Bike Friendly Richardson

Recap and Pics From The 4th Annual Black Friday Ride

Posted in BFR Misc, Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 24, 2012

Renner Trail

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

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Bike Friendly Richardson Presents: Black Friday Ride #4

Posted in Bicycle Events, Bike Friendly by dickdavid on November 18, 2012

Black Friday Ride #4

It’s that time of year again. It’s the time to AVOID all the big crowds at the shopping mall, work off that Thanksgiving dinner and have a fun ride around town.

You are invited to attend Bike Friendly Richardson‘s FOURTH annual Black Friday Ride. Started four years ago as the inaugural ride that launched Bike Friendly Richardson, the Black Friday Ride gives folks an alternative way to kick off the holiday season. This is a casual paced ride that will explore many of the different route options available to Richardson cyclists. We will ride on back-roads, side-streets, multi-purpose trails and available bike lanes.

Come on out to the Shops at Eastside, enjoy a tasty lunch at Chiloso, Russo’s Italian Kitchen, Urban Eatz or Panera Bread, then meet us at the fountain around 1:00 pm.

The first part of the route will be around 10 miles and stops at Dal Rich (Whole Foods) shopping center for a nice break.

The return ride, back at the Shops at Eastside, will be around 6 miles.

DATE: Friday, November 23, 2012
TIME: Arrive: 1:00 pm, Ride: 1:30 pm
START/FINISH: Shops At Eastside – 700 E. Campbell Road @ Central (meet at the fountain)
PACE: Casual
RSVP: Via Facebook
ROUTE: Click Here (subject to change)

SAVE THE DATE: Black Friday Ride #4 – November 23, 2012

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 10, 2012

When we launched Bike Friendly Richardson, our inaugural ride was the first Black Friday Ride. This has become somewhat of a tradition, and we’d love for you to come along for the next one.

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 23, 2012.

Avoid the malls, the lines and the mad rush to buy things that are already sold out. Instead, enjoy a peaceful, slow paced ride around town. You might even work off some of those Thanksgiving calories.

Stay tuned for details, which are coming soon. Until then, you can RSVP on the Facebook event page.

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Recap Of Our Black Friday Ride – Number 3

Posted in BFR Misc, Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 25, 2011

Today was our 3rd annual Black Friday Ride. Sixteen folks made the choice to avoid the shopping malls and discount stores to do a casual ride around Richardson. It ended up being a great afternoon for riding.

Starting at the Shops at Eastside, the ride was a 10 mile loop around Richardson. The loop included a wide sampling of the many back roads, side streets and multi-purpose trails that Richardson has to offer.

At the end of the ride, several of us enjoyed some tasty food and beverages from the Twist Root Burger Company.

We want to thank all the folks who took the time to make it out for the ride. We will continue to refine and develop this ride so that it will be even more fun in the future.

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

Black Friday Ride - East Side Departure Group

Black Friday Ride

Black Friday Ride - Howard And Rita

Black Friday Ride - Spring Creek Park - Under The DART

Black Friday Ride - Spring Creek Park Bridge

After Ride - Twisted Root Burger

Black Friday Ride Number 3 – November 25, 2011

Posted in Bicycle Events, Bike Friendly by dickdavid on November 20, 2011

Black Friday Ride #3

It’s that time of year again. It’s the time to AVOID all the big crowds at the shopping mall, work off that Thanksgiving dinner and have a fun ride around town.

You are invited to attend Bike Friendly Richardson‘s third annual Black Friday Ride. Started three years ago as the inaugural ride that launched Bike Friendly Richardson, the Black Friday Ride gives folks an alternative way to kick off the holiday season. This is a casual paced ride that will explore many of the different route options available to Richardson cyclists. We will ride on back-roads, side-streets, multi-purpose trails and available bike lanes.

