Last March council members Delia Jasso and Pauline Medrano joined Dallas Bike Coordinator Max Kalhammer and others for a bike ride through Seville, Spain, with Jasso sending word that the locals were strapping on their thinking helmets for a possible ciclovía somewhere in Dallas, which means turning over a complete street to cyclists. Not long after that Bike Friendly Oak Cliff received a $5,000 grant from Bikes Belong, with the money aimed toward creating "the first car-free streets day in Dallas" intended to "show the appeal of car-free public spaces."
Finally, we'll get to see what that looks like.
Late yesterday -- on the 100th anniversary of the Houston Street Viaduct, no less -- BFOC sent word that the Ciclovia de Dallas 2012 is set for April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and that it will entail closing off the bridge to auto traffic. Promises BFOC, there will be everything from live music to bike races to yoga to kite-flying; food trucks and urban markets too, of course. We're behind: Fort Worth's already had two such "open streets" events.
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