeway will be a combination of on and off street facilities that will extend from Mesquite to Richardson's Breckenridge Park.   Inside Garland, it will connect to parks, Downtown, and even Firewheel mall.  What better place for bikes than an outdoor mall?  -Jared

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sightseeing along the "Bike Route"-Duck Creek Greenbelt to Apollo Road

Following Garland's one and only "official" Bike Route
The neighborhood bike route  where it intersects with Kingsley Road
As we were studying maps we came across this unadvertised route and found that it runs through the city of Garland. There was no information on the City of Garland's website, so we decided to explore it for ourselves. What we found was a route that was best suited for faster paced group rides than it would be for a mom pulling her kid behind her on a bicycle trailer. Although there were some low traffic areas that wound through neighborhoods and underdeveloped parts of the city, there were also some areas where cars were going in excess of 40 miles an hour. We would like to point out some interesting things that we saw that day and would also like recommend some improvements to make this route more commuter friendly. 

Here's a map of the route we covered that day.

Some recommendations we would make right off hand to make the bike route more bike friendly:

-  "Share the Road" signs to complement the existing bike route markers.
-  More traffic enforcement along the bike route for the protection of cyclists.
-  Bicycle lanes along Glenbrook, Kingsley and First Street where they meet the bike route.
-  Increased promotion of bicycle route to Garland residents. Community awareness of it's existence.

Our journey first started on Duck Creek Greenbelt park on the southeast corner of Garland. We took the trail to First street and then followed the Bike Route signs through some neighborhoods until we reached Kingsley. We rode for less than a quarter mile on Kingsley alongside some fast paced traffic then veered back into the neighborhoods following the bike route. We continued on the route until reaching Glenbrook Road. Glenbrook road then proceeded to take us all the way into downtown Garland.  Here's a few more pictures of downtown Garland along with some observations we made. 

There seems to be too much emphasis on trying to park so many cars in such a small space.

Vetoni's Italian Restaurant
The old diner sign for Main Street Cafe.

Fountains line the downtown plaza and theater.

An empty plaza that could be used as a community social center. Where are all the musicians and chess players?
An art mural on State Street

We continued on Glenbrook Road, passing Buckingham Road and eventually reaching Apollo. On the way back we stopped at a classic car show in a parking lot of a small Mexican restaurant. This would be something I would normally pass up if I were driving my car. But since I was on my bike, I took the time to check out this small gathering of classic car aficionados. It's just a small example of happenings within the community that many disregard due to being socially disconnected by their vehicles.

Just like a small community that is proud of their history and shares their love of classic cars, so can Garland become a community that comes together over cycling by giving it social importance. Garland has a rich history and a lively culture that would express itself if given the chance. In order for a community to come together it has to first become visible to one another. Cycling removes that social bubble and forces us to interact with one another face to face. As we continue to cover the subject of Garland's bike friendless, we will also strive to reveal things about Garland many may not even know. We want to stay as informative as possible on all existing and future developments for bicycles in this city, as well as to help to define and promote it's cultural and social identity. Stay tuned for more related bicycle documentaries about Garland as we find new routes to explore.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Existing Infrastructure - Garland's Only Bike Route

This post will probably wrap up our look at Garland's existing bike infrastructure.  Two posts.  That was easy!  You may have seen some green "Bike Route" signs while riding or driving around, but weren't really sure where they went.  I couldn't find a map, but I made one that you can find on our Maps page.

There's a full MapMyRIDE interactive map on our Maps page
As far as I know, this is Garland's only designated bike route.  Let us know if there's another one out there somewhere.  I asked the city of Garland if there were other routes in the city and if there were any maps.  Their response really didn't answer my question specifically, but the gist was that this is old, and will be superseded by the new Mesquite-Garland-Richardson Bikeway.  It's only a guess at this point, but my bet is that once the bikeway is completed, these on street signs will come down.  I'll update as I learn more about this.

So, how is the riding on this route today?  Not bad, actually!  It's right at about 10 miles from the southern end at Duck Creek Dr. and Broadway to the northern end on Apollo.  There are some long stretches of road that you can really get up to speed on.  Make no mistake, there is some fast moving traffic on parts of this route.  This goes without saying to the more experienced cyclists out there, but you absolutely, positively, must take and control your lane.  The drivers we encountered were courteous and respectful along this route.  Maybe it was the occasional green "Bike Route" sign that made us more welcome by drivers, or maybe it was the occasional sign that just made me feel more welcome.  Who knows, but we encountered no bad behavior on the route.  

