Bike Friendly Richardson

SPOKES for FOLKS Christmas Push – This Sunday, December 11

Posted in Bicycle Events, Good Causes by dickdavid on December 9, 2011

This popped up on the BFR Facebook page, so we thought we should share:

SPOKES for FOLKS CHRISTMAS PUSH THIS SUNDAY–Please come if you can

We have a lot to do—
• We are still trying to fill a 50 bike request for the four locations of Family Gateway
• Just received a new request for 36 bikes from the Heart of Africa associated with Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church.
• 30 – 50 families are coming from Jubilee Center to work and earn bikes for their kids—we need mechanics to help them learn!

Come rebuild bikes for several really good causes!

Sunday from 10 AM until about 2 PM
Everyone is welcome and needed, experienced or not. Bring tools if you have them.

8901 Chancellor Row at Hans Johnsen Company – south of 183 of Regal Row just past Superior Foods
Map: http://g.co/maps/7qt55

It will be our last chance to rebuild bikes to give to others for the holidays.

Come for the camaraderie, come for the fun, come to learn more about repairing your own bikes.

PLUS—Dea Henson, expert massage therapist, is donating her time and skill—if you’re sore from riding, come build a bike and get a free massage!

Spokes for Folks is a non-profit organization that refurbishes donated bicycles that are then given to children of families that could not otherwise afford to buy them.

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City of Richardson Receives “Safe Routes to School” Funding Grant

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Change, City Stuff, Good Causes by dickdavid on December 9, 2011

The Rides

Again, if you get the City’s newsletter, you’ve probably already seen this:

The City of Richardson has been awarded federal funding through a Safe Routes to School grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for two schools in Richardson: Richland Elementary and Yale Elementary.

At Monday’s work session, the City Council was briefed by staff on the City’s efforts to acquire this funding, the status of the programmed projects and the improvements that will be made around the schools.

The work that will be funded by the grant includes installation of barrier-free ramps, sidewalks, bike routes, bike lanes and bike racks.

The City Council will consider a resolution to approve funding agreements with TxDOT at a future meeting. Click here to view the work session presentation.

This is fantastic news for families with kids going to these schools. This is especially good news to me, since one of these schools is in my neighborhood. We’re grateful that the City kept up with this, even after not getting selected the first 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.

Help Build Bikes For Kids This Saturday For Children’s Advocacy Center

Posted in Advocacy, Bicycle Events, Good Causes by dickdavid on November 3, 2011

Saw this post from BikeDFW and thought we should spread the word:

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County helps abused kids. A donor has donated about 300 bicycles that are currently in boxes and need to be assembled. This Saturday, November 5th, from 8:30 am to 5 pm,the Advocacy Center will be open for volunteers to help assemble these bikes. We encourage everyone to bring their family to the Children’s Advocacy Center for an hour or two and help put bikes together. You’ll leave knowing that you helped an abused child smile this Christmas.

The Center does not have enough tools, so please bring your own tools.

Your help is badly needed and hugely appreciated.

Posted on Facebook by the Plano Bicycle Association.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 5th
Time: 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Place: Children’s Advocacy Center
2205 Los Rios Blvd.
Plano, TX 75074
972-633-6600

Spreading The Word About Pedal Power – A North Texas Bike Charity

Posted in BFR Misc, Good Causes by dickdavid on October 27, 2011

Pedal Power Bike Valet

When we were at the Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Richardson Bike Mart Cyclesomatic Bicycle Fair last weekend, we discovered a great bicycle charity called Pedal Power. Based out of Mansfield, Texas, Pedal Power is a division of Mansfield Bike Charity, a non-profit organization dedicated to refurbishing and redistributing used bikes. Their bikes benefit kids and adults in need of transportation to school and work, and provide increased access to health care. Bikes are distributed in the DFW area as well as Central/South America and Africa (more).

We think this is a fantastic service, giving some folks a chance to give back to the community, while making it possible for others to get hold of a bicycle. More importantly, their focus is to get these bikes to people who actually need them for daily transportation and not just recreation.

Check out their website and learn how you can help. They are looking for cash donations and in-kind donations. You can also run a bike drive or donate your used bike.