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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

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.

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April 4, 2014 at 5:12 am

Signs Of The Times

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Here are just a few of my favorite traffic signs around town. The city of Richardson, Texas has done a lot for cyclists. Unfortunately, there’s a lot more that needs to be done before we can be considered an official Bike Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists. With our bike trails, bike lanes and bike friendly streets, we’re further along than most north Texas cities.

Having these signs at every major road, coming into town, is really nice too. They are a good reminder of what Texas drivers should already know about using Texas roads.

Bike Route Sign - Richardson, Texas

Share The Road Sign - Richardson, Texas

This is one of my favorites:

Bikes May Use Full Lane Sign - Richardson, Texas

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January 8, 2014 at 6:17 am

Wow! I Actually Won Something

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No, it wasn’t a race.

Local bike shop, Richardson Bike Mart, known for it’s connection to the local cycling community, had their first ‘Coffee Crawl‘ last month. Having one of the largest inventories of road, race and mountain bikes in the area, their stores appear to cater to more experience riders, athletes and aspiring racers. However, Richardson Bike Mart hasn’t forgotten the fun side of bicycling and makes efforts to encourage other cyclists to get out and ride. The Richardson Bike Mart Coffee Crawl is the perfect example of that.

The idea was to get us cyclists out on our own schedules and pace, to explore the city - something I totally embrace with Suburban Assault - and visit local coffee shops or breakfast destinations. We had the entire month of November to accomplish as many rides as possible, taking photos at each stop.

Since I love coffee and riding, I fully embraced this challenge – riding and drinking coffee as often as I could. It totally paid off, because I was the winner of the very generous $100 gift certificate from Richardson Bike Mart. Believe me, I’m going to put it to some good use.

Thank you, Richardson Bike Mart!

Here are some of my pics from my coffee crawl rides:

Starbucks - Richardson, TX

Cafe Brazil - Richardson, TX

Panera Bread

Starbucks at Buckingham and Jupiter

Starbucks at Jupiter and Shiloh Roads

Starbucks Campbell at Central

Pearl Cup

DO-NUTS

Einstein Bros

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December 17, 2013 at 7:32 am

North Texas Ice Storm 2013

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We’re having a true winter storm coming through my town of Richardson, Texas. It’s a big one too, stretching pretty far south while also effecting several states to the north and east of us. Since we don’t have them very often, Texans are usually not prepared and the whole area shuts down. This storm was a bit worse, since we skipped the snow and went straight to ice. The roads are a covered in it and too treacherous for many cars. Most folks just stay home.

Since the roads were mostly empty, I thought I would try my luck getting around on my bike. I didn’t get far, but I was able to survey the storm damage in my neighborhood. It became pretty apparent that nature took a big hit from this storm as well. Since our warm temperatures were lingering through the fall, the leaves on the trees seemed to be taking a bit longer to drop. We also have a lot of like oaks in my neighborhood which drop their leaves in the spring. The ice just accumulated on these leaves and brought many of the branches down, breaking a few right off of their trunks. Unfortunately, with our temperatures staying below freezing for the next few days, thing are going to get worse.

Fortunately for us, we still have power – and heat. There are a lot of homes in the area without and I hope those folks are able to stay warm and safe until it gets fixed.

Stay warm and be careful out there.

Tree Damage

Tree Damage

Tree Damage

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Here is a short video of me riding through my neighborhood:

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December 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

Bike Friendly Richardson Presents: Black Friday Ride #5

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Black Friday Ride #4

It’s that time of year again. It’s the time to AVOID all the big crowds at the shopping mall, work off that Thanksgiving dinner and have a fun ride around town.

You are invited to attend Bike Friendly Richardson‘s FIFTH (that’s right, 5th) annual Black Friday Ride. Started five years ago as the inaugural ride that launched Bike Friendly Richardson, the Black Friday Ride gives folks an alternative way to kick off the holiday season. This is a casual paced ride that will explore many of the different route options available to Richardson cyclists. We will ride on back-roads, side-streets, multi-purpose trails and available bike lanes.

Come on out to the Richardson Heights Shopping Center, enjoy a tasty lunch at Haystack Burgers, or one of the many fine restaurants in the area. We’ll meet in front of the Alamo Drafthouse around 1:00 pm.

More details to come.

