Arlington Just Hates Bicycles

A FrontBurnervian pointed me to this Bud Kennedy column from the weekend, which I don’t know how I missed because I don’t miss many Bud Kennedy columns (note to columnists working for the paper of record in Dallas: This is how you write a metro column).

It seems that there is this giant push in Arlington to ban – ban – bicycles. The voters of Arlington have already opted to turn down mass transit, but now bicycles? Perhaps next, we can ban walking outdoors, and force people to purchase Jazzy scooters, eventually rendering the whole of Arlington something like this.

So someone who is in Arlington, tell me: What is up with all this?


  • MCC

    Um…I don’t think there’s a giant push to ban bicycles. From that article, it sounds like two city council candidates and a vocal minority that do not want new bicycle lanes.

  • TW

    The council was considering a proposal to turn a four lane, north-south traffic artery into a two lane road with something like four commuter bicycle lanes. If they just wanted to do something around UTA and downtown Arlington, everybody would be on board. But turning 10 miles of a major road into a cluster – not a good idea.

    As for bicycling, River Legacy Park is (conservatively) 1 billion times better for recreational bicyclers – road and trail – than White Rock and the Katy Trail combined. Look it up!

  • Obama’s Seat

    Good time to open a unicycle shop.

  • yeah…um

    Arlington is as backwards as they come. Frankly, I’m embarrassed and even stupefied by the lack of progression.

    It has the potential to be a college town, and a decent one at that. But it does nothing to support local businesses.

    Enjoy your Jerry World and your highways folks!

  • Brandon

    @TW – 1) Abram runs east/west, not north/south and 2) The proposal is for narrowing a 1 mile stretch from Cooper to Collins, NOT 10 miles. Look it up!

  • Brandon

    Also, River Legacy Park doesn’t get you anywhere. This is about increasing the accessibility of the district to make it a destination, as opposed to just a waypoint between point A and point B.

  • Steve

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  • CSP

    I have to agree with MCC. The original post seems to be mischaracterizing what is being debated. I see no “ban on bicycles” being contemplated, just a debate about whether dedicated bike lanes are meritorious.

  • Doug

    When did bicycles become “progress”? If this was 1854, sure, bicycles could rightly be called progress, in 2011, not so much. Next you’ll be saying streetcars are “progress”, oh wait, UnfairPark does that every week.

  • Hombre Frutas

    Actually, one candidate for council is dead-set against alternatives to gridlock. She apparently can’t imagine a world in which someone chooses to park their gas-powered vehicle for recreation, commuting or errands. (An aside: it’s interesting that the TeaBaggers all use the word “frivolous” from their script, rather than considering the issue on its merits.) Kelly Canon says: We have more important issues that aren’t as frivolous as the hike-and-bike plan.”

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  • Vseslav Botkin

    Doug, nobody is calling bicycles themselves progress. They’re calling a transition toward more diverse transportation infrastructure progress.

  • CSP

    Where’s my script? They forgot to give me one at the Vast Teabagger Conspiracy convention at which we all get our marching orders.

  • Doug

    @ Vseslav Botkin Oh, well then,excuse me, they’re not saying bicycles themselves are progress, they’re saying people riding bicycles is progress. The future’s so bright i gotta wear shades, and spandex.

  • ATP

    @Brandon: If it only runs one mile down Abram Street, that doesn’t get you anywhere either. River Legacy is a much more pleasant place to ride, and it does not interfere with traffic flow in an already-congested area. Plus, it’s already there, ready for use, instead of requiring the city to use funds it does not have.

  • Vseslav Botkin

    @Doug No. Still wrong. But I sense perhaps you have some anger toward bicycles that’s clouding your ability to comprehend.

  • G. David

    Please don’t feed the trolls, most of whom seem to be named Doug.