Bike Friendly Richardson

DFW Bike Shops Recognized By Size

Posted in BFR Misc by dickdavid on November 3, 2010

Richardson Bike Mart

I stumbled across this while reading the Bike Monkey blog this morning. It was syndicated from the Bicycle Retailer site. Apparently our local bike shops are recognized because we “Build Them Big in Dallas.”

Click here to read about their tour of DFW bike shops (day 1).

Although I love these shops, I’d love to see them do a tour of some of the smaller shops like Villy CustomsOak Cliff Bicycle CompanyPanther City BicyclesQuerenciaThe Bike ShopTransit Bicycle CompanyTrinity Bicycles to name a few.

UPDATE: Looks like the visited a few shops in Fort Worth (including Trinity) on day 2. ALSO: here’s another post about other shops in Dallas.

Here We Grow Again – Please Welcome Bike Friendly Deep Ellum

Posted in Bike Friendly by dickdavid on October 5, 2010

Please welcome the newest member to the Bike Friendly DFW family, Bike Friendly Deep Ellum. We’re not sure if they’ve gone public yet, but we are following each other on Twitter. You should follow them too.

We hope to see some great group rides from down there.

2011 Dallas Bike Plan: Bikeway System Draft Network Maps now available online!

Posted in Advocacy, City Stuff by dickdavid on September 29, 2010

Here’s some exciting information from our neighbors to the south.

From their email:

On September 23, 2010 over 200 people participated in our second public meeting at Dallas City Hall. At this meeting, the maps showing the proposed draft network and facility type recommendations for the Dallas Bikeway System were presented.  We received a lot of great feedback that will help improve the Bikeway System Master Plan, and the period for further public comments on these draft maps will end at 5PM CDT on October 15th, 2010.  For your convenience, the draft maps have been added to the Dallas Bike Plan website.

To view and download the maps, as well as other materials from the public meeting, please click on the following link or paste the web address into your internet browser: http://dallasbikeplan.com/maps.

In just a few days a comments function will be added to the website where you can provide us with your thoughts and reaction to the proposed bicycle facility recommendations, bicycle network alignments.

The 2011 Dallas Bike Plan Project Team thanks you for your patience and continued participation!

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October 2010 Ride Events In DFW

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on September 21, 2010

With the weather cooling off, it’s time to see more group rides around town. October is starting to look pretty busy.

Friday, October 1, 2010Biking In Dallas presents: The Great State Fair of Texas Group Ride

Image from Biking In Dallas

Saturday, October 2, 2010Bike Friendly Arlington presents: Field Day

Image From Bike Friendly Arlington

October 14-17, 2010 – Bike Friendly Oak Cliff presents: Cyclesomatic 2010

Image From Bike Friendly Oak Cliff

Friday, October 15, 2010 – Bike Friendly Oak Cliff presents: Dallas Bikes To City Hall

Image From Bike Friendly Oak Cliff

Sunday, October 17, 2010 – Bike Friendly Oak Cliff presents: Group Ride: On the Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald

Image From Bike Friendly Oak Cliff

Tuesday, October 26, 2010, Fixed Minus Dicks presents: Ride Of The Living Dead

Image From FMD

We’ll keep you posted if any more rides pop up. IF you are an organizer for a local DFW bike event in October, let us know and we’ll post it.

OCTOBER EVENT UPDATE:

We added Cyclesomatic and Bikes To City Hall.

East Dallas Veloway – Connecting Richardson To East And Downtown Dallas

Posted in Bike Change, Bike Friendly, Bike Trails and Routes by dickdavid on September 1, 2010

Last night I stopped off at the public meeting that discussed the new East Dallas Veloway Master Plan. There was a lot of detail discussed and I couldn’t catch all the specifics about phases and timing. So, I’ll just give you some of the top-line information. More details will come as we get them.

THE PLAN:
The East Dallas Veloway is a major part of the Dallas Veloweb, a network of trails designed by the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department. The idea is to build a “backbone” trail to connect a series of neighborhood trails. They will utilize existing city infrastructure and funding from multiple sources (including the City, County and DART) to bring another connection from northeast Dallas into downtown Dallas (via the Katy and Santa Fe Trails).

THE ROUTE:
The route will utilize the old Union Pacific railway, and create a more direct link from a northern part of the White Rock Creek Trail, just south of Forest Lane and Central, all the way to the White Rock Lake Park Hike & Bike Trail.

