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I Bike Richardson – Marianne Rogers

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 Marianne Rogers. She took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

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Name:
Marianne Rogers

How long have you been riding?
I have ridden most of my life. We scaled it back when we had kids until they were old enough to join us!

How often do you ride?
I ride most days. I commute to work (from Plano to Richardson) 2 – 3 days per week, run errands on my bike, do dirt riding on occasion and long distance rides on the weekends.

What’s your favorite route?
We just did the Beauty and the Beast in Tyler and I’d say those are some of the prettiest roads we have ever been on.

Why do you cycle?
I bicycle because it is fun! I get to continue the fun when I commute and run errands on my bike. (getting stuff done while having fun doing it!)

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Cycling is great because you can ride great scenic roads and have fun doing it.

Riding in Richardson is great because there are lots of nice bike paths, bike lanes and bike friendly roads.

Tell us about your bikes.
5 bikes:

Trek Crossrip – Commuter
Trek X-Caliber 5 – Mountain bike
Trek 2.1 Lexa SLX C – Road bike
Trek T50 Double Track – Tandem
MINI brand foldable bike – for something completely different.

My favorite is my Crossrip…it’s just so versatile.

We want to thank Marianne, 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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Richardson Bike To Work Day Station – Recap And Pics

Last Friday was the Bike League’s National Bike To Work Day. For the third year, Bike Friendly Richardson, worked with BikeDFWDART and NCTCOG to set up a bike commuter Energizer Station at Arapaho rail station in Richardson. Because interest in these stations continues to grow, BikeDFW and DART were able to set up 9 stations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Reports are coming back that those stations had great success greeting the many bicycle commuters who came through. This indicates to me 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.

The Richardson station was quite successful. We had 25 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 by Clif Bar and KIND. Richardson Bike Mart was out to do bicycle safety checks.

We even had a news camera man from Channel 11 stop by and interview us, but we never made the news cast that day. Fortunately, other stops in Dallas got some coverage:

- The local Fox News station
KERA, our local public radio station.

Here are some pics from this year’s Bike To Work Day Energizer Station in Richardson:

Bike To Work Day 2014

Bike To Work Day 2014

Bike To Work Day 2014

Bike To Work Day 2014

Bike To Work Day 2014

Bike To Work Day 2014

Bike To Work Day 2014

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BikeDFW and BFR Bike To Work Day Energizer Station – 2014

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Mark your calendars! Friday, May 16, 2014 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 2 years ago, which grew to 5 stations around Dallas last year, Bike Friendly RichardsonBikeDFWDART and NCTCOG have partnered up to host 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 16, 2014
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 the BikeDFW Facebook Event Page.

MORE DETAILS TO COME.

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I Bike Richardson – Josh Ballard

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 Josh Ballard. He took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

Richardson Water Tower

Name:
Josh Ballard

How long have you been riding?
I have been riding since I was a child. For a few years during high school I did not ride very much, but it pretty much has been a part of my life from a very early age.

How often do you ride?
I ride for training about four to five days a week. I also ride to commute three to five days a week, and occasionally I bike to the store, friends’ houses, etc.

What’s your favorite route?
I do like mixing up routes around my neighborhood of Canyon Creek including Prairie Creek Park and Palisades.

Why do you cycle?
All of the above. Cycling is a part of my life, so all of these apply.

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Richardson is surprisingly bike friendly in general. When we moved here five and a half years ago, there were some limited cycling facilities, but now in my neighborhood alone, there are about 3 miles of bike lanes, as many miles of bike path, and general bike friendliness.

Tell us about your bikes.
I have two road bikes, one of which is old school Ti and one is a modern carbon racer. There’s also a track bike in my stable that I use for elite track racing. My commuter is a simple single speed with comfortable tires. It is also very inexpensive so I don’t have to worry about locking it outside in the rain.

We want to thank Josh, for sharing his 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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Central Trail Nearing Completion

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According to last week’s city newsletter “Week In Review”, the Central Trail extension is nearing completion:

The expansion of the Central Trail is about 90 percent complete, and the City plans to celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting June 2. The 1.9-mile southern expansion connects the 10-foot wide multiuse trail from the Arapaho Road DART Station to Richardson’s southern city limit. A future connection in the City of Dallas is expected to eventually tie it into the White Rock Creek Trail. The $4.5 million project is funded through Dallas County, $1.4 million from the City of Richardson’s 2010 Bond Program and Regional Tollway Revenue funds. 

The City is also working to expand the Central Trail half a mile to the north to Richardson’s northern city limit. The existing trail ends at Renner Road, but the expansion will tie in to the CityLine development and eventually connect to the Plano trail system. The $1.8 million northern expansion is funded through Regional Tollway Revenue and the City’s Tax Increment Finance Zone #2. It is expected to be complete in the summer of 2015 and will allow the trail to run from city limit to city limit. 

Watch a City Council work session presentation about progress on the Central Trail at bit.ly/1lDwyxu

We can’t wait to ride this. It’ll be fantastic once cyclists are able to ride from the north end of town, eventually to the White Rock Creek Trail and into Dallas.

