The Regional Veloweb is a 1,728 mile network of existing and planned off-street, shared-use paths (trails) designed for use by bicyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorized forms of active transportation in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The network of shared-use paths serves as a system of off-road transportation facilities for bicyclists and other users that extends and completes the region’s roadway and passenger rail transit network. The Regional Veloweb has planned connections in 10 counties and 117 cities in North Texas. It is the “interstate” for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The Regional Veloweb is adopted by the Regional Transportation Council, the transportation policy body of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, as part of the long-term metropolitan transportation plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Corridors identified on the Veloweb as “planned” may be prioritized for future funding. Cities and counties within the region are responsible for the planning and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and amenities. The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) takes those plans and promotes connections throughout the region, with a focus on alternative commute routes.
The Veloweb alignment was determined through the cooperative efforts of local governments and NCTCOG staff by:
- Identifying existing and funded trails
- Reviewing locally planned bicycle and pedestrian facilities
- Locating routes that would provide air quality benefits or access to transit stations
- Identifying an alignment that would offer the greatest potential for regional connectivity
The primary design considerations of these regional shared-use paths (trails) include:
- Easy access to neighborhoods, schools, parks, transit stops, employment centers, shopping, and other common trip destinations.
- Minimum 12-foot width for heavily traveled shared-use paths.
- 16- to 24-foot sections or separated facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists in areas with high peak-volumes of users.
- Long-lasting impervious surfaces.
- Grade-separated crossings of roadways with significant traffic flow.
- Few, if any, signalized or stop sign intersections.
Click here to view a map of the implementation status of the
Regional Veloweb included in the Mobility 2035
– 2013 Update.
Click here for the veloweb brochure.
Please email Kevin Kokes at email@example.com to request the Regional Veloweb shapefiles.
Fort Worth to Dallas Trail Connection: Pulling the Region Together
A coordination meeting that brought together the Mayors from the five core cities of the Dallas-Fort Worth region to discuss the idea of a Regional Trail from Downtown Fort Worth to Downtown Dallas was held in November 2013 by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). The cities participating included Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Irving, and Dallas.
The trail alignment discussed would be a total of 64 miles once completed; approximately 40 miles currently exist or are funded for construction.
The trail was highlighted by the area Mayors as a resource and asset to their communities from an economic development perspective and tourism aspect, as well as benefits to health and the reduction of congestion that alternative transportation routes can offer. The additional 24 miles needed to be constructed will cost approximately $30M and federal and state grant funds are being sought by the Region.
Fort Worth to Dallas Trail Connection Map (updated December 2014) -[PDF] 10 MB
This is one of many Regional Trail projects within the Regional Veloweb trail system that is focused on connecting communities, bridging barriers, and also making connections to housing, employment, and entertainment areas within the region.
For a snapshot of other regionally significant trail systems, click the map link below.
Regional Trails Map