Why The D2 Alignment Matters

Dallas is often stereotyped as being sprawling and car centric, but we’re one of only a handful of cities  considering a second LRT route downtown.  While I agree with Patrick Kennedy that D2 is important, I disagree with taking such a nonchalant stance on its alignment. With that said I’m somewhat ambivalent on routing.  Some make […]

Tips for Car Free Dallas Week

AIA Dallas is organizing a No Car Week from Feb 16th to 20th. This makes car free day look like child’s play. An entire week without a car in Dallas. Can it be done? What if you have to commute from McKinney to downtown Dallas?  What if you’ve never ridden transit before? Are you prepared […]

5 Principles of Good Street Design

Charles Marohn of Strong Towns recently had a complaint filed against his professional engineering license for speaking out against traffic engineering standards which often fly in the face of common sense and safety.  While Charles is more qualified to speak about the traffic engineering profession because he’s a licensed engineer, my anecdotal observations support most […]

Start Small: Dallas Needs Continental Crosswalks

Ever get the sense that a lot of Dallas’ crosswalks are invisible? You’re not alone. While crosswalks aren’t taken seriously in a lot of cities, Dallas is a special case because we do take them seriously – but in the wrong way. Upon my travels around town on foot, I’ve seen ornate crosswalks with intricate […]

One Year Car Free in Dallas: Toughen Up

Dallas Observer’s “How I survive in Dallas Without a Car” article needs a response. I’m late to the party as the article is old, but consider this a fashionably late Gatsbyesque entrance. Considering I’ve now been car free in Dallas for a bit more than a year, I’m qualified to speak about these things. I’m sure […]

How To Improve Dallas’ Downtown Circulator

Do you ride the D-Link? Neither do I. As far as downtown circulators go, it’s not very useful in getting to places that I can’t already walk or bike to without having to study a bus map. Its needlessly complex route reflects a traditional bus service rather than a simple, easy-to-use circulator. Depending where you […]

Roads, Cars and Speed Are Expensive

When you come back from a place that prioritizes pedestrians and place making, the massive amounts of automotive infrastructure in the U.S. hits you like a ton of bricks. From Another Place For Me:

Saving Pedestrians’ Lives At Almost No Cost

A staff member at Cycling in Cities, a transportation research program at the University of British Columbia, sent me Vancouver’s 2012 pedestrian safety report recently. Having read NYC’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan a few years ago, I noticed both plans called out left and right turning vehicles posing significant danger to pedestrians who are crossing […]

Making Dallas More Walkable

I’ve been car free in Dallas for 2 months. While I still haven’t bought a bike yet, I’ve done an incredible amount of walking. Dallas is far more walkable than people give it credit for, but I’ve noticed a few issues.  As Jeff Speck mentions in his book Walkable City, walkability is the foundation of […]