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Black Friday Ride #5 Recap and Pics

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Meeting At The Alamo

Last Friday, my local bike advocacy group, Bike Friendly Richardson, hosted our 5th annual Black Friday Bike Ride. The event isn’t a race, a charity ride or even an advocacy statement. The Black Friday Ride is just a nice, alternative way to spend the country’s busiest shopping day by riding a bike, instead of dealing with mad rush of crowds fighting over flat screen TVs. Unlike shopping, the ride is a relaxed, low paced, no-drop cruise around town.

This year’s group was amazing as always. On bikes ranging from mountain to road, a little over a dozen riders gathered at the new Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson. As a group ride leader, this is a good amount. Fewer is ok, but once the group gets over 30 riders, it becomes difficult to manage.

The cruise took us through some remarkable neighborhoods in Richardson. I always hear comments from folks that didn’t know these areas existed. As we rolled into the north part of town, past the University of Texas, Dallas campus, we stopped at the Pearl Cup for a nice little break.

On the ride back, we had to make a small emergency stop. One of our riders got a flat. The group waited patiently as the repair was made, which gave us a chance to visit with each other a little more – something you don’t get waiting in the long lines at Wal-mart.

At the end of the ride, which totaled a little under eleven miles, a few of us grabbed a beer at the Glass Half Full Taproom, which is connected to the Alamo Drafthouse. They had an amazing selection of brews on tap that would impress any craft beer aficionado. It’s great to have places like this and the Pearl Cup in Richardson.

Overall, the ride was great and the riders were happy. We hope to continue the tradition of the Black Friday Ride for years to come. Here are some pics:

Rolling In Richardson

Break Time

Extended Bike Rack

Heading Back

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December 1, 2013 at 7:12 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

Here are Some Pics From Our Local Holiday Rides

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With cooler months in North Texas, the weather has been ideal for some amazing group rides. Here are just a couple that I participated in:

Last weekend my local bike group, Bike Friendly Richardson hosted their 4th Annual Black Friday Ride. It was an amazing day with an incredible group of riders (totaling over 30). Even Richardson City Councilman, Amir Omar, stopped by to see us off and applaud our efforts.

There was a pretty large variety of bikes, from a stretched-frame cruiser, a cargo bike, a tandem, some classic refurbs, a few mountain bikes, to some super light road bikes. With so many different styles of riders, our concern was how we were going to pace a ride and keep everybody happy. With such an amazing group, this ended up not being problem.

There was no an agenda, other than having a casual ride around town and avoiding the crowded, Black Friday shopping malls. The ride was slow with lots of stops to let folks, who got stuck at crossings or lights, catch up. Everybody seemed relaxed and ready to enjoy the amazing fall colors, as we rode through some nice, Richardson neighborhoods.

Overall, we took lots of back roads, bike trails and some bike lanes – all made possible by the City of Richardson’s great bike plan as well as some amazing, interconnecting neighborhoods.

Here are a few pics from the Black Friday Ride:

Leaving East Side

Central Trail

Renner Trail

Renner Regroup

Rest Stop At Big Shucks

Also, this weekend, Bike Friendly Richardson participated in the annual City of Richardson Christmas parade. Like with the Black Friday Ride, we had a great variety of bikes, including one with a kid trailer, one with a couple of dogs leashed on, an urban cruiser, a couple of family truckster cargo bikes (loaded with kiddos) and even a penny farthing bike – all decked out with holiday lights and decorations. Even the riders were dressed with festive gear. All together, we had 12 bikes and 16 participants.

The ride itself was mostly stop-and-go or very slow paced, which made it easy to enjoy each other’s company, as well as the spectacle of the parade. The ‘super mom’ (I actually heard that term used by a spectator) family trucksters and the penny farthing bike got a lot of crowd’s attention.

Participation in the parade was Bike Friendly Richardson’s way to build on their bike community, gain awareness and to just have fun. They also, unexpectedly, won an award from the city - 1st place in the ‘Civic Clubs/Organizations Mixed Unit Category’. Not bad for the first time out.

Here are some pics from the parade. Click here to see the entire set of Christmas Parade Pics.

Penny Farthing

Slow To Stop

Circling The Group

Family Riders

Heading Home

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December 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Bike Friendly Richardson Presents: Black Friday Ride #4

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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.

If you are in the north Texas area during the Thanksgiving holiday, you are invited to attend Bike Friendly Richardson‘s FOURTH annual Black Friday Ride. Started four 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 Shops at Eastside, enjoy a tasty lunch at Chiloso, Russo’s Italian Kitchen, Urban Eatz or Panera Bread, then meet us at the fountain around 1:00 pm.

