The Texas Department of Transportation and the North Central Texas Council of Governments are seeking public feedback to improve biking options throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth areas.

A virtual public hearing was posted May 6 and will be available through May 21 that includes multiple presentations outlining plans to improve road and bike trail routes. The hearing also includes a public survey asking residents to list priorities that will improve biking while also ranking the biggest barriers to cyclists.

Trail usage in April and May 2020 was up over 70 percent compared to the same months in 2019, according to the NCTCOG.

As part of the presentation, the council highlighted nearly 200 miles of trails that are in various stages of completion that are planned to connect Denton and McKinney to Dallas. A separate Cotton Belt Trail would link southern Plano to the northern Fort Worth area. The trails would be built in partnership with the council, TxDOT and local communities.

Construction on the final trail sections is scheduled to be complete by December 2023. Visit to attend the virtual hearing and complete the survey.