Suburban Assault

My Urban, Suburban Assault

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Because of last week’s ride to Fort Worth, I now have a new option for exploring the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. With the DART Red Line, I no longer have to keep my rides to the north Dallas area. Today, I decided to make my suburban assault a little more urban and ride through downtown Dallas.

Following the route I took last week, I rode my bike to catch the DART Red Line at Arapaho Station. While waiting on the train, I met another bicycle rider on his way to work. Somehow, in the 10 or 15 minutes of waiting, I managed to learn his entire work history, how he had three bicycle accidents, he only spent $38 for his boots and that he collected knives. It was a bit of an odd conversation, but it’s cool to run into nice folks from time to time.

Since there weren’t any special events going on this weekend, the train ride was less crowded than last week. However, I was surprised to see as many folks as I did so early on a Sunday morning. Most of them were on their way to work or to church.

I got off the train at Mockingbird Station. Although the Red Line goes all the way to downtown Dallas, I decided to do a little riding and take the Katy Trail into town. That was a nice ride, because (that early in the morning) there weren’t very many joggers to slow me down. I did run across a few trail advocates, recruiting new members to help support the trail’s upkeep. Although I don’t ride much on the Katy Trail, I’ll definitely look into helping. I’d like to keep the Katy Trail as nice as they’ve made it.

When I reached downtown, I had no idea where I was going. I decided to wing it and just tool around until it was time to head back. I started in the West End, the touristy part of downtown — although it’s nice, it has seen better days. From there, I made it across town, then down towards the Dallas Farmer’s Market.

The Farmer’s Market has the potential to be a great Dallas destination, but for some reason, it isn’t. Perhaps it’s because the location is not very convenient to any DART rail stations. I’m hoping that as Dallas gets more bike friendly, the Farmer’s Market becomes a nice spot for cyclists to ride.

From there, I took a spin through Deep Ellum, another Dallas hot spot that’s seen better days. This used to be THE place to go to see live bands, great restaurants and have an evening out with friends. It was also the hub for many local artists. I’ve been told that Deep Ellum goes through cycles. Hopefully, with the new DART Green Line station, we’ll see some revitalization of the area. I’m already seeing some nice, new art emerging around here.

After Deep Ellum, I took a detour through the Arts District to check out the new AT&T Performing Arts Center. It’s nice that Dallas has this great new destination. I just hope it’s enough to bring new life into these other areas I wrote about.

My time ran out, so I decided to catch the northbound Red Line at the Pearl Street Station. It was definitely a nice ride through Dallas and I hope to do more often.

Written by dickdavid

October 25, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Posted in General Cycling

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  1. “While waiting on the train, I met another bicycle rider on his way to work.” that is perhaps one of my favorite things about riding a bicycle, and reading people share their adventures about them. Too bad people don’t go to the farmers market, looks cool. And that picture of the wall-bike-steps is very architecht-ety nice!!
    cheers, and thanks for providing as always your transparent honest opinion and presentation of the Dallas are. I’m into it 🙂


    October 26, 2009 at 2:27 am

  2. We will have to do this ride together sometime.


    October 26, 2009 at 9:41 am

    • Sound’s awesome!


      October 26, 2009 at 9:44 am

  3. It’s great to see everybody incorporating the train into their weekend rides. It opens up lots of new possibilities. I’ll be jumping on the train and heading out your way sometime soon.

    Excellent photos.

    Myles/ rattrappress

    October 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm

  4. Love the reflection photo.


    November 11, 2009 at 7:56 am

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