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Fort Worth Open Streets Sunday Oct 30th

Submitted by on October 26, 2011 – 10:00 am2 Comments

Cowtown photo via Sundance Square.com (click for source)

I never post anything about Fort Worth here.  Why, you ask?  Because I can barely get my arms wrapped around the world of Dallas cycling; and besides we’re called Biking In Dallas not Biking Near Dallas or Biking Within an Hour of Dallas.  But this post is an exception.  First a little back story…

I was involved in a conversation recently between some folks from Fort Worth, Dallas and beyond.  The subject was living in Fort Worth versus living in Dallas.  The guy from Fort Worth was lamenting about how dreary life is over there and how he wished he had chosen to live in Dallas. In fact he advised us, “Fort Worth sucks”.

DIRTY LIAR!

Don’t believe people from Fort Worth when they say they don’t like living there, it’s a scam to keep people from Dallas from moving in on their cozy, urban Shangri-La.  I’m serious.  It’s true, they want to keep the small town feel of their city all to themselves. Those clever panther people think they have us all fooled.  Well I lived in Fort Worth ages ago so I know better.

The truth is Fort Worth is one of the best cities in Texas and they have the coolest hike and bike trail network called the  Trinity Trail system which allows you to get to downtown from just about any part of the city.

And if you have any doubts that Fort Worth is not a full jug of awesomesauce just watch this film made by Fort Worthology that documents the Open Streets event from the 23rd (think of it as a Panther City Cyclovia):

The good news is Fort Worth has another Open Streets event planned for this Sunday, October 30th.  Read more about that here and even more from this PDF announcement.

Is that cool or what?  One question: since when does Fort Worth get Ciclovia/Cyclovia, car free day, before Dallas? Damn that hurts. But cheers to those folks who live where the West begins.  I’ve spent time riding on the Fort Worth Trinity Trails which are mostly situated along greenbelts, far from cars and noise.  Gorgeous and peaceful riding. And there aren’t many better ways to spend a lazy Sunday than cycling in downtown, Sundance Square, the Fort Worth Zoo and the Botanical Gardens (hint bring a camera).  And better still, they have plenty of cycling groups to join.
Fort Worth Bicycle Betties

Fort Worth Bicycle Betties via Fortworthcyclechic.com (click for source)

 The Bicycle Betties (Betties only, no Bubbas),  Night Riders, Bike Friendly Fort Worth are just a few of the various groups you might cycle with when you find yourself in their town.  And there’s plenty or rural areas to practice your touring and randonneuring skills:

Outside the city of Fort Worth. photo by RatTrapPress.blogspot.com (click for souce)

So if you don’t have plans this Sunday hop the TRE in Dallas and mosey over to Fort Worth for some car-free fun. Just some of the cool things you might see and enjoy, if you’re Biking in Fort Worth.
– Chris

 

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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

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