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Old 06-22-2020, 12:45 PM
 
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The worst idea that the city ever did, one of the busiest roads in all of Fort Worth, with a predominatly blue collar working community, where mind you there have never ever been any cyclists before. Has been restriped from 4 (four) lanes 2 northbound and 2 southbound. to One YES one lane going north and one south. The Traffic is already horrendous, I sincerely wonder how long it will last. This is all a ploy to gentrify the remaining parts of Southside. ugh sorry guys my rant is over.




https://fortworthtexas.gov/projects/cfwhemphill/
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Old 06-22-2020, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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This is what happens when the Mayor, who loves to ride bicycles, wants more people to join her. I worked in the medical district when Rosedale went from 3 lanes to 2, and they planted trees in the former right lane to give it a "urban village appeal." Stupidest thing I ever saw. Traffic backed up horribly!
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Old 06-22-2020, 03:53 PM
 
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Creating bike lanes is about the only thing that Betsy Price has succeeded at as mayor. For whatever reason she keeps getting re-elected.
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Old 06-22-2020, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Bedford
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For exactly the reason you said: she maintains the status quo. She never gets out of the shallow end of any issue, she thinks that all development is good even if it sprawls the city halfway to Oklahoma, Abilene, and Waco, she looks good on a horse, and she talks like a Texan. The only people that show up on election day are the people that want ^that^.
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Old 06-23-2020, 11:37 AM
 
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Just happened in my city too....we're having a budget crunch...laying off people, and paying to put in bike lanes that very very very few people will use. Also tearing up perfectly good sidewalks, that do get use, but never a pedestrian traffic jam and putting in wider ones?

Frustrating.
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Old 06-25-2020, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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The north end of Hemphill is redeveloping pretty quickly. Bike lanes may actually make sense there, given that the development should be pretty dense in that area. The southern end should have been at Magnolia or Allen, in order to ensure a bike lane connection between downtown and the Magnolia area (via the new Hemphill-Lamar underpass). I would not be surprised if there are people living in Fairmount who ride bicycles (instead of using cars) to visit nearby businesses (eg. Magnolia area)... it just seems like there should be plenty of "crunchy" liberal types there.

I feel like the bike lanes might be an effort to encourage denser development, and more physical activity in a built environment that was not otherwise made for it. But I would say good quality sidewalks are way more important for that; I grew up in a blue-collar community west of downtown, and when sidewalks were added around our elementary school, you started to see more people out jogging, whereas that really didn't happen a lot before; before these were installed, I was actually one of the few joggers in my community just after I graduated high school (I graduated in 2010, and got into jogging in 2012).
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