I have a column in the paper, at least for the first part of this week, about paddling my canoe up White Rock Creek. I know what you're thinking. "So why haven't you been fired?" No, listen. It has a lot of important stuff in it. I hat-cammed it, so there's a video that's even more boring than the ... More >>
On the Wednesday in May 1996 when the Dallas City Council passed a law requiring bicyclists of all ages to wear a helmet, dozens of helmet-clad kids from Kramer Elementary burst into applause, according to The Dallas Morning News report the next day. They apparently hadn't heard of bike share. "Th ... More >>
Next month the "White Water Feature" on the Trinity River just south of downtown will be three years old. This ugly chunky mound of concrete, built at a cost of $4 million and intended to be a man-made rapids for canoeists and kayakers, was so ill-conceived, poorly designed, badly made and obviously ... More >>
Fat Texas residents are slowly realizing that they should bike more, according to a Texas Tribune article co-published in The New York Times this weekend. Sourcing mostly "city officials," the report comes to the conclusion that fat Texans are biking more thanks to the efforts of -- you guessed it - ... More >>
When the city first began putting down bike lanes last year, it was hard to divine if there was any grander vision than simply flinging paint at random patches of asphalt. In a century or so, we figured, they'd coalesce into the long-awaited Dallas Bike Plan. Until then, we were left to puzzle over ... More >>
The City Council made it pretty clear last month that it's not quite ready to take the bold step of barring drivers from throwing things at cyclists. This is in keeping with general reluctance to turn Dallas into a legitimately bike-friendly city, a reluctance that seems to stem both from an ill-def ... More >>
Last week, as a City Council discussion of the don't-throw-stuff-at-cyclists ordinance degenerated into a litany of members' pet peeves about cyclists (we're looking at you, Sandy Greyson), Angela Hunt became visibly frustrated. Hunt, who rides a bike herself and has been the council's most vocal cr ... More >>
With all the feel-good talk recently celebrating Dallas' hesitant but progressing embrace of cycling (Painted bike lanes! A don't-be-a-dick-to-cyclists ordinance!), it's easy to forget about the concerns of the driver. Never fear. Morning News editorial writer Tod Robberson is here to champion thei ... More >>
It's easy to bemoan Dallas' glacial progress on the bike plan that is supposed to, one day, connect the city with an extensive network of bike lanes, but credit should be given where it's due. In the spring, it was the shared lane that randomly sprung up on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard next to F ... More >>
Hop in the canoe with Schutze as he cries himself down the river.
It was shortly before or not long after I read Robert Wilonsky's post from earlier this week about Dallas retaking its rightful crown as the country's worst major city for cyclists that I wiped out, in suitably humiliating fashion, as I rode my bike to work down Hillcrest Road. I would blame the fal ... More >>
The City Hall staffers who last year tried to toss road blocks in the path of a City Council plan to stripe 840 miles of bike lanes in Dallas -- that's 840 miles more than what the city has now -- might be pleasantly surprised by part of what Gil Penalosa will have to say at his "Urban Bike Systems" ... More >>
The bureaucratic red tape for bike lanes is loosening in Dallas. Well, OK. There's talk of it loosening. Which, for those who like to want to ride their bicycles, who want to ride them where they like, is better than nothing. At today's meeting of the city council's Transportation and Environment C ... More >>
I've been trying since daybreak to reach Max Kalhammer, the city's bike coordinator, to talk about the not-at-all-surprising results of the Alliance for Biking & Walking's 2012 Benchmarking Report, which says we're one of the worst big cities in the entire country when it comes to people ridi ... More >>
City Hall turns back on fudged numbers for bike lanes.
The man who warned of danger at the city's Trinity whitewater park gets sold downriver.
