Dallas City Council has gone on summer vacation until August, but councilmembers leave a few issues for us to chew on while they’re gone.

The plastic bag ban discussed in early June will be back up for debate in August. There were mixed opinions from the council. A MoveOn.org petition has begun, and it’s called, “Mayor Rawlings and Dallas City Council: Stop Plastic Pollution and Ban the Bag.” It has almost 350 signatures and counting.

The city will search for a new bike coordinator since Max Kalhammer left earlier this month, the Dallas Observer reports. The city had many milestones during his time, but we’re still nowhere near completing the ambitious plan to allow bikes and motorists to coexist safely on the roads. Following Kalhammer’s exit, local cycling advocates gave the Observer a list of Five Things Dallas Needs to Become More Bike Friendly.

The city swore in its new councilmembers, including the new District 14 representative Philip Kingston. At last Wednesday’s meeting, he voiced his intention to keep bad development away from the Katy Trail. Rudolph Bush at the Morning News reports that Kingston says he won’t have a busy bar scene or high-rise buildings up and down the trail — not on his watch, anyway.


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