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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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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

Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 237

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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.

Newbury Street Mixte

“Newbury Street Mixte” © Velouria

Velouria a.k.a. Lovely Bicycle! - Website: Lovely Bicycle!

I-81 Pedestrian bridge

“I-81 Pedestrian bridge” © Jim DeVona

Jim DeVona a.k.a. anoved - Website: anoved.net

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March 19, 2014 at 5:12 am

Riding Bikes On The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge In Dallas

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Closed For The Event

Here is the bridge, right after the running event, but right before were setting up the tents.

I am sorry for the delay on posting this recap and pics of the All Out Trinity event from a few weekends ago, but it’s been really busy.

On March 1, the City of Dallas shut down one direction of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge – one of Dallas’ newest icons – for the All Out Trinity event. Throughout the day, there were lots of activities that included a running event, yoga and a bike rodeo for kids – right on the bridge. Meanwhile, below the bridge there was an artisan market with food trucks and even more activities.

My group, BikeDFW, was part of the event, which we shared with our friends from BikeTexas, Richardson Bike MartMercy Street Community Bike Shop and many others. Throughout the day, thousands of participants came out to experience and enjoy the bridge from outside of their cars. Add that to some perfect weather, and you get a fantastic event to end a long and cold winter – even for north Texas.

Here are a few pics from the event. You can find the rest here.

BikeDFW Tent

Here is Warren at the BikeDFW Tent.

BikeTexas on the MHH Bridge

The BikeTexas Tent

BikeTexas Bike Rodeo

BikeTexas hosted some great activities for the kids.

Under The Bridge Vendors

Some of the best artisans and vendors from north Texas were here.

Ready For A Group Ride

BikeTexas hosted a Beer & Bike Swarm at Four Corners Brewing Company just down the street.

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March 18, 2014 at 5:27 am

Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 236

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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.

Slush Riding

“Slush Riding” © Greg Raisman

Greg Raisman a.k.a. gregraisman - Website: Getting Around Portland

Spring gridlock.

“Spring gridlock.” © METROFIETS

METROFIETS - Website: METROFIETS

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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

March 12, 2014 at 5:42 am

I Broke My Walking Streak – 64 Days In

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Icy Ground

In case you don’t remember, I decided to participate in more active transportation this year – including more walking. I gave myself the goal to reach, at least, 10,000 steps per day – which is twice the average for most people. For the past 64 days, I was able to do so – and then some. Having a fitness challenge at the office was a great motivator, which kept me going for most of it.

Unfortunately, walking takes its toll in both time and wear-and-tear on my body.

Walking is sloooooooow. Some days, in order to reach my goal, I found myself waking up an hour earlier. Other days, I found myself having to take long walks on cold and rainy nights. Sometimes, I found myself so obsessed, I would walk around the house in circles – just to get the next few hundred steps. I realized that this isn’t active transportation, but rather, a gerbil in a cage lifestyle.

Also, walking hurts. When you walk a few hundred steps a day, you don’t really notice. But when you walk a few thousand steps a day, for many days in a row, you really start to feel your age. All of my leg and feet joints were in pain, all the time. There were times when I couldn’t get out of bed quickly. I’d even have to slowly work my body into back into standing. However, In just a day after breaking my streak, the pain had gone away.

Once again, this proves that bicycling is a better form of active transportation for both time and body. It’s nice to put things in perspective.

I do feel better about myself for walking more. I still plan to continue doing it – but only when it’s practical and serves the purpose of transporting me. When given a choice, I will strive to choose the option that gets my body moving under its own power.

Side note: In case you were wondering, for the year, I’ve walked over 906,000 steps totaling over 441 miles.

Written by dickdavid

March 11, 2014 at 6:21 am

Thanks For Trying, But This Is A Bike Parking Fail

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Thanks For Trying, But - Bike Parking Fail

Believe me, I am completely grateful when anybody puts up racks for bike parking in front of their business. I appreciate it even more when it’s a major chain that happens to be a gasoline station – primarily catering to car drivers.

However, I think that the people who installed these racks must not ride bikes with handlebars.  Sure, with some careful contorting of your bike, these are somewhat functional. I just feel that pulling them away from the wall, even just a few more inches, would have made much more sense.

It’s a start. I guess I shouldn’t complain. Right?

Written by dickdavid

March 11, 2014 at 5:52 am

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