Showing posts with label Fort Worth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fort Worth. Show all posts

Friday, August 17

Local Changes in Fort Worth



These Make it Clear that Cyclists May Ride in Either Lane. It was Always Legal, but not all Motorists Knew
For the first time in some time, I got up to the Sundance Square area, walking there from the ITC train station. Changes have been happening, in contrast to less in Fort Worth's eastern cousin; Dallas. For one thing, Sundance Square is undergoing transformation from a collection of parking lots into some real "people" spots. We'll see when the construction fences come down.

Another change is EXTENSIVE implementation of mostly well thought-out bicycle oriented features. For example, in the photo above, BOTH traffic lanes have sharrows and "may use full lane" signs. Fort Worth hasn't painted "sweet spot" indicators to show cyclists where to stop in order to trigger the signal, but things were otherwise beyond what one would expect in a place like Seattle. In addition, the former "bus lanes" are now bus/bike lanes. I made a video at the same spot I did my previous bus lane video, but that will have to wait for another post. Plus, bike racks are sprinkled around the area and they are GOOD racks. Most of the "Texas Star" racks are now gone. Unfortunately, so are the rugged ones at the TRE stations, but the new racks are almost certainly lower maintenance than the rugged ones.

All in all, I was quite pleased. Well, as long as I don't think about what Fort Worth has done about its plan outside this local area - which is nothing. But nothing is probably not all bad because the "lines on the map" in North Fort Worth shouldn't be translated into reality without the care and thought that has been put into the downtown facilities. Koski may not have done it all, but what he did has mostly been done well and he didn't push for the stupid stuff where it didn't make sense. With Betsy Price as Mayor, I expect to see Fort Worth continue to pull further ahead of Dallas and I think it will attract more cyclists - and mostly without cruddy and dangerous elements. Apparently, the panther has woken up when it comes to cycling...
Sign Alerts Cyclists Not to Ride Against Traffic on One-Way Street


Friday, May 18

Real Bike to Workers

Spin the Wheel at "Tryparkingit" and Win Your Choice of a Wristband or a Mousepad
I like the Fort Worth “Bike to Work” event. It is very easy for me to get there without even much of a detour from my usual commute. I simply remember to go an extra half block and hop on the TRE commuter train at Hurst Station. Two stops later I’m there. If it weren’t “part of the package,” it’d be almost as easy to drop the bike off at work and go to the event on foot. Back in the days of my v2 commute, it would have involved several added hours to do it via bicycle. However, the event isn’t quite perfect. It is scheduled according to what is sometimes called “banker’s hours.” As a result, I mostly get to watch things getting set up – and then I have to depart for work. While I like the idea of “Bike to Work,” I don’t like it enough to take a half day of vacation. It makes me wonder if the event is really FOR bike commuters or more ABOUT them. In that way, “Bike to Work” is like many other events. Besides, simply GOING is a break in the routine.

Missing the main part of the hoopla isn’t all bad. You get first shot at the “loot” that gets put out early, it isn’t crowded, and I really don’t care about inspirational speeches. Some of the media get there early as well, and they eagerly pounce on anyone that looks like a cyclist. Some radio station even interviewed me. I don’t remember which one, but I managed to sneak a “cycling is fun and safe” into the interview.
Torrance Strong, Holding "Hissy"
This year, I discovered another advantage of getting there ahead of the crowds. I actually ran into someone I knew from cycling, and into a REAL bike commuter I didn’t know. Torrance Strong was in my first LCI Classand is first-rate. He actually OWNS a messenger service and is teaching a TS101 course in Arlington tomorrow. In addition, a lady who commutes to school came up as Torrance and I were talking. We discussed the advantages of shoulder bags versus purses. I’m a “purse man” myself. My fellow commuter noted she couldn’t hang around the “Bike to Work” event, either she had to get to work as well. SOLIDARITY!
I almost felt a little guilty about the photo where Torrance stood with Buddy - AKA "Hissy." No, I STILL haven’t gotten around to patching that front tire. I can almost hear it…
"I've Got to Get to Work!" A REAL Bike Commuter Stops By. She Favors a Shoulder Bag to Carry Stuff

