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Buried Under A Trail

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Buried Under The Trail

I had forgotten all about this, until I ran across the pic in my photo stream.

A few years back, during the construction of one of Richardson’s bike trails, I buried a “Bike Friendly Richardson” pin in the ground before they laid the cement. I’m calling it a time capsule of positive thinking.

Hopefully, many years from now - when they dig it up to widen the trail - somebody will see that we cared about cycling back then.

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April 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 240

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It’s time to pick the Hump Day Pics Of The Week. Again, thanks goes out to the contributors to the Suburban Assault Flickr Pool.

No theme this week, just great photography.

I hope you enjoy this set and check back each week to see what shots get picked. Be sure to check out the Flickr page to see all the awesome bike shots shared by our extremely talented contributors.

3 Speed Commute

“3 Speed Commute” © james jay

james jay - Website: http://jamesjay.wordpress.com

monochrome commuters

“monochrome commuters” © charles kevin bramhall

charles kevin bramhall a.k.a. charleyk

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April 9, 2014 at 5:07 am

My Neighborhood Gets Safe Routes To School

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Lone Mongoose on Bike Rack

A few years back, my city was awarded federal funding through a Safe Routes to School grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for two schools in Richardson: Richland Elementary and Yale Elementary. Yale Elementary happens to be part of my neighborhood.

Safe Routes To School In Richardson

It’s finally getting implemented and is scheduled to be complete next month. According to the SRTS plan (pdf), we will be getting:
• Barrier-free curb ramps
• Sidewalks (repairs and missing links)
• School crosswalk and signage upgrades
• Bike lanes
• Bike routes (I’m not sure what they mean by this)

They are already working on the sidewalks and barrier-free curb ramps in my neighborhood, Yale Park. It’ll also be nice to get the bike lanes, which will help calm the car traffic through the neighborhood streets, create more awareness for bicycling and encourage more people to ride. The new lanes through my neighborhood will start to connect the bike lanes in the Duck Creek neighborhood, just south of us, to the bike lanes on Collins Blvd, a few miles to the west. There will still be a gap on Collins.

ADA Corners

The original information about our Safe Routes To School grant had mentioned bike racks for the schools, but they aren’t on the current proposal (pdf). That either means there wasn’t enough funds or ‘Bike routes’ listed above is a typo, and we are still getting them.

I’m glad that I live in a city that works hard to get grants like this. This is a big win for Richardson and I hope to see more developments that improve safety and encourage more active transportation.

Written by dickdavid

April 4, 2014 at 5:12 am

Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 239

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It’s time to pick the Hump Day Pics Of The Week. Again, thanks goes out to the contributors to the Suburban Assault Flickr Pool.

No theme this week, just great photography.

I hope you enjoy this set and check back each week to see what shots get picked. Be sure to check out the Flickr page to see all the awesome bike shots shared by our extremely talented contributors.

Black, sinister traveller

“Black, sinister traveller” © Ilias Katsouras

Ilias Katsouras a.k.a. Elios.k - Website: Getty Elios.k

Tim on the Main Street Bridge

“Tim on the Main Street Bridge” © Hayley

Hayley a.k.a. Hayley999 - Website: http://hayleytuller.tumblr.com

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By submitting images to the Suburban Assault Flickr group, you are allowing the limited, non-profit, non-commercial usage of your images, as described by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, for non-commercial use on this non-commercial blog. In return you will receive FULL photo credit and links to your Flickr Photostream.

Written by dickdavid

April 2, 2014 at 5:09 am

It Was A Busy Bike Weekend – With Not Very Much Riding

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Now that spring is upon us, bicycling and cycling related activities are starting to ramp up. This weekend was no exception.

Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference
For me, it started on Friday, when I attended the last day of the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference in Fort Worth.

Hosted by BikeTexas and the Texas Trails Network, the conference was held for anyone involved in the planning, construction, funding, economics, operation, management, promotion and use of bicycle, pedestrian, and other transportation modes. According to their siteThe TTAT Conference brought together those involved with bicycle, pedestrian, and other active transportation and recreation modes from around Texas and the world with the goals of sharing current information and examples, and sparking inspiration to continue striving to make things better in each of our communities. The conference focused on issues of economic development, health, safety, and many other topics relevant to advancing active transportation and trails. 

