Please join us! BikeDFW’s Fall Meet Up will be on Monday evening, October 22, 2012.
Come network with other cyclists and learn about what’s going on at BikeDFW and in our local communities to encourage cycling. Our speakers will discuss how the two bike-friendliest cities in the DFW metroplex (Fort Worth and Richardson) got to be that way and what they’ve got in store for the future.
Transportation and Planning Division
City of Fort Worth
Traffic and Transportation
Department of Development Services
City of Richardson
Just added (10/17/2012)
Short presentations by the Fort Worth Mayor’s Office (MaryAnn Means) and Bike Friendly Fort Worth on grass roots advocacy.
Refreshments will be served.
The Meet Up is open to the public and admission is free, but space is limited so you must RSVP to reserve a spot.
4515 LBJ Fwy
Dallas, TX 75244
Google map and directions
Great news, Richardson cyclists! The League of American Bicyclists and Bike DFW will be hosting a Traffic Skills 101 course right here in Richardson on September 30, 2012. For those of you not familiar with the course, it gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Through TS101, students learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and children above age fourteen.
Even if you think you are an experienced cyclist, this course may be for you. There is always something new that you will discover about cycling safety, skills and handling with the TS 101 course. Or, if you are like me, the course may make you aware of some of the bad riding habits you might have picked up over the years. If anything, the course also serves as a great refresher of stuff you may already know. It’s well worth the time if you enjoy cycling.
Traffic Skills 101 is designed to teach basic cycling skills to riders of all ages and abilities. This class will teach cyclists to ride effectively and with confidence in an urban environment. Instructors: Mike Freiberger, Warren Casteel, and other League Certified Instructors Classroom portion must be completed online prior to September 29, 2012: http://bikeed.org/ Required: Bicycle, Helmet, money for lunch — on bike ride. Arrive at 7:45 for prompt 8:00 AM start!
2400 Glenville Drive
Richardson, TX, 75082
2400 Glenville Drive, 75082. Verizon location just off Galatyn and Glenville, a block east of the Galatyn Station DART stop. Be there at 7:45 for a prompt 8:00 AM start.
30.00. Advance sign-up required
Sign Up Instructions:
Send email to Warren Casteel firstname.lastname@example.org ALSO You must pre-register at bikeed.com prior to September, 28, 2012. Classroom portion must be completed online prior to September 29, 2012: http://bikeed.org/
Bicycle, Helmet, money for lunch — on bike ride.
Classroom space may be limited, so please register as soon as you can.
Traffic Skills 101 Course
Sunday, April 29, 2012
8:45 AM – 2 PM
Location: Casteel & Associates, 10031 Monroe Drive, Suite 105, Dallas, TX 75229
Cost: $20 – includes a light snack and a printed copy of the Traffic Skills 101manual (a $10 value).
Instructor: Renee Jordan (Reneej@plano.gov)
Come have some fun learning safe, effective cycling from Instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists who are active riders and commuters. The course includes an online portion you can take anytime (as long as it’s completed by April 27th) and a 4-5 hour on-bike session learning skills and practicing riding in traffic under the guidance of your instructors. The riding portion includes a lunch stop so bring along some money!
Signup Instructions: Email Renee at the above address. Payments may be made via PayPal after you have signed up, or on the day of the class. The written portion is taken online at: http://bikeed.org/ and must be completed at least 48 hours before class time.
Our friends over at BikeDFW are hosting the movie Bicycle Dreams and would like you to come see it. The money raised will help support BikeDFW and their local bicycle advocacy efforts. Here are the details from BikeDFW:
Bicycle Dreams, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the Race Across America (RAAM), will premiere in Dallas/Fort Worth at the Studio Movie Grill Royal Lane on Wednesday, February 1 at 7 p.m. The screening is a benefit for BikeDFW.
The film, which has won numerous awards at film festivals all over the world, “is an up-close look at what RAAM riders go through,” says Stephen Auerbach, the director and producer of Bicycle Dreams. “They deal with searing desert heat, agonizing mountain climbs, and endless stretches of open road. And they do it all while battling extreme exhaustion and sleep deprivation. It’s a great subject for a film.”
