Bike Sharing and Car Culture Compete in Texas

Bike Sharing and Car Culture Compete in Texas

Is there room for a bike share in a largely car-dependent area? With the exception of a few dense areas, North Texas is notorious for its sprawl and car-dependency . Despite Dallas activists working to tear down a highway to create greater walkability and the city’s recent approval of connective bike lanes , the culture of people-centered mobility continues to grow slowly and encounter large expanses of abandoned downtown areas. However, nearby Ft. Worth, TX which is designed with much of the same infrastructure, introduced a bike share system two years ago in their downtown area with apparent success. Ft. Worth Bike Share stations are located largely in concentrated hubs surrounding high (foot)-traffic areas such as the Cultural District, Downtown area, and the campus of Texas Christian University. The bike share is part of a national “B-cycle ” network of bikes. Differen...

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