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:
What makes this year’s event even more amazing is that the city is accepting toy donations for each group’s entry fee. Let’s show how awesome Richardson cyclists are by helping us give a large donation.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you in touch with our coordinator, Justin, to arrange drop off or pickup of a new, unwrapped toy.
This needs to happen fast – no later than November 20 for donations. Even of you can’t participate in the parade, these donations allows the group to participate, and the toys go to someone that needs a bit more Christmas cheer!
Bike Friendly Richardson friend, Barbara Fullerton sent us an email wanting to share her cause:
My name is Barbara Fullerton and I live in and cycle in Richardson/Plano area. This summer three librarians from Texas are participating in the Cycling for Libraries event in Europe. About 100 cyclists around the world were accepted to participate in this event. We are cycling from Amsterdam to Brussels, visiting public and special libraries. Check it out here.
We have set up a fundraising page.
We are trying to raise around $1000 for traveling funds.
Thank you for your consideration!
I think this is a fantastic opportunity for these ladies, and I’d love to hear about their journey. If you have a few bucks to spare, please help them out.
This past weekend, we got to participate in the 9th annual Richardson WildRide! Against Cancer benefitting the Methodist Richardson Cancer Center, home of the Lance Armstrong Shaped Beam SurgeryTM program. This year, Jenny and her husband James and I rode the 40 mile route.
Click over to SuburbanAssault.org to see some pics from the event.
The BikeDFW/Bike Friendly Richardson Bike To Work Day Energizer Station was a great success! We had about 2 dozen bike commuters stop by to recharge for their ride to work – and we think we’ve motivated dozens of other commuters to think about biking. Here are some pics. Click here to see all of them.
I would personally like to thank:
– Marc, Brian, Michael, Warren and the whole BikeDFW group for making this event possible – and for providing the pastries and coffee.
– Chris from DART who let us set up at their Arapaho Center Station.
– Richardson Bike Mart for providing Dana made bike repairs for those who needed them.
– Taco Republic for providing delicious breakfast tacos.
– Dr. Pepper and Neuro for providing water and Neuro energy drinks.
– The Egg & I Restaurant for providing some really good orange juice.
– Whole Foods Richardson for providing water.
– And finally, Jenny Rilling with BikeDFW and Bike Friendly Richardson, who came up with the idea of the Energizer Station and made it happen.
Since it was such a great success, we’d love to do this every year – AND we’d love to see other bike friendly groups doing it around the Metroplex.
Some of you may or may not have heard about bike commuter, Michael McNair, being hit by a car on his commute to work last Tuesday.
The details about the accident are still limited, but here is what was posted on the DORBA Facebook Page:
CYCLIST HIT – For those of you that know MMACH5 / Michael Tripp McNair…was hit by a car today on his commute to work. He is in the Baylor ICU unit downtown with a broken neck and hips, lacerated spleen and many other injuries… Please pass the word and put him in your thoughts.
The latest update (as of Thursday) he made it through his hip surgery and all is still going smoothly. He is still sedated, but hopefully they’ll bring him out of it after another day or so. They are planning another MRI and will most likely do surgery on his ribs (Friday) and he’ll be in ICU until next week at least. They’ve said that due to all of his hip and pelvis fractures that his legs will be non-weight bearing for at least 3 months.
The driver did stop and, reportedly, was the one who called 911.
As you can see, Michael has a long, uphill battle for a full recovery – and our thoughts and prayers go to him and his family. If you are wondering how you can help, friends have set up a ChipIn page for donations. Every little bit helps – even just a couple of bucks. Click here to donate.
A fellow cyclist has fallen and needs your help. From their Facebook page:
We are working on a fundraiser for our fellow cyclist Misty “Liberty Kat” who was seriously injured on a group ride recently. She sustained broken bones and even a fracture in her neck among other things–she was wearing a helmet or the damage might have been worse. We’re happy to report that Liberty is out of the ICU where she was Care Flighted and she seems to be recovering quite well with the help all of your positive thoughts and well wishes.
The fundraiser is January 29th at the AMAZING Fitzgerald Loft at 2814 Canton in Deep Ellum. We are SO LUCKY to have generous people like Sean & Karen Kohler Fitzgerald in our community, so please make sure you thank them for their hospitality when you meet them :)
Your donation of $10 at the door gets live entertainment and FREE BEER which is being donated by the kind folks at Franconia Brewery!
Raffle tickets will be sold for our long list of AWESOME prizes (see comments section for details). Prize values are $20-$600!
If you own a business or have connections to anyone who may be interested in donating cash or items for raffle/auction at the event, please contact either Toni Youngblood or Susan Reeves ASAP.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE $ DIRECTLY TO LIBERTY
Every little bit counts – even $5 or $10. These donations my not pay for all of her bills, but will help her get back on her feet.
Date: Sunday, January 29, 2012
Time: 1:00pm until 6:00pm
Location: Fitzgerald Loft at 2814 Canton in Deep Ellum
Cover: $10 Donation at the door (FREE beer) – Raffle tickets will also be sold.
Registration is now open for the 2012 WildRide! Against Cancer. If you would like to save a little on the registration, check out the one-time early registration event.
