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City Of Dallas Delays Road Safety Improvements

Bicyclists in the Dallas metro area understand the need for initiatives to improve the safety of all bicyclists and motorists throughout the city; and, last year's announcement of infrastructure improvements indicates the city's commitment to lowering the number of Dallas bike accidents.

The city of Dallas, however, has acknowledged that the improvements will not be able to move forward as planned, at least at this time.

In 2011, the city unveiled plans to improve the safety of its streets by adding hundreds of miles of bike lanes. However, late in the year the city announced that it did not have the money needed to complete the project - an estimated $16 million. While city officials are working with the budget to try to find the needed money, an article by Dallas television station WFAA notes that officials may need to seek donations in order to complete the project.

Sadly, a bicycle accident on the Jefferson Boulevard bridge south of downtown Dallas in January 2012 highlights the need for these safety upgrades. Traveling on the bridge on a Saturday afternoon, the 32-year-old cyclist was stuck by a motorist and sent to Baylor University Medical Center with injuries. The cyclist's wife was quoted by WFAA as saying that doctors expect her husband to fully recover after undergoing therapy.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2010, the most recent year for which information is available, 42 bicyclists were fatally wounded in accidents on Texas roads; promisingly, this represents a 13 percent decrease in the number of accidents since 2009. Additionally, 354 pedestrians lost their lives in accidents.