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My Ride To Dallas City Hall

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Down Main Street

For the past few years, local bike advocacy group, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, has hosted a month long bike event called Cyclesomatic. One part of that event is the Bike to City Hall ride – which always happens on a work day, early in the morning. I’ve always wanted to participate in this ride, but couldn’t find the time to bike into Dallas from my house in Richardson, then back out to my job in Carrollton.

Finally, on their sixth year, I made the time. I saw a post on Facebook that a local cyclist friend was riding down early that morning to catch the event. I checked my calendar and workload, and for once, my morning was meeting and deadline free. I decided to join him.

We met up at a local shopping center in Richardson at about 6:00 am., when it was still dark and I was still half asleep. Most of the ride through town was before rush hour and traffic was pretty light. The great thing about riding into downtown Dallas from Richardson, is that most of the route is multi-purpose trail. Once we hit the Cottonwood Creek Trail, it was just a matter of jumping onto the White Rock Creek Trail then the Santa Fe Trail – which takes us mostly into downtown Dallas.

Overall, we rode about 25 miles in about an hour and a half – a slow but fun pace. I really enjoyed the view of White Rock Lake, just before the sun came up.

BFOC Guys

Meet Up At Main Street Park

We met up with many other riders at Main Street Park. After hanging out for a bit and taking a few pictures, the whole group – including some Dallas City Council members – headed out for a really slow paced ride to Dallas City Hall. This was obviously a ride to make a statement. As we rolled safely through the morning, rush hour traffic, there were lots of waves to and from our parade of two-wheeled advocates.

Main Street Dallas

Main Street Dallas

When we arrived at Dallas City Hall, the whole group gathered outside to listen to a presentation from the City Council members who rode with us, as well as a few other city officials. Our new, local advocacy group, The Dallas Bicycle Coalition, even go a special recognition certificate for all of their efforts.

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Parked At City Hall

Bike To City Hall Presentation

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Overall it was a great morning, and I hope to do this ride again. Here are a few more pics from the event. Click here to see the entire set.

Dallas Bike Riders

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Written by dickdavid

October 24, 2014 at 5:41 am

Bicycle Ride And Seek – Photo Scavenger Hunt 2014 – Richardson, TX

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Since last year’s Scavenger Hunt was such a great success, I decided to do it again this year.

Introducing Richardson’s 2nd Annual Ride And Seek, Photo Scavenger Hunt. From mid-October to mid-November, I’m inviting and motivating folks to get out and ride their bikes, explore their neighborhoods and win prizes!

This year’s theme will be “The Bike Racks of Richardson”.

My local advocacy group, Bike Friendly Richardson, is working with the City of Richardson to gather data on the current inventory of available bicycle parking throughout the city. I thought this would be a fun way to involve the bike community and collect valuable information that will help make my city more bike friendly.

If you happen to be in north Texas this month, I encourage you to participate. Click here for details.

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I’m Back

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May Use Full Lane

Back when I announced that I was taking a break from doing the Hump Day Pics posts, it wasn’t my intention to take a break from doing ALL posts.

Life got busy and it just happened.

Between family, work, reading, teaching, a marathon binge of watching Breaking Bad – and – actually riding—writing a post just fell down the priority list.

Now that the kids are settled into a new school year, work has become somewhat routine again, Boo Radley saved Jem and Scout, more people are riding and riding safely, Walter White cooked his last batch and I got Platinum status on the National Bike Challenge, it’s time to start blogging again.

While I was taking my break, I did manage to take a few bike related pics:

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Written by dickdavid

October 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

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Hump Day Pics Of The Week – Placed On Hold

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After completing 5 full years of Hump Day Pics of the Week, I’ve decided to push the pause button. It’s not because I don’t like posting these every week, or because we don’t get enough submissions of amazing photography.

It’s just that I don’t have the time right now. You might not think this, but it actually takes a lot of time to sort through all the great submissions, shoot out requests for permission to use them, and then drop them into the blog.

I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of the contributors to the Hump Day Flickr group. I couldn’t have kept this going without you. Please continue share your great images and keep contributing to the group.

This is just a pause, so I may start it back up again. We’ll see.

Written by dickdavid

September 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 260

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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. Also, this set completes 5 years of weekly, Hump Day posts.

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.

Traffic Calming

“Traffic Calming” © Jay Weidenbach

Jay Weidenbach

Splish, Splash

“Splish, Splash” © Steven Brandist

Steven Brandist

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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

August 27, 2014 at 5:36 am

Teaching Adults How To Ride A Bike

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Jeanette Rides

When I started back up with cycling, several years back, one of my goals was to become certified as a bike instructor – mostly to teach kids how to ride safely. With the support of a strong bike education community in my area, I was able to become an LCI – (League Cycling Instructor), certified by the League of American Cyclists.

With my certification, I am able to teach a broad range of classes that include Traffic Skills 101, Commuting, Bicycling Skills Youth 123 and Bicycling Skills 123. I’m also qualified to teach Group Riding Skills, but quite frankly, I only prefer to teach those with little or no cycling experience.

I’ve taught a few Traffic Skills 101 classes as well as a few Youth 123 (Bike Rodeos), which are both enjoyable and quite rewarding. However, I’ve discovered that my favorite class to teach is actually a hybrid of the adult Bicycling Skills 123, where we teach adults how to ride.

Learning to ride as an adult is actually more common than you would think. There are plenty of adults who never had an interest or opportunity to learn when they were younger. Fortunately, that didn’t stop them from wanting to learn as adults. Of course, different people pick it up faster than others, which makes instructing as challenging as it is fulfilling. I’m still new to teaching the class, and I’ve discovered that I’m continually learning better ways to teach with each new student.

The end result is always extremely gratifying to me – especially when I see the huge grin on each person’s face as they ride a bike for the first time.

If you are an adult or know one who cannot ride a bike and live in the north Texas area, please reach out to my group to fine out when the next available class will be. We’d be happy to teach you.

Written by dickdavid

August 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 259

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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.

red bike indoor.

“red bike indoor.” © meli

meli – Website: Bikes and The City ♥

Bike as Fashion Accessory

“Bike as Fashion Accessory” © Greg Raisman

Greg Raisman – Website: Getting Around Portland

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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

August 20, 2014 at 8:01 pm

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