The Chisholm Trail Parkway is a mistake.
Every new or widened highway just results in siphoning energy out of the central city to development in the far fringe, which is unsustainable from an economic, environmental, and transportation perspective.
More developments that will exist in their own vacuums, disconnected from anything else.
More developments that will REQUIRE the use of a car to get to and from and between them, further increasing this city’s over-dependence on one mode of transportation and further degrading the human environment, our health, and the city’s budget.
More cars thrown onto streets.
The city shoving its head further into the sand and pretending it’s still 1960 and gas is cheap and plentiful and we are ignorant of the massive negative effects of the planning and development that’s happened since World War II.
More roads that further delay any hope of this city getting serious about other forms of planning and transportation and getting further left behind by other cities that are embracing the 21st century while we delude ourselves into thinking we can build a couple of urban entertainment/parking garage districts while still pretending the other 99% of the city can keep on doing things unchanged with no ill effects.
(This was originally posted on the Fort Worth Architecture forum in response to a question asking why Fort Worth has so few bike commuters compared to other cities.)
Our bike infrastructure has improved from basically nothing, so while it’s definitely improved, it still has a LOOOOOOOOOOONG way to go. The only part of town with consistently half-….no, 1/4th-acceptable bike infrastructure is the Near Southside, and that’s a small slice. There are a lot more bike infrastructure projects we could be doing but are not. The Near Southside is also the only place in the city with halfway consistent bike infrastructure - look at how the 7th Street bike lanes/bridge just dump you out into a bunch of traffic with nothing but a sharrow to guide you, or look at how so much of the downtown bike infrastructure stops when you hit Sundance Square, or look at how few connections there are between areas (the South Main underpass, for example, still being the only unbroken dedicated bike infrastructure connection between downtown and the Southside). All of that contributes to dissuading people from trying to bike. You have to build it, and it has to be consistent. We still have way too many sections where a bike lane dumps out into unprotected traffic which gives way to a random 1/2 block bike lane which then disappears, etc. etc. etc.
The last several times I’ve been in Austin, they have really accelerated their bike infrastructure programs and have quite a bit more than we do now, or at least that’s been my perception. And of course, even our finest infrastructure pales in comparison to a place like Portland’s.
In the aforementioned Near Southside, there are tons more people using bikes than there were before the bike infrastructure started showing up. Not all are commuters - though I don’t know if all the many people who ride their bikes to work every day in the various Magnolia businesses are considered “commuters” for the purpose of counting - but they still count to me. Families, people running errands, etc. A tiny slice of the city, but a massive change for a district.