From the email from event organizers:
Registration is now open for the 9th annual WildRide! Bike Rally and 2nd annual 5K Timed Run & Fun Run/Walk! More than 2500 cyclists and runners participated in the event in 2011!
Register as a cyclist, runner or walker for only $15 on February 20, 2012 at Richardson Bike Mart from 4-7pm! This event is offered just this one time! To take advantage of the special $15 registration fee – you MUST register in person between 4-7pm on February 20th at RBM!!!
Go to WildRideBikeRally.com for event details!
I’ve done this ride twice and enjoyed it both times – plus, it’s all for such a good cause. You don’t have to be a racer or sports rider to do this, so please join me on Saturday, May 19 for the Richardson WildRide! Against Cancer.
Our friends over at BikeDFW are hosting the movie Bicycle Dreams and would like you to come see it. The money raised will help support BikeDFW and their local bicycle advocacy efforts. Here are the details from BikeDFW:
Bicycle Dreams, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the Race Across America (RAAM), will premiere in Dallas/Fort Worth at the Studio Movie Grill Royal Lane on Wednesday, February 1 at 7 p.m. The screening is a benefit for BikeDFW.
The film, which has won numerous awards at film festivals all over the world, “is an up-close look at what RAAM riders go through,” says Stephen Auerbach, the director and producer of Bicycle Dreams. “They deal with searing desert heat, agonizing mountain climbs, and endless stretches of open road. And they do it all while battling extreme exhaustion and sleep deprivation. It’s a great subject for a film.”
“Bicycle Dreams is a spectacular and heartfelt film that offers a riveting portrait of extreme courage in the face of inhuman obstacles,” writes TheLoveOfMovies.com. “It is an artistic triumph that renewed my belief in the power of desire and the strength of the human will.”
If you’re looking for that last minute gift to give your bicycle enthusiast friend, you might want to think about giving them a membership to a bicycle advocacy group – or perhaps making a donation in their name.
No, not to Bike Friendly Richardson. We’re not set up to take in and allocate funding. Quite frankly, there are other organizations who are much better advocates for bicycling. Here are just a few:
Let’s start locally:
BikeDFW – a Texas nonprofit organization working for safe, healthy, and more livable communities, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, by promoting bicycling for transportation and recreation. Through their individual membership program, and bicycle club and industry sponsor programs, BikeDFW represents nerly 2,000 cyclists in North Texas. These guys are great at bringing great information to local cyclists. Keeping a close watch over local and city government, they make efforts to attend and represent cyclists at biking and infrastructure related meetings. They also offer bicycle education classes throughout the year.
When you become a member of BikeDFW you’re acting to decrease traffic congestion, decrease air pollution, and increase public health by promoting increased bicycle use in North Texas.
Your tax-deductible gift supports our efforts to:
- Increase the accessibility and safety of cycling in North Texas by promoting bicycle-friendly policies, infrastructure, and legislation
- Increase bicycle use and safety in North Texas through bicycle education programs that foster safe and confident riding
- Raise awareness of the role of bicycling in commuting, multi-modal transportation, recreation, and promoting better health in North Texas
- Expand the capabilities of BikeDFW and ensure its sustainability
Click here to join (or buy a gift membership) – starting at $25.
Next up, the state level:
BikeTexas – The mission of BikeTexas is to advance bicycle access, safety and education in Texas. BikeTexas, formerly known as Texas Bicycle Coalition, was formed in 1991 to unify the voices of thousands of bicycle enthusiasts, the bicycle industry, Texas bicycle clubs and Texas-based bicycle rides and events. With the support of these members and community partners, BikeTexas seeks to develop and steward the future of bicycling in Texas and encourage bicycle use as a healthy and mainstream lifestyle and transportation choice. More.
When you become a member of BikeTexas, you get these benefits:
- A Voice in Austin and Washington, DC
- BikeTexas.org website which is a member-supported, member-driven hub of information about bicycle safety, access, and education in the Lone Star State
- BikeTexas Today eNewsletter
- Action Alerts & Event Updates
- Membership ID Card
- BikeTexas Gear (with higher level membership)
Click here to join (or buy a gift membership) – starting at $30.
Then there’s the national level:
League of American Bicyclists – The League was founded as the League of American Wheelmen in 1880. Their mission is to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. They do this by representing the interests of the nation’s 57 million cyclists. With a current membership of 300,000 affiliated cyclists, including 25,000 individuals and 700 affiliated organizations, the League works to bring better bicycling to your community.
When you become a member you are an integral part of the nation’s premier cycling organization that brings together more than 300,000 cyclists including a membership of 40,000 individuals and over 600 organizations. You also get these benefits:
- 6 issues per year of American Bicyclist magazine, including the annual Bicycle-Friendly America yearbook.
- 11 issues per year of Bicycling magazine.
- Annual Mileage log.
- Professional bike shipping discount.
- Discounts to League events.
- Discounts from participating retailers.
Click here to join (or buy a gift membership) – starting at $40.
Lots of Options:
If they are already members to these groups, there are plenty of other charitable organizations that are bike related: Alliance for Biking and Walking, Streetsblog.net, People for Bikes, Spokes for Folks, Pedal-Power and 88bikes – just to name a few.