Torrance Strong and Bike Commuter

Richard Maxwell of "The T" Gets Things Set Up and Chats with Photographer
By Coincidence, a "T" Bus Sweeps by with a Bike on Board

At 7:30, the Bike Valet Area is Still Getting Set Up

On Display - a "Bike Share" Bike up from Austin

Bike Commuter Headed Away from the "Bike to Work" Shindig on the TRE Train

Wednesday, May 16

Bike Friendly Dallas, Er, Richardson


Richardson, Dallas County Did NOT Ignore Bike to Work Day. Yippee!
I'm going to celebrate "Ride Your Bike to Work Day" this year with more fervor than ever before. Really, riding my bike to work is something that I do every work day, and I'm under no illusions that such events will result in some groundswell of cycling support around DFW, much less the world. However, I send flowers on Valentine's Day and on Mother's Day and those holidays don't change things much either. Instead, they remind us of things we ought to remember anyway. In my case, I DO appreciate the ride to work, despite less than ideal conditions.

In my post, here, I looked into celebrating in Dallas, only to find that Dallas doesn't seem to be doing anything. Instead, its little neighbor to the west, Fort Worth is pulling out the stops and so I'll be going to the ITC in order to score some loot. I'll forswear the ceremonial rides and speeches, since I'm not going to take the whole day off, but I'll think kind thoughts about Mayor Betsy as I drink coffee at work, about the second meeting into a long day.

However, as it turns out, I gave Dallas a BAD RAP. Well, that is, if you consider Dallas as the communities within Dallas County. You see, RICHARDSON, and specifically BIKE FRIENDLY RICHARDSON is sponsoring their very own event. Of all the "Bike Friendly" sites, the Richardson one is among my favorites. Richard W, of "Suburban Assault" is one of the people behind it. Richard was in a TS101 course I helped teach and is now also a CyclingSavvy graduate. While I'm following the advice to "GO WEST" on Friday, I'll be with our Dallas County Richardson cousins in spirit.

As I often say, "YOU GO, GUYS AND GALS!"

Saturday, May 12

Walk Versus Talk

This Scene Captures a Sense of What FW is About - Strictly IMO
I Might as Well Have Used the PANTHER PIC - Foisted on FW by D
OR "A Tale of Two Cities"

To the outside world, "DFW" is all one place. However, it really isn't. Like many metropolitan areas, DFW has many individual cities within in it. To my "Yankee" eyes, the DFW Metroplex has a more, distinct, bipolar nature than other places I've lived or visited extensively. While Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma are all distinct to those that "know," they are clearly birds of the same species. Ditto for Los Angeles and the South Bay cities - or even Anaheim. In DFW, sometimes it reminds me of an echo of life on either side of the Berlin Wall. I was reminded of this yesterday when I happened to have to go into Downtown Fort Worth on the same day I checked into "Bike to Work Day" options. First, however, a few observations for my loyal reader to consider. Henceforth in this post, "D" will refer to Dallas and Dallas County while "FW" will refer to Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
Scene Captures What Dallas is About - Again, STRICTLY IMO
I'm Glad I'm NOT a Democrat that Needs to Recover
  • Up until recently, commuter rail (the TRE) charged extra to travel a single stop if it crossed the D/FW line
  • Each has its own separate branch of I-35
  • Politics in each is a bit sleazy, but totally different from each other
  • Cycling on roads are quite different in the two places. My regular reader KNOWS better than to ask my why I think this is so.
  • D has light rail nobody rides, FW has buses nobody rides - but the FW buses had bike racks on their YEARS before they retrofitted the D (DART) buses
  • Each has its own airport despite DFW, which was built to put an end to such nonsense
  • Each has its own newspaper, that are joined only in that each mostly doesn't report much about the "other" place
  • Each place has television stations - and you can tell them apart fairly quickly when you listen to news, weather, or traffic.
  • If I wanted to be really unfair, I could note that Oswald shot Kennedy in D, but is buried in FW (remember that per my shortcut, anywhere in Tarrant County is "FW")
  • And the list could go on, but here is one developing "Tale of Two Cities."
Prompted by what I thought were some incredibly cynical statements about the LAB-sponsored "Bike Month" and "Bike to Work" promotions, I resolved to definitely go to one this year. Cynics DO spur the rest of us to do things we might not otherwise do. I ride to work daily, so these events are more like encouragement and a celebration to me than actual "YOU ought to change something." After all, aren't we supposed to appreciate those we love on days other than Mother's or Father's Day as well? Last year, I got some loot at the Fort Worth Bike Day event, but lost my camera. What's more, I had to go to REAL work before the main festivities. Not all of us start work after 9AM, after all. This year, spurred on by the cynics, I briefly considered making the day an excuse to fly to an event in another state - which prompted my response to this post, but the logistics don't work. As a result, New Mexico won't see me. Not that the failure should be any real cause for concern. After the travel though, this year, I thought it still might be cool to "head east, young man" and link up with the D festivities. Yup, another famous Steve A "compare and contrast" post.