My local advocacy group, BikeDFW, had a table at the conference, which allowed me to attend the last day. While there, I got to sit in on a few seminars that were quite impressive and much more informative than I had expected. I also got to meet other advocates and professionals who are passionate about making Texas better for bicyclists and pedestrians – not only on our growing trail network, but also on our streets and in our neighborhoods.

The TTAT conference seemed small, but it grows larger each time – with this year being the biggest one yet. They are held every other year, so the next one will be held in 2016 – in Houston. If I can get free, I plan on attending that full event. If you are a bike or active transportation advocate, you should see about attending as well.

Here are a few pics from the event. Click here to see my full set.

BikeDFW Banner

Friday Keynote

Seminar Speakers

Seminar Speaker

Trade Show

 

ALSO THIS LAST WEEKED:

Friends of the Katy Trail – Membership and Safety Day
The weekend didn’t stop with the TTAT Confernce. With BikeDFW, I also got to help out at the Friends of the Katy Trail – Membership and Safety Day in Dallas. At the event, BikeDFW joined with Bicycles Plus and helped promote trail etiquette and safety. While there, we installed or gave away almost a hundred free bicycle bells, donated by Bicycles Plus.

Overall, it was a great day and a great event. We got to meet lots of folks and hopefully helped make the trail a bit safer for both pedestrians and cyclists.

Here are a few pics from the event. Click here to see my full set.

Volunteers

Bell Installation

BikeDFW Tent

Warren Installs a Bell

Bell Installation

Randall Installs A Bell

 

Ok. I actually did get to ride this weekend. I got to give the BikeDFW trailer hauler a test spin with some volunteer passengers. We didn’t bring our helmets, so I couldn’t get it going very fast (we were even passed by a few joggers, haha) – but, it was a blast to ride and a great little supply hauler.

Hauling The Big Trailer

Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 238

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It’s time to pick the Hump Day Pics Of The Week. Again, thanks goes out to the contributors to the Suburban Assault Flickr Pool.

No theme this week, just love for some great black and white photography.

I hope you enjoy this set and check back each week to see what shots get picked. Be sure to check out the Flickr page to see all the awesome bike shots shared by our extremely talented contributors.

Coupla Big Black Bikes

“Coupla Big Black Bikes” © Antoine

Antoine a.k.a. ibikenz

1972 Raleigh Super Course 3-speed

“1972 Raleigh Super Course 3-speed” © smashr

smashr - Website: s m a s h e r . n e t

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© All images are subject to Flickr Copyright Rules.

By submitting images to the Suburban Assault Flickr group, you are allowing the limited, non-profit, non-commercial usage of your images, as described by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, for non-commercial use on this non-commercial blog. In return you will receive FULL photo credit and links to your Flickr Photostream.

Written by dickdavid

March 26, 2014 at 5:54 am

LAB’s Steve Clark Visits Plano

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Steve Clark Come To Plano

City of Plano‘s Trail System Planner, Renee Burke Jordan, invited local citizens and bicycle advocates to meet Steve Clark, a Bicycle Friendly Community Specialist from The League of American Bicyclists.

The League is visiting 100 communities this year, bringing their bicycle-friendly expertise directly to the local level — and Plano was on the priority list.

Steve was in town to experience first-hand the bicycle infrastructure in Plano. The meeting brought together citizens and public agency staff to discuss issues and strategies for improvements, provide an assessment of current conditions and begin to collaborate on short, medium and long-term solutions.

Steve Clark Come To Plano

A group of about 20+ people, including members of City of Plano staff, BikeDFW, PBA, Bike Friendly Plano, Bike Friendly Richardson and BikeTexas, were in attendance to listen to Steve’s presentation and to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of cycling in Plano. From building a stronger bike culture to rethinking how facilities are utilized, the group explored ways to make the city strategically better for cycling and increase ridership.

Steve Clark Come To Plano

Overall, the meeting was very productive – considering how short it was. More importantly, events like this are great for starting and continuing the conversation about becoming a better bike friendly community – something north Texas really needs.

LAB's Steve Clark

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