I must make an admission that we did not ride on the street to get to the pedestrian bike path. I can see now why VCs do not like riding on the side walk, they were filled with debris and broken glass, and cars passed by at 40-50 miles an hour!
We finally navigated our way to the pedestrian bike path and rode down to a nice sunny spot on a hill with a great view of the lake and the activity below. People were out walking, jogging, biking, sailing, rowing and even kayaking! Nothing like a beautiful day in Dallas to bring everyone outdoors. On the ride up to the hill, my wife made an astute observation, "Riding [on the pedestrian path] is just as annoying as riding down the Katy Trail." I grinned ear to ear and offered to ride in the street, which was an unwelcome alternative.
I noticed a lot of cyclists out there on very expensive bikes riding both the trail and the road around the lake. It's easy to tell those who ride as a commute from those who just do this sort of thing for exercise. I don't ride a fancy bike, in part because I think it would fall apart on the terrible roads of inner city Dallas, but also because I don't need a $1,000 bike to get to work. My 'hybrid' $100 bike from WalMart (with a little work and modification: brakes were terrible and the spokes were in desperate need of adjustment to balance the wheel) does the job just fine. The other thing I noticed is that several of the cyclists out there failed to 'take the lane,' which is essential to bike safety on the roads. I guess they've never been in traffic before. It's fine to get out there and pretend to be Lance Armstrong for a while, but at least be safe about it.