Posts Tagged ‘Cyclesomatic’
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.
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
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.
Our friends and the founders of the DFW Bike Friendly movement, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, are having their second Cyclesomatic event. This year they’re packing all of the bike love into four days – October 14 – 17. Click over to the site to get more details.
My wife, Wendy (aka triple dub images) just informed me that the folks at Photopol really like a few of her shots and you will be seeing them at their opening during the Cyclesomatic, Tyler Street Block Party Saturday, October 10.
If you make it out to the event, please be sure to keep an eye out for a some of my favorite pics.