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Bicycling Goals For Richardson – 2014

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What do you think the 2014 Bike Goals for the City of Richardson should be? Please post your ideas that would help improve biking in our city – and would cost little to nothing out of their budget. We’ll see if we can politely bring them to their attention.

I’ll start:
- Safe Passing Ordinance. They passed it in Plano and a few other north Texas towns, so it makes sense for Richardson.
- Keep Public Trails Open Longer. Figure out a way to open the Owen’s Trail for pedestrians and cyclists through the Sherrill Park Golf Course for much longer hours – 24 if possible
- Safer Intersections Along Bike Routes. An example would be to turn the intersection at Melrose and Custer into a 4-way stop.
- Bike Parking Ordinance. Require new construction to include bike parking. OR, at least, offer good incentives for developers to add them to their plans.

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Pics and Recap From National Bike To Work Day – Bike Commuter Energizer Stations

Commuters At Richardson Station

Richardson

Last Friday was National Bike To Work Day.  Based on last years success in RichardsonBikeDFW and Dallas Area Rapid Transit hosted 5 Bike Commuter Energizer Station in the Dallas area: Plano, Garland, Richardson, Downtown Dallas, and Oak Cliff. Joined by local cities of Plano, Garland and Dallas along with local bike groups, Bike Friendly Richardson, Bike Friendly Garland and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, we were able to provide these support stations around town.

Dozens of bike commuters and hundreds of other transit commuters visited these stations that morning. Cyclists were able to eat some breakfast, grab some snacks and drink some coffee and water before heading into work. Local bike shops performed bicycle safety checks, while DART and local cities provided commuter information and swag.

This was a great success for DFW bike commuters and and cycling community. With the help of more sponsors and local volunteers,we hope to expand it to even more stations next year.

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors and Volunteers:
We plan on adding a complete list of volunteers and sponsors, as soon as we get all the information in. Until then, here are some key people:

SPONSORS:
KIND Healthy Snacks Arthuro Garza
Clif Bars Jeanine Romine
Neuro Energy Drinks Kasey Smith
Re-Geared Rachel Spire
Generator Coffee House JimD
Zang Triangle Apartments
Cycling Savvy DFW Waco Moore and Eliot Landrum

LOCAL BIKE SHOPS FOR SAFETY CHECKS:
Plano Cycling and Fitness (Plano)
Richardson Bike Mart (Richardson)
Don Johle’s Bike World (Garland)
Richardson Bike Mart (Downtown Dallas)
Oak Cliff Bicycle Company (Oak Cliff)

DART: EVENT CO-SPONSOR/ORGANIZER:
Dan Dickerson and his team of great volunteers from DART:
Chris Walters, Steve Biba, Shaun Tooley, Jennifer Jones, Charylene Crayton, Jennifer Hall (and more).

CITY CO-SPONSORS:
Ann McGinnes and her team (City of Garland), Renee Jordan (City of Plano), Max Kalhammer, Kevin Lefebvre, Kimberly Mackey (City of Dallas)

VOLUNTEERS:
Jonathan Braddick, and his team (names to come) (Oak Cliff), Michael McNair (Garland), Jared Cook (Garland), Robert Cherry (Garland), Joshua McNeely (Richardson)

BIKEDFW: EVENT CO-SPONSOR/ORGANIZER:
Marc Mumby (Akard), Richard Wezensky (Richardson/Garland), Jenny Rilling (Richardson), Anita Mills (Oak Cliff), Michael Freiberger (Plano), Warren Casteel (Multi-Location Support)

For a more detailed account of how these stations came together, click here.

Pics Of The Event (Richardson and Garland) See full set here:

Richardson Bike Mart At Richardson Station

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Richardson Bike Mart At Richardson Station

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Garland Station

Garland

Don Johle's Bike World At Garland Station

Garland

Richardson Station

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More Pics can be found here:
(coming)

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Bike To Work Day – Bike Commuter Energizer Stations – 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 our 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).

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Mayor & Council Survey – Mark Solomon

Mark Solomon is running unopposed for re-election to City Council Place 2. Thank you Mr. Solomon for taking the time to give your perspective on cycling issues in Richardson.

