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Black Friday Ride #5 Recap and Pics

I also shared this on Suburban Assault.

Meeting At The Alamo

Last Friday, Bike Friendly Richardson, hosted our 5th annual Black Friday Bike Ride. The event isn’t a race, a charity ride or even an advocacy statement. The Black Friday Ride is just a nice, alternative way to spend the country’s busiest shopping day by riding a bike, instead of dealing with mad rush of crowds fighting over flat screen TVs. Unlike shopping, the ride is a relaxed, low paced, no-drop cruise around town.

This year’s group was amazing as always. On bikes ranging from mountain to road, a little over a dozen riders gathered at the new Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson. As a group ride leader, this is a good amount. Fewer is ok, but once the group gets over 30 riders, it becomes difficult to manage.

The cruise took us through some remarkable neighborhoods in Richardson. I always hear comments from folks that didn’t know these areas existed. As we rolled into the north part of town, past the University of Texas, Dallas campus, we stopped at the Pearl Cup for a nice little break.

On the ride back, we had to make a small emergency stop. One of our riders got a flat. The group waited patiently as the repair was made, which gave us a chance to visit with each other a little more – something you don’t get waiting in the long lines at Wal-mart.

At the end of the ride, which totaled a little under eleven miles, a few of us grabbed a beer at the Glass Half Full Taproom, which is connected to the Alamo Drafthouse. They had an amazing selection of brews on tap that would impress any craft beer aficionado. It’s great to have places like this and the Pearl Cup in Richardson.

Overall, the ride was great and the riders were happy. We hope to continue the tradition of the Black Friday Ride for years to come. Here are some pics:

Rolling In Richardson

Break Time

Extended Bike Rack

Heading Back

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Happy Thanksgiving from Bike Friendly Richardson

Autumn

 

The Bike Friendly Richardson crew would like to wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  Keep warm, stay safe and enjoy the ride.

We’ll see some of you at the 5th Annual Black Friday Ride, tomorrow.

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DONATE TOYS SOON To Make The Richardson Christmas Parade Awesome!

Family Riders

Bike Friendly Richardson will be participating in this year’s Christmas Parade, on December 7. We will post more details on that later.

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 bikefriendlyrichardson@gmail.com 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!

Click here to see the Facebook event page.

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Bike Friendly Richardson Presents: Black Friday Ride #5

Black Friday Ride #4

It’s that time of year again. It’s the time to AVOID all the big crowds at the shopping mall, work off that Thanksgiving dinner and have a fun ride around town.

You are invited to attend Bike Friendly Richardson‘s FIFTH (that’s right, 5th) annual Black Friday Ride. Started five years ago as the inaugural ride that launched Bike Friendly Richardson, the Black Friday Ride gives folks an alternative way to kick off the holiday season. This is a casual paced ride that will explore many of the different route options available to Richardson cyclists. We will ride on back-roads, side-streets, multi-purpose trails and available bike lanes.

Come on out to the Richardson Heights Shopping Center, enjoy a tasty lunch at Haystack Burgers, or one of the many fine restaurants in the area. We’ll meet in front of the Alamo Drafthouse around 1:00 pm.

More details to come.

DATE: Friday, November 29, 2013
TIME: Arrive: 1:00 pm, Ride: 1:30 pm
START/FINISH: Alamo Drafthouse (100 S. Central Expy @ Belt Line)
PACE: Casual
RSVP: Via Facebook
ROUTE: HERE

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BFR Ride And Seek Photo Scavenger Hunt Raffle WINNERS

Before you scroll to the bottom of this post to see if you won, we would like to thank each and every one of the participants for joining our first Ride and Seek Photo Scavenger Hunt. Because of you, we think this has been one of our most successful events, yet. We hope to continue having these types of events in the future.

We’d also like to thank our sponsors for putting up some great prizes for our event: Richardson Bike Mart, Alamo Drafthouse and DART.