Searching for "Bike Week" Events on the LAB Site
Well, I got reminded once again that D and FW approach things differently. Both places have politicians that claim to support cycling, but I know that Fort Worth has some important ones that also "Walk the Walk." I do not know how often or whether the mayor of Dallas rides. I DO know that the mayor of FW, rides and actually leads rides around FW. I actually got to meet Betsy in 2010 before she ran for mayor. At the time, I was being awarded "Bicycle Commuter of the Year" and she was the Tax Assessor. When we talked, it took about 15 seconds to realize she was not a political cycling poseur. I don't claim to be a real quick study. At that time, she regretted that she could not often cycle to work because the Tax Assessor often had to travel to several satellite offices. At the time, having to occasionally have to move 30 miles from one work site to another, I understood what she was referring to. John Forester, in EFFECTIVE CYCLING, makes much the same point in his discussion of cycle commuting.

The difference was reinforced in NCTCOG pages about "Bike to Work" events. The head of the FW transit is leading a ride. Betsy is talking. There is loot getting handed out. When I was in FW yesterday, I was SHOCKED at the plethora of well-located sharrows and other cycling enhancements like REAL bike racks in place of the artsy ones that used to dot FW. I shall have to do a remake of the "bus lane" post. The rules have changed. If you get outside the central core of FW, the bike plan still consists of lines on a map that do not relate to any current or potential reality, but FW has made some real changes and I do believe those changes will result in better quality of life - even for the urban motorist. I pray that pedestrians may benefit at least as much as cyclists. Are some of these facilities suboptimal or even potentially dangerous? No doubt, and I will point out such features when I see them, so my loyal reader stays safe. But FW has elected to begin a process and they will get better at it as they move forward. Despite my own "cynic aspect," I say "YOU GO GUYS - LIGHT THAT CANDLE!"

Meanwhile, in D, the news is how they can't do anything. The flashy new bridge prohibits pedestrian traffic - and I suspect bikes and dogs are not welcome, either. As for "Bike to Work?" Well, look at the photos to see the contrast. In my strictly personal and unofficial opinion, Dallas remains even more mired in the failed politics of the past than ever. I can ride safely in either D OR FW, but why would I WANT to travel to D, when the coffee is cheaper in FW, the mayor of the city cycles, and there's a real chance I'll see a horse walking around downtown between the skyscrapers. Heck, now I hear that even a feature of FW I've sneered at - the fact that Sundance Square is nothing but parking lots (NINE, to be specific, along with related businesses), is going to change. Personally, I think DURANGO deserves the credit for the change in FW direction. Which points me to a future post in which I discuss the differences between advocates and engineers. But I get ahead of myself.

I guess, this year, I'll join the Bike to Work stuff in Fort Worth once again. Fort Worth may not be making the rest of the world "green with envy" the way it might like to believe, but it might well make the rest of North Texas do so.

