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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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BikeDFW Bike To Work Day Energizer Stations – 2014

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Mark your calendars! Friday, May 16, 2014 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 2 years ago, which grew to 5 stations around Dallas last year, BikeDFWDART and NCTCOG have partnered up to host 9 Bike Commuter Energizer Stations around the Dallas/Fort Worth area:

• ALLEN – Allen Events Center
• GARLAND – DART Downtown Garland Station
• DALLAS – DART St. Paul Station
• OAK CLIFF – Jefferson St. Viaduct
• RICHARDSON – DART Arapaho Station
• PLANO – Intersection of Bluebonnet & Chisholm Trail
• IRVING – DART Las Colinas Urban Center Station
• CARROLLTON – DART Trinity Mills Station
• MID-CITIES – TRE CentrePort Station

DATE: Friday, May 16, 2014
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.

MORE DETAILS TO COME.

Bike Parking: Build It And They Will Come?

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I’m a strong believer that if you build a good network of bike parking, more people will ride their bikes. Better destinations that accommodate cyclists and provide safe places to secure their bikes is a win for any community. What I often wonder is, what impression are people getting when they see empty racks? Do they think that the racks are a waste of money and  use up ‘precious’ sidewalk and parking lot space?

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Are they really working to get more cyclists out?

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In contrast – at locations where there aren’t bike racks – I wonder what people think when they see bikes locked to things like fences, benches, street signs, gas meters or shopping cart returns? I find it quite frustrating to see this unbalance of empty bike racks in some areas, where in others, you see bikes locked to random things. The problem is, where do you put bike parking racks so that they actually get used?

My solution is, everywhere.

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Written by dickdavid

June 25, 2013 at 6:58 am

SPOKES for FOLKS Christmas Push – This Sunday

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This popped up on the BFR Facebook page, so we thought we should share:

SPOKES for FOLKS CHRISTMAS PUSH THIS SUNDAY–Please come if you can

We have a lot to do—
• We are still trying to fill a 50 bike request for the four locations of Family Gateway
• Just received a new request for 36 bikes from the Heart of Africa associated with Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church.
• 30 – 50 families are coming from Jubilee Center to work and earn bikes for their kids—we need mechanics to help them learn!

Come rebuild bikes for several really good causes!

Sunday from 10 AM until about 2 PM
Everyone is welcome and needed, experienced or not. Bring tools if you have them.

8901 Chancellor Row at Hans Johnsen Company – south of 183 of Regal Row just past Superior Foods
Map: http://g.co/maps/7qt55

It will be our last chance to rebuild bikes to give to others for the holidays.

Come for the camaraderie, come for the fun, come to learn more about repairing your own bikes.

PLUS—Dea Henson, expert massage therapist, is donating her time and skill—if you’re sore from riding, come build a bike and get a free massage!

Spokes for Folks is a non-profit organization – based in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas – that refurbishes donated bicycles that are then given to children of families that could not otherwise afford to buy them.

Written by dickdavid

December 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Dallas Bike Events In October

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With the weather cooling off, it’s time to see more group rides around town. October is starting to look pretty busy.

Friday, October 1, 2010Biking In Dallas presents: The Great State Fair of Texas Group Ride

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Saturday, October 2, 2010Bike Friendly Arlington presents: Field Day

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October 14-17, 2010 – Bike Friendly Oak Cliff presents: Cyclesomatic 2010

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Friday, October 15, 2010 – Bike Friendly Oak Cliff presents: Dallas Bikes To City Hall

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Sunday, October 17, 2010 – Bike Friendly Oak Cliff presents: Group Ride: On the Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010, Fixed Minus Dicks presents: Ride Of The Living Dead

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We’ll keep you posted if any more rides pop up. IF you are an organizer for a local DFW bike event in October, let us know and we’ll post it.

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September 21, 2010 at 5:51 am

DFW February Bike Events

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There’s lots of DFW biking going on in February. Besides the weekly rides from 75208DCM and FMD, there will be some great events to check out:

February 7:
3rd Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap: If you happen to be in Cowtown between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Tarrant County Resource Connection (Building 2300), come check out some cool bike sales and swopping.

Mardi Gras Parade Ride: ride with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff on a 1.2-mile parade ride, traveling down North Bishop Ave. and through the Bishop Arts District. This will go from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

February 14:
Love Your Lane | Valentine’s Day Ride: again, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff will meet up at Main Street Garden Park at 2 p.m., cruise through downtown to Cedar Springs, down Turtle Creek Blvd., and over to Uptown where they’ll make a stop at The Ginger Man before heading back to our nice new park downtown.

ALSO, DON’T FORGET

February 20:
Raffle Ramble:
Bike Friendly Richardson is hosting a fun little ride it north DFW. Come out to Richardson to support a good cause and win some cool prizes. Details to come very soon. Until then, you can save the date!! Sign up early for the raffle and save.

Written by dickdavid

January 22, 2010 at 7:00 am

Oak Cliff Bicycle Company

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Logo courtesy of Oak Cliff Bicycle Company. Please visit their site.

There’s a new bike shop in town: Oak Cliff Bicycle Company. I stumbled upon them when I saw that one of my friends on Facebook joined their group page. Of course I did the same.

The first thing that caught my eye was their cool logo. Call me easy, but being an art director and graphic designer, if you catch my attention with your graphics, you’ve made the first step to winning me over as a customer. The next thing that caught my attention was they’re ‘about us’ page. They appear to share the same ‘get out and ride’ philosophy that we have over here at Suburban Assault.

Image linked from the OCBC. Site. Please click to visit.

Image linked from the OCBC. Site. Please click to visit.

The last thing that wins me over as a customer is customer service. I haven’t visited their shop, so I can’t report on that yet. Their grand opening was last weekend and I’m sad to say that I missed it.

My plan is to drag the family out to Oak Cliff this weekend and stop by the shop for a visit. After that, I’ll post my initial impressions as well as a few pics. If you want to stop by and visit for yourself, they’re open Monday 12 – 7, Tues-Fri 11-7 and Sat&Sun 8:30-5. You can find there shop in Oak Cliff, one of the older neighborhoods of Dallas:

The shop is on the west side of Tyler, between 7th and Davis – 410 N Tyler Street, Dallas, TX 75208

Stay tuned.

UPDATE:

We went by the shop today (August 22). It took a while to find it because I forgot to write down the address and Oak Cliff is a bit unfamiliar to me. When we found the place, we discovered that parking is non-existent – which I guess shouldn’t be a big deal for a bike shop.

First impressions: The shop is small, but nice. Their inventory is what you would expect with a small, start-up – a bit limited. However, they have no problem ordering from their vendors. The two brands that stood out from all the used and repair bikes were Swobo and YBS, a local bike builder.

The shop had a very similar feel to West Village Bicycles, featuring more of an urban lifestyle – a niche that is a bit limited in the DFW Metroplex. I hope to see more shops like this pop up around town. Hopefully, folks will start riding more as these shops become more main stream.

The guy I talked to was a bit reserved, but managed to open up once I started talking to him. I’m hoping that I can make it down there more often and actually bring them some business.

Overall, I liked the place and I hope they have great success.

P.S. Sorry about knocking over the bikes displayed out front. It was like a horrible scene in a movie where I lifted the price tag to the bike on the end, it fell over and started a domino effect with the rest of the bikes. Thanks for being really cool about it.

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August 18, 2009 at 11:41 am