Posts Tagged ‘Bike Friendly Oak Cliff’
For the past few years, local bike advocacy group, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, has hosted a month long bike event called Cyclesomatic. One part of that event is the Bike to City Hall ride – which always happens on a work day, early in the morning. I’ve always wanted to participate in this ride, but couldn’t find the time to bike into Dallas from my house in Richardson, then back out to my job in Carrollton.
Finally, on their sixth year, I made the time. I saw a post on Facebook that a local cyclist friend was riding down early that morning to catch the event. I checked my calendar and workload, and for once, my morning was meeting and deadline free. I decided to join him.
We met up at a local shopping center in Richardson at about 6:00 am., when it was still dark and I was still half asleep. Most of the ride through town was before rush hour and traffic was pretty light. The great thing about riding into downtown Dallas from Richardson, is that most of the route is multi-purpose trail. Once we hit the Cottonwood Creek Trail, it was just a matter of jumping onto the White Rock Creek Trail then the Santa Fe Trail – which takes us mostly into downtown Dallas.
Overall, we rode about 25 miles in about an hour and a half – a slow but fun pace. I really enjoyed the view of White Rock Lake, just before the sun came up.
We met up with many other riders at Main Street Park. After hanging out for a bit and taking a few pictures, the whole group – including some Dallas City Council members – headed out for a really slow paced ride to Dallas City Hall. This was obviously a ride to make a statement. As we rolled safely through the morning, rush hour traffic, there were lots of waves to and from our parade of two-wheeled advocates.
When we arrived at Dallas City Hall, the whole group gathered outside to listen to a presentation from the City Council members who rode with us, as well as a few other city officials. Our new, local advocacy group, The Dallas Bicycle Coalition, even go a special recognition certificate for all of their efforts.
We are very fortunate to have a League of American Bicyclist board member, Gail Spann living in north Texas. Her dedication to cycling and bike education is an inspiration for many bicyclists, advocates and enthusiasts. This past weekend, she and her husband, Jim, hosted a visit from the League’s president, Andy Clarke, who came to talk to us about Bike Education and the Bike Friendly Communities Program in north Texas.
Given that our time with Andy was limited and wanting to keep this visit focused, we set up two meetings with just a few key instructors, advocates, industry leaders and city officials.
The first meeting – which was held Sunday evening at Gail’s house – was about the current education program, were several local LCIs (League Cycling Instructors) met with Andy for dinner and a ’round table’ discussion. We discussed ways to make the program better and how to reach a larger audience. Quite a few good ideas were discussed and many of us left the meeting inspired and ready to move the program forward.
Bike Friendly Communities:
The second meeting – held on Monday evening at the Plano Parks and Recreation office – was about north Texas and the the Bike Friendly Communities Program. Attending, were representatives of BikeTexas, BikeDFW, Bike Friendly Richardson, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and Plano Bicycle Association, city officials from Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and Richardson, and industry leaders from Richardson Bike Mart and Plano Cycling and Fitness.
At this meeting, city officials were able to openly discuss the efforts that have been made towards bicycling infrastructure, issues and concerns with the Bike Friendly Communities Program and ways to get clear benchmarks moving forward. It was evident that many of the city officials weren’t expecting a ranking based on the current program, but wanted to see some sort of recognition for the expenses and efforts made so far. They felt that having this would help motivate and inspire city management and council to continue investing in bicycling education and infrastructure.
Given the limited amount of time, we were able to have a good conversation with Andy Clarke, and he was able to assure us that the League of American Bicyclists was listening and willing to help us achieve our goals of becoming bike friendly communities. It was nice to be able to have this direct link to the League to make it clear that cycling is growing in north Texas and we are a strong community of bicycle riders.
Four great Dallas amenities opened this past weekend during an event called the Trinity River Revel, and it was celebrated with a Rolling Ribbon Cutting. A large group of a few hundred cyclist, which included a few of Dallas’ elected officials, representatives from local and state bicycling groups as well as surprise visitor Gary Fisher, all set out on a slow paced rally around the Trinity River to officially reveal these great new open spaces.
This is what opened:
The Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge – A new linear park build on the old Continental Street Bridge, which spans the Trinity River west of downtown Dallas. It includes 39 trellis and shade structures, a meditation labyrinth, bocce court, spray fountain and playground.
Trinity Skyline Trail – This is a paved hike, bike and skate trail in the Trinity River basin that leisurely rolls between Sylvan Avenue and West Commerce Street. This is a great place to take your family for a nice bike ride or walk, and see lots of nature around the Trinity River.
Sylvan Avenue Bridge – The bridge has been redesigned as a six-lane bridge with two six-foot sidewalks on the shoulders. Even better, is the Trinity Skyline Trail crosses the river below.
West Dallas Gateway Plaza – This is located between the western end of the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and Trinity Groves. This is a perfect spot to visit, with great views of the Dallas skyline.
It was a great day to ride and be part of this historic event. It was also inspiring to see such a large group participate, letting the City of Dallas know that bicycling and walking are important to the people who live here.
Here are some pics from the event. Click here to see the entire set.
Here are just a few of the many bicycle events that are happening this weekend in the Dallas area.
