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Bike League’s Andy Clarke Visits North Texas

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We are very fortunate to have a League of American Bicyclist board member, Gail Spann living in north Texas. Her dedication to cycling and bike education is an inspiration for many bicyclists, advocates and enthusiasts. This past weekend, she and her husband, Jim, hosted a visit from the League’s president, Andy Clarke, who came to talk to us about Bike Education and the Bike Friendly Communities Program in north Texas.

Given that our time with Andy was limited and wanting to keep this visit focused, we set up two meetings with just a few key instructors, advocates, industry leaders and city officials.

Bike Education:
The first meeting – which was held Sunday evening at Gail’s house – was about the current education program, were several local LCIs (League Cycling Instructors) met with Andy for dinner and a ’round table’ discussion. We discussed ways to make the program better and how to reach a larger audience. Quite a few good ideas were discussed and many of us left the meeting inspired and ready to move the program forward.

LCI Meeting

LCI Meeting

Bike Friendly Communities:
The second meeting – held on Monday evening at the Plano Parks and Recreation office – was about north Texas and the the Bike Friendly Communities Program. Attending, were representatives of BikeTexas, BikeDFW, Bike Friendly RichardsonBike Friendly Oak Cliff and Plano Bicycle Association, city officials from Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and Richardson, and industry leaders from Richardson Bike Mart and Plano Cycling and Fitness.

At this meeting, city officials were able to openly discuss the efforts that have been made towards bicycling infrastructure, issues and concerns with the Bike Friendly Communities Program and ways to get clear benchmarks moving forward. It was evident that many of the city officials weren’t expecting a ranking based on the current program, but wanted to see some sort of recognition for the expenses and efforts made so far. They felt that having this would help motivate and inspire city management and council to continue investing in bicycling education and infrastructure.

Given the limited amount of time, we were able to have a good conversation with Andy Clarke, and he was able to assure us that the League of American Bicyclists was listening and willing to help us achieve our goals of becoming bike friendly communities. It was nice to be able to have this direct link to the League to make it clear that cycling is growing in north Texas and we are a strong community of bicycle riders.

DFW BFC Meeting

DFW BFC Meeting

DFW BFC Meeting

DFW BFC Meeting

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Bike Share Comes To North Texas – Fort Worth

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It was quite a while ago, when I first heard about bike sharing. My first thought was, that’ll never come to north Texas – it just doesn’t make sense with our suburban sprawl. Well, Fort Worth proved me wrong.

Partnered with a company called B-Cycle, Fort Worth Bike Sharing is a nonprofit organization in charge of operations for the city’s bike share system. The concept began in the planning department at the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, which received a grant from the Federal Transit Administration to help cover the costs. On this past Earth Day, April 22,2013, they launched the first bike sharing program in north Texas.

All together, they have 300 bikes available at 27 check-out stations set up around town – with plans to add more stations.

I didn’t get a chance to ride one of the bikes while I was out there, but I hope to get a another opportunity in the near future. Hopefully, the stations will be a great success and more of them will pop up – even in Dallas.

You can find out more on their website, FortWorthBikeSharing.org and Facebook page.

Fort Worth Bike Share

Written by dickdavid

June 17, 2013 at 7:25 am

Pics From The 5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap

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5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap – March 4, 2012

I’ve missed the Great Southwest Bike Swap for the last few years, so it was a priority to make it out to Fort Worth for this year’s event. Having never been to a swap meet before, let alone a bike swap meet, I had no idea what to expect. Admittedly, I had delusions of a massive hall, with rows and rows with dealers dumping extra inventory, enthusiasts ready to unload their spare parts for next to nothing, collectors willing to part with some of their bikes and artisans with unique bike crafts.

In reality, it was probably a fraction of that delusion. There was a little bit of everything that I expected, but it was somewhat underwhelming. Perhaps, if this event were down the street from me, I would have had a lower expectation. However, trekking to the complete opposite end of the Metroplex, my hopes were higher. The swap seemed more like a big garage sale with lots of used stuff that nobody wanted.

I guess if I could have geeked out a little bit more and comb through everything, I might have found a little treasure. But with family in tow, my visit ended before any great finds.

I did leave the event a bit inspired. I’d like to see about setting up something like this in my neck of the woods. Perhaps a Dallas Bike Flea Market – sort of like what Bike Friendly Oak Cliff did with last year’s bike fair, but with more individual participants and food trucks.

5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap – March 4, 2012

5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap – March 4, 2012

5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap – March 4, 2012

5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap – March 4, 2012

5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap – March 4, 2012

Click here to see all of my pics.

While we were in Fort Worth, we stopped by the new Trinity Bicycles location at Sundance Square in Fort Worth. They were still setting up, but it’s coming along nicely.

Trinity at Sundance Square

Trinity Bikes at Sundance Square

Written by dickdavid

March 5, 2012 at 8:38 am

5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap – March 4, 2012

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For some reason, I always miss this event. This year, I’m going to do my best to make it out to the 5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap Meet. This is a one-day event where bicycle shops, frame builders and independent bike geeks can buy, sell, trade and show bicycle stuff. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Sunday.

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Location: RESOURCE CONNECTION OF TARRANT COUNTY
1100 Circle Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76119-8111

The Resource Connection of Tarrant County Campus is located on the south side of Fort Worth, off of I-20 and Campus Drive (Exit 439), One exit east of the I-20/I-35W interchange, north of I-20.

The event will be in building 2300 on the north side of the campus. The entrance and exit will be on the northwest corner of the building and will be clearly marked.

Admission: FREE to the public

RAFFLE PRIZES: Raffle tickets will be on sale for $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Drawings will be held every half-hour for raffle prizes to those present, with a grand prize set of Mavic wheels to be drawn at the close of the show. Must be present to win raffle prizes.

For more information call Rick at Colonel’s Bicycles (817) 924-1333.

Written by dickdavid

January 21, 2012 at 6:50 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

Bike Sale In Fort Worth Texas October 8, 2011

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My good friend, Jay posted this on my Facebook wall. From a dated Craig’s List post:

An old friend recently passed away and his son asked me to spread the word of a sale that he is having selling off his fathers bicycle collection. He writes to me-

“My father was a collector who passed away this spring. We are organizing 
his inventory and it is large – perhaps 400 collectible antique bikes, 
mostly 50s and 60s molds, but many older springer fronts, and even a couple 
of wooden, etc. We seek to honor him with a swap meet style one-day event.”

Saturday, October 8th
9:00am to 3:00pm
3709 Cockrell Ave. – one block off of Old Granbury Rd
Ft Worth, TX

This should be a very interesting event. He had a very large building stacked full of old bicycles. There is a wide array of bikes. I can not tell you any specifics of what is in there, nor can his son, but he will be pulling these out and will be pricing them to move. His father has been picking up bikes for years, and also traveled to Pennsylvania many times to Hershey and Carlisle.

You can find pics here.

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Written by dickdavid

October 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Park Place Motorcars Donated More Than 100 Bicycles

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Park Place, a local luxury car dealership based in north Texas, donated bicycles this holiday season.

From the Park Place Facebook page:

Park Place Motorcars Fort Worth donated more than 100 bicycles to the Cowboy Santas program in Sundance Square over the holidays. The annual program provides toys for thousands of children across Tarrant County, including the cities of Fort Worth, Arlington, Bedford, Mansfield, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Forest Hill, etc.

Pretty cool, especially coming from a car dealership.

Image © Park Place Dealerships

Image © Park Place Dealerships

Written by dickdavid

December 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm