Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Centralink, Dallas’ network of shared bike lanes downtown, opens June 1
The network connects the Santa Fe and Katy trails.
DALLAS Dallas is hardly known as a bike-centric city, but officials hope that will soon change.
On June 1, the city will debut a network of shared car/bike lanes downtown called the Centralink with a communal ride on the new paths called Ride-the-Link. Centralink adjoins the popular Katy Trail, a 3.5-mile concrete path along the west side of downtown, with the more recently built Santa Fe Trail, a 4.02-mile stretch through neighborhoods on Dallas' east side.
“This is the first step in the Dallas bike plan, and it’s making a big connect through the downtown area,” said Jared White, project manager with Transportation Planning and Public Works for the city.
In addition to creating a network of bike lanes, White said Centralink also connects to Oak Cliff via the viaduct at Young Street and Market Street, as well as to the Trinity Strand Trail with shared lanes through Victory Park.
This means bikers will have direct access to almost all Dallas neighborhoods, White said -- from Oak Cliff, the Design District and Uptown, to Deep Ellum, Fair Park and Lakewood.
A $190,000 initiative, Centralink (also known as the city’s central core connector) is currently marked and available for use. DART funded a portion of the infrastructure en route to Union Station, including on Jackson Street, Houston Street, and Young Street.
On National Bike to Work Day on May 17, DART is setting up “energizer stations” from 7-9:30 a.m. at the Downtown Garland, Akard, and Arapaho stations, as well as in Plano at the intersection of the Bluebonnet and Chisholm Trails. Patrons will receive refreshments and tune-ups, as well as more information about Ride-the-Link on June 1.
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