I have been dealing with both the city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in recent weeks seeking answers to questions about the "Dallas Wave" or "Standing Wave" man-made rapids that the city has installed in the Trinity River just downriver from downtown. It was intended to be a recreation ... More >>
Photos by Leslie MinoraCharles Allen gives Trinity canoe tours extraspecially early to avoid the unbearable afternoon heat.This morning, Charles Allen, who runs Trinity River Expeditions, pulled his white 15-passenger van into the parking of the Sylvan Avenue boat ramp, positioning the bulky ... More >>
Should have seen this one coming. Hope it's not my own fault. On Monday I reported here that the city is going to spend some $76,000 to have its screwed-up and unusable fake rapids in the Trinity River digitally modeled by an engineering company that builds sewage treatment plants. That's ho ... More >>
On May 5 I wrote a column about the city's bungled "whitewater feature" in the Trinity River -- a fake rapids for kayaks that cost $4 million to build -- and I included the following observation about a so-called safe bypass around the fake rapids for canoers: "One powerful current slams you ... More >>
Thank goodness. Finally reached Judy Schmidt, marketing director for the city's Trinity River Corridor Project, to ask about tomorrow's grand opening of the Trinity River Paddling Trail. I had been trying to reach her since last week to ask if she was going to warn people they might be killed. Bu ... More >>
The city spent millions on a kayaking park that almost no one can use -- and the money's still flowing.
TPWD/Michael BlackwellPaddling down the Dallas Trinity TrailThe Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sends word: May 10 is Texas Travel Rally Day, during which the TPWD will officially launch seven paddling trails in North Texas, beginning with the 8 a.m. shove-off from the Walnut Creek Paddling T ... More >>
Photos by Daniel RodrigueTen minutes before the 5 o'clock kick-off of last night's 2011 Dallas Bike Plan Open House, there were already some 100 folks milling about City Hall's 6th Floor Flag Room. And by the time officials busted out the PowerPoint at 6, all but a handful of the seats in the 26 ... More >>
Patrick MichelsNo big-city ad executive signed off on this one. But it sure makes you want a cookie.The Great Outdoors Sub Shop 6918 Greenville Avenue 214-739-1928Dude Factor: 7 (or Smokey the Bear) on a scale of 1 (Winnie the Pooh) to 10 (this guy)In 1988, John Candy and Dan Aykroyd finally unit ... More >>
This year, the Old Settler's Music Festival takes place, as it always does, at Salt Lick Pavilion & Camp Ben McCulloch, just south of Austin, from Thursday, April 15, through Sunday, April 18. It's an event that's always heavily tilted towards acts that land securely in the alt-country and/or ... More >>
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff was the first locally to make mention yesterday of the fact Google Maps now offers bike trails -- that's the green line you see on the map at right. (Writes Jason Roberts, "It's a good way to see a birds-eye view of our trail system, and will hopefully help when plans deve ... More >>
Danny FulgencioSpeaking of the North Central Texas Council of Governments ...We've been waiting on this announcement since late November, when the NCTCOG and the city of Dallas put out the call for bidders interested in coming up with a new Dallas bike plan. And, lo and behold, there it is on the ... More >>
On a related note, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff yesterday announced the route for this weekend's Tweed Ride.Good news for anybody who has ever avoided bicycling in Dallas for fear of the automobile: The city's new bicycle coordinator, who moved here from Virginia, is on your side. Says Max Kalhammer o ... More >>
Angela HuntJerry Allen was among those on the ride to City Hall Wednesday. Not as good as the Ann Margolin photo, but, still.On Wednesday, we mentioned the city's plans to make Dallas more bike-friendly by creating separate cyclist-only lanes. And, as usually happens when the subject comes up, th ... More >>
Photos by Kimberly ThorpeJason Roberts, organizer of today's bike ride to City Hall, and his official proclamationThis morning, Angela Hunt made a discovery: Dallas City Hall has no bicycle rack. "It's nuts!" said Hunt, who was standing with other bikers on a chilly morning in the plaza. "We ... More >>
Nevada Barr signs her latest thriller
Kaitlin Ingram If you have no plans this weekend, let me suggest something we did last weekend. Because a few of us here at Unfair Park headed down to Cedar Hill State Park last Friday for a camp out near Joe Pool Reservoir, hoping to enjoy the final few days of fantastic weather before the swelte ... More >>
Well, not yet anyway.
Go fishing and hunting in Arlington
Paddle the Trinity
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