 

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Come Down For The Owens Trail Celebration

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Oncor is just about finished with the Owens Trail beautification project and would like to invite you to their celebration.

From Oncor:

We are looking to get the word out about the celebration to be held on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon that marks the end of the Owens Trail beautification project. There will be free, springtime family-friendly activities centered around the trail and the Oncor Texas Trails project.

As part of the promotion next week, we will be posting an invitation on our newsroom website, TheWire.Oncor.com, and similar messages to our social media networks.

We would love for all neighbors and members of the community to come out and join us!

We are grateful that Oncor has chosen on of our trails as the first in this beautification project, and we hope to see it become available on more of their right-of-ways.

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I Bike Richardson – Rebecca Ballard

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 Rebecca Ballard. She took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

Richardson Water Tower

Name:
Rebecca Ballard

How long have you been riding?
I’ve been bike commuting for 20 years. I’ve also done triathlons, mountain biking and road riding for fun as well.

How often do you ride?
Not as much as I should. In warm weather I try to ride my bike to work at least a few days a week. I’ll ride to the store or to get a hair cut sometimes, but I’m more likely to walk than ride.

What’s your favorite route?

Why do you cycle?
All of the above. I like to bike to work here because I think it’s important to model earth friendly behavior. People who will listen know that my husband and I live close to our work by design. We bought in our neighborhood because it would be possible for my husband to bike to work from here.

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Biking is a source of joy. Unless somebody in a car puts my life in danger through careless or outright rude behavior I always arrive at work feeling good when I bike.

Tell us about your bikes.
I have a Giant TCR One road bike. I like to ride it but my handling skills are not what they should be. I love my commuter. It’s a Gary Fischer mountain bike that I can ride with no hands.

I commuted in Boston and San Francisco on a Schwinn Le Tour II that I called my sweet bike. It handled terribly and eventually I replaced it with a Trek 820 for commuting. I still miss that Schwinn.

We want to thank Rebecca, 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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More Progress On Central Trail South

Central Trail South

This section is heading south to Spring Valley Station.

We’ve been following the progress on the Central Trail South (what we are calling the DART Trail section between Arapaho Road and 635 LBJ) and we are seeing some great progress. The last time we checked, the biggest barrier – which was building the trail over some creeks and drainage systems (between Belt Line Road and Spring Valley Road) – was requiring some major, time consuming construction.

From our latest inspection over the past weekend, we discovered that most of that construction is complete. All that remains, of the full trail extension, are just a few small pockets of missing trail, as well as the final, finishing touches. We’re hoping these are finished soon.

Central Trail South

This section is covering the new drainage systems.

We’ve also discovered a new addition to the Central Trail south – trail construction NORTH of Arapaho. You may remember us pointing out the ‘gap’ in the original plans for the trail extension, back in 2010. We were concerned that the connection to the south extension was nothing more than a narrow sidewalk. We are glad that this issue was addressed and they are now continuing the wider trail from Arapaho Road, all the way to Arapaho Station. We would love to see that gap eventually connect to the north part of the Central Trail.

Central Trail Connection

This is the new section north of Arapaho Road.

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Richardson Gets Safe Routes To School

Lone Huffy on Bike Rack

A few years back, Ricahardson was awarded federal funding through a Safe Routes to School grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for two schools in Richardson: Richland Elementary and Yale Elementary.

Safe Routes To School In Richardson

It’s finally getting implemented and is scheduled to be complete next month. According to the SRTS plan (pdf), we will be getting:
• Barrier-free curb ramps
• Sidewalks (repairs and missing links)
• School crosswalk and signage upgrades
• Bike lanes
• Bike routes (I’m not sure what they mean by this)

They are already working on the sidewalks and barrier-free curb ramps in Yale Park. It’ll also be nice to get the bike lanes, which will help calm the car traffic through the neighborhood streets, create more awareness for bicycling and encourage more people to ride.

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The original information about our Safe Routes To School grant had mentioned bike racks for the schools, but they aren’t on the current proposal (pdf). That either means there wasn’t enough funds or ‘Bike routes’ listed above is a typo, and we are still getting them.

We are glad that we live in a city that works hard to get grants like this. This is a big win for Richardson and we hope to see more developments that improve safety and encourage more active transportation.

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I Bike Richardson – Rochelle

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 Rochelle. She took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

Rochelle

Name:
Rochelle

How long have you been riding?
Picked it back up about a year and a half ago.

How often do you ride?
Couple times a week. Mostly leisure, and small errands or visiting friends. I would be open to biking to work but I currently work in grapevine so it’s too far.

What’s your favorite route?
Trails over by Foxboro park, Collins street, the telecom corridor area. Also do mountain biking in neighboring cities.

Why do you cycle?
For fun, for exercise

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Increasing bike lanes and paths are awesome! I love biking to visit friends, and biking to local restaurants

Tell us about your bikes.
One mountain bike (wish we had mountain bike trails in Richardson!) one single speed road bike.

We want to thank Rochelle, 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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