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Bike To Work Day Energizer Stations 2015 – Recap And Pics

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Earlier last month was the Bike League’s National Bike To Work Day. For the fourth year, Bike Friendly Richardson, worked with BikeDFW  and  DART to set up a bike commuter Energizer Station at DART‘s Arapaho rail station in Richardson.

Because interest in these stations continues to grow, BikeDFW and DART were able to set up another 9 stations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including Plano, Garland, Irving, Addison, Carrollton, Oak Cliff, and two locations in Downtown Dallas. Unfortunately, May was a really wet month, with record rainfall in our area. Bike To Work Day, was no exception. Reports came back that those stations had less success greeting bicycle commuters than previous years.

The Richardson station was still pretty successful. We had a dozen bike commuters stop by our Energizer Station, where we provided them with snacks and breakfast tacos. We also handed out lots of swag donated by DART and NCTCOG as well as energy bars provided KINDRichardson Bike Mart was out to do bicycle safety checks.

Although it was a lighter turnout than we had hoped, it’s still apparent that folks around the Dallas area are starting to look at bicycle commuting as an viable form of alternate transportation – which most feel is hard to do in a city built for cars. Because of this, we will continue to host these stations on Bike To Work Day – rain or shine.

Here are a few pics from the Richardson event:

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Dallas Area Bike To Work Day Energizer Stations – 2015

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Mark your calendars! Friday, May 15, 2015 is The League of American Cyclists‘ National Bike To Work Day. IF there is ever a day to ride to work, make it this day. Think about the positive statement we’ll be making as cyclists, safely using an alternate form of transportation.

Based on our great success in Richardson 3 years ago, which grew to 5 stations around Dallas 2 years ago, and up to 9 stations last yearBikeDFWDART and local bike groups have partnered up to host another 9 Bike Commuter Energizer Stations around the Dallas/Fort Worth area:

• GARLAND – DART Downtown Garland Station
• DALLAS – DART St. Paul Station
• DALLAS – Young Street (Library Staff)
• OAK CLIFF – DART Oakenwald Street Car Stop
• RICHARDSON – DART Arapaho Station
• PLANO – DART Parker Road Station
• IRVING – TRE South Irving/Heritage Crossing station
• CARROLLTON – DART Trinity Mills Station
• ADDISON – DART Addison Transfer Station

DATE: Friday, May 15, 2015
TIME: 6:30-9:00 am

We will be providing snacks, beverages and FREE bicycle safety checks at most stations.

Let us know you are coming on our Facebook Event Page.

SPONSORS FOR ALL STATIONS:
DART
KIND Snacks

MORE DETAILS TO COME.

Richardson Central Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Recap and Pics

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Today was a great day for my city. Richardson had a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to welcome cyclists to the newest addition to our Bicycle Master Plan – Central Trail South.

Although not entirely complete, this trail will eventually provide a much needed extension to the existing Central Trail North. Scheduled to be finished within the next few weeks, the Central Trail will be a complete route that reaches from the northern end of the city limits to the southern end. Eventually, it will connect to other trails which will provide access into downtown Dallas.

Along with the many city officials, government partners and city staff, local bike advocacy group, Bike Friendly Richardson, was there to participate in the ceremony.

Here are a few pics. Click here to see the entire set.

BFR at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Mayor Speach

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BFR at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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June 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Bike To Work Day Energizer Station 2014 – Recap and Pics

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Last Friday was the Bike League’s National Bike To Work Day. For the third year, my local bike advocacy group, Bike Friendly Richardson, worked with BikeDFWDART and NCTCOG to set up a bike commuter Energizer Station at one of our local rail stations. This year, BikeDFW and DART were able to set up 9 stations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Reports are coming back that those stations had great success greeting the many bicycle commuters who came through. This indicates to me that folks around the Dallas area are starting to look at bicycle commuting as an viable form of alternate transportation – which most feel is hard to do in a city built for cars.

The Richardson station was quite successful. We had 25 bike commuters stop by our Energizer Station, where we provided them with snacks and breakfast tacos. We also handed out lots of swag donated by DART and NCTCOG as well as energy bars provided by Clif Bar and KIND. Richardson Bike Mart was out to do bicycle safety checks.

We even had a news camera man from Channel 11 stop by and interview us, but we never made the news cast that day. Fortunately, other stops in Dallas got some coverage:

– The local Fox News station
KERA, our local public radio station.

Here are some pics from this year’s Bike To Work Day Energizer Station in Richardson:

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Richardson – Central Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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They are opening up a new trail in my town. It’s a much needed extension of an existing trail, providing some great connections between our local DART rail train stations and neighborhoods. The City of Richardson and Dallas County are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the trail this June.

Here are the details:
Date: Monday, June 2. 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Spring Valley DART Station/Central Trail – Spring Valley Road at Lingco Drive

Let’s try to get as many cyclists to this ceremony as possible, and show our appreciation for these connections.

Written by dickdavid

May 8, 2014 at 5:43 am

They’re Extending The Trails In My City – Richardson, Texas

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My city, Richardson, Texas, is adding an extension to an existing trail which runs along our transit rail system. It’s all part of our biking and pedestrian master plan. Once finished, it will run through the center of the city limits, connecting three of our four rail stations. Eventually, it will connect to the trail systems of neighboring cities and provide an off-road connection for cyclists and pedestrians.

Here are some pics of the current construction:

Here, you can see the start of the extension. The transit tracks are to the right.

North End, Just South of Arapaho

As you can see, the city is making efforts to save the existing trees along the tracks.

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Here you can see how the trail will coexist with the rail system.

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They’ve had to make some adjustments to work around existing infrastructure.

From Jackson To Belt Line

This will be a nice addition to our city.