“Bicycle Dreams is a spectacular and heartfelt film that offers a riveting portrait of extreme courage in the face of inhuman obstacles,” writes TheLoveOfMovies.com. “It is an artistic triumph that renewed my belief in the power of desire and the strength of the human will.”
If you’re looking for that last minute gift to give your bicycle enthusiast friend, you might want to think about giving them a membership to a bicycle advocacy group – or perhaps making a donation in their name.
No, not to Bike Friendly Richardson. We’re not set up to take in and allocate funding. Quite frankly, there are other organizations who are much better advocates for bicycling. Here are just a few:
Let’s start locally:
BikeDFW – a Texas nonprofit organization working for safe, healthy, and more livable communities, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, by promoting bicycling for transportation and recreation. Through their individual membership program, and bicycle club and industry sponsor programs, BikeDFW represents nerly 2,000 cyclists in North Texas. These guys are great at bringing great information to local cyclists. Keeping a close watch over local and city government, they make efforts to attend and represent cyclists at biking and infrastructure related meetings. They also offer bicycle education classes throughout the year.
When you become a member of BikeDFW you’re acting to decrease traffic congestion, decrease air pollution, and increase public health by promoting increased bicycle use in North Texas.
Your tax-deductible gift supports our efforts to:
- Increase the accessibility and safety of cycling in North Texas by promoting bicycle-friendly policies, infrastructure, and legislation
- Increase bicycle use and safety in North Texas through bicycle education programs that foster safe and confident riding
- Raise awareness of the role of bicycling in commuting, multi-modal transportation, recreation, and promoting better health in North Texas
- Expand the capabilities of BikeDFW and ensure its sustainability
Click here to join (or buy a gift membership) – starting at $25.
Next up, the state level:
BikeTexas – The mission of BikeTexas is to advance bicycle access, safety and education in Texas. BikeTexas, formerly known as Texas Bicycle Coalition, was formed in 1991 to unify the voices of thousands of bicycle enthusiasts, the bicycle industry, Texas bicycle clubs and Texas-based bicycle rides and events. With the support of these members and community partners, BikeTexas seeks to develop and steward the future of bicycling in Texas and encourage bicycle use as a healthy and mainstream lifestyle and transportation choice. More.
When you become a member of BikeTexas, you get these benefits:
- A Voice in Austin and Washington, DC
- BikeTexas.org website which is a member-supported, member-driven hub of information about bicycle safety, access, and education in the Lone Star State
- BikeTexas Today eNewsletter
- Action Alerts & Event Updates
- Membership ID Card
- BikeTexas Gear (with higher level membership)
Click here to join (or buy a gift membership) – starting at $30.
Then there’s the national level:
League of American Bicyclists – The League was founded as the League of American Wheelmen in 1880. Their mission is to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. They do this by representing the interests of the nation’s 57 million cyclists. With a current membership of 300,000 affiliated cyclists, including 25,000 individuals and 700 affiliated organizations, the League works to bring better bicycling to your community.
When you become a member you are an integral part of the nation’s premier cycling organization that brings together more than 300,000 cyclists including a membership of 40,000 individuals and over 600 organizations. You also get these benefits:
- 6 issues per year of American Bicyclist magazine, including the annual Bicycle-Friendly America yearbook.
- 11 issues per year of Bicycling magazine.
- Annual Mileage log.
- Professional bike shipping discount.
- Discounts to League events.
- Discounts from participating retailers.
Click here to join (or buy a gift membership) – starting at $40.
Lots of Options:
If they are already members to these groups, there are plenty of other charitable organizations that are bike related: Alliance for Biking and Walking, Streetsblog.net, People for Bikes, Spokes for Folks, Pedal-Power and 88bikes – just to name a few.
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.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5th
Time: 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Place: Children’s Advocacy Center
2205 Los Rios Blvd.
Plano, TX 75074
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.”