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From an article in the Dallas Morning News.
'Urban half' is open
The first stretch of the Santa Fe Trail opened in July, running from Hill Avenue at the edge of Deep Ellum to Randall Park near Woodrow Wilson High School.
Shelton calls it the "urban half." It's a linear park fronted by old wood-frame homes in neighborhoods filled with people, pets, play equipment, litter and graffiti. The trail is used by neighborhood cyclists, joggers and kids, and in the mornings, parents use it to take their children to school.
"Right now, if you don't live along the trail, you can't justify using it. It doesn't go anywhere," Shelton said. "Once they get it connected to White Rock Lake, you're going to just see a tremendous increase in the number of people using it."
Residents around White Rock Lake will be able take the path to ride downtown. Families around Old East Dallas, Deep Ellum and Fair Park will be able to ride to White Rock Lake.
Shelton said cyclists who put their bikes on their cars and drive to White Rock Lake will be able to ride from their homes. "It will help with parking and traffic around the lake," he said.
Even though this trail was my doing, the comments above underscore some of the reasons I repent having spent so much time working on trail projects like this one, as they are counter-production to bicycle transportation.
I won't point out the issues, but I'll leave them for any discussions.