Throughout the month of October, there were over 35 participants, including 12 who completed the entire set. There were over 410 amazing shots taken and who knows how many miles ridden. What amazed us the most, were all of people who did the challenge just so that they can explore Richardson.

As discussed in the rules for the scavenger hunt, each image submission counted as a entry and earned a raffle ticket. If you completed the assigned set of 14, you would earn double points. Each additional image (and there were some great ones), earned a bonus ticket. The more submissions you made, increased your odds of winning.

The range of tickets earned went from 1, all the way up to 53 per person, and the odds of winning were 1 in 600 (approximately). Each ticket drawn was randomly paired with a prize. Scroll down to see the results.

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RAFFLE WINNERS:

• RBM Bike Rental Package (Value Up To $180): Ronald Robertson
• RBM Bike Rental Package (Value Up To $180): Erin Muller
• RBM Bike Tune Up (Value Up To $80): Stephanie Hilbun
• RBM Bike Tune Up (Value Up To $80): Justin Ward
• Alamo Drafthouse Gift Set (Value Over $50): Scott Braden
• Book: Cristy Martinez
• DVD: Irma Koepke
• Recycled Vinyl Pannier: Nancy Kay Prater

Each winner will be contacted to make arrangements for receiving their prizes. All other participants will receive a water bottle and visor from DART.

Stay tuned to BFR for details on this year’s Black Friday Ride.

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Richardson Bike Mart Event: Coffee Crawl

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From the folks at local bike store, Richardson Bike Mart:

The weather’s getting colder, but here’s a fun way to stay warm and ride your bike!

Ride your bike (don’t forget your helmet!) to, or have a rest stop at any place that sells hot beverages (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, apple cider, etc.). Your coffee stop can be in traditional brick and mortar form, at a farmer’s market, a gas station, or a mobile vendor!

While enjoying your beverage, take a photo! Have fun with it! Be sure you show your hot beverage with yourself/your bicycle/your helmet. Label the photo with where you went and what you drank. Each photo you submit (one stop per day) will enter you in a drawing for prizes ($100 gift card to RBM, free bicycle tune-up, and others)!

How to enter your photo:
- post it on the Richardson Bike Mart Facebook timeline
- Instagram #RBMcoffee2013
- Twitter #RBMcoffee2013
- email your photo with “coffee crawl” in the subject to tfrancesconi@bikemart.com

**If you submit with Instagram or Twitter, please email your contact info to match up with your screen name!**

Some coffee/hot beverage destination ideas:
Pearl Cup Coffee (Richardson and Dallas locations),
Sweet Firefly (they’re not just homemade ice cream!),
Alamo Drafthouse Dallas / Fort Worth (see a movie too!),
Wound Up! Cafe,
Einstein Bagels,
Dunkin’ Donuts or any other doughnut shop,
Nasher Sculpture Center,
and, of course, Starbucks!

If you have any questions, post them up here, or email Theresa – tfrancesconi@bikemart.com

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Bicycle Stuff To Do This Weekend In The Dallas Area

Here are just a few of the many bicycle events that are happening this weekend in the Dallas area.

AuroraCyclovia2013

AURORA Ciclovia 2013
When: Friday, October 18, 2013 (tonight)
Time: 7:00
Location: Pearl and Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201
Details: Calling all Bike Friendlies, save the date! Get ready for the biggest lighted ride in Dallas. Held in conjunction with AURORA 2013, AURORA Ciclovia will meet at Main Street Park for a Best of competition, then ride the town to show off the lights, finishing at AURORA. Be a part of the largest independent arts event in Dallas!
More Info: On Facebook

TexasCustomBikeShow2013

Texas Custom Bicycle Show 2013
When:  October 19-20, 2013 (Saturday-Sunday)
Time: Saturday at 10:00am until Sunday at 4:30pm
Location: 2642 Main St., Dallas, TX
Details: True Fabrication, Violet Crown, Phantasm, Southwest Frameworks, Gallus Cycles, Millennium (Massengill), DalTex Handmade, Gjertsen, Kirklee, Edoz, Clyde James Cycles and more to come.
More Info: On Facebook (and here as well)

