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Residents Approve Spending for Bicycle Infrastructure on Kings Highway

OAK CLIFF - On Tuesday, June 12th 2012 Kings Highway Conservation District residents approved donating $3,000 of privately raised funds to the City of Dallas for installing bicycle infrastructure on Kings Highway from N. Polk St to Mary Cliff Dr. In addition, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff kicked in an additional $250 toward the effort, and Councilman Scott Griggs has promised to find the rest of the money from the city.

This project is approximately 0.6 miles long and carries a total cost of $11,000 to construct. This section is one of five streets where the 2011 Dallas Bike plan recommends on-street bicycle facilities within and adjacent to the borders of Kings Highway Conservation District in north Oak Cliff. In the case of the street of Kings Highway, shared lane markings will be stripped in both directions, providing a link to another 2006 city bond and DISD funded project at the Rosemont Elementary School on Mary Cliff Dr. and Stephens Forest Dr.
Residents’ chose this section as a priority, because it provides a Safe Route to School for children, safe travel for the casual neighborhood bicyclist, and is a priority East-West connector for the community.
This is the first donation of its kind from a neighborhood group, and it was inspired by the one made by the Ft. Worth Avenue Development Group back in February of this year. With the recent moniker give to Dallas by Bicycling Magazine as the worst city in the country for bicycling, our neighborhood hopes that this will provide a road map for other Oak Cliff neighborhoods and beyond to raise money for this important plan.
For more information, please go to http://www.kingshwy.org/content.php?185-Installing-bicycle-infrastructure-per-the-2011-Dallas-Bike-Plan-in-Kings-Highway

Thursday, June 14, 2012