Council Due to Hop on Complete Streets for a Bike Plan Ride to a Better Block This Afternoon

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Patrick's liveblogging this afternoon's meeting of the council's Transportation and Environment Committee, whose agenda reads like an Unfair Park greatest-hits: City of Dallas Complete Streets Initiative Update, 2011 Dallas Bike Plan and The Better Block Project. You might wanna peruse the docs before the festivities begin -- especially the Complete Streets PowerPoint, which reveals who the city's chosen to lead that particular effort some four months after the call for proposals and some 16 months after the catchphrase began circulating around Dallas City Hall.

The city's opted to go with Kimley-Horn and Associates (behind some of forwardDallas!, not to mention that long-ago M Streets traffic plan), Moore Iacofano Goltsman (responsible for the Downtown Dallas 360 study) and Toole Design Group (the Bike Plan planners). And how much will this study cost? Why, only $795,000 -- $400,000 of which will come from TxDOT regional toll funds, the rest of which is covered by the Federal Highway Administration.

The Bike Plan briefing says the plan will be adopted in April, then "integrated into soon to be initiated Dallas Complete Streets Initiative / Design Manual," which isn't due till next year. And the Complete Streets presentation points toward building Better Blocks throughout the city, as Jason Roberts and other Cliffdwellers have done in Oak Cliff and the Arts District; the city wants to "[test] design ideas in real world settings" using "local sub-contractors." Seems like it would have saved time and money for the city to just give the keys to Jason Roberts, Patrick "Car-Free" Kennedy and Andrew Howard.

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