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