Bike Friendly Richardson

BFR Goes To The Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Richardson Bike Mart Cyclesomatic Bicycle Fair

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on October 23, 2011

A small group of us took the DART Red Line train into Dallas, to take part in the 2011 Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Richardson Bike Mart Cyclsomatic Bicycle Fair. This was the first of it’s kind for Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and for Dallas.

There was a great collection of exhibitors, including Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Oak Cliff Bicycle Company, Southwest Frameworks, YBS Bikes, ReGeared, DORBA, bicidichi, BikeDFW, Bike Texas, Lone Star Cyclists, The City of Dallas, Hidden Clothing, Bike Friendly Richardson and title sponsor Richardson Bike Mart. There was also bike valet, provided by a great organization called Pedal Power – as well as an awesome BMX stunt show (also sponsored by Richardson Bike Mart).

Next door was the Go Oak Cliff Blues, Bandits and BBQ event which filled the air with incredible music and fantastic smells. The weather was perfect, the people were super friendly and the strong community vibe was shared by everyone. I hope to see this event, and others like it, continue on a regular basis.

Here are some pics for the day (CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF THEM):

Jenny and Bill

Jenny and Bill on the Red Line

Pam

Pam on the Red Line

Bike Friendly Richardson

The BFR Table

Bike Texas

The Bike Texas Tent

Bike DFW

The Bike DFW Smoothie Station

Richardson Bike Mart

The Richardson Bike Mart Tent

Pedal Power Bike Valet

Bike Valet by Pedal Power

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff

The BFOC Tent

DORBA

The DORBA Tent

Making My Own Smoothie

Making My Own Smoothie

Utility Jenny

Jenny Test Rids A Cargo Bike

RBMX Getting Air

RBM BMX Team Performance

RBMX Getting Air

RBM BMX Team Performance

RBMX Getting Air

RBM BMX Team Performance

Heading Into Dallas

Pulled Over To Take A Pic On My Way Home

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF THEM

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They’re Closing The Gap Between Preston Ridge Trail and Cottonwood Trail

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on September 11, 2011

Blue Is The Preston Ridge Trail. Green Is The Cottonwood Trail.

If you’ve ever tried to ride the Preston Ridge Trail from Richardson, Plano or even north Dallas into downtown Dallas, you might of found it a bit difficult. Sure it’s a good trail that leads towards downtown, but it falls short on Coit Road, between Belt Line Road and Spring Valley Road. The closest connections into town would be either the White Rock Creek Trail which begins at LBJ Freeway, just east of Hillcrest Road – or the Cottonwood Trail, which doesn’t begin until you go east on Spring Valley and south on Maham Road. Both routes would require you to leave the multi-purpose Preston Ridge Trail and navigate either streets or sidewalks to reconnect with the other trails. Easy for some, but not for less experienced riders.

It looks like that’s about to change. We got a tip from a BFR friend that there is a new multi-purpose trail (which is part of the Cottonwood Trail) being constructed that will run along the east side of Coit Road, then along the north side of Spring Valley Road which will make the connection between the Preston Ridge Trail and the Cottonwood Trail. Great news for folks who don’t want to ride on the busy streets of Coit Road or Spring Valley Road.

It’s not a perfect solution. What qualifies this as a multi-purpose trail instead of a sidewalk? In this case, not much. Unlike other multi-purpose trails that run along the utility right-of-ways (like the Preston Ridge Trail), there isn’t much real estate to work with. Some would even think that this is no more than just a really wide sidewalk. They did the best they could with the limitations at hand. For that, we’re grateful.

We feel the best way to help differentiate this as a multi-purpose trail is to put a divider stripe down the center. This will indicate that it’s used for more than just a sidewalk. Also, put up signage to let people know what the intent for this trail is.

Click here or on the map above to get a closer look at the new connection. Below are some pics of how it looks so far.

View Up Coit Road

Multi-Purpose Trail Heading North On Coit Road

Narrow Trail

Narrow Section At The Corner Of Spring Valley and Coit

View Heading Down Spring Valley

Multi-Purpose Trail Heading West On Spring Valley Road

Narrow Trail

Narrow Section Heading West On Spring Valley Road

Spring Valley Crossing At Maham Road

Spring Valley Crossing At Maham Road (facing south)

View Heading Down Maham Road

Multi-Purpose Trail Heading South On Maham Road

Construction Gap

Construction Gap Where It Connects With The Existing Cottonwood Trail

Pics From This Sunday’s BFKH Ride To Dallas’ Cycle Sunday

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on June 27, 2011

Yesterday, I decided to join the Bike Friendly Knox-Henderson group and ride down to the first Dallas Cycle Sunday ride. After that, we got to check out the city’s latest Complete Streets initiative called Ross Avenue – Build A Better Boulevard.

The ride with the Knox-Henderson group started at the Pearl Cup and made it’s way down some nice back streets, including Swiss Avenue. It ended at the Main Street Garden Park, which was the starting point for Dallas’ first Cycle Sunday ride. The Dallas Cycle Sunday ride was nice loop around downtown, set up to celebrate the newly adapted Dallas Bike Plan.

Cycle Sunday ended at the Ross Avenue – Build A Better Boulevard event which was amazing.

