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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

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.

Written by dickdavid

March 18, 2014 at 5:27 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?

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March 11, 2014 at 5:52 am

Recap – Traffic Skills 101 Class In Allen, Texas

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Last weekend I got to help teach another Traffic Skill 101 class, at the Allen Community Outreach center, in Allen, Texas. It was a good group of about a dozen students, mixed in experience and skill levels. We also had some graduates of the course, visit and observe, in preparation to taking their own LCI class next month.

I hope to see more of these classes open up this year and get more cyclists on the right track to becoming better and safer riders. It’s also great that students are striving to become instructors. Below, are some pics from the class. You can also find the entire set here.

LAB - Traffic Skills 101 - Allen, Texas 2014

Warren Providing Some Instructions

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Quick Stop Drill

LAB - Traffic Skills 101 - Allen, Texas 2014

More Quick Stop

LAB - Traffic Skills 101 - Allen, Texas 2014

Rock Dodge Drill

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Betsy Give Instructions

LAB - Traffic Skills 101 - Allen, Texas 2014

Road Course. We got To do one-on-one instruction.

LAB - Traffic Skills 101 - Allen, Texas 2014

Lunch

LAB - Traffic Skills 101 - Allen, Texas 2014

Lunch

LAB - Traffic Skills 101 - Allen, Texas 2014

Lunch

LAB - Traffic Skills 101 - Allen, Texas 2014

Heading Back. Watching Our Door Zones.

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January 22, 2014 at 7:07 am

Meet The Clyde: the new truck in Texas!

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Cargo bikes – holding true to the notion that “Everything is Bigger in Texas”. Why not our bikes as well? Here’s a repost of a great blog article from the Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycles site.
 
Custom made head badge

Stylized, custom made head badge

Move over Silverado and F-150, there’s a new truck in Texas, and his name is The Clyde!

He’s a work horse with a truck style box to quickly haul heavy cargo anywhere it’s needed. Railings offer a quick and easy way to tightly secure your important items for the journey. Open air conditioning and a comfortable saddle, make any work day seem a breeze! Also, a custom made head badge gives it a great finishing touch.

Furthermore, the bicycle isn’t left hanging without great components under the hood.

Sturmey Archer 8spd internal hub with drum brake on all bicycles

Sturmey Archer 8spd internal hub with drum brake on all models

It’s rear Sturmey Archer, 8 speed, internal gearing engine can take on any hill, and a classic internal drum break helps to slow you down with ease. This steed provides the durability and ease-of-use you want with any front loader.

Furthermore, alloy rims and spokes, along with a strong, durable frame provide the strength to load up your Clyde for a full days work!

The Clyde offers pure hauling ability with the Dutch front loading experience you’re seeking in a great cargo bicycle! To start your new build, submit an order inquiry today!

Written by dickdavid

December 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

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

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

Richardson Bike Mart: Coffee Crawl

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Coffee_Crawl

From the folks at local bike store, Richardson Bike Mart:

The weather’s getting colder, but here’s a fun way to stay warm and ride your bike!

Ride your bike (don’t forget your helmet!) to, or have a rest stop at any place that sells hot beverages (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, apple cider, etc.). Your coffee stop can be in traditional brick and mortar form, at a farmer’s market, a gas station, or a mobile vendor!

While enjoying your beverage, take a photo! Have fun with it! Be sure you show your hot beverage with yourself/your bicycle/your helmet. Label the photo with where you went and what you drank. Each photo you submit (one stop per day) will enter you in a drawing for prizes ($100 gift card to RBM, free bicycle tune-up, and others)!

How to enter your photo:
- post it on the Richardson Bike Mart Facebook timeline
- Instagram #RBMcoffee2013
- Twitter #RBMcoffee2013
- email your photo with “coffee crawl” in the subject to tfrancesconi@bikemart.com

**If you submit with Instagram or Twitter, please email your contact info to match up with your screen name!**

Some coffee/hot beverage destination ideas:
Pearl Cup Coffee (Richardson and Dallas locations),
Sweet Firefly (they’re not just homemade ice cream!),
Alamo Drafthouse Dallas / Fort Worth (see a movie too!),
Wound Up! Cafe,
Einstein Bagels,
Dunkin’ Donuts or any other doughnut shop,
Nasher Sculpture Center,
and, of course, Starbucks!

If you have any questions, post them up here, or email Theresa – tfrancesconi@bikemart.com

Written by dickdavid

November 3, 2013 at 10:54 am

Bike Love In Oak Cliff

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Please Be Kind To Cyclists

If you live near Dallas, you know how local neighborhood, Oak Cliff, is working hard to be bike friendly. Although they aren’t there yet, they have a very strong bike community which has come a long way. Even when you aren’t looking for bike love in Oak Cliff, it finds you.

Retro Orange

Bike Parking

Pair

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October 28, 2013 at 6:01 am

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