Bike Friendly Richardson

BFR Ride And Seek Photo Scavenger Hunt Raffle WINNERS

Posted in BFR Misc, Bicycle Events by dickdavid on November 4, 2013

Before you scroll to the bottom of this post to see if you won, we would like to thank each and every one of the participants for joining our first Ride and Seek Photo Scavenger Hunt. Because of you, we think this has been one of our most successful events, yet. We hope to continue having these types of events in the future.

We’d also like to thank our sponsors for putting up some great prizes for our event: Richardson Bike Mart, Alamo Drafthouse and DART.

Throughout the month of October, there were over 35 participants, including 12 who completed the entire set. There were over 410 amazing shots taken and who knows how many miles ridden. What amazed us the most, were all of people who did the challenge just so that they can explore Richardson.

As discussed in the rules for the scavenger hunt, each image submission counted as a entry and earned a raffle ticket. If you completed the assigned set of 14, you would earn double points. Each additional image (and there were some great ones), earned a bonus ticket. The more submissions you made, increased your odds of winning.

The range of tickets earned went from 1, all the way up to 53 per person, and the odds of winning were 1 in 600 (approximately). Each ticket drawn was randomly paired with a prize. Scroll down to see the results.

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RAFFLE WINNERS:

• RBM Bike Rental Package (Value Up To $180): Ronald Robertson
• RBM Bike Rental Package (Value Up To $180): Erin Muller
• RBM Bike Tune Up (Value Up To $80): Stephanie Hilbun
• RBM Bike Tune Up (Value Up To $80): Justin Ward
• Alamo Drafthouse Gift Set (Value Over $50): Scott Braden
• Book: Cristy Martinez
• DVD: Irma Koepke
• Recycled Vinyl Pannier: Nancy Kay Prater

Each winner will be contacted to make arrangements for receiving their prizes. All other participants will receive a water bottle and visor from DART.

Stay tuned to BFR for details on this year’s Black Friday Ride.

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Bicycle Ride And Seek – Photo Scavenger Hunt 2013

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on September 25, 2013

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You are invited to participate in Richardson’s first Ride And Seek, Photo Scavenger Hunt. Throughout the month of October, we are inviting and motivating folks to get out and ride their bikes, explore their neighborhoods and win prizes! This year’s theme will be “The Sculptures of Richardson”.

DETAILS:
Date: October 1- 31 (all month long)
Place: Various Richardson Locations (see map link below)
Prizes: A few partners have donated prizes that we will give away to participants via raffle
Sponsors: Richardson Bike Mart, Alamo Drafthouse, DART

HOW TO PLAY:
– Self-paced ride and hunt around Richardson
– You must capture images of your bike next to (up to) 14 specific sculptures (or fountains) around town (listed below)
– All images must be taken between October 1-31, 2013
– Each image submitted will equal 1 raffle ticket for prizes; Complete Set (all 14 images) = double bonus tickets
– All images must be submitted (see below) by Thursday, October 31, 2013

BONUS:
– Bonus tickets will be given to any shots of your bike with any OTHER sculptures (not on the list below) around town
– Must be taken in October 2013
– Does not count as part of the “Complete Set” for bonus tickets

IMAGE SUBMISSIONS (choose one of the following):
– email (images or links) bikefriendlyrichardson@gmail.com
– BFR Facebook timeline: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BikeFriendlyRichardson/
– Instagram #bfrhunt2013
– Twitter #bfrhunt2013
– Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/groups/2296216@N24/ (you must join this group to submit)

EACH IMAGE SUBMISSION MUST INCLUDE:
– Your full name
– Your email address
– Your phone# (optional)
(flickr, twitter and instagram users can email us this info to match up with your alias)

THE COMPLETE SET OF SCULPTURES TO HUNT:
You can get a map of the sculptures HERE.
ScavengerMap

You can download of pdf of the sculptures HERE.