Is it "Bike Friendly"?  It depends on what you mean by that.  It's friendly enough for me, and I'm certainly no hard-core roadie.  Would I send "Aunt Tillie" out on a comfort bike with grocery panniers to the store on this route?  Absolutely not.  At least, not for the northern 2/3rd's of it.  In my opinion, the speed differential is just too great.  We need all types of riders needs represented here.  "Aunt Tillie" should have as much freedom and confidence to ride as the spandex-clad road warriors.  I think that is Bike Friendly.  -Jared

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Riding to Downtown-First Impressions

Riding into Downtown Garland from Windsurf Bay Park
Traffic along the bike route on First Street. Garland Texas

Last week I had the opportunity to ride with fellow BFG contributor Jared from Windsurf Bay Park in the southeast corner of Garland into the downtown area. About 10 miles each direction, it was a little over 23 miles round trip when we were all said and done. We were able to ride most of this route at a leisurely pace, given that it was a Wednesday evening and there was more traffic coming the way back. We first crossed highway 30 using Bobtown Road which then turned into Roan Road. We then followed some of the smaller roads to Rowlett Road, which intersects with Broadway Boulevard. Upon crossing Broadway, the road changes names to Duck Creek Boulevard. Here we saw the trail running to the left of us, on the opposing traffic side. We rode our bikes for a little bit trying to find a ramp onto the trail. After going parallel to the trail for a bit, we finally crossed a median and bunny hopped onto Duck Creek Greenbelt Trail (At least I did, Jared was on his carbon frame).  This is one major improvement that can be made to give cyclists from the road easy access to the trail and visa-versa. Here's a picture showing the curb where we got onto the trail from.

The existing Bike Route marker in Garland

We were able to stay on Duck creek Trail heading north for almost three miles. We then got off the trail as we approached First street. First street is not the scariest crossing that I have ever done. The difference is that there are bike route markings posted on this street and the drivers still aren't looking out for you. Drivers are generally speeding past the speed limit and don't want to be slowed down. With good timing Jared and I got onto first street and rode the right lane for less than a quarter of a mile until we followed the bike route into a residential area.  We wound through the neighborhood and took an alleyway northbound until we reached Fifth street. Upon coming to Fifth street, a classic sign caught my eye. It was the sign for the Ridgewood theater, a venue now hidden behind a strip mall and a neighborhood. We only found it because the building was taller than the other buildings surrounding it. 

I think that part of our goals as a group is to mention projects that are worthy of revitalization. Who knows, maybe we can have another Angelika movie theater in Garland? Here's a few photos of the old movie theater, which has "For Lease" signs on the windows.

Fifth street took us through quiet neighborhoods with unmaintained roads. We had to dodge a lot of potholes as we rode on Fifth street. Finally, fifth street led us past Main street into downtown. We arrived that the downtown Garland station from there.

Downtown Garland Station

Riding around downtown, I quickly realized the potential that Garland has to become one of the most bike friendly cities in North Texas. The mom and pop breakfast and coffee shops, the town square, the old Plaza theater. Along some buildings there were hand painted murals, similar to what I seen done in cities like Asheville. There are already signs that developers are starting to take an interest in downtown Garland. A small loft community exists right next to the rail station. There are also many buildings for lease in this area. It's a great opportunity to add more bike friendly and hometown businesses into downtown. 

The Plaza Theater, Downtown Garland

Fifth Street Crossing apartment lofts
 Some improvements that we recommend to make the downtown area even more bike friendly:

- Standard or retractable awnings and more outdoor seating in businesses.
- More bike racks. Eventually at least one bike rack in every business establishment.
- Bike lanes on Main Street and Fifth street.
- More businesses open and more community activities after work hours.
- More development and commerce in the downtown area.

Overall it was easy to ride our bikes into downtown and had no run ins with motorists on the way there.  As we headed back the evening dwindled and the daylight faded. Some motorists would honk their horns at us and tell us that we belonged on the sidewalk. Some would simply ride close to us and rev up their engines to see if we flinched. We made sure to ride away from the curb and hold our position on the road. Some "Share the road" markings throughout Garland, especially on roads surrounding Duck Creek Trail, would go along way to informing the public that bikes do belong on the roads. Better lighting on Garland streets is crucial for cyclists riding their bicycles at night. We had our bike lights with us but that may not be enough to deter some motorists. Eventually bike lanes on main thoroughfares, as well as a city wide 3 feet passing law, would solve these problems altogether, and would give cyclists the respect that they deserve on the roads.

I will have to do at least one more article on downtown Garland. This is an area of the city which deserves special attention since it is at the heart of Garland. If inroads that were accessible by bicycle could be made into downtown Garland, all of Garland could become bike friendly. We look forward to the City of Garland making additional improvements to make this part of the city more bike friendly.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Existing Infrastructure - Duck Creek Greenbelt Trail

Garland doesn't have much in the way of bicycle infrastructure at the moment, but there are a few things worth pointing out.  One of those is the Duck Creek Greenbelt Trail.

Click Here for a PDF map with enlarged sections.