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Written by dickdavid

July 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Pics And Recap Of Dallas’ Ride The Link Event

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Last Saturday, I accompanied my local bicycle advocacy group, BikeDFW, as we participated in a bike event called, Ride The Link. Hosted by DART, we celebrated the completion of Centralink, which is the bike trail connector that goes through downtown Dallas and connects, local neighborhood, Oak Cliff, the Trinity Strand Trail, the Katy Trail and the Santa Fe Trail. Centralink represents the spirit of regionalism and cooperation between DART, the City of Dallas, Downtown Dallas and bike trail organizations. Together, they’re expanding transportation choices and increasing mobility.

Along with BikeDFW, there were several tents set up at Main Street Garden, including representatives from the City of Dallas, DART, Friends of The Katy Trail, Friends of The Santa Fe Trail, Transit Bikes, Switching Gears Cyclery, Downtown Dallas, Dallas Parks Foundation, a local YMCA and North Central Texas Council of Governments. There was also a live band and radio station 102.9 Now.

The turnout was pretty impressive for this inaugural event. Hundreds of people and cyclists came through the park to take part in this event and enjoy a nice ride through downtown Dallas. Hopefully, we’re reaching out to more north Texans and motivating them to get out and ride. Overall, we enjoyed participating in the Ride The Link event, and we hope DART continues to host more events like this.

Here are some pics of the event (click here to see the set):

Full Bike Parking

Hanging out at the BikeDFW Tent

Friends of the Katy Trail Tent

Friends of the Santa Fe Trail Tent

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Bike To Work Day – Bike Commuter Energizer Stations – Dallas – MAY 17

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Mark your calendars! Friday, May 17, 2013 is National Bike To Work Day. IF there is ever a day to ride to work, make it this day. Think about the positive statement we’ll be making as cyclists, safely using an alternate form of transportation throughout the DFW Metroplex.

Based on the great success in Richardson last year, BikeDFW and DART have partnered up to host 5 Bike Commuter Energizer Stations in:

GARLAND – Downtown Garland Station (Partnered with The City of Garland)
DALLAS – Akard Station (Partnered with the City of Dallas)
OAK CLIFF – Jefferson St. Viaduct (Partnered with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff)
RICHARDSON – Arapaho Station (Partnered with Bike Friendly Richardson)
PLANO – Intersection of Bluebonnet & Chisholm Trail (Partnered with The City of Plano)

DATE: Friday, May 17, 2013
TIME: 6:30-9:00 am

If you are in the area, please stop by. Also, let them know on Facebook.

MORE DETAILS TO COME.


EVENT SPONSORS:


KIND Healthy Snacks – on Facebook (All Stops)
Clif Bars – on Facebook  (All Stops)
Neuro Energy Drinks (Akard Stop)
Re-Geared – on Facebook (Akard Stop)
Generator Coffee House – on Facebook (Garland Stop)
Zang Triangle Apartments – on Facebook (Oak Cliff Stop)

Plano Cycling and Fitness – on Facebook (Plano Stop)
Richardson Bike Mart – on Facebook  (Richardson and Akard Stops)
Don Johle’s Bike World – on Facebook  (Garland Stop)
Oak Cliff Bicycle Company – on Facebook (Oak Cliff Stop)


ALSO: There will be other stations available:


Dallas Bike Works will have coffee and doughnuts and free minor repairs from 7:30 – 9:30am at White Rock Creek Trail where it passes under NW Highway (opposite the shop on Lawther). Facebook Event here.

The City of Fort Worth will have food and beverages and a bike share station set up at the Inter-modal Transit Center from 7:30 – 9am. There will be group rides to the Fort Worth event starting from various locations (map).

Ride To The BFOC Bike Fair – Saturday, October 22

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Bike Friendly Richardson will be hosting a table at the Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Bicycle Fair on Saturday, October 22 – from noon until 6.

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
Bring:
– 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.

Dallas Cycle Sunday

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October 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Why Do I Have An Obsession With DART Trains?

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Maybe it’s because, as a kid, I loved trains. Maybe it’s because I never lived in a city with a decent metropolitan transit system. Maybe I just liked the idea of reducing the need for so much traffic throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Maybe it’s because our transit system is so bike friendly. Whatever the reason, I enjoy living in a city that has a commuter train system.

I remember the first time I saw a DART train at the Texas State Fair back in 1995. DART was showcasing them before the launch in 1996. My wife (fiance at the time) couldn’t understand why I had to get up close and walk through it. I couldn’t explain it – I was just captivated. Ironically, before the DART Rail launched we moved out of state for a year. Even when we moved back, we ended up in Arlington for a few years – well outside of the DART Rail‘s reach. Eventually, this changed when we moved to Richardson in 2003.

Richardson has the DART Red Line running through it with 4 stops, heading into Dallas. Unfortunately for me, I don’t work in Dallas or anywhere along the DART Rail. To this day, a train commute is not an option. I am still obsessed with the idea of the DART Rail, and I still love the sight and sound of the train running through my town. I do take a ride from time to time – even with my bike.

Here are a few pics that I’ve collected of everything DART (click on any of them to see the complete set).

The biggest reason that I don’t ride the train more is convenience. The DART ticketing system still works with cash only, and I rarely carry cash when I ride.

Here is my DART wish list:

– Allow debit/credit cards at your ticket terminals.
– Set up a DART card system, similar to a Starbucks Drink Card or a Toll Tag, where folks can keep a balance and use it towards rides, whenever they need it. A monthly pass doesn’t make sense for folks like me who don’t commute.
– Complete a trail system along the entire rail line throughout the Metroplex.

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October 3, 2010 at 6:31 am