Bike Friendly Richardson

A Blog Promoting Two Wheel Love in Richardson

BikeDFW and BFR Bike To Work Day Energizer Station – 2015

BikeCommuterEnergizerStation_2015_Richardson

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 year, BikeDFWDART and local bike groups, like Bike Friendly Richardson, have partnered up to host another 9 Bike Commuter Energizer Stations around the Dallas/Fort Worth area – including the original stop at Arapaho Station.

Richardson Energizer Station info:

LOCATION: RICHARDSON – DART Arapaho 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 ARAPAHO STATION:
Richardson Bike Mart
KIND Snacks

MORE DETAILS TO COME.

Filed under: Advocacy, Bicycle Events, , , , , , , , , , ,

City Council Survey Responses Updated

We now have all the City Council candidate replies to our survey at the link below:

http://bikefriendlyrichardson.org/2015/04/14/2015-city-council-candidate-survey/

Filed under: Uncategorized

Richardson City Staff Presents Bike Plan To City Council

Richardson Bike Plan Briefing 2015

Richardson Bike Plan Briefing 2015

On Monday, April 20, 2015 Richardson City Staff presented their Bike Plan to Richardson City Council. The presentation was a combination recap of what they’ve done, as well as their next steps.

It was nice to see how important bicycling is to our city officials and how they continue to see the value of what it brings to our community. It was also nice to see that our little grassroots, advocacy group has been recognized—not only for what we’ve done, but also as a partner moving forward.

You can catch the presentation, online. Click the link below and go to Item D in the list:

http://richardsontx.swagit.com/play/04202015-1034

The video shows Michael Spicer, Director of Development Services and Lori Smeby, Director of Parks and Recreation. Dave Carter, Asst. Director of Development Services, Transportation and Traffic – who helped put it together – was there as well.

The were lots of people who were engaged in the conversation, but we really appreciate our City Council’s positive reception of the Bike Plan and their enthusiastic support of cycling in Richardson. Thank you Laura Gibbs Maczka, Bob Townsend, Mark SolomonScott DunnKendal HartleyPaul Voelker and Steve Mitchell.

This is a great opportunity to have a voice for all people who ride bikes. We should work to build our community as a diverse group with a broad perspective. If you have any friends or neighbors who are interested but concerned about cycling, please invite them to join our Facebook page, engage our City and be part of the conversation.

This is an exciting time to live in our city and we look forward to the next steps.

Filed under: Advocacy, Bike Change, Bike Education, Bike Friendly, Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff, , , , ,

Pics And Recap of Richardson’s Trash Bash

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Last weekend, the City of Richardson held their annual Trash Bash event, recruiting volunteers and organizations, from all over the city, to help pick up trash and get the city clean. Motivated by the success of our own trail cleanup day, Bike Friendly Richardson stepped up to participate.

We took on the Spring Creak Nature Preserve area, located on the southeast side of Renner Road and Central Expressway. The Preserve, with it’s scenic trails, is frequently visited area by cyclists – which made it the obvious location to focus our efforts.

Overall, we had 11 adults and 4 kids show up to help, and we filled about 8-10 bags. It was nice to give back to the city and care for the amenities that make this community so great.

Here are some pics of our volunteers:

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Filed under: City Stuff, Good Causes, , , , ,

2015 City Council Candidate Survey

There is a city election coming up. Richardson residents must choose the office holders for City Council. The election will be held on May 9, 2015, but early voting will start on April 27, 2015.

As an advocacy group, Bike Friendly Richardson does not have any official endorsement for any of the candidates. However, as Richardson residents who bike, we were concerned about each candidate’s position on bicycling issues. We sent each a questionnaire covering several bicycling topics, and many of them sent in their responses. We will post those responses on our blog so that people who bike in Richardson can have a perspective of who they are voting for. Don’t forget to vote!

Here’s a link to the List of Candidates

In this post, we will hear from Rick Wilder and Bob Townsend, who are competing for Place 1, and Mabel Simpson (running against Claudia Tatum for Place 4); as well as unopposed candidates Paul Voelker (Place 5), and Scott Dunn (Place 3). Thank you for your thoughtful participation in our survey.

EDITED TO ADD: Claudia Tatum and Mark Solomon’s responses appear below.

EDITED TO ADD: Steve Mitchell’s responses have been added below. Steve explained in an email that he is in the tax business, and now that tax season is over, he was able to respond to the questions.

THANK YOU to all Council members and new Candidates!

Read the rest of this entry »

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Our First Trail Cleanup Day Was A Success

Broom Bike

My Trail Cleanup Rig

Richardson continues to impress us with their network of great bike and pedestrian access routes throughout the city. As part of that, we have some really nice multi-purpose trails. However, over time and through excessive usage, they have’ve gotten covered in litter, animal waste and broken glass. Instead of complaining about the mess, Bike Friendly Richardson decided to take the maintenance and care of our trail network into our own hands.

