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.
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.
Here are Phil’s pics from the ride:
We all know how awesome Richardson is to ride. What’s really nice is when you get unsolicited praise from somebody who doesn’t live here. The folks over at the blog Bicycle Point Of View did just that. My favorite quote from them:
I will have to continue reporting on Richardson as time allows, although I can truly say that this city is already becoming one of the safest and most bike friendliest city for cyclists in Texas and among other states as well.
Click here to read their post about Richardson.
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.
I was joking at the office about my 100+ degree commute home. As I was filling this ice, I claimed that it would be melted within a couple of miles. Turns out it wasn’t such a joke.Quite honestly, I don’t mind the heat. Once you’re in it, it isn’t so bad. I figure, this is Texas – I can either hide from the heat or embrace it. Anybody else ride in the heat?
I love reading stories about Richardson folks commuting to work. It’s good to know that the bike friendly efforts of our city are being utilized by its residents.
Bob, a guest writer for BFR, has an amazing blog about sustainability while living in the suburbs called Suburban Shift.
Suburban Shift covers stuff like organic gardening, bike commuting, home energy efficiency, alternative transportation, alternative energy, minimalism, simplicity, recycling and personal finance. It inspires me to become more responsible with my life and the world I live in – even from my little corner.
Today, Bob wrote about returning to his bike commute routine. Here’s a snippet from his post that made me smile:
That’s right folks. North Dallas Suburbs are making bicycle progress, and I’m tremendously proud that my town of Richardson is really leading the way. The bike trail system in Richardson will be one of the city’s nicest and most useful amentities. Read more.
As you can see, Bob is also a big fan of what’s going on with Richardson biking. We love the city’s momentum and want to see it continue – making Richardson a truly bike friendly city.
If you have a bike commute story to tell, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you and share it with other riders.
I saw these on a Retweet over on Twitter, and now our friends over at Pedallas have them posted. I thought I would share them over here as well to help spread the word for TheLaceofBase. This is a two-part peek into the Dallas urban cycling scene that I think was well produced. I really liked the splashed-in vignettes of Dallas that not only localize the piece, but also sets a nice, urban tone throughout.
Farris Jones, Nicholas Spencer, April R. and Alain W. do a great job at articulating the local, urban perspective.