AURORA Ciclovia 2013
When: Friday, October 18, 2013 (tonight)
Location: Pearl and Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201
Details: Calling all Bike Friendlies, save the date! Get ready for the biggest lighted ride in Dallas. Held in conjunction with AURORA 2013, AURORA Ciclovia will meet at Main Street Park for a Best of competition, then ride the town to show off the lights, finishing at AURORA. Be a part of the largest independent arts event in Dallas!
More Info: On Facebook
Texas Custom Bicycle Show 2013
When: October 19-20, 2013 (Saturday-Sunday)
Time: Saturday at 10:00am until Sunday at 4:30pm
Location: 2642 Main St., Dallas, TX
Details: True Fabrication, Violet Crown, Phantasm, Southwest Frameworks, Gallus Cycles, Millennium (Massengill), DalTex Handmade, Gjertsen, Kirklee, Edoz, Clyde James Cycles and more to come.
More Info: On Facebook (and here as well)
Bike Swap Meet: Cyclesomatic 2013
When: Saturday, October 19, 2013 (Tomorrow)
Location: Community Beer Company – 1530 Inspiration Drive, Dallas, Texas 75207
Details: Join us for our first-ever swap meet at the Community Beer Company in Dallas for an afternoon bikes, bartering, and brews. This event is one of a series of events in BFOC’s 5th annual Cyclesomatic.
Want a table at the swap meet? Get one for only $10. Here’s where you sign up: http://goo.gl/OT96Vz
More Info: On Facebook
Cycle to the Nasher Sculpture Center
When: Sunday, October 20, 2013 (Sunday)
Time: Ride Start: 1:45; @ the Nasher: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Ride Start: Oak Cliff’s Oddfellow’s; Arrive: Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201
Details: A few folks will be gathering at Oak Cliff’s Oddfellow’s at 1:45pm, to depart shortly thereafter.
More Info: On Facebook and on the Biking In Dallas website.
ALSO: Don’t forget that the Bike Friendly Richardson Bike and Seek, Photo Scavenger Hunt is still going on.
When: October 2013 (all month long)
Location: Various Richardson Locations
Details: You are invited to participate in Richardson’s first Ride And Seek, Photo Scavenger Hunt. Throughout the month of October, we 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”.
More Info: On Facebook and the BFR Website
Yesterday, my local cycling group, Bike Friendly Richardson, was invited to have a table at the Cyclesomatic Bike Fair – hosted by Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. It started off a bit chilly, but it ended up being a great day.
Along with many booths and a huge crowd, there was a cyclocross race. I’d never seen one in person, so it was pretty exciting to watch.
There was also a bike powered smoothie station hosted by BikeDFW as well as representatives from Metroplex BMX, Pedal Power, Bicycles, Inc and ReGeared. Good Karma Kitchen was there with some tasty food and the youngsters in the crowd were entertained by a bounce house and fantastic face painting. If that wasn’t enough, there was a BMX Stunt show.
Here are some pics of the event. Click here to see the entire set.
This is the 4th year that Bike Friendly Oak Cliff will host Cyclesomatic, and it just keeps getting better. Cyclesomatic is “a celebration of all things bicycle! Back and better than ever, this year’s event will span the entire month of October, the best month for riding in North Texas!”
Click here to check out the full schedule that includes these events:
Tour to the Lake – sorry, this happened last weekend
Ride to the State Fair – October 2nd
Fall into Fitness Family Bike Ride – October 6th
Photo Velo Scavenger Hunt – October 7th
iBike Rosemont – October 8th – 12th
Cargo Bike Build Workshop – October 13th -14th
Ride the Oak Cliff Home Tour – October 13th – 14th
Bicycle Rack Competition Kick Off – October 13th
Better Block Family Reunion – October 13th
The Wild West Bike Bonanza – October 16th
Bike to City Hall – October 17th
Bike-In Movie – October 20th
Halloween Race and Bicycle Festival
*Spooky Cross Cyclocross Race Part I – October 27th
Texas Custom Bicycle Show – October 27th – 28th
Spooky Cross Cyclocross Race -Part Deuce – October 28th
I participated in Bike Friendly Oak Cliff‘s Third Annual Dallas Tweed Ride yesterday and had a blast. As with the previous three years, the turnout for this event was amazing. Hundreds of riders came from all over the DFW Metroplex – some dressed in fashionable, period attire while others in their best cycle chic.
Even though it was a lovely day to ride in north Texas, it was a bit too warm for heavy tweed. That didn’t stop the spirit of the event and folks made the most of it.
As with the previous two tweed rides, this one started near Dealey Plaza. The group made a loop through downtown Dallas, where curious onlookers smiled and waved. From there, the group made it’s way over the Houston Viaduct bridge into Oak Cliff. We eventually made it to our first stop, the Turner House on Rosemont, just south of Davis.
At the Turner House, the group visited with each other, took pictures, enjoyed some refreshments and engaged in a couple of tug-of-war games. The teams were East Dallas versus Oak Cliff, and both sides won a match.
Later that afternoon, the group made it’s way towards the Bishop Arts District to take part in the third annual CliffFest. From there, folks went their own way. Some of us rolled back into downtown Dallas to catch the DART rail home. That, in itself, was quite an adventure since we ended up with about 8 bikes and a couple of strollers on a crowded train.