Broom Bike and Billy The Goat

My Bike with Howard and His Goat, Billy

We scheduled our first, hopefully of many, Trail Clean Up Days. Given such short notice, and everybody’s busy schedules, our first turnout wasn’t that great. We did get a few volunteers from all around the city, as well as somebody from our neighboring city, Plano. The plan was to try and fill as many trash bags (provided by the city) as possible in two hours.

Overall, we were pretty successful in filling 8-10 bags—not bad for a small group of people. Think about what we could have accomplished with more volunteers. There was still a lot more trash on the trail that we couldn’t get to. Perhaps we’ll get it all the next time.

Our goal is to do this more often than not—hopefully in other parts of the city as well. We only hope is that we’ve inspired other people to get out there and care for the public areas near them. This is our city, and we need to take responsibility for it.

Clean Trail Under The Bridge

Getting The Trash Beyond The Trail

 

Filed under: Bicycle Events, Bike Friendly, Bike Trails and Routes, , ,

Trail Cleanup Day – Saturday, February 21, 2015

Owen's Trail, Just South Of Collins - Richardson, Texas

This was an idea inspired on our Facebook page. Some riders have been noticing some issues with trash, animal waste and broken glass on some of our trails. Instead of complaining, we are going to take action by organizing our first trail cleanup day.

Date: Saturday, February 21. 2015
Time: 9:00 am (earlier if you choose) – 11:00 am (later if you choose)
Location: Spring Creek Trail parking lot (southeast corner of Renner Road and Central)
Who: All volunteers who care about our trails

Since this is our first attempt at this, we’re going to keep it simple, starting at one location. Everybody is welcome to jump in and feel free to help out as long as they can. We’re working with the City of Richardson to get some supplies, so stay tuned for details on that. For now, here are some suggestions of things you can bring:

Gloves
Brooms
Dustpans (for broken glass)
Shovels
Trash Bags (in case we can’t get any from the city)

I’ll be riding my bike out, so it’ll be interesting to see how I get my tools strapped on. Obviously, if it rains, we’ll postpone to another date – so keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for updates.

If this is a successful event, we will schedule more cleanup days throughout other parts of the city.

Filed under: BFR Misc, Bicycle Events, Bike Trails and Routes, Trail and Road Hazards, , , , ,

Happy New Year – 2015

2015: Happy New Year from dickdavid

We want to wish everybody a fantastic New Year! It’s great to see our bike community grow every year, and we hope to see many new riders on Richardson roads in 2015.

Enjoy the ride and we’ll see you out there.

Filed under: BFR Misc,

Happy (Late) 5th Birthday, Bike Friendly Richardson

Jenny and Henry

When we started Bike Friendly Richardson, in December 2009, our original goal was to follow in the footsteps of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. Although our core beliefs are still the same, over the last 5 years, our focus has evolved to better fit the needs of the cycling community in Richardson.

We are a group of bicycle advocates promoting the continued creation of better cycling facilities and improved infrastructure in Richardson. Our main focus is on education and increasing the ridership of those wanting to ride for transportation and pleasure over sport.

Our mission:
• Increase bicycle ridership
• Increase bicycle education
• Increase bicycle awareness
• Increase bicycle safety

Our concentration will always be with Richardson cycling, but we share our advocacy with all of our DFW neighbors.

We’ve accomplished many things over the years, but there are many more goals coming in 2015:

• Working with the City of Richardson to get Bike Friendly recognition from the League of American Bicyclists
• Working with the City of Richardson to get better bike parking and bike parking policy
• Working with the City of Richardson to get a safe passing ordinance passed
• Working with BikeDFW to bring more education courses to local riders
• We will strive to host and/or promote more social events and rides

Filed under: BFR Blog Stuff, BFR Misc, Bike Friendly, , ,

Pics And Recap Of Participating In Richardson’s 42nd Annual Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade Cruiser

This past weekend, Bike Friendly Richardson, participated in the City of Richardson’s 42nd Annual Christmas Parade Of all the rides we do, this is one of our favorites. It’s not because of the great speeds or distance, but rather the opposite. Since this is a parade, the route is extremely short and equally as slow, which opens it up for people we don’t normally get to ride with, families.

Many folks decorated their bikes and brought candy to hand out to spectators. Local rider, Howard, even brought his goat on a trailer, pulled by a tandem. BFR’s Jenny brought her young baby for his first parade. Both the goat and the baby were big hits with the crowd.

Riding with families in a parade accomplishes many goals – two of which are important to us. First, it allows families with kids (and goats) to be part of the bike culture, which hopefully builds a stronger bike community. Also, it allows the other folks, who weren’t riding, to see that cycling is something that’s fun and can be shared by all.

Participating in the parade definitely requires a lot of patience. Since you have to get there early, there is a more waiting than there is riding. We suggest that if you want to be part of a Christmas parade, folks with families, should try to arrive a bit later or have ways to entertain the kids until the start. Also, bring plenty of candy to hand out. We always seem to run out in the first 200 feet.

Here are a few pics from the parade. Click here to see the full set.

Marshall

Family Riders

Family Riders

Getting Billy Ready To Roll

In The Parade

Group Shot

Filed under: Bicycle Events, City Stuff, , , , ,

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