Bike Friendly Richardson

Richardson Texas Gets Recognized As A Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Friendly, City Stuff by dickdavid on June 10, 2015

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Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Richardson, Texas with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFCSM) award, joining 350 visionary communities from across the country.

With the announcement of 42 new and renewing BFCs today, Richardson joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods.

“We applaud this new round of communities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their residents and beyond,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “The growing number of leaders taking up bicycling as a way of solving many complex community problems is encouraging. We look forward to continuing to work with these communities as we move closer to our mission of creating a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 350 BFCs in all 50 states. The Bronze BFC award recognizes Richardson’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

This is a big deal in north Texas. Even though many cities in the area – including Fort Worth, Plano and Frisco – have received an Honorable Mention, Richardson is the first north Texas city to be recognized as a Bike Friendly Community. With it’s many bike lanes, growing trail network and interconnecting neighborhoods, this is a well deserved recognition.

There were many other variables involved in earning this status, including a great city management team – encouraged by a city council with a vision to create a great city. Richardson is also growing a strong bike community – supported by local and regional advocates like Bike Friendly Richardson and BikeDFW.

Richardson is just getting started. They’re hoping that Bronze is just a stepping stone to an even better, more robust bike community. They also hope to see that the many great efforts of their neighboring cities get recognized by the League as well.

We hope that this recognition becomes a way to motivate other north Texas cities to work harder to become bike friendly as well. Let’s keep this momentum going.

You can find the latest list on the League of American Bicyclists site or click here.

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

Bike To Work Day Energizer Stations 2015 – Recap and Pics

Posted in Advocacy, Bicycle Events, Bike Friendly by dickdavid on June 5, 2015

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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 and BFR Bike To Work Day Energizer Station – 2015

Posted in Advocacy, Bicycle Events by dickdavid on May 12, 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 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.

Richardson City Staff Presents Bike Plan To City Council

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Change, Bike Education, Bike Friendly, Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on April 21, 2015

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.

Pics And Recap of Richardson’s Trash Bash

Posted in City Stuff, Good Causes by dickdavid on April 21, 2015

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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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Our First Trail Cleanup Day Was A Success

Posted in Bicycle Events, Bike Friendly, Bike Trails and Routes by dickdavid on February 23, 2015
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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.

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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.

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Getting The Trash Beyond The Trail

 

Trail Cleanup Day – Saturday, February 21, 2015

Posted in BFR Misc, Bicycle Events, Bike Trails and Routes, Trail and Road Hazards by dickdavid on February 17, 2015

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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.

Happy New Year – 2015

Posted in BFR Misc by dickdavid on January 1, 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.

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Happy (Late) 5th Birthday, Bike Friendly Richardson

Posted in BFR Blog Stuff, BFR Misc, Bike Friendly by dickdavid on December 17, 2014

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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

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

Posted in Bicycle Events, City Stuff by dickdavid on December 8, 2014

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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.

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Family Riders

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Getting Billy Ready To Roll

In The Parade

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