One jarring note remains: I do know some really NICE people that live on the wrong side of the county line that divides D from FW. I guess it is a reminder that the Berlin Wall wasn't built to divide good from bad either. As in D versus FW, sometimes it is simply good or bad fortune. Chandra, let me know if you need some help moving! Ditto for all of y'all living in Richardson...

NCTCOG Encompasses BOTH Spheres - D and FW

Despite The Warts, Fort Worth Embraces Things the Cynics Despise. In this Respect, I'm WITH FW

The Dallas Morning News Mutes His Frustration with the LACK OF RESPONSE From the "Big D"
In CASE You Missed it "It's almost like ... are plugging their ears, going..." Perhaps the People that Didn't Like the Past
Bike Guys are Wondering "...New Boss, Same as the Old Boss" From the Rolling Stones?
Official Dallas Website Offers Little More than the Dallas Oberver Writer's Notes
In the words of the Verizon Guy, "Do you hear me now?"

A Search on the Dallas Bike Guy's Name Offers Little More


Maybe YOUR Google on Dallas Bike to Work Can Give me a Reason to Head EAST Instead of West?
In Summary, FW May not be Perfect, But the Bar they Have to Jump Over is Pretty Low.
Finally, one las time, Strictly in my PERSONAL and strictly UNOFFICIAL Opinion.
Yes, I'm GLAD I don't live in D County

 

Saturday, October 8

Je Me Souviens

Coat of Arms of Quebec
Is the motto seen on Quebec motor vehicle license plates. It also sums up a lot of the last week that will probably never get posted on this blog.


Lots of Stuff Happened This Week. This is Only One.
Je Me Souviens
For reasons totally unrelated to this post, I inquired of a French Canadian colleague about the motto's meaning. She indicated that "I remember" means that they had excellent memories of the past; going into the future. At the time, I remembered Wolfe and Montcalm, and the battle, (and, only to myself, Benedict Arnold), but, as I got to ride my road bike for the first time in many days, the Quebec motto; "je me souviens" could just as well apply to many of the bike posts I have read, and even sometimes commented on, while I was up in Quebec during the last week. What's more, they apply to world news.

Those Quebecois bear close watching, and pondering, as I ride from point to point around the DFW Metroplex. And, Thomas, this morning's ride was extra nice, even though no motorist was anything other than considerate or polite. What's more, I think the Chipseal affair is wrapped up and tied with a bow.

Je Me Souviens...
Rantwick's Tree is Safe - For the Moment. Quebec Trees are in Groups!
As Rantwick Says, A Group Might Well Overwhelm the King
IMO, We, in North America, Can TAKE THOSE Europeans On!
Je Me Souviens
On My Way Home, I Noticed Rubber on the Edge of a Bike Path.
I Noticed it AFTER I Almost Suffered a Diversion Fall
Je Me Souviens
This Guy Honked From His Parking Spot. I Think, However, His Honk was Not Intended Towards Me
I was Sipping Coffee at the Time. Who Knows if He'd Have Waved on the Road
Je Me Souviens
Back on the Bike After a Week of Driving
Je Me Souviens
Unlike Tim Horton, Starbucks has Free WiFi
Je Me Souviens
Smooth Roads and Light Traffic
Je Me Souviens

Wednesday, September 28

First View of Fall Texas Color

Vibrant Fall Color!
Rantwick, here, threw down a gauntlet. Luckily, we Texians were ready. Instead of the color, shown here (looking the same yesterday as when shot for the original post), we've got REAL Fall color; shown below. Y'all, COME AND TAKE IT!

North Texas Fall Color, Shot Yesterday
MORE North Texas SARAT Color, Shot Yesterday


Typical Current North Texas Fall Color

Thursday, March 31

Spring Comparison


"High Vis" Wild Flower in Seattle - Skunk Cabbage in Bloom
I've been in Seattle for a bit. Soon, you can expect to be regaled with a story about my first bike, and the way it got ridden. In the meantime, take a look at "High Vis" stuff seen in Seattle compared with the same around DFW. I've not seen a single wild flower of a growing nature down here as of today.