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

The Pearl Cup

Dallas Bound

Heading To Main Street Park

Main Street Garden

Dallas Riders

Dallas Cycle Sunday

Dallas Cycle Sunday

Dallas Cycle Sunday

Ross Avenue Build A Better Boulevard

Smoothie Maker

Dallas Cycle Sunday Ride This Weekend

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on June 22, 2011

Reunion Tower

It’s popping up on all the local bike blogs: the city of Dallas is sponsoring its inaugural Cycle Sunday Ride. This is a Ciclovia inspired ride, dubbed “Dallasvias”.  They are wanting everybody to meet at Main Street Garden Park at 10:00AM and start riding at 10:30AM. The ride will loop around the downtown area then head to the Dallas Complete Streets Kickoff/Better Block on Ross Avenue at approximately 11AM. If there are enough participants, the ride will continue on to the White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration.

DATE: Sunday, June 26, 2011
TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: Main Street Garden Park
RSVP: Via Facebook here and/or here

Main Street Park

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Dallas Kicks Off – ‘Happy Trails’ Safety Campaign

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Change, Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on May 9, 2011
Happy Trails Graphics - DMN

Page From The Dallas Morning News - Please Visit Their Site

We ran across an article in the Dallas Morning News‘ Metro section on Friday about Dallas’ new trail safety campaign, ‘Happy Trails’. Apparently, as the city’s trail network becomes more popular, overcrowding and safety are becoming a major issue. Read more here.

Having been on these trails, we think this is a fantastic idea. Whenever you bring together a huge mass of people (and pets), with different ages and experience, traveling at different speeds, you have to learn how to co-exist – safely. We also feel that, although safety education and awareness are always a good idea, common courtesy and respect for each other on the trail can make a huge difference.

Be nice. Be safe.

Article Continued - DMN

Page From The Dallas Morning News - Please Visit Their Site

UPDATE – LINKS:

Happy Trails Dallas website
City of Dallas Hike & Bike Trails On Facebook
Happy Trails On Twitter 

GRAND OPENING – Switching Gears Cyclery – Saturday, May 14, 2011

Posted in BFR Misc, Bicycle Events by dickdavid on April 26, 2011

GRAND OPENING - Switching Gears Cyclery - Dallas, Texas

Our friends over at Switching Gears Cyclery (in Dallas – Fair Park) will be celebrating their grand opening in a few weeks. Be sure to mark your calendars to attend a great event.

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Time: 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Place: 833 Exposition – Off Parry, Dallas, Texas 75226
Hosts: Andee Pittman & Colin Clarke – Proprietors
Featuring: Lone Star Goldsprints, Live Music By Sea Lion, Team Party Time Race Dales Dash, Door Prizes, And More.
RSVP: Here on Facebook

Don’t forget, please support your local bike shops.

Week of Cycling Chic Dallas – Starts Today

Posted in Advocacy, Bicycle Events, Bike Change, Bike Friendly by dickdavid on April 9, 2011

There’s a global bike movement (started in Copenhagen – I think) that’s making its way to DFW. I’m sure most of you have heard of or read about Cycle Chic which is the culture of cycling in fashionable clothes – style over speed. Dallas Cycle Chic has come to Dallas and is launching with a Week of Cycling Chic.

From their site:

Dust off your bike and join the revolution! Bikes all over the city!  A whole week of ways for you to show your biking love in Dallas (and celebrate our newly updated Bicycle Master Plan!)

Represent your cycling style at our first ever Cyclist Census, see some great shots of biking in Dallas on display at Eno’s, come for happy hour at the Texas Theatre and see old classic “The Bicycle Thief”, vote for your favorite cyclist to be our Face of Biking in Dallas, race around town to win the Spring Poloride photo scavenger hunt, relax at Main Street Gardens watching “Peewee’s Big Adventure” on the lawn, then end the week learning to play Bike Polo and watching (or competing in!) the tournament.

It’s an action-packed week of bicycle love just for you, Dallas.

We’re glad this has started in DFW. Anything that brings in more cyclists to the area always makes us happy. Click here for event details and here for their Facebook page.

PEDALLAS Presents The Night Shift Alley Cat – April 1, 2011

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on March 22, 2011

Our friends over at PEDALLAS are hosting another great event called The Night Shift Alley Cat. Looks like it’s going to be another awesome north Texas bike event, so mark your calendars for April 1, 2011 and go hang out with the Dallas folks. You can either participate in the race or just have a great time watching.

Date: April 1, 2011
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Where: Behind We Are 1976 (on Henderson)
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes: 1st – $50, 2nd – $30, 3rd – $20
Required: Bike, Helmet, Front and Rear Lights & Lock

2011 Dallas Bike Plan – Final Public Meeting – January 20

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Change, City Stuff by dickdavid on January 19, 2011

The City of Dallas and the North Central Texas Council of Governments invites you to attend the Final Public Meeting for the 2011 DALLAS BIKE PLAN on Thursday January 20, 5-8 pm at Dallas City Hall Flag Room (6E North). For more information, or to review draft plan and maps following the public meeting go here.

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Pics From The BFOC Tweed Ride

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 22, 2010

Here are some images of the Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Dallas Tweed Ride (from Suburban Assault):

BFOC Tweed Ride 2010