1) Humpty FOL Sculpture

FOL Statue

2) DART Arapaho Station Sculpture
Sculpture

3) Heights Rocket Sculpture
Rocket Playground Turned Into Sculpture

4) The Block Cylinder Sculpture
Cylinders At The Bloc

5) UTD Sculpture
UTD Sculpture

6) Palisades Sculpture
Sculpture

7) City Hall Fountain
City Fountain

8) Box Sculpture
Box Scupture

9) Critter Garden
Critter Garden

10) Silver Tower Sculpture
Sculpture

11) Asian Sculptures
Asian Sculptures

12) Horse Sculpture
Horse.

13) DART Spring Valley Station Sculpture
Spring Creek DART Station

14) Galatyn Park Fountain
Eisemann Fountain

*please note, these aren’t the actual names of these sculptures, just what we’re calling them.

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Richardson City Council Approves Resolution for Work on New Trails

Posted in Bike Change, Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on September 16, 2013
Richardson Growth

State Farm Campus – Plano Road, just south of the PGB Tollway

From last week’s city newsletter:

The City Council on Monday approved a resolution that advances the development of a trail system near the future State Farm campus and surrounding area. The resolution authorizes BCS West Land Investments to design and construct the trail along Routh Creek Parkway from Renner Road to the nearby DART rail station.

The City has obtained a Regional Toll Revenue grant to fund approximately 80 percent of the trail. Once complete, the trail will tie in to the City’s Central Trail, which will eventually run from north to south across the entire City.

Big Fat Bike Trail

Trail Along Routh Creek Parkway, heading north to Renner Road

Bike To Work Day – Bike Commuter Energizer Stations – MAY 17

Posted in Advocacy, Bicycle Events, Bike Friendly, Cool Richardson Destinations by dickdavid on May 8, 2013

BikeCommuterEnergizerStation_2013

Mark your calendars! Friday, May 17, 2013 is National Bike To Work Day. IF there is ever a day to ride to work, make it this day. Think about the positive statement we’ll be making as cyclists, safely using an alternate form of transportation throughout the DFW Metroplex.

Based on our great success in Richardson last year, BikeDFW and DART have partnered up to host 5 Bike Commuter Energizer Stations in:

GARLAND – Downtown Garland Station (Partnered with The City of Garland)
DALLAS – Akard Station (Partnered with the City of Dallas)
OAK CLIFF – Jefferson St. Viaduct (Partnered with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff)
RICHARDSON – Arapaho Station (Partnered with Bike Friendly Richardson)
PLANO – Intersection of Bluebonnet & Chisholm Trail (Partnered with The City of Plano)

DATE: Friday, May 17, 2013
TIME: 6:30-9:00 am

If you are in the area, please stop by. Also, let them know on Facebook.

MORE DETAILS TO COME.


EVENT SPONSORS:


KIND Healthy Snacks – on Facebook (All Stops)
Clif Bars – on Facebook  (All Stops)
Neuro Energy Drinks (Akard Stop)
Re-Geared – on Facebook (Akard Stop)
Generator Coffee House – on Facebook (Garland Stop)
Zang Triangle Apartments – on Facebook (Oak Cliff Stop)

Plano Cycling and Fitness – on Facebook (Plano Stop)
Richardson Bike Mart – on Facebook  (Richardson and Akard Stops)
Don Johle’s Bike World – on Facebook  (Garland Stop)
Oak Cliff Bicycle Company – on Facebook (Oak Cliff Stop)


ALSO: There will be other stations available:


Dallas Bike Works will have coffee and doughnuts and free minor repairs from 7:30 – 9:30am at White Rock Creek Trail where it passes under NW Highway (opposite the shop on Lawther). Facebook Event here.

The City of Fort Worth will have food and beverages and a bike share station set up at the Inter-modal Transit Center from 7:30 – 9am. There will be group rides to the Fort Worth event starting from various locations (map).