"High Vis" in Bedford, Texas - John Deere Marker


Monday, December 6

Fort Worth Infrastructure We Can ALL Use

For your consideration, it looks as if Fort Worth has come into some cash to put in bike racks. I have no idea what this money has to do with the Department of Energy, but there you have it.

Click on Photo for Larger Map. The Blue Circles are Existing Racks
Unlike the Fort Worth Bike Plan, Maybe the City is Really Looking for Input Here
instead of uncritical praise!
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From: McCleeary, Julia
Subject: Where do you need a bike rack in Downtown Fort Worth?

Voice your opinion on bike rack locations in downtown Fort Worth!

The City of Fort Worth is installing bike racks in downtown Fort Worth, thanks to a grant from the Department of Energy. The website below is a google-based map showing the existing locations of bike racks and locations we have proposed. We will be installing black “inverted u” bike racks (link below for image).

Bike Rack Locations Map
Bike Rack Design

In order to comment or add markers to the map, a google account is required. However, feel free to email your downtown bike rack locations to bikefw at fortworthgov dot org. Instructions on adding or editing information to the map are located at the google map website.

Please feel free to forward this email on to anyone who rides (or would like to ride) their bike downtown.

Bike Fort Worth is the City’s comprehensive bicycle transportation plan for developing a friendlier bicycle environment. Recommendations for supportive policies, programs and facilities are intended to increase bicycle transportation within the City of Fort Worth.

Implementation of the Bike Fort Worth plan will promote bicycling as a safe, attractive and healthy transportation alternative. A bicycle transportation network will improve livability in Fort Worth by providing an alternative travel option to residents of the City and improved access to other modes of transit.

As a first step to the implementation of the Bike Fort Worth plan, the City of Fort Worth has received, as part of a larger award, $400,000 from the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program for the construction of on-street bicycle lanes, routes and bicycle racks.

Julia M. McCleeary
Senior Planner
City of Fort Worth
Planning and Development

Thursday, November 11

Last Commute on Remembrance Day


From Wikipedia - Remember Flanders Fields
I made my final bike commute to Fort Worth Alliance Airport today. Since it’s also Remembrance Day, I’ll resist the temptation to call it “the commute to end all commutes.” In that commute, I fell three times in 11,000 miles. Only one fall was serious; when I unexpectedly encountered a trench associated with construction of a new road median. The other two falls were on “MUP” paths in wet conditions. I have not had a single “close call” with motor traffic on my bike during the commute. Not one. Perhaps I’ve been miraculously fortunate enough to avoid the horrible and dangerous situations with cars I hear people describe daily, but it is also possible that cycling really CAN be fun and safe, and that motorists are not demons looking for opportunities to run down innocent and safely operating cyclists.

Today, I brought along my camera so I could take a memorable and spectacular “last day” photo, but nothing really spectacular or memorable happened. As a result, the photo I chose illustrates the dramatic and death defying nature of bike commuting. “Live Fast and Die Hard,” so to speak. It shows the lock from my locker at work. Today was a good time to finish for less dramatic, but more practical reasons as well. I ran out of soap and shampoo this morning, I still haven’t replaced that tube with the broken Presta valve, I’m overdue on lubing Buddy’s chain, and my Cateye headlight is held to the bike with a rubber band because the bracket is disintegrating – again.

The Locker Lock Comes Home
I’d never have suspected it when I began, but I’ll really miss the commute to Alliance. It’s been hard at times, but also rewarding. I’ll miss the buffalo. I’ll miss baristas at the ready with triple filtered ice water when it’s really hot out. I’ll miss Holly the crossing guard, and my cheering section. Most of all, I think I’ll miss the sense of accomplishment each time I swept into the final left hand turn lane from Heritage Parkway in the morning.

Next; a new adventure begins!

Thursday, October 21

Fort Worth is Kind to Cyclists!

