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From the Memos: Still More About Bike Plan, and A First Look at Flow Control "Study Group"

Kim Jong Il will never get to see implementation of the Dallas Bike Plan; neither will Václav Havel. Whether you will remains to be seen: Last we looked it's going to take 10 years for the city to roll out a maze of bike paths -- despite what council members may have heard back in June, when they passed the plan 15-zip under the assumption that it wasn't hard to restripe some concrete. Like I said Friday, Schutze has more in the paper version of Unfair Park this week.

But Friday night, in the package of memos sent to a Christmas-breaking city council that follows, Assistant City Manager Ryan Evans dispatched even more about the bike plan with the flat tire: a map of funded, partially funded and wholly unfunded early implementation and demo projects and a time line for implementation, as well as what it'll cost to pull off each one -- and whether or not each one requires a thoroughfare amendment. Even though I keep hearing that's a red herring. Perhaps brighter minds than I, which shouldn't be hard to find in the next room, can explain why the Central Core Connection remains at the top of the unfunded list for a 2015 (maybe?) striping.

Also contained in the memo stack: a note from City Manager Mary Suhm about that Resource Recovery Study Group that Mayor Mike Rawlings promised to put together after the controversial flow control vote on September 28. On Page 29, you'll note that Suhm outlines who'll be part of the group: an asistant city manager, the CFO, head of Sanitation Services, director of Office of Environmental Quality, the city's spokesman, a city attorney and head of procurement services. That's not all: "In addition," writes Suhm, "an independent expert or experts to provide outside 'eyes' on our efforts toward achieving an effective implementation will be sought." They've got time.

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Robert Wilonsky
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