A New Breed Of Richardson Cyclist

Posted in BFR Misc, Bike Friendly by dickdavid on April 26, 2013

Richardson Riders Heading To The Dallas Critical Mass

What a nice surprise on my way home from work – I saw a small group of cyclists heading over to the Arapaho DART Station. They were taking the train into Dallas to be part of the Dallas Critical Mass. Read more about this at Suburban Assault.

Richardson City Council Awards Bid for Central Trail Construction

Posted in Bike Change, Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on March 2, 2013

End Bike Route - Red Line

 

From the City of Richardson weekly newsletter:

The City Council on Monday awarded a bid of $3.4 million to Ed Bell Construction Company to extend the Central Trail 1.9 miles from the Arapaho Road DART Station to the southern city limit. Construction of the 10-foot wide concrete multiuse trail is expected to begin in April and last for about one year. 

The $4 million project is funded through Dallas County and the City of Richardson’s 2010 Bond Program. The lowest bid to construct the trail came in about $400,000 over budget, so the City removed some amenities such as irrigation systems, landscaping, and benches to be constructed in a possible second phase at a future date. The City also hopes to use $600,000 in Regional Tollway Revenue funds awarded for the Central Trail to help enhance the project. 

The Central Trail currently runs from the Spring Creek Trail in north Richardson and ends at the Arapaho Road DART Station. The extension will run alongside the DART rail line and is planned to eventually connect with the Richardson city limit to the south and a future connection to the Dallas’ White Rock Creek Trail

Watch the City Council presentation at http://bit.ly/V6oiYQ.

We are extremely excited that this is happening and we’d still like to see the small gap in the plan addressed.

From The Suggestion Box – We Need More Bike Lids At Our DART Stations

Posted in Suggestion Box by dickdavid on February 10, 2013

DART Bike Boxes - Arapaho Station

One of the things we like to do at BFR, is listen to our community. We’ve had our Suggestion Box open for those who have ideas and suggestions on better ways to improve our community for cyclists.

BFR reader Sam, sent this in:

We need a whole lot more bike lids at our DART stations. I ride the train most days but there isn’t space on them for my bike and I don’t need it once I’m downtown. I’m sure there are others that would like to do the same thing but don’t want to risk the inevitable stolen/vandalized bike.

We’ve got four stations serving over 100,000 residents with a grand total of four bike lids. Ludicrous! Who do we bother at DART about this? If they won’t do it, will they let the city do it for them? We know who to bother there.

So how about it, folks? Do you have any ideas about who to talk to? How can we get this addressed? Post your ideas and answers here or on Facebook.

DART Bike Boxes - Arapaho Station

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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.)

We’d Like To Address A Small Gap In The Central Trail Plan

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on December 30, 2010
Trail End

Here's Where The Good Trail Ends

We are very fortunate to have such an aggressive Bike and Pedestrian Plan in Richardson. The city planners are doing a great job retrofitting some new trails and bike lanes into an older, built-out infrastructure.

In that plan is the Central Trail, which will provide passage through Richardson. When completed, it will run through the central part of town, along the DART Rail Red Line, giving us, and all of our northern neighbors, a nice connection to the Dallas trail network.

Earlier this month, the City of Richardson presented the first draft of their plan to continue the Central Trail further south. Right now, the only existing part runs from Renner Road (patched through the Spring Creek Trail until it connects at Glenville Drive) to Arapaho Road. The new plan shows how the trail will continue from Arapaho Road, south towards Buckingham Road.

Although it’s a great plan, we feel that there are usability gaps within the existing part of the Central Trail that should be addressed as well. The following is our evaluation of the the part just south of Campbell Road and how we think it can be improved.

THE CURRENT TRAIL:
If you’ve walked or biked this part of the trail, you’ll be familiar with our references. Technically, the trail is complete from Campbell Road to Arapaho Road, which is why this section is not in the current extension plan. The concerns we have are with some minor aesthetics as well as some issues with usability that hinder the trail from being a complete success.

