Bike Friendly Richardson

BikeDFW Fall Meet Up – TONIGHT, Oct 22

Posted in Advocacy, Bicycle Events, Bike Friendly by dickdavid on October 22, 2012

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.

Speakers:

Julia McCleeary
Senior Planner
Transportation and Planning Division
City of Fort Worth

Dave Carter
Assistant Director
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.

WHEN
October 22, 2012 at 7pm – 8:30pm

WHERE
REI Dallas – Guadalupe Peak Room
4515 LBJ Fwy
Dallas, TX 75244
United States
Google map and directions

CONTACT
Marc Mumby · president@bikedfw.org
Some folks from Richardson will be riding to the event. They will be meeting at the Kroger parking lot, at the northeast corner of Coit and Beltline at 6:00. Check the BFR Facebook page for details and updates.
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National Bike Challenge – FINAL LOCAL RESULTS

Posted in BFR Misc by dickdavid on September 11, 2012

For those of you who didn’t know, there was a National Bike Challenge hosted by EndomondoThe League of American Bicyclists and  Bikes Belong. From May 1 through August 31 they’re tried to get as many riders as they could to ride 10 million miles – which was achieved nationally.

They’re also did regional challenges, putting small teams of 10 riders in friendly competition with each other for points and miles. BikeDFW hosted our local challenge.

We are proud to report that Bike Friendly Richardson had two teams participate in our region and both did very well. BFR team 1, who started at the beginning of the challenge, ended up taking 5th place in points (based on miles and amount of rides) in the region. Not only did we rank in the top 10, but we also had the most “transportation” (as opposed to sport/recreation) distance – topping out at over 7,111 miles. This is something that we are extremely proud of.

BFR team 2 also did really well – even working against the odds. Although team 2 got a really late start, with half the members, we still managed to make it to 22nd place. Not bad in a region with 40 teams. Also, 97% of team 2’s miles were for ‘transportation’.

National Bike Challenge – Team Bike Friendly Richardson July Check In

Posted in BFR Misc by dickdavid on July 12, 2012

For those of you who don’t know, there is a National Bike Challenge hosted by Endomondo, The League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Belong and BikeDFW. From May 1 through August 31 they’re trying to get as many riders as they can to ride 10 million miles. They’re also doing regional challenges, putting small teams of 10 riders in friendly competition with each other for points and miles.

Bike Friendly Richardson has a team and we’re doing quite well in our region. So far, we’ve remained in the top 3.

Here is an Early July Update from BikeDFW:

July 06 at 13:53

Some interesting stats as of July 1st:

Texas has 854 total rides in the National Bike Challenge. 395 of those (46%) are from the DFW area. That means we’re providing as many riders for the NBC as the rest of Texas combined… awesome!

Texas currently ranks 34th among all states. That sounds pitiful until you consider that the state rankings are calculated on a per capita basis. Texas (pop. 25.1 million) ranks first among the really big states, including New York (rank 42nd, pop. 19.4 million) and California (rank 43rd, pop. 37.2 million)… However we’re a long way from the leaders like Wisconsin, which is currently in 3rd place with 5,788 riders (pop. 5.7 million). There’s still plenty of time, so ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO PARTICIPATE.

There’s a lively competition in the DFW team category where several area bike clubs are duking it out with the TI DLP team for top honors. However, the Bike Friendly Richardson and DORBA teams are also in the top 10 but FAR ahead in commuting miles (and gas saved). Over 75% of their mileage is commuting. David Appleby, riding for Plano Bicycle Association, was the mileage leader at the end of June with over 2,000 miles since May.

Of note, Howard T Maher of Richardson was a Gold Level drawing prize winner in the National Bike Challenge drawing on July 1st. He won a Specialized Globe bike.

We took a closer look at the stats. So far, even thought we don’t have as many collected miles as some of the local bike clubs, we do have the most cycling transport miles – recorded for transportation over recreation or sport. As of today, we’re at 4,376 miles (80% of our riding), closely followed by DORBA, who has 3,520 miles. The two teams ahead of us in the local challenge (who have many more miles/points scored) only have 1,223 and 793 miles for transportation.

We’re excited by these results, but we also feel that the community can do better and put more transportation miles on the leaderboard. If you commute, it’s not to late to join the challenge and show how DFW is doing our part.

Richardson Bike To Work Day: Commuter Energizer Station

Posted in Advocacy, Bicycle Events, Bike Friendly, Partner by jennyrilling on May 7, 2012

May 18th is national Bike to Work Day, and Bike Friendly Richardson has teamed up with BikeDFW, DART, and Richardson Bike Mart to get you energized and show appreciation for your bike commute.

