Bike Friendly Richardson

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Bike Route Sign - Richardson, Texas

We received a message from the League of American Bicyclists, requesting our support. We would love to get our local cyclist friends involved with this initiative:

Thank you for you dedication to building a Bicycle Friendly Community.  We appreciate the work you are doing to make bicycling safer and more accessible. We wanted to make you aware of a sign on letter for Mayor’s, championed by the US Conference of Mayors and the League of Cities, asking Congress to continue to support the Transportation Alternatives program. The Transportation Alternatives program is the biggest funding source for bicycle and pedestrian projects and an important source of funding for small, local transportation projects. Protecting and expanding this funding source ensures communities like yours can continue to make it safer and more convenient for people to bicycle (and get the recognition for it too)!

The current transportation bill expires September 302014 and Congress is now debating policy for the next bill. Please consider encouraging the mayor to sign onto this letter  to let Congress know that the community supports continuing and increasing funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program.  We have sent a request directly to your mayor as well.

Thank you,

BILL NESPER, Vice President, Programs

With respect to our hard working City Council, we hope that you would take the time to politely encourage Mayor Laura Maczka to participate in this. Let her know that her constituents recognize the progress the city has already made for cycling and we are proud to support this initiative.

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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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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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Recap Of The Traffic Skills 101 Class In Garland

Arrival

Last Saturday was a pretty big day for Bike Friendly Richardson folks Jenny Rilling and Richard Wezensky. They got to help teach a Traffic Skills 101 class for the first time. As League of American Bicyclists LCI graduates, Jenny and Richard both have to co-instruct two classes before they can teach on their own. They were there to assist head instructor-extrodinare Mike Freiberger and veteran instructor Brad Ramsey, with 11 students from Bike Friendly Garland.

Click here to read more at Suburban Assault.

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Start The Year Off Right With Traffic Skills 101

Drill Recap

Our neighbors, Bike Friendly Garland, are hosting the first Traffic Skills 101 class of the year. This is an official League of American Bicyclists course, taught by local instructors. This class is for any cyclists (with any experience level) who is interested in developing their knowledge in bicycling and build their confidence and competence on the road.

Here are the details:

Cost: $25 – due at the start of the on-site class.
Location: Don Johle’s Bike World, 5513 Broadway, Garland, TX 75043, Phone: (972) 240-7678
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Time (parking lot/road course): 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Course Description: Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Through TS101, students learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and children above age fourteen. The curriculum is fast-paced, nine-hours, and prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling. TS101 is a League of American Bicyclists (LAB) course.

Mike Freiberger, DORBA‘s (Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association) Commuter Coordinator, will be the lead instructor. As DORBA’s Commuter Coordinator, Mike is authorized to include one year memberships in DORBA with the price of the course. Mike is a LAB League Cycling Instructor. He will be accompanied by a couple of new instructors from Bike Friendly Richardson.

Yes, it is 9 hours of instruction, but the first four hours will be completed online prior to this event. If you plan to attend, please start your on-line coursework at www.bikeed.org. When you register PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE use the DALLAS area as your location in the pull down menu.

There will be approximately 5 hours of in person instruction.

The course is being offered to us at a 50% discount (and that’s starting from an already low price. There is a TS101 course being offered in Florida for $125!), so this is a great deal. We want everyone who wishes to attend to be able, so if money is a problem, please send us a message.

What to bring:
Bike in good working condition
Helmet
Lunch money

SIGN UP: Via Facebook or by contacting us at bikefriendlyrichardson@gmail.com

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Pics From Last Week’s Traffic Skills 101 Class In Richardson

Mike Freiberger - LCI

A couple of Sundays ago, we had our first – in quite some time – Bike League Traffic Skill 101 class in Richardson, Texas. The class was lead by League Cycling Instructors Mike Freiberger, Warren Casteel and Renee Jordan.

They had a great group of students with a broad range of riding experience. Their bicycles ranged from super light road bikes to incredibly long and heavy utility bikes.

Since it was a really wet weekend, the parking lot drills were held in a parking garage. I was really impressed with how well all of the cyclist handle their bikes – even the big ones – through the parking lot drills. Scroll down to see a video of how well a long frame bike handles the really tight Avoidance Weave.

Here are some pics from the parking lot drills. Click here to see the rest.

Students

Scanning Drills

Scanning Drills

Dodged Rock

Quick Stop

Mike Demos The Instant Turn

Check out THIS Avoidance Weave:

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Bicycle Traffic Skills Course Coming To Richardson – September 30

Scanning and Signaling

Great news, Richardson cyclists! The League of American Bicyclists and Bike DFW will be hosting a Traffic Skills 101 course right here in Richardson on September 30, 2012. For those of you not familiar with the course, it gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Through TS101, students learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and children above age fourteen. 

Even if you think you are an experienced cyclist, this course may be for you. There is always something new that you will discover about cycling safety, skills and handling with the TS 101 course. Or, if you are like me, the course may make you aware of some of the bad riding habits you might have picked up over the years. If anything, the course also serves as a great refresher of stuff you may already know. It’s well worth the time if you enjoy cycling.

