Bike Friendly Richardson

Final DFW Cycling Savvy Class for 2011 – This Weekend

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Education by dickdavid on December 6, 2011

If you want to be a better road cyclist and commuter, getting some good training is always recommended. Along with the BikeDFW Traffic Skills 101 classes, you have an alternative option for becoming more skilled at riding – through the CyclingSavvy DFW group.

CyclingSavvy DFW is the Dallas/Fort Worth branch of the successful CyclingSavvy traffic cycling education program developed in Orlando, Florida. CyclingSavvy DFW‘s mission is to encourage safe, courteous, and practical bicycling in Dallas/Fort Worth through education and social events.

The CyclingSavvy class is a 3-part course designed to encourage, inspire, and empower. Train your bike and your mind to navigate safely and confidently anywhere in the DFW metroplex. Discover the tricks that make transportation by bike both fun and easy.

This weekend, is the last class for 2011Click here to find out more information.

Coming February 1-3, 2012 – Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference

Posted in Advocacy, Bicycle Events, Bike Change, Bike Education by dickdavid on December 6, 2011

Bike Texas

We met some of the Bike Texas folks at BFOC‘s Bicycle Fair last October and they were promoting an event that they helped organize in San Antonio next year. It’s the biennial Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, aka the Texas Bike/Ped Summit.

Here is the info from their site:

Register Now! The biennial Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, aka the Texas Bike/Ped Summit, is coming up fast!  Engineers, planners, advocates and anyone interested in active transportation is invited to join us in San Antonio February 1-3, 2012, at El Tropicano hotel downtown on the Riverwalk.

Organized by BikeTexas and the Texas Trails Network, we have the strongest line up of Keynote Speakers in our history.

  • Former congressman Jim Oberstar, a true champion for bicycles over his 36 years in the U.S. Congress  
  • The renowned Danish architect and urban design consultant Jan Gehl, who prioritizes bicyclists and pedestrians in his designs  
  • John Burke, President of Trek Bicycles and life long dedicated bike advocate
  • Senator Rodney Ellis, Houston, a cyclist, and a friend of all Texas cyclists

This conference has something for everyone: Bike/Ped Coordinators, Advocates, Cycling Enthusiasts, Trail Builders/Advocates, Safe Routes to School Coordinators, Traffic Engineers, Public, and Private partnerships, Urban Planners, Teachers, and more.  Earn education credits!  For more details, click here to check out the conference website for daily updates, and “like” the conference Facebook page.

The full registration price is $350 and includes all meals and access to dozens of on- and off-site workshops, breakout sessions, and keynote speakers – everything you need to recharge your batteries and be inspired to make Texas a great place for trails and active transportation. I’d really like to make it out to this conference just to get a glimpse into what’s happening for cycling in Texas. I just hope that I can get the time.

Share The Road Y’all

Posted in Advocacy, BFR Misc, Bike Education, Good Causes by dickdavid on November 23, 2011

Share the Road Y'all

I got my new “Share The Road” specialty license plates.

From the specialty plate fee, $22 goes to the Texas Education Agency for the Share the Road Program to support activities that promote bicyclist safety, education and access through education and awareness programs, training, workshops, educational materials and media events.

Slow Down!

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Education, Rider Perspective by dickdavid on August 7, 2011

Slow Down!

A few weeks ago, I made an observation about the new guard rails, along Arapaho Road in Garland. Through not very attractive, it was agreed that their functionality was much more important than their aesthetics. The rails were built to serve as a safety barrier for the adjacent homes, from the speeding traffic. This morning, I made a discovery that illustrates the importance of that functionality.

If you look closely at the top left of this shot, you can see that new guard rail. Unfortunately for this sign, that guard rail falls a bit short. Also, even though I had no way of gauging their speed, those cars were speeding by as I took this shot.

Cycling Rules Enforced In Collin County

Posted in Bike Education, City Stuff by dickdavid on July 15, 2011

Since half of Richardson is in Collin County (anything north of Lookout Drive), we thought it would be good to repost this from our friends at BikeDFW. Because of some concerns with road safety and in response to some motorists complaints, the cycling rules will be enforced in Collin County. Representatives from the bike community, including BikeDFW, met up with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office to have a “positive and productive meeting that resulted in a set of guidelines for how traffic laws will be enforced for bike riders in areas patrolled by the county.”

Click here to see those guidelines.

It is our opinion that all cyclist who ride and share the road should follow all the appropriate state and local traffic laws. It appears that the rules that will be enforced by the Collin County Sheriff’s Office are in compliance with the state laws and seem reasonable for north Texas cyclists.

