Lake Highlands Trail north of Lake Highlands High School. (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

When Dallas voters approved a $1.05-billion bond issue last year, it green-lighted $20 million to help create a bike trail that connects the whole city.

The Dallas Circuit Trail, also known as The Loop, will cost $56 million and make critical connections in Dallas’ fragmented bike trails. When those are finished, it will create a 50-mile loop that touches all 14 Dallas City Council district.


Real estate executive Jeff Ellerman and oilman Larry Dale came up with the idea because they were frustrated by the city’s trails-to-nowhere. They created the Circuit Trail Conservancy and raised $10 million in private donations, plus millions more from Dallas County and the Regional Transportation Council.

“We’re hard at work on the design component of The Loop,” Ellerman says.

A final design is expected in a year, and the whole project is expected to take up to three-and-a-half years, Ellerman says.

Revisit the October 2016 Advocate for our comprehensive look at the city’s trail system.