Here is where you’ll find this information on the Richardson TS101 class.

Description:
Traffic Skills 101 is designed to teach basic cycling skills to riders of all ages and abilities. This class will teach cyclists to ride effectively and with confidence in an urban environment. Instructors: Mike Freiberger, Warren Casteel, and other League Certified Instructors Classroom portion must be completed online prior to September 29, 2012: http://bikeed.org/ Required: Bicycle, Helmet, money for lunch — on bike ride. Arrive at 7:45 for prompt 8:00 AM start!

Location:
2400 Glenville Drive
Richardson, TX, 75082

Directions:
2400 Glenville Drive, 75082.  Verizon location just off Galatyn and Glenville, a block east of the Galatyn Station DART stop. Be there at 7:45 for a prompt 8:00 AM start.

Contact:
Warren Casteel
214-212-7365
warren@casteelsign.com

Fee:
30.00. Advance sign-up required

Sign Up Instructions:
Send email to Warren Casteel warren@casteelsign.com ALSO You must pre-register at bikeed.com prior to September, 28, 2012. Classroom portion must be completed online prior to September 29, 2012: http://bikeed.org/

Equipment Required:
Bicycle, Helmet, money for lunch — on bike ride.

Classroom space may be limited, so please register as soon as you can.

Hazard Avoidance Maneuvers

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National Bike Challenge – FINAL LOCAL RESULTS

For those of you who didn’t know, there was a National Bike Challenge hosted by EndomondoThe League of American Bicyclists and  Bikes Belong. From May 1 through August 31 they’re tried to get as many riders as they could to ride 10 million miles – which was achieved nationally.

They’re also did regional challenges, putting small teams of 10 riders in friendly competition with each other for points and miles. BikeDFW hosted our local challenge.

We are proud to report that Bike Friendly Richardson had two teams participate in our region and both did very well. BFR team 1, who started at the beginning of the challenge, ended up taking 5th place in points (based on miles and amount of rides) in the region. Not only did we rank in the top 10, but we also had the most “transportation” (as opposed to sport/recreation) distance – topping out at over 7,111 miles. This is something that we are extremely proud of.

BFR team 2 also did really well – even working against the odds. Although team 2 got a really late start, with half the members, we still managed to make it to 22nd place. Not bad in a region with 40 teams. Also, 97% of team 2’s miles were for ‘transportation’.

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National Bike Challenge – Team Bike Friendly Richardson July Check In

For those of you who don’t know, there is a National Bike Challenge hosted by Endomondo, The League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Belong and BikeDFW. From May 1 through August 31 they’re trying to get as many riders as they can to ride 10 million miles. They’re also doing regional challenges, putting small teams of 10 riders in friendly competition with each other for points and miles.

Bike Friendly Richardson has a team and we’re doing quite well in our region. So far, we’ve remained in the top 3.

Here is an Early July Update from BikeDFW:

July 06 at 13:53

Some interesting stats as of July 1st:

Texas has 854 total rides in the National Bike Challenge. 395 of those (46%) are from the DFW area. That means we’re providing as many riders for the NBC as the rest of Texas combined… awesome!

Texas currently ranks 34th among all states. That sounds pitiful until you consider that the state rankings are calculated on a per capita basis. Texas (pop. 25.1 million) ranks first among the really big states, including New York (rank 42nd, pop. 19.4 million) and California (rank 43rd, pop. 37.2 million)… However we’re a long way from the leaders like Wisconsin, which is currently in 3rd place with 5,788 riders (pop. 5.7 million). There’s still plenty of time, so ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO PARTICIPATE.

There’s a lively competition in the DFW team category where several area bike clubs are duking it out with the TI DLP team for top honors. However, the Bike Friendly Richardson and DORBA teams are also in the top 10 but FAR ahead in commuting miles (and gas saved). Over 75% of their mileage is commuting. David Appleby, riding for Plano Bicycle Association, was the mileage leader at the end of June with over 2,000 miles since May.

Of note, Howard T Maher of Richardson was a Gold Level drawing prize winner in the National Bike Challenge drawing on July 1st. He won a Specialized Globe bike.

We took a closer look at the stats. So far, even thought we don’t have as many collected miles as some of the local bike clubs, we do have the most cycling transport miles - recorded for transportation over recreation or sport. As of today, we’re at 4,376 miles (80% of our riding), closely followed by DORBA, who has 3,520 miles. The two teams ahead of us in the local challenge (who have many more miles/points scored) only have 1,223 and 793 miles for transportation.

We’re excited by these results, but we also feel that the community can do better and put more transportation miles on the leaderboard. If you commute, it’s not to late to join the challenge and show how DFW is doing our part.

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National Bike Month Starts Today

May is National Bike Month! The League of American Bicyclists invites you to “celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month in your city or state — and help get more people in your community out riding too!”

If you haven’t already done it, dust off your bike, air up the tires and ride!

Bike Friendly Richardson is also celebrating National Bike Month. We’ll try to get in a group ride to the Cottonwood Art Festival this weekend. We’ll also be participating in the Richardson Wild Ride Against Cancer. Also, stay tuned for an upcoming event to be held on National Bike to Work Day on May 18.

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