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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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New Pics Of The Central Trail Construction – Buckingham To Spring Valley

DART Central Trail - South End: Spring Valley To Buckingham

The Central Trail, southern extension – from Buckingham to Arapaho – is coming along nicely. The Central Trail goes north and south along the DART rail line which runs through Richardson. It will eventually connect Richardson, Plano and other suburban communities to the various parts of Dallas.

We’ve already posted pics of the ‘northern’ end of this extension that runs from Arapaho to Belt Line. Now, we’re seeing some great progress on the southern end, between Buckingham and Spring Valley. The trail isn’t officially open, so don’t head that way yet.

We’re not there yet. Even when complete, there is still a huge gap between Buckingham and the White Rock Creek Trail. Although more trail is needed to complete the connection, this Central Trail extension takes bicycle trail commuters one step closer. This is something DFW cyclists can get excited about. Here are some pics and observations.

This is the southern most end at Buckingham (facing north):
DART Central Trail - South End: Spring Valley To Buckingham

Here is the Spring Valley End (facing south):
DART Central Trail - South End: Spring Valley To Buckingham

Here is the Spring Valley End (image, not bike, facing north):
DART Central Trail - South End: Spring Valley To Buckingham

Here is the path along Spring Valley, heading to the signal crossing at Business Parkway. When we saw the plans for this, it originally seemed to be pretty narrow. It actually appears to be wider than a standard sidewalk. Without proper marking it may be confused as one.
DART Central Trail - South End: Spring Valley To Buckingham

Here is the trail connection on the north side of Spring Valley. As you can see, this is pretty wide and feels more like a multipurpose trail. This leads right into DART’s Spring Valley Station.
DART Central Trail - South End: Spring Valley To Buckingham

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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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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

Richardson Growth

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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Bike To Work Day – Bike Commuter Energizer Stations – MAY 17

BikeCommuterEnergizerStation_2013

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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A New Breed Of Richardson Cyclist

Richardson Riders Heading To The Dallas Critical Mass

What a nice surprise on my way home from work – I saw a small group of cyclists heading over to the Arapaho DART Station. They were taking the train into Dallas to be part of the Dallas Critical Mass. Read more about this at Suburban Assault.

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Richardson City Council Awards Bid for Central Trail Construction

End Bike Route - Red Line

 

From the City of Richardson weekly newsletter:

The City Council on Monday awarded a bid of $3.4 million to Ed Bell Construction Company to extend the Central Trail 1.9 miles from the Arapaho Road DART Station to the southern city limit. Construction of the 10-foot wide concrete multiuse trail is expected to begin in April and last for about one year. 

The $4 million project is funded through Dallas County and the City of Richardson’s 2010 Bond Program. The lowest bid to construct the trail came in about $400,000 over budget, so the City removed some amenities such as irrigation systems, landscaping, and benches to be constructed in a possible second phase at a future date. The City also hopes to use $600,000 in Regional Tollway Revenue funds awarded for the Central Trail to help enhance the project. 

The Central Trail currently runs from the Spring Creek Trail in north Richardson and ends at the Arapaho Road DART Station. The extension will run alongside the DART rail line and is planned to eventually connect with the Richardson city limit to the south and a future connection to the Dallas’ White Rock Creek Trail

Watch the City Council presentation at http://bit.ly/V6oiYQ.

We are extremely excited that this is happening and we’d still like to see the small gap in the plan addressed.

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From The Suggestion Box – We Need More Bike Lids At Our DART Stations

DART Bike Boxes - Arapaho Station

One of the things we like to do at BFR, is listen to our community. We’ve had our Suggestion Box open for those who have ideas and suggestions on better ways to improve our community for cyclists.

BFR reader Sam, sent this in:

We need a whole lot more bike lids at our DART stations. I ride the train most days but there isn’t space on them for my bike and I don’t need it once I’m downtown. I’m sure there are others that would like to do the same thing but don’t want to risk the inevitable stolen/vandalized bike.

We’ve got four stations serving over 100,000 residents with a grand total of four bike lids. Ludicrous! Who do we bother at DART about this? If they won’t do it, will they let the city do it for them? We know who to bother there.

So how about it, folks? Do you have any ideas about who to talk to? How can we get this addressed? Post your ideas and answers here or on Facebook.

DART Bike Boxes - Arapaho Station

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Richardson Bike To Work Day: Commuter Energizer Station

May 18th is national Bike to Work Day, and Bike Friendly Richardson has teamed up with BikeDFW, DART, and Richardson Bike Mart to get you energized and show appreciation for your bike commute.

Leave the house a few minutes early on Friday, May 18th, and stop by our booth at Arapaho Center Station for free coffee and Taco Republic breakfast tacos, water from Whole Foods, commuting information, free bike tune-ups by an RBM mechanic, Neuro energy drinks,  AND, if you become a member of BikeDFW, we’ll hook you up with a sweet prize courtesy of Richardson Bike Mart. You can join BikeDFW at the event (cash or check), or join online and show us your PayPal receipt at the event. (Prizes available while supplies last.)

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