Four Cities In North Texas Named "Bike Friendly"

Alan Scaia
May 17, 2019 - 11:18 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Four cities in North Texas won bronze medals as "bike friendly" cities from the League of American Bicyclists.

The group awarded bronze medals to Fort Worth, Frisco, Plano and Richardson.

"We're really interested in trying to improve mobility for everyone, but especially trying to allow people other modes of transportation that are not a car," says Jessica Shutt, Richardson's Mobility and Special Projects Manager.

Shutt says Richardson has added more trails and miles of bike lanes to make cycling safer for people who may bike for recreation or simply do not want to drive a car.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says just 29 percent of people between the ages of 17 and 20 have a drivers license now, compared to 50 percent in 1994.

"We're starting to build our infrastructure now as this generation starts becoming adults," Shutt says. "We're asking how do we provide them development and facilities to be able to live that lifestyle?"

She says Richardson is planning to continue expanding that network so someone could get from a DART station to their home without having to drive.

"For example, somebody could hop off the train and ride over to TI. The trail will go that far," Shutt says.

Texas ranks 25th on the League of American Bicyclists' ranking of bike friendly states. Austin was the only Texas city to win a gold medal.

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