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 13 representative Jennifer Staubach Gates, who in our July Q&A, says she’ll tackle crime in Vickery Meadow and focus on basic services like the poor condition of Preston Hollow streets (Did you know that our area ranks last in its percentage of satisfactory streets?).

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