Dallas is a city located in Texas, USA. Known for being the third-largest city in Texas and as a rich hub for cultural diversity, various academic institutions, and economic industries like defense, technology, financial services, telecommunications, and transportation, Dallas is a popular destination for many tourists.
If you’re hoping to take an e-bike trip in Dallas, this article will answer any questions you may have and help you plan your trip!
E-biking rules in Dallas
While e-bikes are allowed in Dallas, riders should first ensure their e-bikes meet Texas’ e-bike law specifications. Texas defines e-bikes as an electric assisted bicycle, which must have:
- A maximum motor output of 750W
- A maximum speed of 20 mph (28 mph for Class III)
- Fully operable pedals
Vehicles that meet these specifications are subjected to the same road rules as traditional bicycles. To learn more about road rules for bicycling in Texas, visit the government’s webpage here.
Are you thinking of taking your e-bike on public transportation? Dallas’ transit system is called DART, which consists of buses, trains, and light rail systems throughout the city. Bicycles are allowed on DART transit, but must be placed in areas designated for people with disabilities, and only if those sections are not already occupied.
Additionally, riders must always move their bikes for people with wheelchairs or strollers. For more information about bikes on transit, visit DART’s webpage here.
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If you’re looking for bicycle parking in the city, the DART system offers bike racks for short-term parking at the majority of rail stations and transit centers. These racks are free of charge and are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Bike lids, which are designed to protect bikes from vandalism or theft, are also available at some stations and can be used for up to 72 hours at a time.
Riders will have to bring their own padlock to secure the bike lid. For more information on bike parking in the city, visit this webpage here.
Is Dallas e-bike friendly?
Yes, Dallas is an e-bike friendly city! Some of the top recommended trails for cyclists in and around the city include Katy Trail, Santa Fe Trail, Northaven Trail, Texas Buckeye Trail, Trinity Stand Trail, White Rock Lake Trail, Rawhide Park Trail, Ridgewood Trail, and Coombs Creek Trail. For more information on bike routes in Dallas, visit AllTrails.
To charge your e-bike while in Dallas, Chargehub lists the locations of all electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the city, where you may be able to charge your e-bike if the charger is compatible. Alternatively, you may be able to ask permission at cafes, restaurants, or hotels if you are able to charge your e-bike there.
If you are looking to rent your e-bike while in Dallas, there are a couple of options for you! First, Pedego Electric Bikes has a location in Dallas, where you can rent an e-bike in hourly or daily increments. Second, In-City Wheels provides e-bike rentals for 1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, half-day, and full-day intervals.
Additionally, if you are interested in taking an e-bike tour, In-City Wheels also offers an “Adventure Highlights” guided tour, where riders can either choose a daytime or sunset option for the tour.
How is the weather and city traffic in Dallas? Is it fun to ride an e-bike in Dallas?
Rush hour traffic in Dallas runs between 7AM – 9:30AM and 3PM – 6:30PM on weekdays. To avoid congestion, we recommend cyclists stay off the roads at these times if possible.
In terms of the best time of year to visit Dallas, it is recommended to visit between the months of September and November. This is because temperatures are not as oppressively hot during these months as they are in the summertime, and tourist traffic is not as high, allowing accommodation rates to drop.
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Average daily temperatures range from the mid-60s to the high 80s Fahrenheit (19 – 30 degrees Celsius), making for very pleasant weather, and popular events such as the Texas State Fair also take place during this time. If you are hoping to catch a specific festival or event in Dallas, refer to Visit Dallas to check out their annual events guide!
For things to do while in Dallas, there are a number of top attractions to check out. Some of the top sights include Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Reunion Tower, NorthPark Center, Dallas Galleria, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Museum of Art, Klyde Warren Park, Dealey Plaza National Historical Landmark District, Dallas Cattle Drive Sculptures, White Rock Lake Park, Bishop Art District, and The Dallas World Aquarium. For more recommendations, visit Trip Advisor’s list!
Dallas city landscape, the best type(s) of e-bikes to ride in this city
Since Dallas and its surrounding area consists of primarily flat terrain, a commuter or city cruiser e-bike is perfectly suitable for your trip.
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Where can I buy an e-bike in Dallas?
If you are looking to buy an e-bike while in Dallas, there are a few options available!
At Pedego – Dallas, you can either visit in person to purchase your e-bike, or shop online and get your e-bike shipped to you.
Electric Avenue offers the ability to browse their selection online and buy their e-bike at their brick-and-mortar store.
High Country E-bikes allows riders to buy their e-bike online and get it shipped anywhere within the USA.
Lastly, you can visit Walmart – Bike Shop at Dallas Supercenter in person to buy from their selection of e-bikes.
Where can I repair an e-bike in Dallas?
If you are in need of e-bike repairs while in Dallas, the mobile services and repair company Velofix operates in Dallas; riders can contact the company using an online form, and Velofix will come to you accordingly. Additionally, Pedego – Dallas offers parts and service repairs at their in-person store!
Where can I recycle e-bike batteries in Dallas?
If you need to recycle your e-bike battery while visiting Dallas, you can access a list of locations through the Call2Recycle program. Some locations listed on the website include Electric Avenue Bikes – Dallas, UBreakIFix, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, and Milwaukee Factory Service Centers.
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Dallas programs to develop cycling infrastructure
The City of Dallas is currently aiming to refresh its 2011 Bike Plan and create a new master plan by the summer of 2023, which will feature bicycle and roadway improvements, an updated Bicycle Network Map, updated design standards for bicycle facilities, and more. Visit this webpage to learn more about Dallas’ programs to improve bicycling infrastructures.
Now that you’re ready for your e-bike trip, we hope you have a great cycling adventure in Dallas!
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