My Code For Riding – Part 3 – Where I Ride
I’m a firm believer that your environment plays a big roll in how you ride. I like to imagine living in a transportation utopia, where drivers, cyclists and pedestrians coexist in harmony and the wind is always at your back. The truth is most of the cities in north Texas have been built around the car. Yes, we have the weekend warriors that do the group road bike rides around town, but general, day-to-day cycling is pretty scarce. Because of this, bicycling has become less prevalent in my town, which contributes to the problem of limited bicycle rider awareness with most Texas drivers.
Although Richardson has some quiet neighborhood streets and the start of a nice little network of trails and bike lanes, there are routes that intersect with US 75, a major freeway that cuts right through the middle. In order to get from one side to the next, a cyclist must interact with several major roadways to cross it.
I like to think of myself as somewhat experienced at riding, but the thought of sharing some of these busy roads with speeding cars terrifies me. Until a solution is made, I’ll opt for the route that I am comfortable with (although some would consider not the safest) – even if that means taking the sidewalk. I can see a collective of vehicular cyclists cringing right now, but I won’t get too deep into this topic until Part 4.
I love riding around Richardson and I love the fact that they are making efforts to making the city more bike friendly. I just hope people start riding more, drivers become more aware and Richardson becomes that bicycle utopia.