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Mayor & Council Survey – Kendal Hartley

Kendal Hartley is currently the Place 5 councilman and is running unopposed for the Place 4 seat (Laura Maczka’s seat). Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Mr. Hartley.

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Mayor & Council Survey – Scott Dunn

Scott Dunn is running unopposed for re-election to City Council Place 3. He is also a member of the Bike Friendly Richardson Facebook group and comments there from time to time. Mr. Dunn pointed out that although we did not ask about an east-west bicycle & pedestrian connection across 75 in the southern part of Richardson, he will continue to look for possible solutions.

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Mayor & Council Survey – Paul Voelker

The second response to our questionnaire is from Paul Voelker, Place 5 City Council candidate (running unopposed). This will be Mr. Voelker’s first council term, so it’s great to get an in-advance look at his views on cycling. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

 

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Mayor & Council Survey – Amir Omar

Bike Friendly Richardson sent a questionnaire to all of the Mayor and City Council candidates for the May municipal elections. We requested this information not to make an endorsement, but to gather knowledge of where the candidates stand on bicycling issues and provide this information as a service to our members. We will publish all responses here on the BFR blog.

The first response we have received to date comes from current Place 7 council member and mayoral candidate Amir Omar:

 

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Recap – Cyclists In Suits – Texas Bicycle Lobby Day 2013

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Image ©BikeTexas.org – Please visit their site.

When I first heard about the BikeTexas event, Cyclists In Suits, my first thought was (like perhaps a Tweed Ride) this is a bike ride where folks dressed up and rode around the capital. I would soon discover that this was not a dapper critical mass, nor did it even involve getting on my bike. Cyclists In Suits was not an event to show state legislature that we can gather for a ride, but rather, we can gather and have a productive discussion about bicycle policy in Texas.

Cyclists In Suits is a biennial event held during the Texas Legislature’s regular sessions. It is great opportunity for Texas cyclists to share their love of cycling with their state legislators. The goal is to have cyclists from every legislative district in Texas visit the capitol with our staff and remind the legislature that we are voters and we want them to represent our cycling interests.

The next thing that ran through my head was, I’m not a lobbyist, nor am I a very political person. Why would I want to participate in this event? The answer is, I LOVE CYCLING, and I will do everything I can to make it better in Texas. The least I could do was add myself to the head count and show the Texas legislature that there are many constituents who care about cycling.

Our local advocacy group, BikeDFW, hosted a bus ride to Austin that day – which I joined. The trip involved departing from DFW at 5:00 am, arriving in Austin to participate in lobby activities, network with like-minded advocates from all over the state, then return that evening. It was a really long day.

Although the group on the bus was very diverse, ranging in gender, race and cycling style, I was hoping to have a better balance of  the different bike cultures. Perhaps, as cycling becomes more popular among the non-sports crowd, we’ll see more of that. Regardless of the balance of cyclist types, this group was fantastic. There’s something to be said about shedding the lycra, cleats, helmets and skinny jeans and seeing bicyclists unite for a common cause. On the bus, we weren’t ‘racers’, ‘roadies’, ‘commuters’, ‘critical mass-ers’, ‘fashionistas’ ‘VCs’ or ‘weekend riders’. We were, simply, cyclists.

When we got to Austin, we were greeted by the BikeTexas folks. They escorted us to the capital building and into a room they had reserved for the bicycle lobbyist. We were each given a couple of bags of bicycle lapel pins to hand out to anybody wanting to show support. We then got a quick tutorial on who we would be talking to and the best way to communicate to them. We also learned about the bills they were currently trying to push through, HB 2225 – Safe Passing (SB1515 – Safe Passing) and HB 1102 – Complete Streets (SB 565 – Complete Streets). There were more bills for cyclists, but the goal was to remain focused on these two for better impact with legislators – who meet with many different types of lobbyists, daily.

Cyclists In Suits March

Fresh Of The Bus, Heading To The Capital Building

After the briefing, we were split into smaller groups and given folders containing all the information about these bills. We were to go to our selected offices, introduce ourselves as constituents and pass on the folder that represented their district. The expectation was set that we most likely wouldn’t meet with the actual Senator or Representative, but rather their staff. That was the case for all of my group’s visits, and most of the staff that we encountered were very receptive and happy to meet with us.

