Have you noticed more bicycles around town recently? Although the summer weather is a siren call to most cyclists in major cities, you might expect the Dallas heat to keep folks away from the outdoors, but that’s not really the case. Some of that’s because of the city itself — there’s a strong biking culture around the city, and Dallas has made a point to cultivate and maintain this culture in many of its districts. You’ll find bike lanes, trails, cycle shops, social rides, and more in the Big D, making life as comfortable as possible for our two-wheeled friends.
Spots like Oak Cliff, The Cedars, and Richardson are prime examples of up-and-coming bike-friendly areas. Although these are older, established regions, newer cycling amenities pop up all the time. Aside from the nearby trails, these neighborhoods have added bike lanes at key points and roads. The Cedars neighborhood sees its share of Critical Mass bike events, in case you ever want to feel like you’re in a school of fish and meet many other fellow bike enthusiasts while you’re at it.
Even though there are many areas around the city working to become more accessible and welcoming for cyclists, there are two main neighborhoods that are far ahead of the curve: Lower Greenville and Deep Ellum. The sheer amount of businesses on every block, in particular, along with the the amount of bike retail and repair shops within these two areas makes for quick and friendly rides to most amenities. Along with these shops, you’ll find repair and air stations around these neighborhoods as well, particularly in Deep Ellum.
Another amenity you’ll notice around town lately are rent-a-bikes. Along with brick-and-mortar bike rental shops, the trend of ride-by-the-hour bikes has stormed the entire downtown area with companies like LimeBike, VBikes, and Spin leading the way.
In all, I believe Dallas is doing an increasingly better job at accommodating non-automotive transit options. With major trails like White Rock Lake Trail, Santa Fe Trail and Katy Trail, along with ongoing efforts to build more accessible roads and protected bike lanes, it’s never been a better time to take two wheels in the city.