Come on out to the Shops at Eastside, enjoy a tasty lunch at Chiloso, Russo’s Italian Kitchen, Urban Eatz or Panera Bread, then meet us at the fountain around 1:00 pm. The route will be around 10 miles and goes through Spring Creek Park, where you can enjoy the colors of fall. We’ll end the ride back at the Shops at Eastside, where you can enjoy some tasty food or grab a cold one at Twisted Root Burgers.

DATE: Friday, November 25, 2011
TIME: Arrive: 1:00 pm, Ride: 1:30 pm
START/FINISH: Shops At Eastside – 700 E. Campbell Road @ Central (meet at the fountain)
PACE: Casual
RSVP: Via Facebook
ROUTE: Click Here (subject to change)

SAVE THE DATE: November 25, 2011 – 3rd Annual Black Friday Ride

Posted in BFR Misc, Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 13, 2011

Black Friday Ride 2011

It’s BACK!! The third annual, Black Friday Ride.

Avoid the mall!
Avoid the crowds!
Work off the turkey!
Have a stress free start to the holiday season.

This will be a nice, leisure ride around town. Details and route map to come!

Pics From Black Friday Ride 2

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 27, 2010

It was a perfect day to ride. The temperature stayed in the mid 50s, the sun was shining and the wind was somewhat minimal. Twenty-one cyclists ranging in all skill levels, wearing everything from denim to lycra took part in the second Black Friday Ride. We had riders from all over DFW – including Richardson, Dallas, Garland, Denton and Arlington. Some folks enjoyed Fuzzy’s Taco before the ride and some folks stayed after to enjoy a snack and some cold beer. We really enjoyed seeing everybody and thank you for coming out.

Photo by Joe Gregory

Photo by Joe Gregory

Photo by Howard Maher

Photo by Howard Maher

Photo by Howard Maher

BFR Black Friday Ride - Richardson Back Roads

BFR Black Friday Ride - Waterview Bike Lane

Photo by Joe Gregory

BFR Black Friday Ride - Custer Bike Lane

Photo by Joe Gregory

BFR Black Friday Ride - Enjoying Fuzzy Tacos

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Thanks For Coming Out To The Black Friday Ride

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 26, 2010
black Friday ride

Image From TripleDub Images

Thanks to everybody who made it out to the second Black Friday Ride. It was really nice seeing some good friends and meeting new ones.

We’ll give you an update with more pics tomorrow.

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Black Friday Ride Route Map

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 25, 2010

Black Friday Ride No. 2

Tomorrow is looking to be a nice day for the Black Friday Ride. It’ll be sunny and cool so you probably won’t even break a sweat.

As a special treat, we’re working with Tripledub Images to help us capture the face of the Richardson (and Dallas) bike community. At one of our stops, Wendy will be taking individual pics of anybody who wants a photo with their bike.

For those of you who want to know the route in advance, here is a map of the ride. As promised, we will be experiencing all of the different types of routes available for Richardson cyclists: back roads, trails and bike lanes.

If you are on Facebook, let us know you are coming. I hope to see you at Fuzzy Taco Shop (561 West Campbell Road), tomorrow at 3:30.

Presenting Black Friday Ride 2 – November 26, 2010

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 9, 2010

Black Friday Ride No. 2

We had so much fun last year that we thought we’d do it again. Bike Friendly Richardson presents Black Friday Ride Number 2.

There are 30 days of holiday shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why venture out and deal with the crowds on the busiest retail day of the year? Why mess with busy parking lots, long lines and people fighting over the last of the Sing-A-Ma-Jigs? Instead, take the afternoon off and have a nice bike ride in Richardson.

We’ll meet up at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Campbell, and do a casual lap through town. The route will let you experience different parts of the Richardson Bike Plan, including neighborhood streets, hike and bike trails and some of the new bike lanes. Check back for more details and route map.

Date: Friday, November 26, 2010
Time:
3:30 p.m.
Place:
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (561 West Campbell Road)
Pace:
Casual – beginners welcome
RSVP:
IF you are on Facebook, Click here to let us know that you plan to attend.

We hope to see you there.

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