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Cleaning Up My Local Trails

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Broom Bike

My Trail Cleanup Rig

Richardson continues to impress me with their network of great bike and pedestrian access routes throughout the city. As part of that, we have some really nice multi-purpose trails. However, over time and through excessive usage, they have’ve gotten covered in litter, animal waste and broken glass. Instead of complaining about the mess, my local bike advocacy group, Bike Friendly Richardson, decided to take the maintenance and care of our trail network into our own hands.

Broom Bike and Billy The Goat

My Bike with Howard and His Goat, Billy

We scheduled our first, hopefully of many, Trail Clean Up Days. Given such short notice, and everybody’s busy schedules, our first turnout wasn’t that great. We did get a few volunteers from all around the city, as well as somebody from our neighboring city, Plano. The plan was to try and fill as many trash bags (provided by the city) as possible in two hours.

Overall, we were pretty successful in filling 8-10 bags—not bad for a small group of people. Think about what we could have accomplished with more volunteers. There was still a lot more trash on the trail that we couldn’t get to. Perhaps we’ll get it all the next time.

Our goal is to do this more often than not—hopefully in other parts of the city as well. My only hope is that we’ve inspired other people to get out there and care for the public areas near them. This is our city, and we need to take responsibility for it.

Clean Trail Under The Bridge

Getting The Trash Beyond The Trail

 

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February 23, 2015 at 9:39 am

My Last Ride On Spring Creek Trail For Now

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The Spring Creek Trail in Richardson is scheduled for repairs during the first few weeks of 2012, so I decided to take a quick spin on it before it was closed off. I typically don’t ride the entire length of the trail, since my normal route only uses a small portion between the Routh Creek Parkway ramp to the passages under Central Expressway. It was a nice little ride through a quiet little pocket of nature, tucked away in our busy little suburban city. Here are some pics:

To get to the Spring Creek Trail, I had to ride by Lookout Park. Here is a fun little rest area/playgound.

Playground

The east entrance to the Spring Creek Trail goes under Plano Road.

Creekside

If you’re not in a rush to get anywhere, you’d be surprised at the fun, off-trail detours that are available.

Alt Creek Crossing

Although most of the leaves have fallen, there is a certain calm feeling you get riding through these woods. Reminds me of a much tamer version of my mountain bike days.

Stone Wall

Here’s an example of some of the repairs being made next month. I’m glad the city is keeping up with this.

Bridge For Repair

Here is the ramp that leads up to Routh Creek Parkway. I’m usually going down this thing.

Ramp

Here’s the trail that rolls along Routh Creek Parkway. Here, traffic is so calm, I usually prefer riding on the parkway.

Straight Away

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December 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Skid Marks

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Ramp Skids

There is a fun little ramp on one of the trails in my town. If you’re not ready for it, the curves might catch you off guard.

It makes me happy to see so many skid marks on this ramp because I can see that more riders are taking advantage of the local trail system.

Written by dickdavid

January 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

Spring Creek Trail Ramp – NOW OPEN!

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There is a nice little nature trail that goes through the northern, central part of my town, Richardson, Texas. According to the City of Richardson Trail Guide, it’s called the Spring Creek Trail. It has entrances on Plano Road and Glenville Drive with scenic, tree covered, twisted routes that lead to a nice rest stop at Renner Road and US-75. This rest stop is a nice jumping point to another bike trail that runs along Renner Road, which leads to the west site of Richardson. Until recently, the Spring Creek Trail was the only bike friendly route that connects to the jumping point at Renner at US-75. Most of the other routes are very busy streets and feeder roads.

Within the past couple of years, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has relocated to a newer place within Richardson, constructing a brand new office building just south of Spring Creek Trail. With this new building, the City of Richardson added a new road between Glenville and Renner – cutting right through Spring Creek Nature Area. At first, I was put off by how development always trumps nature and parks. It was even more frustrating when the main part of the trail became blocked for over a year because of the construction.

While riding around Glenville Road last April, I noticed that this new road, Routh Creek, was almost complete. I took a spin down it to check it out, and to my surprise, I discovered that they were building a wide bike lane with a ramp to join up with the Spring Creek Trail. Like the new road or not or not, at least they kept the cyclist/peds in mind when they developed through the area. I can’t say the same for the trees and wildlife.

Well, I started to get excited about this. For me, this opens up a new route through this part of town, making a quick and easy connection between various bike routes in Richardson. Over the next few months, I kept an eye on the development and waited patiently for them to complete the project. See the pics below to watch the progress through the summer.

Well, this week, the road and ramp to the trail finally opened. It’s nice, but I can’t help but think that this is just the beginning of more development.

I’m torn, because I like progress and having these big companies in our city to help with our economy. However, where do we draw the line between this progress and holding on to our parks and wildlife?

Click Here to see a quick video of me going down it for the first time.

Click Here to see map below for location:

Click Here to see the City Of Richardson trail map.

Written by dickdavid

August 29, 2009 at 5:50 pm