Riding a bike was easy when I was a kid. You just got on your bike and rode around the neighborhood.
We didn’t need helmets, colorful Spandex outfits, special shoes, or police protection from cars. Of course, that was a different time when America was just emerging from black-and-white and shifting into color.
Now, though, we need municipal authorities to tell us how and where we can ride bikes, and the city of Dallas does just that this evening with a public meeting to explain and listen to input on the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan.
The agenda of tonight’s meeting includes a discussion of decisions made based on the public’s input during the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan Open House back in May, when interested citizens and city officials broke into “listening stations,” and Lord, you can’t even just talk with someone anymore; you need a listening station?
Other agenda items focus on intersections identified as problem areas, the maps and recommendations for more than 500 miles of streets in Dallas, and the development of the Dallas Bikeway System Network. Geez, it’s just riding bikes, man.
Just one question, though. Does it all change in 2012?
Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He might still be able to ride a bike … if it had four wheels … an engine … a steering wheel … oh, hey, it does.