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More Mosquito Spraying Tonight – Southeast Richardson

From the City of Richardson:

The Richardson Health Department will spray a portion of southeast Richardson this evening based on a positive finding of West Nile in a mosquito testing pool. Weather permitting, the spraying will occur between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. tonight through tomorrow morning in the area from Main Street/Belt Line Road south to Buckingham Road and U.S. 75/Central Expressway east to Jupiter Road. If wind speeds of greater than 10 miles per hour are sustained, Health Department workers may postpone spraying until weather conditions are more favorable.

“We monitor the spread of West Nile through the use of mosquito traps strategically placed around the City,” said Richardson Health Department Director Bill Alsup. “Any time we find a positive result in an area, we target it and the surrounding area to try to prevent the spread of the disease. It’s a measure that helps to limit exposure to the virus, but people still need to maintain vigilance in protecting themselves when they go outside.”

The City was notified of the positive West Nile test result this afternoon by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The area targeted for spraying is based on the location where the positive result was located and also includes the surrounding area.

To protect from mosquito bites, people are urged to follow the Four D’s of protection:

  • DRAIN standing water around the home,
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET,
  • Avoid being outdoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active,
  • And DRESS to protect yourself with long sleeves and pants to reduce skin exposure.

This will be the second spraying event to occur in Richardson in the past two weeks. The first spraying event occurred last week after mosquito pools and a Richardson resident tested positive for the West Nile virus. Three other cases of people infected with West Nile have also been reported in other parts of the Metroplex.

Spraying to control the population of mosquitoes and the spread of the West Nile virus is a last resort, and is part of a comprehensive plan the Richardson Health Department follows to control the mosquito population. All areas of the City are continuously monitored, and further sprayings will be scheduled based on mosquito surveillance used to monitor the spread of the West Nile virus.

Richardson is not alone in the noticed increase in mosquito populations and findings of West Nile in mosquitoes. Environmental conditions from last summer’s drought, a mild winter and abundant spring rains have resulted in an increased population.

More on the West Nile Virus
The West Nile virus is caused by a bite from an infected mosquito that’s already carrying the virus, but not all mosquitoes are capable of carrying or transmitting the disease. In North Texas, the risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito is greatest from July to October. Not everyone who gets bitten by an infected mosquito will get the virus, and it’s rare for people to become very sick if they do develop symptoms from the disease.

Symptoms of West Nile virus vary depending upon the person who becomes infected. People who do develop symptoms usually suffer from mild “flu-like” illness. Rarely, symptoms may require medical care or hospitalization. The people who are most susceptible to the disease are the very young, the very old and those with weakened immune systems.

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2 Mile Radius

By Jenny Rilling

Richard’s post over at Suburban Assault of the League of American Bicyclists “Bicycling and Health” infographic reminded me to share a handy map radius tool that I sometimes use for work. As the infographic says, 70% of American’s car trips are under two miles. Many times, these 2 mile and under car trips could be replaced with biking.

Here is a picture of a circle with a 2 mile radius around my neighborhood of Highland Terrace:

Here’s a list of some destinations that fall within the circle:

  • Kroger
  • Convenience Store
  • Beer store
  • DART stations
  • Walgreens
  • Post Office
  • Branch of the bank I use
  • Target
  • Petco
  • Library, City Hall
  • Recreation center
  • Richland College
  • Starbucks, Cafe Brazil
  • Half Price Books
  • Several restaurants
  • Chinatown
  • Car repair places
  • Hardware stores & plant nurseries

Lots of good stuff there! Here’s a link to the map tool if you want to find out what areas are within 2 miles of your home or workplace:

http://maps.forum.nu/gm_sensitive_circle2.html

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Happy Holidays From Bike Friendly Richardson



Ornaments, originally uploaded by dickdavid.

We hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Glenville Trail construction

Tonight while I was out running some errands I hunted down the construction being done on the Glenville Trail, in Richardson.

As of 3/14, the circled area of the Glenville bike path is under construction.

As you can see on the Richardson Trail Guide, this trail will follow Glenville Rd from Woodhaven Grove Park, down on Spring Valley Rd, and go north. A branch will take you behind Mark Twain Elementary School over to Huffines Park, while the main trail continues north, with a loop that connects to the Duck Creek Trail, crossing Arapaho, and ultimately connecting with the DART trail that follows the light rail line up to Galatyn Park.

From what I can tell, the area I’ve circled in red is the part under construction right now. There is also some construction at the bridge on Arapaho, just west of Plano Rd. (I’ve put a red dot there), which I think is probably part of the trail – I guess they are taking it under the bridge there?

This trail will give people down in south east Richardson really good access to the trail system. They’ll able to ride to the light rail stations, Galatyn Park, the Spring Creek Nature area, well — everything. Super super cool.

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Alliance For Biking And Walking – 2010 Benchmark Report

I just picked this up from the BikeTexas site. Looks like it will be interesting information – once I get a moment to sit down and read it.

From a quick flip through, looks like Dallas and Texas are included, but Richardson isn’t. As you may have guessed, it appears as if north Texas didn’t rate so well.

Click here to download the report from the Alliance for Biking & Walking.

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Getting Recognized By The City Of Richardson

Well, not officially. But we did get a link on the City of Richardson web site. Click here to see.

While your at it, you may want to shoot Dave Carter, Asst. Director of Development Services, Transportation and Traffic an email thanking him and the city for their efforts at making Richardson bike friendly. You can reach him at Dave.Carter (at) cor.gov or by phone (click on the letter on that page to get it). Some other names to keep in mind when it comes to Richardson transportation and traffic are David Morgan, Assistant City Manager, EA Hoppe, Assistant to the City Manager, and John Webb, Director of Development Services. I hope we can work together to make Richardson a safe city to ride.

ALSO, IF you meet any of these guys OR any of the folks from the Canyon Creek HOA and the Highland Terrace Neighborhood Association, give them some thanks for the cool bike lines on Grove and Custer.

COR LOGO

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Find Us On Facebook, Twitter and Flickr

Yes we haven’t officially launched, but you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. So, if you do any social networking or take great Richardson biking pics, please friend, follow and share with us.

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Bike Friendly Richardson To Launch December 1, 2009

I’ve been communicating with the folks over at Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and it looks like this is a go. We will officially launch this site on December 1, 2009. Until then, I’ve got to lock down a logo and come up with a game plan for moving forward.

Meanwhile, I’m looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, just shoot an email to: bikefriendlyrichardson (at) gmail.com

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Goals Of Bike Friendly Richardson

Just had a few things in my head and wanted to put them down before I forgot. Here are my initial goals for Bike Friendly Richardson:

1) Follow in the parameters of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff to be a group of bicycle advocates promoting the creation of better cycling facilities and improved infrastructure in Richardson. Our focus is on the average commuter, and those wanting to ride for transportation and pleasure over sport.

2) Promote bicycle safety and inform riders about steps they can take to safely ride around town.

3) To generate detailed information of routes and maps to safely ride around town.

4) To give Richardson retailers an opportunity to support bicycle advocacy by becoming partners.

5) Eventually, develop bike friendly events (destinations) to bring the local cycling community together.

6) Eventually, develop a system of group rides that adhere to local and state laws and give cyclists an opportunity to safely promote cycling advocacy in Richardson.

More to come.

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Coming Soon: Bike Friendly Richardson.

Carrying on the momentum and spirit of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff:

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

Bike lanes increase ridership.
Ridership increases awareness.
Awareness increases safety.

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