Bike Friendly Richardson

Black Friday Ride Number 3 – November 25, 2011

Posted in Bicycle Events, Bike Friendly by dickdavid on November 20, 2011

Black Friday Ride #3

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 third annual Black Friday Ride. Started three 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 Shops at Eastside, enjoy a tasty lunch at Chiloso, Russo’s Italian Kitchen, Urban Eatz or Panera Bread, then meet us at the fountain around 1:00 pm. The route will be around 10 miles and goes through Spring Creek Park, where you can enjoy the colors of fall. We’ll end the ride back at the Shops at Eastside, where you can enjoy some tasty food or grab a cold one at Twisted Root Burgers.

DATE: Friday, November 25, 2011
TIME: Arrive: 1:00 pm, Ride: 1:30 pm
START/FINISH: Shops At Eastside – 700 E. Campbell Road @ Central (meet at the fountain)
PACE: Casual
RSVP: Via Facebook
ROUTE: Click Here (subject to change)

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

Posted in BFR Misc, Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 13, 2011

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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Pics From Black Friday Ride 2

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 27, 2010

It was a perfect day to ride. The temperature stayed in the mid 50s, the sun was shining and the wind was somewhat minimal. Twenty-one cyclists ranging in all skill levels, wearing everything from denim to lycra took part in the second Black Friday Ride. We had riders from all over DFW – including Richardson, Dallas, Garland, Denton and Arlington. Some folks enjoyed Fuzzy’s Taco before the ride and some folks stayed after to enjoy a snack and some cold beer. We really enjoyed seeing everybody and thank you for coming out.

Photo by Joe Gregory

Photo by Joe Gregory

Photo by Howard Maher

Photo by Howard Maher

Photo by Howard Maher

BFR Black Friday Ride - Richardson Back Roads

BFR Black Friday Ride - Waterview Bike Lane

Photo by Joe Gregory

BFR Black Friday Ride - Custer Bike Lane

Photo by Joe Gregory

BFR Black Friday Ride - Enjoying Fuzzy Tacos

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Thanks For Coming Out To The Black Friday Ride

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 26, 2010
black Friday ride

Image From TripleDub Images

Thanks to everybody who made it out to the second Black Friday Ride. It was really nice seeing some good friends and meeting new ones.

We’ll give you an update with more pics tomorrow.

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Black Friday Ride Route Map

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 25, 2010

Black Friday Ride No. 2

Tomorrow is looking to be a nice day for the Black Friday Ride. It’ll be sunny and cool so you probably won’t even break a sweat.

As a special treat, we’re working with Tripledub Images to help us capture the face of the Richardson (and Dallas) bike community. At one of our stops, Wendy will be taking individual pics of anybody who wants a photo with their bike.

For those of you who want to know the route in advance, here is a map of the ride. As promised, we will be experiencing all of the different types of routes available for Richardson cyclists: back roads, trails and bike lanes.

If you are on Facebook, let us know you are coming. I hope to see you at Fuzzy Taco Shop (561 West Campbell Road), tomorrow at 3:30.

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Recap and Pics From The Richardson Christmas Parade

Posted in Bicycle Events, Bike Friendly, City Stuff by dickdavid on December 2, 2012

Penny Farthing

This is exactly the direction we want Bike Friendly Richardson to head. We want Richardson cyclists to have organic and spontaneous group rides that are organized by anybody interested in setting one up.

A few weeks ago, a couple of folks on the BFR Facebook page were wondering if there will be a BFR participation in the annual City of Richardson Christmas parade. With our busy schedules and efforts put into setting up our annual Black Friday Ride, we just didn’t have the bandwidth to sign up for the parade.

Fortunately, those folks, Crystalyn and Josh, took it upon themselves to jump in and get it set up. We’re glad they did.

The day of the parade, we had a great variety of bikes, including one with a kid trailer, one with a couple of dogs leashed on, an urban cruiser, a couple of family truckster cargo bikes (loaded with kiddos) and even a penny farthing bike – all decked out with holiday lights and decorations. Even the riders were dressed with festive gear. All together, we had 12 bikes and 16 participants.

The ride itself was mostly stop-and-go or very slow paced, which made it easy to enjoy each other’s company, as well as the spectacle of the parade. The ‘super mom’ (I actually heard that term used by a spectator) family trucksters and the penny farthing bike got a lot of crowd’s attention.

Participation in the parade was our way to build on our bike community, make more folks aware of Bike Friendly Richardson and to just have fun. To our surprise, we found out that we won an award from the city. The Bike Friendly Richardson parade crew won 1st place in the ‘Civic Clubs/Organizations Mixed Unit Category’. Not bad for our first time out.

The parade was a big success for the city as well. They said there were 115 parade entries, and 2400 participants. Also, 1200 toys were donated, as well as $2,200 for Network of Community Ministries – a great way to kick off the holidays.

Since this ride was such a great success, we’ll definitely add it to our annual group ride list. We hope you can make it out to the next one.

Here are some pics from the parade. Click here to see the entire set.

Arrival

Waiting

Slow To Stop

Circling The Group

Family Riders

Heading Home

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City Receives Award from GDPC for Urban Design

Posted in City Stuff by dickdavid on December 9, 2011
Black Friday Ride - Gathering At East Side

Cyclists Gathering At The Shops at Eastside

If you get the City’s newsletter you probably already knew this:

This week, the Greater Dallas Planning Council presented an award for urban design in the built environment to the City of Richardson for the City’s commitment to good urban design.

Urban design relates to the form, arrangement, design and functionality of buildings, neighborhoods and public spaces, including parks, yards, sidewalks, and even transportation facilities. The goal of good urban design is to create attractive environments for people and their activities. The panel of judges felt that the City had demonstrated a particularly good effort for a first-ring suburb, where redevelopment and construction on infill sites is more common than new development on vacant property.

Richardson received the award for the combined impact created by several projects—the Brick Row and Eastside mixed use developments, each of which contain important streetscape and open space requirements; the Neighborhood Vitality Program, which was conceived to strengthen and support neighborhoods and encourage reinvestment into residential property; and the construction of Routh Creek Parkway, which was built not as a sterile transportation corridor, but as an attractive public area that links motorists, pedestrians and recreational users with the Spring Creek Nature Area nearby.

This is the type of stuff that makes me proud to live in Richardson. This city gets it and continues to strive at making it a better place for it’s residents.

Rest Stop

Multi-Purpose Trail Along Routh Creek Parkway

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