It’s not a couple of locks, it’s a couple’s locks.
Seen in front of Banter/SCRAP/Querencia.
It’s crazy hot, and swimming feels good.
Pictured above is a small beach on the north shore of Lake Lewisville. It’s not amazing, but you can bike there from Denton.
I sought destinations via Denton’s MKT rail trail, and in this weather, a swim sounded inarguably good. My route used the rail trail for almost the whole way, which was nice and stress free: no cars to worry about. There are some good, long stretches where you can ride without feeling rushed.
Swisher is car-dominated, and there’s no sidewalk, so I rode that short leg of it anyways. If you look at an area map, you can cut through a neighborhood to skip that Swisher part, taking Dobbs to Shady Shores rd. I rode into West Lake park, and the gate staff pointed me to the boat ramp-y area to the left. Meh. It was not really a swimming area. Just south of the park, there’s a beachhead parking lot on your left.
If you get hungry on the way there or back, the El Centro market has a Taqueria inside, you can get your breakfast taco on.
“If you want to know if an urban environment supports cycling, you can forget about all the detailed ‘bikeability indexes’—just measure the proportion of cyclists who are female,” says Jan Garrard, a senior lecturer at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and author of several studies on biking and gender differences.
This is fascinating, and I wonder if they have the data broken down by age? In any case, it’s a well-rounded case that supports drastic need for cycling infrastructure. As this study says, we should have “improved mobility options for everyone”.
Denton is easy to ride because of its relatively small size, but Denton can also be difficult to ride because automotive transport is exponentially prioritized over people-first transit. That will only change if the citizens demand that people be prioritized over cars, a concept that I think the Denton square is struggling with right now.