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Commute by bicycle soon possible for DFW

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

New trails in Mountain Creek Preserve in Irving will go along way to someday connect Fort Worth and Dallas with the trail system.
New trails in Mountain Creek Preserve in Irving will go along way to someday connect Fort Worth and Dallas with the trail system. Star-Telegram

The Metroplex is a sprawling web of interstates and residential pockets, all being connected by strip malls and hospitals. To navigate it is chaos. To build interconnecting trails from Fort Worth to Dallas is… actually doable — if the funding gets secured.

Already the network of trails snaking through the DFW Metroplex is starting to take shape, but the completion of the project is still about a decade away.

“I feel like I see the end now,” Casey Tate, director of capital improvements for the city of Irving told the Star-Telegram. “As opposed to 20 years ago it was a pretty pie-in-the-sky attitude with all these pretty drawings.”

Many of the trails have been in place for a while, like the ones in River Legacy Park. But linkages are in sight with design plans for connecting the already existing trails in Arlington, Irving, Grand Prairie, among others.

The trail system, when completed, will be about 60 miles, connecting downtown Fort Worth to downtown Dallas.

It will be a good thing and much needed to help build a bicycle-friendly commute for DFW.

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