Running Down Some of the Biggest Problems About Trying to Bike to Work in Dallas

Surely you need no reminder to attend the Dallas Bike Plan Open House this evening at City Hall -- 5 to 8 p.m., if you haven't already written it on the cover of your Trapper Keeper. By way of a ramp-up, I direct your attention to Patrick "Car-Free" Kennedy's Web site, where a guest blogger, local architect Ryan DiRaimo, writes about how effing hard it is to commute to work on his Huffy (it's probably not a Huffy) and why it shouldn't be that way. He also knows how Dallas drivers feel about those who dare to two-wheel it to work: "Yes, I ride my bike. Or, should I say I am the pimple that the city of Dallas drivers can't seem to rid themselves."

As with most everything on Walkable Dallas-Fort Worth, worth a read. But, spoiler alert, let's get to the meat of the matter before saddling up for this evening's wingding:

A city shouldn't have to "get used" to alternative, healthy forms of transportation. This city needs bike lines, a plan for nearby residents to commute safely to downtown, and a real conscience about promoting healthy commuting for a city known for the opposite. I am not Lance Armstrong, but I also don't want to be that dead squirrel on the pavement.

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