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Pics And Recap From Ciclovia de Dallas – 2012

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Coolest Bike Family. Ever.

Bike Family Enjoying The Open Road

Sponsored by Bikes Belong, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and the City of Dallas worked together to bring us Dallas’ first ever ciclovia event called Ciclovia de Dallas. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, ciclovia is essentially a huge block party that takes place in a metropolitan area, where the streets are blocked off from car traffic and the space is left for families to have open and safe city cycling. This can turn into an event where pedestrians, skaters, dog owners, street vendors, artisans, performers and food trucks can all gather and enjoy an afternoon of community bonding.

This was the goal of Ciclovia de Dallas, which I’m glad to report, was successfully achieved. Yesterday, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, the City of Dallas blocked the entire Houston Street Viaduct Bridge, where hundreds of cyclists from all over the DFW Metroplex came to enjoy safe and open cycling. Since I live pretty close to town, a small group of us took our bikes on the DART train to Mockingbird Station, where we picked up the Katy Trail for a nice cruise to the event. Once there, I got to work with some great volunteers and help a little with the set-up. The Bike Friendly Oak Cliff group did an amazing job organizing such a massive, grassroots event.

With the exception of the really strong April winds – which took it’s toll on some of the vendor’s tents – the weather was perfect for enjoying an amazing view of the city’s skyline. Overall, this was a great event which articulated clearly that cyclists want the City of Dallas to become more bike friendly. I hope to see more events like this to help raise awareness for bicycling and promote safe riding for all who cycle in the city.

Here are some pics from the event. Click here to see the entire set.

Update: Here are some great write ups on Bill Chance’s blog and the Oak Cliff Advocate’s site.

Skyline

Folks Gathering For Entertainers

Vendors and Artisans

Vendors and Artisans

Yoga

Street Yoga

Balloons

Dallas Skyline

Food Trucks

Food Trucks

Bike Polo

Bike Polo

Bike Powered Smoothies

Bike Powered Smoothies

Bike Lane Ends

Windy Day

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April 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

Tyler Street Block Party

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Image from Bike Friendly Oak Cliff - please visit their site.

Image from Bike Friendly Oak Cliff - please visit their site.

I wanted to catch more of the Cyclesomatic Bike Festival, but it happened to fall on one of the crappiest weeks at work.

Fortunately, deadlines were met and I managed to squeeze a little time out this past weekend to catch the tail end of it. The one event that I really wanted to catch was the Tyler Street Block Party hosted by the Oak Cliff Bicycle Company and Cube Creative — mostly because my wife Wendy Woodruff-Wezensky had a few pics that were included in their art show.

We had a great time seeing all the bikes, watching the hula-hoop folks and checking out all the great art. DART was there with bus/bike rack demonstrations and swag giveaways. We also got to meet Robertus Van der Wege and saw some of his great bike art at the Mighty Fine Arts gallery. He had more sculptures at other locations, but we only caught the one at Decorazon on bishop street the following day. BTW, we loved David E. Peterson’s work as well (also at Decorazon).

They were also setting up for a virtual, stationary bike race, but the kids were hungry and the tasty Urban Dog hot chocolate wasn’t hitting the spot, so we left before that got kicked off.

Wendy Woodruff-Wezensky pics at Cyclesomatic

Wendy Woodruff-Wezensky pics at Cyclesomatic

Here are a few pics from the event. Click here or on any image to go to that flickr set.

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October 12, 2009 at 9:23 pm

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