A Bike-Friendly Denton

City revises its mobility plan


Like several other North Texas cities, Denton is becoming more bike-friendly.

The city has passed a city ordinance intended to make the roads safer for bicyclists. It is also revising the city's mobility plan, pinpointing biker and pedestrian priorities.

"Once we have that, we can go out and get grants that are available through state or federal government or put it into our budget process so we can start building those facilities and get the mobility going that we need," city spokesman John Cabrales said.

He said Denton realizes it needs to become bike friendly because it is home to two universities.

"We can do better, and we are trying to do better," Cabrales said.

Micheal Rosenberger, the manager of The Bicycle Path, said cyclists are vocalizing their need for safer commutes.

"We don't have any bike lanes or specific routes we can go all the time," he said.

Rosenberger says bicycles are becoming more popular, especially with high gas prices and the economic downturn.

"I think cyclists have spoken up more, and there are a lot more of us, so there is a lot bigger voice," he said. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."

"Some people are aware of the cyclist, but most people are impatient," cyclist James Krahula said. "You get honked at all the time."

Cyclists want the improvements such as bike routes connecting areas of interest. The city is on board, especially with the approaching arrival of the A-Train.

"One of the things we want to do is connect that downtown station to major areas of interest -- University of North Texas Campus, Texas Woman's University campus and to downtown Denton," Cabrales said.

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