This paved trail is a major component of what will become the Mesquite-Garland-Richardson Bikeway.  In June, the city of Garland approved funds to pay for the design.  From the minutes of the City Council meeting of 6-5-2012:

The 2012 approved Capital Improvement  
Program includes funding to design and construct a 
bikeway from the north city limits to the south city limits.  
A contract has been negotiated with a local firm, BW2 
Engineers, Inc., to design the off-road portions of the 
bikeway for an estimated amount of $181,400. The 
improvements will include a  concrete bikeway complete 
with two bridge crossings over Duck Creek.

Interactive map of the existing trail.  Note that the mileage is inaccurate.  It's not 8.15 miles of concrete.  I had to double back a few sections to get the whole thing in MapMyRIDE.  You will need a free MapMyRIDE account to use it fully.

I made this map today because I couldn't find any maps of this trail from end to end online. What it shows is how much ground you can cover in South Garland without having to contend with cars, stop signs, and traffic lights. It can be difficult to get up to speed because of heavy pedestrian traffic at times, however. I marked the water fountains that I saw along the way. Knowing where these are across the city will be very useful and would allow for carrying less water if you can refill a bottle.

 This one actually has a fountain for dogs at the bottom.

There are entrances/exits to the trail from La Prada, Oates, Greenbelt Pkwy, and several from Duck Creek Dr. It also connects through an alley to the neighborhood behind the big softball complex. The end furthest north just almost goes to Centerville, and the point furthest south ends up at the 1-30 service road. At the southern end, the trail passes by the Lake Ray Hubbard Transit Center. With express buses running from this location to Downtown Dallas, the combination of this trail and the transit center could easily allow even the most timid riders to go car free if they were so inclined (and worked Downtown).

It's not enough today as is, but as the Mesquite-Garland-Richardson bikeway becomes a reality, this will be a large part in opening up the city for much easier travel by bicycle.  -Jared

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Annoucing the Bike Friendly Garland Inaugural Ride

Click here to review,  sign and present waiver forms on date of the event

"Join us for a fun morning group ride to kick off Bike Friendly Garland."

Please note: that we will be riding through some roads as we ride through Garland. Rider assumes full responsibility for their actions, safety, injury and personal property. Please evaluate your own physical or health limitations before deciding to participate. We will ride as a group in a "no-drop" style ride at a leisurely pace. We may cover distances of over ten miles. Leave the spandex at home! Thanks.

Make sure to follow us on our Facebook page where our event will be listed.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Proposed Route- Lake Ray Hubbard to Downtown Garland Station

Here is a proposed route where there are few areas with speeds above 40mph. The purpose of this route is to link by bicycle those who live on the Lake Ray Hubbard side of Garland to the downtown Garland station. This would be a good target area to place bike lanes or share the road signs.

Here is a map of the proposed route starting at Windsurf Bay Park and finishing on Main Street in Garland.

Find more Bike Ride in Garland, TX

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Envision Garland- The 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

 Upon doing a little  research, we found that the City of Garland has taken some steps towards revitalization and promoting alternative forms of transportation. The Envision Garland plan was just passed this year by City Council and is expected to run through 2030. Sections 6-5 to 6-9 of the plan describe a goal of having complete streets and wider sidewalks for pedestrian use as well as bike lanes.

The section of redevelopment of certain buildings describe that these buildings will have to be brought up to code to accommodate mixed use for office and retail space. It doesn't clarify whether they will use single use zoning practices if the buildings cannot be brought up to code.

To learn more about the Envision Garland Plan, please visit their webpage.

Let's make it clear that we need these sections of the plan to be implemented sooner than 2030. We can best represent the demand by letting our bicycles do the talking.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

BFG needs Your Input

We are looking for contributors that can write discussion topics from different parts of Garland. Garland is a big city, and we need those living in different parts of the city to add their input on their cycling experience. If you have links to bicycle routes please feel free to share them.

Bike Friendly Garland will start it's focus on the Southeast corner of Garland. Home to Don Jolhe's Bike World and Lake Ray Hubbard. From here there will be rides scheduled and events planned initially. As we increase our knowledge of the city, more events throughout Garland and even along the DART rail line will be included. See our Maps section for more information about the different areas in Garland.

There are also maps on the City of Garland's website and there is even a map of the "green" projects currently being undertaken.

There are many highway development projects along the lake in this part of Garland. One proposed development project even has some of it's residents furious as a major toll road is being expected to pass between highway 30 and 80, potentially wiping out an entire community of people. 

Here's what we can do. Let's map out this area to include bicycles routes and link all the places that are accessible by bike. As we venture north we can include Main Street to the west and the Firewheel Mall area to the east. Let's plan the routes and use them. 


Bike Friendly Garland

Welcome To Bike Friendly Garland!

This is the new Bike Friendly Garland website, the only one in it's kind for the city of Garland. Anyone local to cycling in Garland? Let's hear from you.