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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:
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.
I was heading home down Arapaho Road in Richardson, when a small group of cyclists caught my eye. This wasn’t the typical lycra clad, roadie group that you see running a training ride through my town. Instead, it was a bunch of regularly dressed, casual cyclists making their way to the DART train station.
Since I was so captivated by this, I had to turn around and meet them. These riders were not associated with any bike club or group. They were just a bunch of friends taking the train into Dallas to be part of tonight’s Critical Mass. They were nice enough to let me shoot a pic of them.
I hope to see more of these folks riding around town.
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:
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.
Last Sunday, local bicycle group – Bike Friendly Deep Ellum – hosted their first el Tour de Taco. The idea for the run was simple: meet up for a bike ride, log 20 or so miles, find a taco stand and enjoy. You can’t plan a better ride. However, as the size of the group got larger, they opted for a slower, shorter more scenic ride – perfect for dragging my son along on the trailer.
The group met up at St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin on Commerce, and the ride was a really nice tour of some great Dallas destinations. We started through Deep Ellum, took a lap around Fair Park, then back into town to ride through the Arts District. From there, we rode to Main Street Garden Park, cut through downtown Dallas, then headed south into Cedars. There, we stopped off at a really cool, urban skate park. After that, we rode by the Dallas Farmer’s Market, then back to Deep Ellum where La Grange had half priced tacos and a happy hour for us. I was amazed at how much we saw on such a short ride. The total ride was about 10.5 miles – perfect for a dad and his son on the tandem bike trailer.
My son had a blast and wants to do it again.
When: Thursday December 29th, 11am – 3pm-ish
Where: Meet at Dallas Museum of Art 1717 North Hardwood (at Flora)
Join Biking in Dallas as we tour the Dallas Arts District, marvel at the architecture, take photos of the sights (and each other), see the Crow Collection of Asian Art, eat from a food truck and most importantly, sport a big smile while enjoying it all on a bicycle.
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.
You can join them on their ride to the event.
Catch the DART Red Line at Arapaho Station and head into Dallas. From there, take a spin around town, then head over to Lake Cliff Park in Oak Cliff. Riders are welcome to spend the day with with the BFR group and ride back after 6:00 or head back whenever they want.
Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: Arapaho Station: 10:50 am (for the 10:55 train);
arrive West End Station: 11:28 am.
Ride out to Lake Cliff Park, Oak Cliff, Dallas, TX @ Crawford and 5th St to arrive by noon.
Place: DART Arapaho Station
Details: See Below
RSVP: Via Facebook
- Money for the train – $1.75 for one way, $4.00 for a day pass.
- Money for food at the Bike Fair. There will also be a swap meet.
- If you plan to spend the entire day at the Fair and ride back after 6, bring your lights. The sun will be setting at about 6:45.
Note: DART will be running express trains to the State Fair this Saturday that say SPECIAL / STATE FAIR. These special trains will not make any stops downtown except for MLK station. So if you don’t catch the train with the group, take a Red Line train with a sign saying either Westmoreland or Cedars.
Yesterday, I decided to join the cycling group, 75208 on their Be My Velontine Ride through Dallas. 75208 usually holds weekly rides every Sunday, as well as the occasional critical mass. Most of the members can be seen on many of the other local rides, including the ones hosted by Bike Friendly Oak Cliff.
Whether it’s timing, convenience or just simply not seeing myself mixing it up with the cool urban crowd, I’ve never made it to any of the 75208 rides. It was a beautiful day, so I couldn’t resist sharing a ride with some really great and friendly people.
The group ended up being somewhere between 60-80 riders. I was told that this was larger than their typical size. Leaders, Andee Pittman and Colin Clarke took us from Main Street Garden, through a calm, low-traffic downtown Dallas. We then headed over to Davis in Oak Cliff to enjoy some tasty BBQ at a really cool new place called Luckie’s Smokehouse. After that, the group headed back towards Dallas and their next destination, the Amsterdam Bar. Needing to get back to the house, I broke off from the group when we passed through downtown.
Here are some pics from the ride. Click here to see more.