See The Rough Parts Of The Existing Trail

First, the minor aesthetics. About a third of a mile south from Campbell Road, you’ll note that the nicely paved trail ends. From there it becomes rough, narrow and overgrown with grass. This rough patch continues across and down the east side of Greenville Avenue until it reaches the Tecktronics parking lot at Collins Boulevard.

Rough Trail

Rough Part Of The Trail

We realize that this is nitpicking, but if the City is spending the money to continue the trail, they should look into completing the trail experience by matching the rest of the trail.

Next is trail usability. Because of limited real estate next to the DART tracks, you can see why the trail jumps to the other side of Greenville Avenue. Since this trail leads to the DART Arapaho Station entrance, which is on the east side of Greenville Avenue, we’re okay with that. Considering the limitations in the existing infrastructure, we also understand how the trail runs narrow in some parts.

East Side Greenville at Woodall Facing South

Trail - a.k.a. Sidewalk Just South Of Woodall Drive

Our bigger concern is when the trail passes just south of the Arapaho DART Rail station. After the trail crosses Woodall Drive, it becomes a glorified sidewalk all the way to Arapaho Road. Here it’s too narrow for multi-use traffic. To make this worse, the shrubs along this part of the trail are overgrown and blocking even more space. In our opinion, this becomes a gap in the trail plan.

WE PROPOSE THIS SOLUTION:
Since the current plan to continue the Central Trail south from Arapaho Road starts on the WEST side of Greenville Avenue, perhaps we should look at crossing Greenville at Woodall Drive instead of Arapaho Road. This makes sense for a few reasons.

Click To See Our Suggested Solution

Let’s talk space. As mentioned, the limitations of real estate made sense to pull the trail to the east side of Greenville Avenue. This becomes less true at Woodall Drive. There is actually more space on the west side of Greenville Avenue at this point — plenty of space for a wider trail.

West Side Greenville Facing South

Wider West Side Of Greenville

Let’s talk convenience. If you put a crossing at Woodall Drive and continue the trail from there, connecting the new new addition of the Central Trail (which is planned to start on the west side of Greenville Avenue) becomes more seamless.

Let’s talk safety. The current plan is to get trail traffic to cross the intersection at Greenville Avenue on the north side of Arapaho Road, and then cross Arapaho Road on the west side of Greenville Avenue. From experience, we know this to be an extremely busy intersection with lots of auto traffic coming from multiple directions. We feel that reducing the crossings at this intersections to just one would help with safety.

We realize that putting a crossing on Greenville Avenue, at Woodall Drive – an intersection not protected by traffic lights – might seem less safe. However,  the trail already crosses Greenville Avenue – further north at Alma Road – under the same traffic conditions. If it’s safe enough at Alma Road, why not at Woodall Drive. In fact, we feel it’s easier for crossers to watch for auto traffic in just two directions instead of the many at Arapaho Road.

Greenville Crossing West Side Greenville

Trail Crossing Greenville Avenue at Alma Road

WHAT DO YOU THINK?:
Of course, this is all based on seat-of-our-pants, traveled experience on this trail and we haven’t pulled any statistical data that supports this as a better solution. We’d love to hear what you think about this. IF you’ve been on this part of the Central Trail, we’d like to hear your opinion on our solution and/or what you would do differently.

Click here to see a map.

Click here to see more shots.

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Central Trail South Public Input Meeting

Posted in Bike Change, City Stuff by dickdavid on December 12, 2010

BFR friend Magnus, sent us a reminder about the City of Richardson’s Central Trail South Public Meeting. Here are the details:

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

The City of Richardson
Parks & Recreation Department

CENTRAL TRAIL SOUTH PUBLIC INPUT MEETING

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Richardson Civic Center / City Hall
Richardson Room
411 W. Arapaho Rd., Richardson, TX 75080

The meeting will provide public input for the design and construction of the south Central Trail project. DART right-of-way from Arapaho Road to Buckingham Road.

Download the notice. We hope to make it out there and hope you can too.