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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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Written by dickdavid

April 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

Coming In April: Ciclovia de Dallas 2012

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There is an exciting event coming to the city of Dallas. Folks with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, the City of Dallas and Bikes Belong are hosting Dallas’ first ciclovia event. Here are the details from the Ciclovia de Dallas page:

DATE:  April 14, 2012
TIME:  9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
LOCATION:  Houston Street Viaduct Bridge
CONTACT:  President of BFOC:  Zac Lytle
CICLOVIA IS:
A chance to experience a place without cars and meet new friends.  Streets are closed off to auto traffic – bikes, trikes, skaters, roller bladers and walkers take over!
WHERE IS CICLOVIA?:
The Houston St Viaduct bridge has connected Downtown and Oak Cliff for a hundred years.  The Viaduct is an easy walk from Downtown via Houston Street.  Parking is abundant and DART’s Union Station has service from all lines.

SEE WHO IS COMING TO THIS YEARS EVENT!

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Kite Flying
  • Line Dancing
  • Criterion Bicycle Race
  • Skateboarding
  • Urban Market
  • Healthy Food Trucks
  • Bicycle Safety Rodeo
  • Live Music
  • Dog Park
  • Yoga
  • Kid Games and Much More!

HAVE A BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION THAT WANTS TO PARTICIPATE?

Fill out the following form to register your business or organization

*This event is in cooperation with the City of Dallas and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and sponsored by

Written by dickdavid

March 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm