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More Dallas Bike Lanes Are on the Way

Interest in cycling surges in Dallas with arrival of bike-share companies

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    Dallas Adds Bike Lanes

    This year's bond referendum included $35 million for trails and $48 million for street projects that include bike lanes. NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff takes a look at what it means for Dallas. (Published Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017)

    A surge in cash for new bicycle facilities in Dallas will soon provide more places to ride safely.

    The 2017 bond referendum approved by voters in November includes money for new bike lanes and trails.

    And thousands of new bicycles from bike-share companies are scattered around Dallas, making it easier for people to ride.

    Casey Rauschuber was on one of those bikes Wednesday on the popular Katy Trail.

    Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    [DFW] Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
    After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
    That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
    Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
    The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
    Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
    Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
    The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    "All you do is download the app, and when you come upon a bike, you unlock it and you're on your way," she said.

    But she said places to ride safely are limited in Dallas.

    "Dallas's ever-growing car population makes it kind of hard for people to enjoy bikes and get out on them," she said.

    Riding his own bike on the Katy Trail Thursday, cyclist Bill Sass said he avoids riding on streets, even those marked for shared bike lanes with cars.

    "They like to drive right by your edge. They like to get right up close of you and hit the horn right when they get by you," Sass said.

    About $35.6 million in city bond money for trails will leverage an additional $50 million from other sources. The referendum included about $48.8 million for road projects that include bicycle improvements like wide sidewalks or dedicated bike lanes.

    Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    [DFW] Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
    The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
    Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
    Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
    Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    "Dallas is a little bit behind some of our peer cities in its off-street bike infrastructure. This bond program helps," said City of Dallas bike program manager Jared White.

    Some people find the shared bikes a nuisance.

    Security guard Trey McCashland protects a restaurant near the DART West End Station, where a dozen shared bikes are scattered outside.

    "It's a bit of an eye-sore, in my opinion," he said.

    McCashland said vandals have learned now to break the security device on the bikes to ride them without paying, then dump them when the ride is through.

    "It seems every day we get more, and they just come here to die. That's plain and simple," McCashland said.

    Roof Blown off Apartment in Pennsylvania

    [DFW] Roof Blown off Apartment in Pennsylvania

    Storms in Pennsylvania caused heavy damage to a large apartment building, leaving dozens without a place to live.
    Residents of Luther Wood Apartments in Scranton have been evacuated after wind ripped the roof off the building. 
    It happened just before 6 a.m. Monday.
    As of 11 a.m., Scranton fire officials say 90-people have been evacuated from the building, and another 35 may be forced to leave.
    A shelter is being set up to help the residents of the senior apartment complex.
    No word on any injuries.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    Dallas is considering new regulations to force the ride-share companies to look after the bikes instead of letting the companies police themselves. White said the Dallas City Council will review the ride-share company activity early next year.

    "We want them to be successful, but as a city we have a responsibility for the public well-being and quality of life issues," White said.

    Sass said he voted for the 2017 bond referendum and looks forward to improvements.

    "There will be a lot more bicycling if there's trails and access that's safe," Sass said.

    Projects to be funded with the 2017 money may take years to complete.

    MORE:Click here to read all of the 2017 bond referendum project information.

    Bus Carrying Students Crashes Into Wall

    [DFW] Bus Carrying Students Crashes Into Wall

    Eight people were injured in an accident captured by video in Kumamoto, southwestern Japan. The 62-year-old driver and eight members of the Amakusa High School handball team aboard suffered light injuries and were taken to a hospital. A school employee said the driver was nodding off.

    (Published Monday, March 26, 2018)

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