DATE: Friday, November 29, 2013
TIME: Arrive: 1:00 pm, Ride: 1:30 pm
START/FINISH: Alamo Drafthouse (100 S. Central Expy @ Belt Line)
PACE: Casual
RSVP: Via Facebook
ROUTE: Coming (subject to change)

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November 12, 2013 at 6:39 am

Bike Friendly Richardson Hosts Ride And Seek, A Bicycle Photo Scavenger Hunt

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Bike Friendly Richardson, is hosting Richardson’s first Ride And Seek, Photo Scavenger Hunt. Throughout the month of October, they are inviting and motivating folks to get out and ride their bikes, explore their neighborhoods and win prizes! This year’s theme will be “The Sculptures of Richardson”.

DETAILS:
Date: October 1- 31 (all month long)
Place: Various Richardson, Texas Locations
Prizes: A few partners have donated prizes that we will give away to participants via raffle
Sponsors: Richardson Bike MartAlamo DrafthouseDART

HOW TO PLAY:
- Self-paced ride and hunt around Richardson, Texas
- You must capture images of your bike next to (up to) 14 specific sculptures (or fountains) around town (listed here)
- All images must be taken between October 1-31, 2013
- Each image submitted will equal 1 raffle ticket for prizes; Complete Set (all 14 images) = double bonus tickets
- All images must be submitted (see below) by Thursday, October 31, 2013

BONUS:
- Bonus tickets will be given to any shots of your bike with any OTHER sculptures (than listed here) around town
- Must be taken in October 2013
- Does not count as part of the “Complete Set” for bonus tickets

IMAGE SUBMISSIONS (choose one of the following):
- email (images or links) bikefriendlyrichardson@gmail.com
- BFR Facebook timeline: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BikeFriendlyRichardson/
- Instagram #bfrhunt2013
- Twitter #bfrhunt2013
- Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/groups/2296216@N24/ (you must join this group to submit)

EACH IMAGE SUBMISSION MUST INCLUDE:
- Your full name
- Your email address
- Your phone# (optional)
(flickr, twitter and instagram users can email BFR this info to match up with your alias)

For more details, lists, images and maps, please visit the Ride And Seek, Photo Scavenger Hunt page.

Written by dickdavid

October 1, 2013 at 5:03 am

The Coffee Shop Way Down The Street

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COF  FEE

One of my favorite destinations, on my weekend morning ride, is the Starbucks down the street (about 2.5 miles). Some mornings are way too beautiful to just stop there, so I choose to go to the Pearl Cup, which is much further away from my house. The coffee is really good, but when you ride a little more, it tastes a lot better.

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September 16, 2013 at 5:34 am

Open For Business – Bike Racks Included

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A couple of new businesses have opened near me, and both have really cool rack systems for bike parking.

The first is Whole Foods in Addison. Although it’s bittersweet that they closed the store that was closer to me, their new store in Addison is pretty impressive. What makes it even more impressive is their cool bike racks that are in the shape of bicycles.

Whole Foods Addison

Bike Rack Greatness

Just My Size Bike Rack

The next business is the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson. Not only has this become one of the hottest destinations in town, it also has an amazing lineup of bike racks that are in the shape of film reels.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Richardson - Bike Parking

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Richardson - Bike Parking

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Richardson - Bike Parking

I’m glad that both of these businesses care enough about cyclists, and got really creative with their bike parking. This shows that there are some forward-thinking business owners that care about supporting alternate transportation, the local bike culture and a strong community.

I hope that bike parking, like this, continues to be an ongoing trend with new construction around town.

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August 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm

They’re Extending The Trails In My City – Richardson, Texas

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My city, Richardson, Texas, is adding an extension to an existing trail which runs along our transit rail system. It’s all part of our biking and pedestrian master plan. Once finished, it will run through the center of the city limits, connecting three of our four rail stations. Eventually, it will connect to the trail systems of neighboring cities and provide an off-road connection for cyclists and pedestrians.

Here are some pics of the current construction:

Here, you can see the start of the extension. The transit tracks are to the right.

North End, Just South of Arapaho

As you can see, the city is making efforts to save the existing trees along the tracks.

Trees Saved

Here you can see how the trail will coexist with the rail system.

Morning Train

They’ve had to make some adjustments to work around existing infrastructure.

From Jackson To Belt Line

This will be a nice addition to our city.

Missing Section

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July 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm

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