Bike Friendly Richardson

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema In Richardson Comes With Cool Bike Parking

Posted in BFR Misc, Bike Friendly, Cool Richardson Destinations by dickdavid on August 10, 2013

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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Main St. & 75 Area Revitalization Study

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Friendly, City Stuff, Cool Richardson Destinations by jennyrilling on July 5, 2012

The City of Richardson is currently working on a revitalization plan for the Main St. / US 75 area. There will be a community open house this coming Tuesday, July 10th, at 6:30 PM at the Civic Center Grand Hall. Bike Friendly Richardson has been asked to participate, so if you can join us on Tuesday, here are the details:

The open house opens at 6:30 PM, and participants can arrive anytime between 6:30 and 7:20 to view the study plans and provide comments. There will be a presentation at 7:20 PM. Attendees should email [email protected] to RSVP so that they can print enough handouts for everyone. This is a great opportunity to weigh in on how this area can be transformed into a cool Richardson destination!

There is a bike rack at the Civic Center on the south side of the building – and we can ride somewhere to get a beer and a bite to eat afterwards.

From the City’s website:
“Main Street/Central Expressway Enhancement/Redevelopment Study Begins
A study of potential enhancement and redevelopment opportunities in the Main Street/Central Expressway area is under way, beginning with an inventory of existing conditions, a real estate market analysis and an open house for public input. The City Council on Monday reviewed the project scope and timeline with City staff and the lead consultant on the project.

The study area is approximately 415 acres, including the Central Expressway corridor from the southern City limit to Arapaho Road, as well as the City’s historic downtown. Both areas were identified for further study in the 2009 Comprehensive Plan.

There will be several opportunities for public input through the study process, beginning with an open house scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in the Civic Center Grand Hall.

The open house will be designed to obtain input from a wide variety of interested individuals, groups and stakeholders, including business owners, property owners and other participants. It will provide an opportunity for those in attendance to discuss and prioritize issues for the corridor, imagine their own preferred future for the area and participate in the identification of action items for advancing study goals. The open house will be structured around a series of topics at various stations in the meeting room. Participants will be able to visit any or all of the stations to provide comment. A presentation will be made at approximately 7:20 p.m., with more time for the open house afterwards.

A final report is expected to be presented to the City Council in December.

Click the links below to watch Monday’s City Council presentation:

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Cool Richardson Destinations – Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Posted in Cool Richardson Destinations by dickdavid on August 21, 2011

After my first posting of Cool Richardson Destinations, a few of you had commented with your favorite destinations – some of which were on my list as well. I’ll continue to document some of those locations as I make my way around town.

Fuzzy's Tacos

Yesterday’s destination was Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. Setting up camp in the old Braum’s building on Campbell Road at Nantucket Drive, Fuzzy’s is an interesting little restaurant that offers up some tasty tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Fuzzy's Taco Patio

It Tastes Much Better Than It Looks

Aside from their really great food, I like the fact that they have a funky atmosphere that doesn’t feel like a typical suburban restaurant. With a college-like feel, the taco shop looks like it should be set in Austin or College Station. Richardson needs more places like this, where old buildings get reclaimed as eclectic and interesting destinations.

A great example of that would be our newest partner, Taco Ocho. Their restaurant is in a reclaimed office park, that seemed empty for years – but recently converted into a nice retail destination.

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Cool Richardson Destinations – Whole Foods

Posted in Cool Richardson Destinations by dickdavid on August 4, 2011

One of the things that I always complain about is that there aren’t enough good destinations in Richardson. Compared to Dallas, with the Farmer’s Market, White Rock Lake, Lakewood, Lower Greenville, Deep Ellum, Uptown, Oak Cliff and other great spots, Richardson just doesn’t seem as interesting. Sure, it’s a great place to ride, but I’d prefer to have a nice destination as well.

Well, I’ve decided to not give up so easily – but rather open my eyes more as I explore our city by bike. I’ll try to share some of these re-discoveries here.

This past weekend’s destination was the Richardson Whole Foods. Nestled on the southwest side of Richardson, off of Coit Road, I had to go completely across town to reach it. Not a problem, even riding a bike.

Whole Foods Richardson

In comparison to some of the newer, fancy Whole Foods stores that have popped up around the DFW Metroplex, our store seems a little old and outdated. Still, I really like the fact that it has personality and feels local. Although they might seem slightly more expensive than other chain grocery stores, their products are high quality – with a focus on wholesome, healthy living. Well worth it, if you care about what you put in your body.

I like the fact that they have a bike rack out front.

Whole Foods Bike Rack

Plus, if you take the time to explore the store, you can find some nice treasures at great prices. I managed to find a potato and egg burrito for breakfast that was cheap and extremely delicious.

Breakfast Goodness

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