Jay Dunn Gets It Done

Jay Helping Us Lobby

After our lunch break, the whole group met at the Senate Gallery for a Reading of Special Resolution. When that was finished, we were asked to take a moment, visit the Senator and Representative from our own districts and sign their visitor log books. For my part of Richardson, this was Representative Angie Chen Button and Senator Ken Paxton. You can click here to find yours.

Texas Senate Room

Texas Senate Session

Once we were finished lobbying, we all gathered on the steps of the capital building for a group picture, where we were joined by Texas Senator Rodney Ellis. It was nice to see such a large group representing Texas cyclists, but I wouldn’t mind seeing it get larger.

Group Break

Bike Pins Everywhere – Showing Support

Later that afternoon, we walked over to the BikeTexas headquarters for a group happy hour. Here we were able to meet and discuss the events of the day as well as the things we learned. It was nice to network with other cycling advocates from around the state.

Happy Hour

BikeTexas Happy Hour

Meet And Greet

BikeTexas HQ

We finished out the trip with the long bus ride back to Dallas. On the bus, I was able to reflect on what I learned that day. Here are a few:

- Cyclists in Suits is not a bike ride.
- Lobbying isn’t just for the politically minded. It’s for anybody who cares about a cause.
- Cycling policy affects all bicycle cultures. If you care, you should try to get involved.
- Texas Legislators are there to listen to their constituents. Talk to them.
- It costs a lot of money to hold these events and sponsor bus rides. If you like what is being done, you should join or support BikeDFW and BikeTexas.

Jay and Preston

Bicycle Networking

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Join BikeDFW and Head To Austin For Cyclists In Suits

From the BikeDFW blog:

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Every two years in Texas, we get a unique opportunity to talk about cycling with people who can make a difference.

Save the date, take the day off and take a road trip with a bunch of friends to Austin to participate in your democracy. You’ll meet the people that represent you and, most importantly, let them know that you think more effort to accommodate bicycling is important for the future of your community and your state.

It cannot be stressed enough that numbers matter; we need representation from every congressional district in North Texas.

Don’t worry about jumping off the bus and not knowing what to do. Bike Texas will provide a thorough briefing on hot topics as well as tips and techniques for meeting and communicating with your legislators. They will also organize groups according to their legislative districts. It’s also OK if you just want to be a smiling face with a bicycling pin! Your interest and presence speaks volumes to your representatives.

BikeDFW has made arrangements for one-day, round-trip chartered bus trips from both Dallas and Fort Worth to Austin to participate in Cyclists in Suits for the very reasonable cost of $30 per person.  The buses are luxury coaches and we will serve breakfast and coffee on board.

Dress: The name says it all, formal office attire makes the best impression and helps to break down the lycra stereotype, allowing for more effective communication. You can wear more casual clothes on the bus and change upon arrival, that is up to you.

Dallas area departure location: Richardson Bike Mart (SE corner, Coit and Campbell, Richardson)

Fort Worth area departure location: Trinity Bicycles (343 Throckmorton, Fort Worth)

Departure Time from both locations: 5:00am

Estimated return to both locations: 9:00pm

Purchase your ticket for Fort Worth or Dallas departure at the bottom of this page.

Schedule in Austin:

The agenda per Bike Texas is as follows (more details on the Bike Texas site:https://www.biketexas.org/news/biketexasevents):

8:30am – Beginning Brief  (Capitol Extension, Room E1.004)

Get briefed on the important issues and learn best practices for meeting with legislators.

9:30am – Meet your Legislators (through mid-afternoon)

Visit legislative offices and meet with legislators and their staff about the Complete Streets Bill and other bills of concern to Texas cyclists. In the course of the day, we will see the House or the Senate in session. We’ll take a group photo with the capitol as our backdrop.

Lunch – Capital Grill (expect about $10 per person)

4:00 pm — Happy Hour (Bike Texas HQ at 1902 E 6th St.)

Depart Austin: approximately 5:30 pm

WHEN
March 25, 2013 at 5am – 9pm
WHERE
Texas State Capitol in Austin
CONTACT
Mike Emmons · mike.emmons@verizon.net

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