Bike Friendly Richardson

Happy Independence Day – 2013

Posted in BFR Misc by dickdavid on July 4, 2013

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We want to wish everybody a safe and fun Independence Day weekend. Get out there and enjoy the ride.

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Here Are Some Random Bike Pics From Bike Month

Posted in BFR Misc by dickdavid on May 26, 2013

It’s been a busy National Bike Month for us, and we’ve been busy riding as well. Here are just a few pics from around Richardson, throughout the month.

Cottonwood Art Festival Bike Parking - 2013

Bike Parking At The Cottonwood Art Festival

Learn more about The Cottonwood Art Festival.

Durham Park Richardson - Open Soon

Durham Park – Open Soon (if not already)

Learn more about Durham Park.

Start of South Central DART Trail - Richardson

Start of South Central DART Trail (from Arapaho)

South Central DART Trail - Richardson

Trail Construction – South Central DART Trail

Pearl Cup Richardson New Bike Racks

Pearl Cup Richardson Has New Bike Racks

Find out more about the Pearl Cup.

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Start Of The Wild Ride

Click here to see more pics and a recap from the WildRide! Against Cancer.

Ride Your Bike To The Cottonwood Art Festival – THIS WEEKEND

Posted in BFR Misc, Cool Richardson Destinations by dickdavid on May 2, 2013

Bike Parking at the Cottonwood Arts Festival

Unfortunately, because of scheduling conflicts, Bike Friendly Richardson won’t be hosting a “Cruise To The Cottonwood” ride this spring. That doesn’t mean you can’t ride there. In fact, we think bicycling the best way to get to the festival – especially on such a beautiful weekend.

Also, thanks to the folks at the City of Richardson, we were told that there will be plenty of bike parking at the entrance, close to Belt Line. While we’re on the topic of bike parking, there will also be parking set up at the Wildflower Festival in a couple of weeks.

So, kick off National Bike Month with a fantastic ride with your friends and family and enjoy the wonderful art of the Cottonwood Art Festival.

A New Breed Of Richardson Cyclist

Posted in BFR Misc, Bike Friendly by dickdavid on April 26, 2013

Richardson Riders Heading To The Dallas Critical Mass

What a nice surprise on my way home from work – I saw a small group of cyclists heading over to the Arapaho DART Station. They were taking the train into Dallas to be part of the Dallas Critical Mass. Read more about this at Suburban Assault.

Happy New Year – 2013

Posted in BFR Misc by dickdavid on January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year from your friends at Bike Friendly Richardson. We hope you had a safe start to the year and you get to enjoy many rides in 2013.

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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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Happy Holidays 2012 From Your Friends At Bike Friendly Richardson

Posted in BFR Misc by dickdavid on December 25, 2012

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May peace and joy be yours during this wonderful season and the coming New Year.

Ride on!

 

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

Pics From The BikeDFW Fall Meetup

Posted in Advocacy, BFR Misc, Bicycle Events by dickdavid on October 23, 2012

BikeDFW Meeting

Last night BFR attended the BikeDFW Fall Meetup at REI in Dallas. It was a room full of bike fans and advocates, who came to listen to some great presentations from Dave Carter, from the City of Richardson and Julia McCleeary from the City of Fort Worth. Both cities are leading the DFW Metroplex with strong bike plans that are actually underway.

You can read more about the event on the Bike Friendly Garland Blog.

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

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National Bike Challenge – FINAL LOCAL RESULTS

Posted in BFR Misc by dickdavid on September 11, 2012

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’.