At the north end, via the White Rock Creek Trail, it will connect to the Cottonwood Trail – which will lead into Richardson. Half way down, it will connect with the new phases of the Katy Trail, which will lead you to downtown Dallas. At the south end, the connection with the White Rock Creek Trail will connect you with the Santa Fe Trail, which will also bring you into downtown Dallas.

TRAIL FEATURES:
The East Dallas Veloway will be built similar to the railroad route its replacing, a long, straight path with no hills or dips – just gentle slopes. The trail itself will be 14′ wide with the option of a second pedestrian path, similar to parts of the Katy Trail. There will be 5 trail heads and 11 gateways for access. The signage will be large 30′ tall structures that will be visible from multiple directions.

At this point, there are no plans for lighting. They say that it’s really expensive to install and maintain, plus it implies safety – where it may not be late at night. Also, the plan is to treat the trail like a city park, with daily closings.

Eventually, the idea is to get a group similar to the Friends of the Katy Trail to get organized and work on funding for improvements for some of these amenities.

TIMING:
UPDATE (From our friend Ron – see comment below):
The Veloway is still a long way off. Phase III will wait for the passage of an upcoming bond package of more than a million dollars from both the City of Dallas and Dallas County.  There is no budget  for Phase IV yet

UPDATE: Here’s a link from Stuart, with a copy of the presentation for anyone looking for more details: Download (pdf)

DON’T FORGET Veloway Public Meeting – Tonight

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Change, Bike Friendly, City Stuff by dickdavid on August 31, 2010

IF bicycle movies aren’t your cup of tea and you happen to be curious about the East Dallas Veloway Master Plan, don’t forget about the public meeting tonight:

Veloway Trail Phase 3 and YMCA, Public Meeting/Workshop is scheduled:

Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Ridgewood-Belcher Recreation Center, 6818 Fisher Road at Trammel Drive

The purpose of this meeting is to present “East Dallas Veloway Master Plan” and provide updates to funding and schedule. Please plan to attend.

Ride The Divide Movie Screening

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on August 30, 2010

Although we aren’t about sports or endurance riding, we do love to watch movies – and we really like to watch movies about bike riding. If you don’t mind taking a little trip down Central (or back-road route if you are biking) down to the Studio Movie Grill at Royal Lane on Tuesday, August 31 – you can catch the only Dallas screening of Ride The Divide.

As a special treat, Villy Customs will be there showcasing some of their fantastic custom cruiser bikes.

Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Studio Movie Grill (Dallas/Royal)
11170 N Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75243

Here’s the trailer:

BFOC’s Jason Roberts In The Latest Issue Of Bicycle Times

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Friendly by dickdavid on August 29, 2010

I was flipping through my new issue of Bicycle Times Magazine and ran across an interesting article about advocacy, written by Bruce Ebert. The article talks about some of the efforts for change in automobile heavy, suburban sprawl type cities like Dallas. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff gets mentioned and Jason Roberts gets quoted. I won’t go too deeply into the article, but it was nice to read about how the efforts of local cyclists are getting recognized in a national magazine. Way to go, BFOC!

Veloway Public Meeting

Posted in Bike Change, Bike Friendly, City Stuff by dickdavid on August 4, 2010

Our friends from Bike Friendly North Dallas shared some information with the Bike Friendly group:

Veloway Trail Phase 3 and YMCA, Public Meeting/Workshop is scheduled:

Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Ridgewood-Belcher Recreation Center, 6818 Fisher Road at Trammel Drive

The purpose of this meeting is to present “East Dallas Veloway Master Plan” and provide updates to funding and schedule. Please plan to attend.

Cottonwood Trail Dedication – Take The Morning Off June 3

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes by dickdavid on May 5, 2010

Our good friends over at Biking in Dallas have just released some news about the Cottonwood Trail Esplanade Dedication on June 3rd. Jump over to their site to see some nice maps and a cool video running the route from this side of the High Five.

This is truly exciting news for trail cyclists in Richardson. Not needing to ride all the way past Meandering Way (almost Hillcrest) to pass under LBJ (635), we will now have a shorter route to White Rock Lake and Dallas with this new connection. With the Cottonwood Trail, it’s now just a jump down Waterview and Maham.

As for the dedication, we’re going to make an attempt at getting the morning off to join the Biking In Dallas guys, show our support and witness the event. Who’s wants to join us?

Image From cottonwoodtrail.org - please visit their site