Bike Friendly Richardson

The 8th Annual Black Friday Ride – Recap

Posted in Uncategorized by dickdavid on November 26, 2016

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We’ve been doing the Black Friday Ride for 8 years. Each time we learn something new, to try and improve upon the previous years. This year, was one of the best group rides that we’ve done, so far. It was the perfect combination of great weather, great planning, great refreshments and—most of all—great riders.

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This year’s route was planned by active BFR member Howard and his wife Rita. It was nice and flat, and stayed on the east side of Richardson. In past years, we tried to accommodate the group by splitting the ride onto both sides of town—crossing Central, a major interstate highway through town. We decided to avoid that and start alternating these rides, doing the east side this year and west side next. This kept the 8.5 mile loop safe and easy for all riders.

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We also decided to start and end the ride at Yale Park, one of Richardson’s local public spaces. This allowed us to hang out and visit, brew some coffee and snack on some pizza. A nearby playground was great for the kids of all ages. The park allowed us to mingle without interrupting the traffic and crowds of a local business parking lot, our typical starting point.

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The ride took us to fellow BFR member, Jenny’s house, where we enjoyed some nice shade, a warm fire pit and some great refreshments in her back yard. The 5 minute pit stop turned into a 20-30 minute social gathering. It was great to enjoy the company of my fellow riders.

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There were a few other surprising highlights from the ride:
– We truly had one of the broadest age range of any group ride – all practicing great ride etiquette.
– Richardson drivers were super friendly, going out of their way to accommodate our larger, relatively not-so-fast, group. It was pleasant to wave a ‘thank you’ and get a genuine smile and wave back.
– Although some of the group fell behind, several folks stepped up to make sure we kept together – waiting at corners and hitting the ‘walk’ button at intersections.

THIS is the stuff that makes riding welcoming for all.

Here are some pics from the ride. Click here to see the whole set.

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Bike Friendly Richardson Presents: Black Friday Ride #8

Posted in Uncategorized by dickdavid on November 15, 2016

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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 EIGHTH (that’s right, 8th) annual Black Friday Ride. Started eight years ago as the inaugural ride that launched Bike Friendly Richardson (which makes us 7 years old), 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 Yale Park, at the southeast corner of Yale Blvd and Collins Blvd., and enjoy a nice picnic lunch. Howard and Rita Maher will roll out a grill and offer hot dogs and hamburgers, pre-ride. Please let us know if you would like them to grill some for you. BYOS (bring your own sides).

This year the route will be on the EAST side of town, with the addition of a rest stop. More details to come.

DATE: Friday, November 25, 2016
TIME: Arrive: 12:00 noon for picnic, Ride: 1:00 pm
START/FINISH: Yale Park (southeast corner of Yale Blvd and Collins Blvd.)
PACE: Very Casual
RSVP: Via Facebook
ROUTE: to come

Bike Friendly Richardson Presents: Black Friday Ride #7

Posted in Bicycle Events, Uncategorized by dickdavid on November 20, 2015

Black Friday Ride No.7

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 SEVENTH (that’s right, 7th) annual Black Friday Ride. Started seven years ago as the inaugural ride that launched Bike Friendly Richardson (which makes us 6 years old), 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, The Taco Joint or one of the many fine restaurants in the area. We’ll meet in front of the Alamo Drafthouse around 1:00 pm.

The route will be similar to last years, with the addition of a fun rest stop. More details to come.

DATE: Friday, November 27, 2015
TIME: Arrive: 1:00 pm, Ride: 1:30 pm
START/FINISH: Alamo Drafthouse (100 S. Central Expy @ Belt Line)
PACE: Very Casual
RSVP: Via Facebook
ROUTE: to come

Pics And Recap Of The 6th Annual Black Friday Ride

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 28, 2014

Group Shot At Spring Creek Park

For the 6th year, bike riders from all over the north Dallas area gathered for Bike Friendly Richardson‘s annual Black Friday Ride. Each year, to celebrate the anniversary of our bike group, we launch the holiday season with what matters the most: having a nice, casual ride around town. No pressure. No shopping malls. No discount stores. No long lines. No angry people. Just a bunch of folks, enjoying the fresh air and a beautiful day.

Today, over 20 people gathered in front of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson. We took a slow, mostly flat, ride around some of the more scenic roads and trails of Richardson. Here, we enjoyed some of the colorful fall foliage that doesn’t last very long in north Texas. Overall, the short route of about 12 miles gave us the perfect amount of riding – especially after a day of heavy feasting.

Each year, I am thankful to do this ride with so many great cycling friends.

Here are a few pics. Click here to see the full set.

Gathering at the Alamo

Stop Sign

Tandem

Rigel

Bill and Jenny

Bike Friendly Richardson Presents: Black Friday Ride #6

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 19, 2014

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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 SIXTH (that’s right, 6th) annual Black Friday Ride. Started six years ago as the inaugural ride that launched Bike Friendly Richardson (which makes us 5 years old), 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, The Taco Joint 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 28, 2014
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: to come

Black Friday Ride #5 Recap and Pics

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on December 1, 2013

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

Bike Friendly Richardson Presents: Black Friday Ride #5

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 12, 2013

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

Rider Phil Hillis Shares His Black Friday Ride Experience And Pics

Posted in BFR Misc, Rider Perspective by dickdavid on December 26, 2012

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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

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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

Posted in BFR Misc, Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 24, 2012

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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

Bike Friendly Richardson Presents: Black Friday Ride #4

Posted in Bicycle Events, Bike Friendly by dickdavid on November 18, 2012

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 FOURTH annual Black Friday Ride. Started four 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 first part of the route will be around 10 miles and stops at Dal Rich (Whole Foods) shopping center for a nice break.

The return ride, back at the Shops at Eastside, will be around 6 miles.

DATE: Friday, November 23, 2012
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)