Old Denton Road, Newly Widened to Two-Lane Width! Looking North
In my "Lane Position Gone Wild" post, I bemoaned the deterioration of Old Denton Road in Fort Worth from a 45MPH Speed Limit two lane road to a 45MPH Speed Limit 1 1/2 lane road. Well, the powers that be in Fort Worth must be reading my blog, because while I was on vacation and then in the hospital, they improved the pavement! While I would not go so far as to claim it has become SMOOTH pavement, it has at least become pavement wide enough that the natural motoring lane position no longer proceeds directly down the center of the road. As a result, the motorists have returned to their natural inclination to simply give me LOTS OF ROOM when they pass. Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I thank the city fathers. My BIKE thanks the city fathers. My motoring companions thank the city fathers. This is about the second best solution I could have imagined. The only one better would have been for them to simply leave the road untouched and instead build the bike path along the creek that is in the Fort Worth Bike Plan. Then I'd have had a smooth road all to myself (it'd be a short cut as well) since cyclists are rare in the area. It'd also be a bit shorter. I guess they're not in a rush to implement that new plan. Still, thanks to Fort Worth, my stress level has dropped considerably on this stretch of road and my tire choices have been validated.

Old Denton Road, Where the New Blacktop Meets the Concrete. Close to the Summit of "Old Denton Pass." Looking South
Come to think of it, it gives the term FALL COLOR CHANGE a whole new meaning!

Looking North Before the New Blacktop
 

Monday, June 21

Durango, AKA Sundance Square Secret Agent?

Sundance Square, Showing Parking Lot, Historic Building at Left
and Less Historic DR Horton Tower in the Background
One of my favored blogs is "Durango Texas." It's about the adventures and misadventures of a Washington boy in Fort Worth. Being from Seattle and living in Tarrant County near Fort Worth, it is irresistable to me. One thing notable about Durango is he's a little suspicious of the officialdom of Fort Worth. While he thinks Fort Worth is corrupt, I think it's just a little more honest about its approach than a lot of other places that make pretences to honesty. Chicago, for example. Heck, Everett for another example.

Anyway, at 4:56PM, someone claiming to be affiliated with Sundance Square, with a name of "Tracy Gilmour," wrote:
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I stumble upon blogs that discuss Sundance Square and saw your post about Bass Hall and Sundance Square. I thought you might like to know Sundance Square is actually 35 blocks of Fort Worth, all privately owned. While there are two central parking lots, most of Sundance Square consists of turn of the century ( the last century) restored historic buildings. We have received numerous awards and recognitions regarding the architectural aspects of Sundance Square. We recently won the Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence. So, I hope on your next ride through town you will stop to admire some of our finer points such as the Knights of Pythias Hall (Haltom’s leases the ground floor now) or the Burk Burnett Building ( Worthington bank is on the first floor) Sundancesquaremanagement.com has short descriptions of all of the buildings in SSQ both new and old. Maybe that will provide some interest for your next visit.
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This would not be especially notable, except that exactly twelve minutes later, at 5:08PM, Durango made a comment on my blog about - you guessed it - Sundance Square. Said he:
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This is the first time I've seen someone, besides me, accurately describe what Sundance Square is.
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This combination of circumstances intrigued me a bit, so I went to Sundancesquaremanagement.com to see more about it. I always figured it was just those two parking lots. Imagine my surprise to find that Sundance Square actually has NINE different parking lots, and that doesn't include the ones contained within the highrise buildings. My apologies! In fairness, if you go to that website and click on the "retail" or "office" tab, there are brief synopses of the historic buildings, as well as some of the glass skyscraper boxes. How cool is that? Some of these buildings really ARE worth a look see, and I'm not just talking about the one that contains Starbucks.
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SO: WHO, OR WHAT, IS TRACY AND/OR DURANGO?
I have a number of hypotheses:
  • Durango MIGHT be secretly a double agent named Tracy, somehow mixed up with Sundance Square
  • Sundance Square might be getting psychic messages from Durango when he contemplates anything having to do with Sundance Square.
  • Maybe Durango's computer has been hacked by Sundance Square
  • BOTH might be alter egos of Doohickie, who is the only one I know that knew that the pretend bike cops with the yellow helmets that do not know how to ride on urban streets are Sundance guards, unlike the Fort Worth bike cops who clearly DO know how to operate safely on the road.
  • It MIGHT all be pure coincidence.
Exclusive: Get There by Bike!
HOW DO YOU GET THERE BY BIKE?
Well, there's nothing on the Sundance Square website to tell you how to get there other than by car, even though it is DIRT SIMPLE, so I'll pass along TWO secret routes there from Northeast Tarrant County. Perhaps the Sundance people are aware that cyclists are smarter than motorists, or maybe that's just what the yellow helmet guys tell them. Regardless, you read it here first!