On a personal note, although I’ve been making a strong effort to come to a complete stop at all lights and stop signs, I usually don’t put my foot down. I would typically do a track stand until I was certain of my right of way. If it’s a red light or not my turn at a stop sign, the foot would go down. Now, I’m going to need to make a conscious effort to put my foot down at every stop. I guess it’s better than getting a citation.

Katy Trail Safety Awareness Drive This Weekend

Posted in Bicycle Events, Bike Education, Bike Trails and Routes by dickdavid on October 23, 2010

This one almost fell off of our bike radar. Our friends over at the Katy Trail are having a Safety Awareness Drive TODAY. The event is to “foster awareness, education and cooperation about safety on the Trail, and will ask Trail users to sign a pledge stating how they will use the Trail safely. The drive is this weekend, Oct. 23rd at various points on the Trail.”

Keep an eye out for the folks from BikeDFW who will be at David’s Way (intersection of Knox St. and the trail) along with Luke’s Locker and Bicycles Plus between 8am and 5pm.

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Richardson’s Point-Of-View On Different Types of Bicycle Users

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Education, City Stuff by dickdavid on October 4, 2010

With all the new trails and bike lanes in Richardson, (which we love) one might think that the city is trying to get cyclists off the road. That’s not true. One of the things that impressed us about the City of Richardson is their open point-of-view towards bicycle users. Instead of focusing on one specific type, they’ve taken into account that not all riders are the same.

Here is what is on the Richardson web site:

Types of Bicycle Users
There are several types of bicycle users and it is understood that some avid bicyclists do not like bike lanes.  The City’s goal in providing an overall Bicycle Route Plan is to accommodate all types of users. Some recreational users may prefer to use trails in the City’s Parks. Vehicular bicyclists may prefer to commute on arterial streets and do not want their “right” to occupy any travel lane jeopardized by having bike lanes.  The City will also be implementing “Share the Road” type signs on Renner Road where hundreds of cyclists travel many evenings and weekends despite the higher speeds and traffic volumes.  On collector roadways and residential streets we may simply provide a Bike Route sign with or without a dedicated lane.

Bicyclist’s Rights
The Texas Transportation Code states that “A person operating a bicycle has the rights and duties applicable to a driver operating a vehicle”.  To summarize the legal code: bicycles have the right to ride on public roadways because they are deemed a legitimate transportation vehicle by legislature. The City does not have the authority to restrict bicycles from local roadways, but TxDOT may restrict them from certain limited access highways.  Below are a few links to the Texas Transportation Code that deals with bicycle operations.

In order to provide a safe environment for bicyclists, the City of Richardson is in the process of implementing a long range plan to provide bicycle facilities and to designate preferred bicycle routes on lower-volume, lower-speed collector roadways.  Even though the City will not be encouraging bicyclists to ride on major arterial thoroughfares, we will be providing “Share the Road” signs at strategic locations to inform motorists that bicycles have the legal right to occupy the roadway.

There has been a dramatic increase in bicycle activity in the past few years, including a larger number of bikers who commute to work.  Several other Cities including Dallas, Plano, and Frisco are also enhancing their bicycle trails and on-street routes with new signage.  The City anticipates the trend in bicycle usage to increase in the future and will endeavor to provide as safe of an operating environment as possible. Click here to see more.

This is why we believe their bike plan (pdf) is one of the best in the DFW area. Combine that with some of the efforts that are happening in Dallas, and you can see a great future for cycling in DFW.

BikeDFW Offering A Shorter, Less Expensive Traffic Skills 101 Course

Posted in Bike Education by dickdavid on March 9, 2010

BikeDFW will have League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructors conducting another Traffic Skills 101 course. For the reduced fee of $50 you can take part in, now, a 1-day course that will give cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The classroom portion of the course is now online.

Date: March 21, 2010 (Sunday)
Location: Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas , TX 75087
Registration Fee: $50.00

CLICK HERE for details and to sign up.

BikeDFW Traffic Skills 101 Course

Posted in Bike Education by dickdavid on January 8, 2010

BikeDFW will have League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructors conducting a Traffic Skills 101 course. For the small fee of $65 you can take part of a 2-day course that will give cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail.

Date: Jan. 16th and 17th, 2009 (Saturday and Sunday)
Location: Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas , TX 75087
Registration Fee: $65.00

CLICK HERE for details and to sign up.