Monday, December 16, 2013

64 Mile Bicycle Trail Being Planned to Join Dallas and Fort Worth

There's a 64 Mile bike trail in the works? Awesome!
Picture courtesy of Amanda Wilson, North Central Texas Council of Governments

I recently recieved some information about a joint city and county plan to connect existing bicycle and pedestrian paths between Dallas and Fort Worth. This plan sounds like it has the potential to really increase bicycle ridership and make transportation alternatives like cycling in North Texas a truly tangible reality rather than a novel concept or an idealistic vision. We are seeing city leaders really taking initiatives to make this happen. As a cyclist who has ridden the majority of the trails between Dallas and Fort Worth I couldn't be more excited at the prospect of an unbroken trailway between the two cities.  Here is an excerpt from the NCTCOG website...

The $30 million plan would involve using regional and local funding over the next several years to build approximately 24 additional miles of trails to create the continuous network, providing easier access to parks, nature areas, schools and neighborhoods in the five cities. The expansion would build on what is already available for cyclists and pedestrians. 

About 30 miles of the trail corridor is complete, and an additional 10 miles has funding for construction. Once this corridor is finished, numerous north-south connections could be developed, providing access to other communities.

The completed trail corridor would showcase the region’s unique assets while providing transportation and recreation facilities for residents and tourists. It would provide several connections to Trinity Railway Express commuter rail stations in Fort Worth, Irving and Dallas. 

The mayors will work to coordinate efforts between the cities, NCTCOG and the Regional Transportation Council to identify funding and plan for completing critical trail connections. They also pledged to pursue branding and promotional efforts for the corridor, possibly including a naming competition involving the communities.  

The name of the corridor has yet to be determined, but the planners are considering a naming competition involving the cities which the trail will run through. It's a great thing that communities are coming together to create an asset that will make this part of North Texas a more desirable place to live. We all look forward to seeing a fulfillment of this plan sometime in the near future.