CommunityBikeSwap2013

Bike Swap Meet: Cyclesomatic 2013
When: Saturday, October 19, 2013 (Tomorrow)
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Community Beer Company – 1530 Inspiration Drive, Dallas, Texas 75207
Details: Join us for our first-ever swap meet at the Community Beer Company in Dallas for an afternoon bikes, bartering, and brews. This event is one of a series of events in BFOC’s 5th annual Cyclesomatic.
Want a table at the swap meet? Get one for only $10. Here’s where you sign up: http://goo.gl/OT96Vz
More Info: On Facebook

Cycle to the Nasher Sculpture Center
When: Sunday, October 20, 2013 (Sunday)
Time: Ride Start: 1:45; @ the Nasher: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Ride Start: Oak Cliff’s Oddfellow’s; Arrive: Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201
Details: A few folks will be gathering at Oak Cliff’s Oddfellow’s at 1:45pm, to depart shortly thereafter.
More Info: On Facebook and on the Biking In Dallas website.

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ALSO: Don’t forget that the Bike Friendly Richardson Bike and Seek, Photo Scavenger Hunt is still going on.
When: October 2013 (all month long)
Time: Anytime
Location: Various Richardson Locations
Details: You are invited to participate in Richardson’s first Ride And Seek, Photo Scavenger Hunt. Throughout the month of October, we are inviting and motivating folks to get out and ride their bikes, explore their neighborhoods and win prizes! This year’s theme will be “The Sculptures of Richardson”.
More Info: On Facebook and the BFR Website

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Bicycle Ride And Seek – Photo Scavenger Hunt 2013

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You are invited to participate in Richardson’s first Ride And Seek, Photo Scavenger Hunt. Throughout the month of October, we are inviting and motivating folks to get out and ride their bikes, explore their neighborhoods and win prizes! This year’s theme will be “The Sculptures of Richardson”.

DETAILS:
Date: October 1- 31 (all month long)
Place: Various Richardson Locations (see map link below)
Prizes: A few partners have donated prizes that we will give away to participants via raffle
Sponsors: Richardson Bike Mart, Alamo Drafthouse, DART

HOW TO PLAY:
- Self-paced ride and hunt around Richardson
- You must capture images of your bike next to (up to) 14 specific sculptures (or fountains) around town (listed below)
- All images must be taken between October 1-31, 2013
- Each image submitted will equal 1 raffle ticket for prizes; Complete Set (all 14 images) = double bonus tickets
- All images must be submitted (see below) by Thursday, October 31, 2013

BONUS:
- Bonus tickets will be given to any shots of your bike with any OTHER sculptures (not on the list below) around town
- Must be taken in October 2013
- Does not count as part of the “Complete Set” for bonus tickets

IMAGE SUBMISSIONS (choose one of the following):
- email (images or links) bikefriendlyrichardson@gmail.com
- BFR Facebook timeline: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BikeFriendlyRichardson/
- Instagram #bfrhunt2013
- Twitter #bfrhunt2013
- Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/groups/2296216@N24/ (you must join this group to submit)

EACH IMAGE SUBMISSION MUST INCLUDE:
- Your full name
- Your email address
- Your phone# (optional)
(flickr, twitter and instagram users can email us this info to match up with your alias)

THE COMPLETE SET OF SCULPTURES TO HUNT:
You can get a map of the sculptures HERE.
ScavengerMap

You can download of pdf of the sculptures HERE.

