Imagine Biking 20 Miles On Dallas Streets Without Cars. It’s Happening Nov. 4 | KERA News

Imagine Biking 20 Miles On Dallas Streets Without Cars. It’s Happening Nov. 4

Sep 13, 2017

Biking around Dallas and living to tell the tale is no small feat. Bumper-to-bumper traffic, distracted drivers, constant construction and general inaccessibility create a perfect storm only few can brave.

But efforts to promote biking among the masses haven’t gone unnoticed.

Just this summer, Dallas’ bike-sharing options multiple threefold, thanks to private endeavors. And this fall, the city will close some of its busiest streets for cyclists as young as 3 to ride safely.

Granted, the first-ever Dallas Bike Ride is just for one day, but 20 miles will be cleared of cars on one glorious Saturday morning.

The leisurely ride on Nov. 4 starts and finishes at City Hall Plaza. The course hits several different neighborhoods and landmarks in Dallas. And there will be a shorter route (around the 10.5 miles), so you can cut back early to the festival at the finish line that lasts until 1 p.m.  

You can’t access the course after the start, so get there before 7:45 a.m. And if you don’t want to ride, you can still attend the free party at the end.

Organizers expect about 4,000 people for this first year’s turnout, GuideLive reports.

The course

Organizers say the route is subject to change. We’ll update as needed.

Credit Dallas Bike Ride

The cost

Registration is open until Nov. 1. And prices increase on Oct. 21.

  • Ages 3-7: Free. Kids must ride on a child bike seat, tagalong bike, tandem bike, in a bike trailer or in a bike cargo.
  • Ages 8-15: $30. There must be one adult riding along for every kid in this age group.
  • Ages 16 and up: $60
  • VIP: $175. This includes a priority start, half-zip pullover, water bottle and a post-ride lunch.

The benefits

Capital Sports Ventures, the organization planning with event, will donate some proceeds to a pair of local nonprofits: Bike Texas and Incarnation House.

GuideLive reports:

“Incarnation House is launching a new after-school program for disadvantaged high-schoolers to go on group bike rides and learn to fix bikes. BikeTexas will use the funds to teach 400 Dallas-area youth to ride bikes at an Earth Day event in 2018.” 

The next steps

Participants can pick up their packets at The Rustic, located at 3656 Howell St. in Dallas, from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3.

Parking will be made available to reserve and purchase ahead of Nov. 4.

If you want to volunteer instead, register here.

This post will be updated with more details when they’re available.