Bike Friendly Richardson

Report from the 2012 Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Education by Adam on February 5, 2012

I spent the latter half of last week down in sunny (and humid!) San Antonio with hundreds of other cycling advocates, public officials, and planning and design professionals.  This conference is put on every other year by two state-wide organization—BikeTexas (a cycling advocacy organization that spends the odd years lobbying the state legislature) and the Texas Trails Network (an organization dedicated to the provision of linear trails for transportation and recreation uses). 

 As always, the conference was excellent.  Beyond the great job the two organizations do planning and running the event, the caliber of presenters and speakers is unparalleled, in my opinion.  Plenary speakers included John Burke, president of Trek Bicycle Co.; Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis, D-Houston; Congressman Jim Oberstar, D-Minnesota, and Keith Laughlin, president of the Rails to Trails Conservancy.  While each of the speakers was excellent, it was truly an honor to hear the speech from Jim Oberstar—the father of Safe Routes to School, the Transportation Enhancements program, and multi-modal funding in federal transportation bills.  Few people have had as great an impact on bicycling.

North Texas was well-represented at the conference both in terms of presenters speaking about the great strides we’re making in the Metroplex, as well as attendees there to learn what is happening across the state.  There were several presentations given that focused on bikes and pedestrians in North Texas:

  • Max Kallhammer (Dallas’ bicycle coordinator) spoke about Dallas’ new bike plan;
  • Michael Hellman and Jared White (from the Dallas Parks Department) presented Dallas’ new “Happy Trails” trail signage program;
  • Andrew Howard and Jason Roberts spoke about the success of their Better Block program (which we STILL need to bring to Richardson);
  • Deb Humphreys of NCTCOG discussed the development of a complete streets policy for North Texas; and
  • Yours truly presented Collin County’s new regional trail master plan.

In addition to those that presented, there were city employees and advocates from McKinney, Allen, Plano, Grapevine, Fort Worth, and others from Dallas (including three council members) in attendance.  And finally, Lewisville won an award for its recently-completed citywide Trails Master Plan.

But we didn’t just sit around for three days.  There were also SIXTEEN mobile sessions where participants could take a tour of the various bike routes, trails, and urban revitalization projects in San Antonio by biking, walking, running, or paddling—depending on the session.  This was truly an active conference!

All-in-all it was a great experience and I highly recommend EVERYONE connected to BFR attend the next conference, which is scheduled for 2014 and might happen right here in North Texas!

– Adam Wood

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Route For The Cruise To The Cottonwood

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on April 28, 2010

We finally got a chance to put together a map to the festival. It’s a short little 6.65 mile route – mostly through some really nice neighborhood streets.

We hope to see you there.

Here are more details about the ride.

February Bike Events In DFW

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on January 22, 2010

There’s lots of DFW biking going on in February. Besides the weekly rides from 75208, DCM and FMD, there will be some great events to check out:

February 7:
3rd Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap: If you happen to be in Cowtown between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Tarrant County Resource Connection (Building 2300), come check out some cool bike sales and swopping.

Mardi Gras Parade Ride: ride with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff on a 1.2-mile parade ride, traveling down North Bishop Ave. and through the Bishop Arts District. This will go from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

February 14:
Love Your Lane | Valentine’s Day Ride: again, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff will meet up at Main Street Garden Park at 2 p.m., cruise through downtown to Cedar Springs, down Turtle Creek Blvd., and over to Uptown where they’ll make a stop at The Ginger Man before heading back to our nice new park downtown.

ALSO, DON’T FORGET

February 20:
Raffle Ramble: We’re hosting a fun little ride it north DFW. Come out to Richardson to support a good cause and win some cool prizes. Details to come very soon. Until then, you can
save the date!!

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SAVE THE DATE – New BFR Ride Event!

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on January 17, 2010

Now that Bike Friendly Richardson is building up steam, we’d like to do another ride event. This time we will be doing a fun run called the Raffle Ramble.

SAVE THE DATE: Feburary 20, 2010

Brief Description: This will be a charity event. Our friend William Neumann was brave enough to take on the 2010 Tour du Rouge, a six day bike ride from Houston to New Orleans that raises money for American Red Cross Chapters along the Gulf Coast.

The Ramble will be a fun ride to various points in Richardson where participants will collect raffle tickets. Those tickets can be used to win cool prizes.

Who can ride: Everybody; All skill levels

How much: FREE to ride. However, to participate in the raffle to win prizes, we’d need a donation to William’s Red Cross Fund:
$15 Donation – Early Registration (By January 31)
$20 Donation – Between February 1 and event day.

ALL the donations will be going to the American Red Cross Chapters along the Gulf Coast. Even if you can’t participate in the Ramble, please help us get William to his goal.

We’re still working out the details. Stay tuned for an official announcement and a list of sponsors to the event.

Bike Denton Brings Us The World’s first Denim Ride

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on January 14, 2010

The word has been spreading. Our friends at Bike Denton are hosting the world’s first Denim Ride. It will be held on Saturday, January 23 – 1:30 and kicks off at the corner of Fry and Hickory. Go here for details.