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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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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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Rider Phil Hillis Shares His Black Friday Ride Experience And Pics

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Apologies in advance. I meant to post this closer to the event, but things got a bit busy in December. We got a great note from one of the participants in this year’s Black Friday Ride, and we wanted to share it. You might recall, Phil was the guy on the motorized bicycle. Here’s his note:

Not exactly sure who to address, so I’ll just say howdy guys. I just wanted to express the pleasure I had riding your Black Friday ride yesterday. I thought you had a really nice group of friendly riders, and I want to thank you for allowing me to attend.

This was my first official bicycle ride, but hopefully not my last. I’m 59 years young, and after riding 10 miles from Farmers Branch to get to the starting point, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep up, pedaling with the group on my 57 lb motor bicycle, the Atomic BB.

I was told that motor bicycles can’t exist with bicycles, but I think after yesterday that can’t be true.

Best Regards

phil

It’s true, our typical focus is not motor assisted bikes. However, after seeing how well Phil road along with the group, we certainly won’t discourage those who ride respectfully with others – especially those who need mechanical assistance.

Speaking of motor assisted bicycles, there was a great feature in the issue 59 of Momentum Magazine about electric bicycles. It’s not quite the same, but still interesting.

Here are Phil’s pics from the ride:

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Recap and Pics From The 4th Annual Black Friday Ride

Renner Trail

What an amazing day and what an incredible group of riders who came out for Bike Friendly Richardson’s 4th Annual Black Friday Ride. When I arrived early to the starting point at East Side, folks were already waiting to go. Eventually, the group grew to over 30 riders. Even City Councilman, Amir Omar, stopped by to see us off and applaud our efforts.

We also had a pretty large variety of bikes, from a stretched-frame cruiser, a cargo bike, a tandem, some classic refurbs, a few mountain bikes, to some super light road bikes. With so many different styles of riders, my first concern was how I was going to pace a ride and keep everybody happy — not a problem.

The group was amazing. Nobody had an agenda, other than having a casual ride around town and avoiding the crowded, Black Friday shopping malls. The ride was slow with lots of stops to let folks, who got stuck at crossings or lights, catch up. Everybody seemed relaxed and ready to enjoy the amazing fall colors, as we rode through some nice, Richardson neighborhoods.

The first part of the ride was about 10 miles and it stopped at the Dal Rich shopping center, where folks fueled up with some drinks and tasty food at Big Shucks or Whole Foods. After that, the return ride was about 7 miles.

Overall, we took lots of back roads, bike trails and some bike lanes – all made possible by the city’s great bike plan as well as some amazing, interconnecting neighborhoods.

Here are a few pics from the ride:

Leaving East Side

Central Trail

Renner Regroup

Rest Stop At Big Shucks

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Biking In Dallas’ – Dallas Arts District Bike Crawl Thursday Dec 29th

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Dallas Arts District Bike Crawl

When: Thursday December 29th, 11am – 3pm-ish

Where: Meet at Dallas Museum of Art 1717 North Hardwood (at Flora)

Join Biking in Dallas as we tour the Dallas Arts District, marvel at the architecture, take photos of the sights (and each other), see the Crow Collection of Asian Art, eat from a food truck and most importantly, sport a big smile while enjoying it all on a bicycle.

MORE INFO

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Recap Of Our Black Friday Ride – Number 3

Today was our 3rd annual Black Friday Ride. Sixteen folks made the choice to avoid the shopping malls and discount stores to do a casual ride around Richardson. It ended up being a great afternoon for riding.

Starting at the Shops at Eastside, the ride was a 10 mile loop around Richardson. The loop included a wide sampling of the many back roads, side streets and multi-purpose trails that Richardson has to offer.

At the end of the ride, several of us enjoyed some tasty food and beverages from the Twist Root Burger Company.

We want to thank all the folks who took the time to make it out for the ride. We will continue to refine and develop this ride so that it will be even more fun in the future.

Here are some pics. Click here to see the set.

Black Friday Ride - East Side Departure Group

Black Friday Ride

Black Friday Ride - Howard And Rita

Black Friday Ride - Spring Creek Park - Under The DART

Black Friday Ride - Spring Creek Park Bridge

After Ride - Twisted Root Burger

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SAVE THE DATE: November 25, 2011 – 3rd Annual Black Friday Ride

Black Friday Ride 2011

It’s BACK!! The third annual, Black Friday Ride.

Avoid the mall!
Avoid the crowds!
Work off the turkey!
Have a stress free start to the holiday season.

This will be a nice, leisure ride around town. Details and route map to come!

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Ride To The BFOC Bike Fair – Saturday, October 22

Bike Friendly Richardson will be hosting a table at the Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Bicycle Fair on Saturday, October 22 – from noon until 6. We’d love for you to swing by and visit us. Better yet, we’d love for you to join us on our ride to the event.

We plan on jumping on the DART Red Line at Arapaho Station and riding into Dallas. From there, we’ll take a spin around town, then head over to Lake Cliff Park in Oak Cliff. Riders are welcome to spend the day with with us and ride back after 6:00 or head back whenever they want.

Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: Arapaho Station: 10:50 am (for the 10:55 train);
arrive West End Station: 11:28 am.
Ride out to Lake Cliff Park, Oak Cliff, Dallas, TX @ Crawford and 5th St to arrive by noon.
Place: DART Arapaho Station
Details: See Below
RSVP: Via Facebook
Bring:
- Money for the train – $1.75 for one way, $4.00 for a day pass.
- Money for food at the Bike Fair. There will also be a swap meet.
- If you plan to spend the entire day at the Fair and ride back after 6, bring your lights. The sun will be setting at about 6:45.

Note: DART will be running express trains to the State Fair this Saturday that say SPECIAL / STATE FAIR. These special trains will not make any stops downtown except for MLK station. So if you don’t catch the train with the group, take a Red Line train with a sign saying either Westmoreland or Cedars.

Dallas Cycle Sunday

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Recap Of The Red, White and Bike Ride on Suburban Assault

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I did a recap of the Red, White and Bike Ride on Suburban Assault. Head over there if you want to read about it and see a few pics. Unfortunately, because I lead the group, I didn’t get very many pics of the actual ride. I hope other folks will have pics up soon.

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Pics From The BFOC Spring Has Sprung Ride

I took a spin with the BFOC group today to tour the community gardens of Oak Cliff on their Spring Has Sprung Ride. The ride was a bit hot, but the stops were interesting and a bit inspirational.

CLICK HERE (or on any pic) to see all the shots from the ride.

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