The first part of the route will be around 10 miles and stops at Dal Rich (Whole Foods) shopping center for a nice break.

The return ride, back at the Shops at Eastside, will be around 6 miles.

DATE: Friday, November 23, 2012
TIME: Arrive: 1:00 pm, Ride: 1:30 pm
START/FINISH: Shops At Eastside – 700 E. Campbell Road @ Central (meet at the fountain)
PACE: Casual
RSVP: Via Facebook
ROUTE: Click Here (subject to change)

Written by dickdavid

November 19, 2012 at 6:31 am

Recap Of Bike Friendly Richardson’s Black Friday Ride Number 3

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Today was the 3rd annual Black Friday Ride, hosted by Bike Friendly Richardson. Sixteen folks made the choice to avoid the shopping malls and discount stores to do a casual ride around Richardson. It ended up being a great afternoon for riding.

Starting at the Shops at Eastside, the ride was a 10 mile loop around Richardson. The loop included a wide sampling of the many back roads, side streets and multi-purpose trails that Richardson has to offer.

At the end of the ride, several of us enjoyed some tasty food and beverages from the Twist Root Burger Company. Here are some pics. Click here to see the set.

Black Friday Ride - East Side Departure Group

Black Friday Ride

Black Friday Ride - Howard And Rita

Black Friday Ride - Spring Creek Park - Under The DART

Black Friday Ride - Spring Creek Park Bridge

After Ride - Twisted Root Burger

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November 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Black Friday Ride Number 3 – Richardson, Texas – November 25, 2011

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Black Friday Ride #3

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 third annual Black Friday Ride. Started three 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 Shops at Eastside, enjoy a tasty lunch at Chiloso, Russo’s Italian Kitchen, Urban Eatz or Panera Bread, then meet us at the fountain around 1:00 pm. The route will be around 10 miles and goes through Spring Creek Park, where you can enjoy the colors of fall. We’ll end the ride back at the Shops at Eastside, where you can enjoy some tasty food or grab a cold one at Twisted Root Burgers.

DATE: Friday, November 25, 2011
TIME: Arrive: 1:00 pm, Ride: 1:30 pm
START/FINISH: Shops At Eastside – 700 E. Campbell Road @ Central (meet at the fountain)
PACE: Casual
RSVP: Via Facebook
ROUTE: Click Here (subject to change)

Written by dickdavid

November 20, 2011 at 10:55 am

Pics From The Bike Friendly Richardson Black Friday Ride

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Since some folks don’t get over to Bike Friendly Richardson, I thought I would share them here.

It was a perfect day to ride. The temperature stayed in the mid 50s, the sun was shining and the wind was somewhat minimal. Twenty-one cyclists ranging in all skill levels, wearing everything from denim to lycra took part in the second Black Friday Ride. We had riders from all over DFW – including Richardson, Dallas, Garland, Denton and Arlington. Some folks enjoyed Fuzzy’s Taco before the ride and some folks stayed after to enjoy a snack and some cold beer.

Photo by Joe Gregory

Photo by Joe Gregory

Photo by Howard Maher

Photo by Howard Maher

Photo by Howard Maher

BFR Black Friday Ride - Richardson Back Roads

BFR Black Friday Ride - Waterview Bike Lane

Photo by Joe Gregory

BFR Black Friday Ride - Custer Bike Lane

Photo by Joe Gregory

BFR Black Friday Ride - Enjoying Fuzzy Tacos

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Image From TripleDub Images

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November 28, 2010 at 6:25 am

BFR Presents Black Friday Ride Number 2 – November 26, 2010

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Black Friday Ride No. 2

We had so much fun last year that we thought we’d do it again. Bike Friendly Richardson presents Black Friday Ride Number 2.

There are 30 days of holiday shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why venture out and deal with the crowds on the busiest retail day of the year? Why mess with busy parking lots, long lines and people fighting over the last of the Sing-A-Ma-Jigs? Instead, take the afternoon off and have a nice bike ride in Richardson.

We’ll meet up at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Campbell, and do a casual lap through town. The route will let you experience different parts of the Richardson Bike Plan, including neighborhood streets, hike and bike trails and some of the new bike lanes. Check back for more details and route map.

Date: Friday, November 26, 2010

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Place: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (561 West Campbell Road)

Pace: Casual – beginners welcome

RSVP: IF you are on Facebook, Click Here to let us know that you plan to attend.

We hope to see you there.

Written by dickdavid

November 9, 2010 at 6:44 am

Save the date. Black Friday Ride 2. November 26, 2010

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Save The Date

Avoid the crowds. Burn off the turkey. Ride your bike.

New route. Details to come.

Written by dickdavid

October 24, 2010 at 10:02 am

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