Most roads have a different vibe between weekdays and weekends. The “Best” roads are even better on Saturdays and Sundays, and all can be magic at night. The “Worst” roads… well you get it, they just suck all the time.
1. Scenic – Turtle Creek from Maple to Preston Road, including a cutover to Lakeside Drive in Highland Park. Also include Armstrong, through the park cities as “Always shaded, nice pavement, never traffic.”
2. Scenic – Miron Drive, Preston Hollow for a country in the city feeling, this gorgeous U-shaped road includes a private property maintained like a park with a beautiful modern sculpture at the bottom of the U.
3. Scenic – For water cruising, “take Goliad from Greenville to Lakeshore drive. Go north on Lawther around the lake, with Fisher road off Lawther as one of the best in town too.”
4. Urban – Commerce Street through downtown. “The lights are timed perfectly, and you just stay in 3rd gear and roll down the entire street, even in traffic. It’s what all roads should aspire to.”
5. Urban – Riverfront Boulevard (aka Industrial Blvd) from Mockingbird to I-30 is amazing on a Sunday afternoon. The drive past the overwhelmingly large high-power transmission lines will make you think you are in a futuristic movie set.
6. Altitude – a number of scooterists like riding the bridges over the Trinity River… according to one of us “I like taking Colorado all the way from Hampton, then left on the Zang bridge and hall ass into downtown. If you do it about an hour after rush hour, there is zero traffic, and it’s just bright enough that the curves on Colorado aren’t sketchy.” But be careful not to override your headlight.
1. Urban – McKinney Avenue, how many “Worst” votes can one street get? Obviously a lot of them – and a lot of the comments are on the tracks and bricks being scooter eating monsters. For example, “The trolley tracks are just wide enough to swallow a scooter tire. I almost ate it there after my tire got caught, then the tracks turned and the road didn’t. And with this tongue-in-cheek comment “Mckinney Avenue is the best road for an exciting vintage scooter ride. Nothing like blasting down Mckinney swerving through traffic and doing your best to avoid pot holes, rail tracks, bricks, and dumb chicks on cell phones. I highly recommend 8′ inch wheels on either a 60’s Vespa 150 or 70’s Vespa 150 Super.”
2. Urban – Lemmon Avenue from Oaklawn to Inwood – take your pick between the heavy traffic, the ill-timed lights, and the crazy quilt of patches; this is one to avoid at all cost.
3. Urban – Greenville. Greenville you think ‘wait isn’t that where the Dubliner is located, and where all those scooters hang out’? Well yes, but only when they are able to make it past the potholes and the drivers that are not giving enough clearance to swing by while on your scoot waiting to take your left or right turn.
4. Urban – Fitzhugh as it turns into Wycliff is a nighttime skills test – with ‘dips and potholes galore’ and little lighting ‘its like riding in the rainforest’ and not in a good way.
5. Scenic – Jourdan Way – “the worst paved road ever, and half the time, part of it is under five inches of water.”
Please comment with your Best and Worst scooter roads – Also, a big thank you to my friends at DFWscooterist.com for their input in this column!
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