Leave the house a few minutes early on Friday, May 18th, and stop by our booth at Arapaho Center Station for free coffee and Taco Republic breakfast tacos, water from Whole Foods, commuting information, free bike tune-ups by an RBM mechanic, Neuro energy drinks,  AND, if you become a member of BikeDFW, we’ll hook you up with a sweet prize courtesy of Richardson Bike Mart. You can join BikeDFW at the event (cash or check), or join online and show us your PayPal receipt at the event. (Prizes available while supplies last.)

Support BikeDFW By Watching A Bike Movie

Posted in Bicycle Events, Good Causes by dickdavid on January 6, 2012

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.”

Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Studio Movie Grill Royal Lane
RSVP (via Facebook): Click Here
Tickets: Click Here or get them at the door.
Supporting: BikeDFW

Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea – Bicycle Advocacy Group Membership

Posted in Advocacy, Good Causes by dickdavid on December 13, 2011

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.

Cycling Rules Enforced In Collin County

Posted in Bike Education, City Stuff by dickdavid on July 15, 2011

Since half of Richardson is in Collin County (anything north of Lookout Drive), we thought it would be good to repost this from our friends at BikeDFW. Because of some concerns with road safety and in response to some motorists complaints, the cycling rules will be enforced in Collin County. Representatives from the bike community, including BikeDFW, met up with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office to have a “positive and productive meeting that resulted in a set of guidelines for how traffic laws will be enforced for bike riders in areas patrolled by the county.”

Click here to see those guidelines.

It is our opinion that all cyclist who ride and share the road should follow all the appropriate state and local traffic laws. It appears that the rules that will be enforced by the Collin County Sheriff’s Office are in compliance with the state laws and seem reasonable for north Texas cyclists.

On a personal note, although I’ve been making a strong effort to come to a complete stop at all lights and stop signs, I usually don’t put my foot down. I would typically do a track stand until I was certain of my right of way. If it’s a red light or not my turn at a stop sign, the foot would go down. Now, I’m going to need to make a conscious effort to put my foot down at every stop. I guess it’s better than getting a citation.

New Group Formed – Friends of White Rock Creek Trail

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Change, Bike Trails and Routes by dickdavid on February 1, 2011

Image © Friends Of White Rock Creek Trail - please visit their site

Friend of BRF, Magnus, sent us a link to an article in Lake Highlands Today about the new Friends of White Rock Creek Trail group. From the article:

The purpose of FWRCT, of course, is to support the betterment of the White Rock Creek Trail.

Current President of the advocacy group Bike DFW, Marc Mumby, is leading the charge on forming the FWRCT organization.
Read more…

What does that mean for Richardson folks? If you aren’t already using the White Rock Creek Trail to access White Rock Lake (or other parts of Dallas) perhaps you will once the Cottonwood Creek Trail and the Central Trail are complete. Having an organization like Friends of White Rock Creek Trail will help keep the trail maintained, improved and upgraded for many years of continued use.

If you would like to become part of the group or help them out, perhaps you should try to make it to their first meeting on February 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Mariano’s Hacienda on Skillman Avenue in Lake Highlands.

BikeDFW Asks You To Recycle Your Old Bikes on November 13

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 6, 2010

Our friends over at BikeDFW have announced that The City of Plano is hosting a Used Bicycle Round-Up and Bike Safety Rodeo in conjunction with Texas Recycles Day. This is a joint effort between Plano Bicycle Association, BikeDFW, Richardson Bike Mart, Plano Cycling and Fitness the Plano Sustainability and Environmental Services and Parks & Recreation Departments.

Dig out your old bikes and donate them to Bikes for Tykes. Also, there will be information on commuting by bike, bike safety, bike repair, and a bike safety rodeo for kids as well as a 15 mile novice ride.

Click here for details about the event.

Date: Saturday, Novermber 13, 2010
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Place: Plano Environmental Education Building
4116 West Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75093

BikeDFW Offering A Shorter, Less Expensive Traffic Skills 101 Course

Posted in Bike Education by dickdavid on March 9, 2010

BikeDFW will have League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructors conducting another Traffic Skills 101 course. For the reduced fee of $50 you can take part in, now, a 1-day course that will give cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The classroom portion of the course is now online.

Date: March 21, 2010 (Sunday)
Location: Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas , TX 75087
Registration Fee: $50.00

CLICK HERE for details and to sign up.