1) Humpty FOL Sculpture

FOL Statue

2) DART Arapaho Station Sculpture
Sculpture

3) Heights Rocket Sculpture
Rocket Playground Turned Into Sculpture

4) The Block Cylinder Sculpture
Cylinders At The Bloc

5) UTD Sculpture
UTD Sculpture

6) Palisades Sculpture
Sculpture

7) City Hall Fountain
City Fountain

8) Box Sculpture
Box Scupture

9) Critter Garden
Critter Garden

10) Silver Tower Sculpture
Sculpture

11) Asian Sculptures
Asian Sculptures

12) Horse Sculpture
Horse.

13) DART Spring Valley Station Sculpture
Spring Creek DART Station

14) Galatyn Park Fountain
Eisemann Fountain

*please note, these aren’t the actual names of these sculptures, just what we’re calling them.

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

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Richardson City Council Approves Resolution for Work on New Trails

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State Farm Campus – Plano Road, just south of the PGB Tollway

From last week’s city newsletter:

The City Council on Monday approved a resolution that advances the development of a trail system near the future State Farm campus and surrounding area. The resolution authorizes BCS West Land Investments to design and construct the trail along Routh Creek Parkway from Renner Road to the nearby DART rail station.

The City has obtained a Regional Toll Revenue grant to fund approximately 80 percent of the trail. Once complete, the trail will tie in to the City’s Central Trail, which will eventually run from north to south across the entire City.

Big Fat Bike Trail

Trail Along Routh Creek Parkway, heading north to Renner Road

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I Bike Richardson – Irma Koepke

It’s time for another installment of the I Bike Richardson series, where we put a face on Richardson cyclists. We’d like to introduce Irma Koepke. She took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

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Name:
Irma Koepke

How long have you been riding?
Started back up again about 5 years ago. Before that it was off and on just when ever I could. Had a very busy schedule with family, work, and kids school activities.

How often do you ride?
As often as I can. From taking my road bike for a spin, to riding my commuter bike to work, to mountain biking when ever I can, and to trying out cyclocross for the first time.

What’s your favorite route?
On my road bike, if I go to Plano, I go north on Waterview to Renner. Take a left on Los Rios to Jupiter. Right on Jupiter to Park Place Dr. Then a right on S. Allen Heights Dr. which turns into Bolin Rd. Then take a left on to Pecan Orchard Dr.and then a right on Hackberry Ln., which curves around to Donihoo Ln., and it curves right to Donna Ln. Take a right on Parker and then a left on Dublin Rd. Take a right on to Park Blvd, and head back to Los Rios to Renner to Waterview.

When I ride to White Rock Lake, I take the Cottonwood Trail to WRT. Once its safe to ride under 635, I will start back on that route.

Why do you cycle?
For many different reason’s. I feel free on a bike. I bike for those who can’t for whatever reason. My road bike has pink handle bar tape on it. When ever I feel like I am struggling up an incline or just feel tired, I just have to look down at my pink tape. It symbolizes my mom’s 10 year battle with breast cancer. She is now a survivor.

I love riding my commuter bike around the neighborhood. I get a lot of looks.

I love roller coasters, and that what it feels like MTB’ing at RCP.
Cyclocross will be new for me this Fall.

I grew up in Richardson. I used to ride my bike to school as a kid. We always rode our bikes to our friends houses, to the store, to the park, to the rec center, just ever where. Richardson makes it easy to get around.

Being on my bikes brings back so many great memories of growing up in Richardson.

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What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Just love the feeling of riding. Love the trails Richardson has to offer. Can’t wait for the Central Trail to open!

Happy to see more people out on their bikes, but wish people new the laws of the road (People on bikes and people driving cars around cyclist, even joggers in the street running in the opposite direction in the bike lanes)

Tell us about your bikes.
I have 4 bikes:
Specialized Myka MTB
Felt Cafe 7
Specialized Dolce road bike
Specialized Crux Elite cyclocross bike

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We want to thank Irma, for sharing her perspective on Richardson cyling.

We’d also like to extend an invitation to any cyclist who lives and/or rides in Richardson to share their story as well. You can either answer the questions (above) or send in a story – along with some pics to bikefriendlyrichardson(at)gmail.com.

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