Route 1 - For the lazy and those that like trains, take the TRE to the ITC. Ride NORTH until you see Bass Hall. You're there.
Route 2 - ALMOST as simple is just take Fort Worth Bike Route 340 across the Trinity River and into Fort Worth. You'll know you're there when you see parking lots, parking garages, and the Bike Route dead ends.
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By either route, bike parking is free, though limited. The bike racks are cleverly disguised as "Fort Worth Stars." They have "bike rack" stenciled on them so you will know what they are. Hmm, maybe those Sundance people DON'T think cyclists are very smart, though they clearly believe we are able to read.
Seriously, would I go to Sundance so often if it were like, for example, downtown Dallas? It's where the West begins! I've actually seen horses on those urban streets. Ask Chipseal or Chandra if you don't believe me.



Sundance Square Bike Rack - Note Lettering "BIKE RACK"
I Don't Think the Other Lettering if Official

Saturday, June 12

Sweet Homebound Tailwind

Bass Hall, Fort Worth, Texas
The hospital dischage paperwork indicated "no restrictions." I queried the staff to confirm it meant what it said. Reading between the lines, I concluded that I'd wait to get back on the bike until I was done with blood thinning injections (Lovenox). That last injection came last night. Somehow, for unknown reasons, I woke up early this morning and the road bike beckoned to me. Conveniently, I noticed that if I took the first TRE train it wouldn't be too much of a stretch and I'd probably be back before anybody at home noticed that a bike scofflaw had flown the coop. I rolled south, into a moderate headwind. I have to say I don't mind a headwind when leaving home. Usually, it means a tailwind on the way home, which is a really nice way to wrap up a ride.

Before you knew it, I was in Fort Worth. One of my favorite sights when getting to Fort Worth is the sight of the angels blowing their trumpets at the Bass Concert Hall. They truly are inspirational.

Speaking of which, Chandra ought to find the bit of modern medical technology below interesting. They have HIGH VIS bandages! First tennis balls, then jerseys, and now bandages. Where will all this stop? High vis underwear? For now, let's just say it is a good thing this high vis bandage was on my finger rather than someplace private.
One More Place for HIGH VIS!
Cyclist-Friendly Medicine in Action
After the preliminaries, I noticed a pretty cool sign for the older set of men. Seemed like a good motto to me!

Old Guys Rule - Well, Maybe Part of the Day Tomorrow

Speaking of which, some of you may know of the name, Sundance Square and some more may know that it's more or less named after Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but non-locals may be unaware that it isn't really a square at all in the sense I've been used to such things. It is rather a series of parking lots, such as that shown below.

Leaving, I took advantage of a way bikes are different to avoid a detour due to street construction, and got a nice view of the Tarrant County Courthouse. It's a beautiful building and, from this view, you miss some of the later additions that are more aesthetically challenged. Thankfully, I'm not alone in this view and some of the horrid stuff is getting undone.

Conveniently enough, the photo below illustrates my philosophy of road riding. 'Nuff sed.

Speed With Safety - A GOOD Way to Ride
True to promise, I got that sweet tailwind on the homebound leg. What's more, they had flags flying at the Bedford Civil War Memorial, including one you don't see fly much, though in some ways it is the most celebrated of Confederate Flags. Namely, the Bonnie Blue Flag. I can't recall ever seeing it fly before. Remember that I'm a Westerner (I will NOT accept the notion I'm a Yankee) and a lot of this Civil War stuff is not personal the way it is to Southerners.


Hurrah! Hurrah!
For Southern Rights, Hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a Single Star!