The popular Oak Cliff Bicycle Co. can be found in the Bishop Art’s District of Oak Cliff, southwest of downtown Dallas. Offering bikes and cycling expertise for all levels, this rider-friendly shop sits among some of the area’s coolest restaurants – many of which, of course, encourage eco-friendly transportation. For those looking to have some repair work done, tune ups are a mere $65 and a la carte services aren’t far behind. If you’re in the market for a new ride, Oak Cliff Bicycle also carries many of the most popular urban brands, from BH, Salsa, Foundry to retro-inspired Linus bikes. The tall, gleaming white space looks more like a boutique outlet than a working shop, with hanging racks of cycling gear, long runs of polished bicycles and the always necessary exposed ductwork.
Emulating an atmosphere similar to classic bike shops of a bygone era, Cadence Cyclery of McKinney, now with a second location in Highland Village, blends seamlessly into the historic arts-and-culinary district that surrounds it. Tucked inside an industrial space bordered by exposed bricks, the shop plays host to more bikes than a BMX champ's hoarding shed, including bikes from brands such as BH Bikes, Cervelo, Giant, Pivot Cycles, Scott, Yeti, and Alchemy custom bikes. Two-wheelers span the spectrum of biking needs, from mini roadsters for kids to streamlined cycles primed for professional racing. Once patrons have tracked down their ideal bicycle, they can keep it gliding smoothly with regular tune-ups. On Saturday mornings, riders of all quad strengths meet at the cyclery and embark on a 30-mile group expedition around downtown McKinney and the surrounding countryside, socializing and dropping a trail of rusty spokes to guide them home.
Atop Segway i2 personal transports, guides at Cowtown Segway Tours escort explorers through the botanic gardens, the cultural district, and other Dallas landmarks. Voyagers take part in a 15- to 30-minute training session to become acquainted with their Segway's controls and favorite conversation topics before setting out on their sightseeing adventure. The Cultural District and Trinity Trails tour takes groups of about 10 sightseers on a cruise through the Fort Worth art district, where they take in the marvels of nature, science, and modern architecture that permeate the landscape. During the cultural district tour, riders also zip through a scenic portion of the 32-mile Trinity Trail while gliding past picturesque foliage and racing competitive squirrels on the path to Trinity Park.
Think of Fort Worth B-Cycle sort of like a library?except instead of lending out books, the program lends out 300 Trek bikes from 35 stations throughout the city. To take one for a spin, bikers just need a membership, which covers unlimited 30-minute rides for durations ranging from one day to one year. Member card in hand, participants can unlock any bike and pedal to various locations, dropping their ride off at the nearest bike share station when they're done.
This program might sound reminiscent of bike share programs in New York, Chicago, and other major cities?because it is. Stations are located throughout Central Fort Worth, including Downtown, West 7th St, Magnolia Ave, and along the Trinity Trails.