Bike Friendly Richardson

A Blog Promoting Two Wheel Love in Richardson

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.

ADA Corners

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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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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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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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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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema In Richardson Comes With Cool Bike Parking

The highly anticipated  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson is finally open for business. Not only has this become one of the hottest destinations in town, it also has an amazing lineup of bike racks that are in the shape of film reels.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Richardson - Bike Parking

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Richardson - Bike Parking

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Richardson - Bike Parking

Speaking of cool bike parking, the new Whole Foods in Addison has some very impressive bike racks that are in the shape of bicycles. It almost makes up for them leaving Richardson.

Just My Size Bike Rack

I’m glad that both of these businesses care enough about cyclists, and got really creative with their bike parking. This shows that there are some forward-thinking business owners that care about supporting alternate transportation, the local bike culture and a strong community.

I hope that bike parking, like this, continues to be an ongoing trend with new construction around town.

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Updated Pics Of The Central Trail (South) Construction

Here are some updated pics of the new, southern link to the Central Trail.

Central Trail

Test Ride

Towards Completion

Heavy Equipment

 

Construction is still looking a bit light, south of Belt Line. We’ll keep you posted on any new updates.

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Central Trail Construction (South) Coming Along Nicely

We’ve been keeping an eye on the construction of the southern extension of the Central Trail.

Central Trail is the trail that runs parallel to Central Expressway, along the DART Rail Red Line tracks. Currently, it starts at Renner Road at Routh Creek Parkway (where it connects to the Spring Creek Trail), and runs south to DART’s Arapaho Center Station – well, sort of. In our opinion, it really stops at about Alma Road, and becomes a sidewalk, along Greenville, until it reaches Arapaho Center Station. Read more about that here.

This new addition is designed to extend Central Trail south, from Arapaho Road to Buckingham Road – at the city limit. Future extensions will eventually connect it to the White Rock Creek Trail. We were also given some information that lead us to believe that the trail extension will connect to the Arapaho Center Station train platform, instead of the bus transfer station on the east side of Greenville Road. That would be fantastic if it actually happens.

Once this extension is complete, people will be able to walk or ride their bikes to three of the four DART train stations in Richardson (Spring Valley, Arapaho Center and Galatyn Park). The Bush Turnpike Station will have to wait for a future extension.

Here are some pics and descriptions of the current progress:

This shot was taken at the southwest corner of Arapaho Road And Greenville Avenue. You can see the DART tracks to the right and Greenville Avenue to the left.

North End, Just South of Arapaho

This shot was taken a bit further south along Greenville Avenue. As you can see, they’re making every effort to save the trees.

Trees Saved

This shot was taken even further south along Greenville Avenue. Here you can see how the trail will coexist with the DART Red Line.

Morning Train

This pic was taken just south of the Jackson Street crossing.

From Jackson To Belt Line

As you can see, the trail isn’t ready to ride.

Missing Section

As the trail approaches Belt Line Road, it actually crosses under the DART Rail track overpass.

Under The Tracks By Belt Line

This is where the trail will cross Belt Line Road. The city has decided that the light at Interurban will be the best place to cross.

Belt Line Crossing At Interurban

Once across Belt Line Road, the trail is lost at this parking lot entrance. It eventually begins again at the rail underpass.

South Side of Belt Line (Facing East)

The trail construction seems to end at Polk Street.

Ends At Polk Street

I rode a bit further south to find this bridge being built at Phillips Street. Not seeing a current plan, I can only guess that this will have a roll in the extension of Central Trail.

New Bridge At Phillips Drive

I didn’t get a chance to ride down to Spring Valley Station. I’ll try to get down there next weekend to check on any progress down there.

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KaBike to Kaboomtown Ride (Addison’s fireworks show) – July 3, 2013

KaBoom

We won’t be hosting a Red, White and Bike ride this year. Instead, we suggest that ride with our friends, Richardson Urban Bicycle Clubwho are hosting another one of their rides to Kaboomtown in Addison. It’s called the KaBike to Kaboomtown Ride. Here are the details to their event:

Date: July 3, 2013
Time: 5:45pm
Where: Torchy’s Tacos (at Preston & Alexis)
Description (from their Facebook event page):
We hope you’ll come out en force to join us for our annual Ride-White-and-Blue short and leisurely ride to Addison’s fabulous Kaboom Town! holiday fireworks event! 5 miles round trip.

We gather the clans at 5:45ish at Torchy’s Tacos at Preston & Alexis. Happy Hour is 4-7pm, which means $1 off some beers, and $4 house and swirl margaritas.

Around 7:00pm, as a group we will ride out north to Arapaho and west to the Frost Bank parking garage at 5002 Arapaho Road, up to the top of the garage and then down 2 levels to where our friends will have a great spot ready for us! (Exact garage level will be chosen the day of the event, but this is where they usually set up – be flexible!)

We will then hang out and enjoy Addison’s Kaboomtown (One of the top 5 July 4th displays according to Travel Channel!) til the flyby and the fireworks conclude and the traffic maybe thins a bit, and around 10:15pm we will ride back to the cars, to disperse into the warm Summer night!

PLEASE BRING: 
• A bike with lots of lights, ready to ride, plus any safety gear such as a helmet,
• Festive but comfortable holiday attire, or something red, white, and blue,
• Water enough for a few hours,
• Your beverages of choice, snacks, & a bag to carry home your trash,
• Cash to contribute for food and drink (suggested $5-10 donation to our hosts for food, drink and hosting us!), and
• A cheery, freedom-loving attitude!!

FEEL FREE: 
• To invite others!
• You can also stay for the Addison Kaboom Town! After Party featuring Emerald City on the Dos Equis Stage at 10:00 pm, but please advise us so we can keep an accurate count and not leave anyone behind accidentally!

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