Earlier last month was the Bike League’s National Bike To Work Day. For the fourth year, Bike Friendly Richardson, worked with BikeDFW and DART to set up a bike commuter Energizer Station at DART‘s Arapaho rail station in Richardson.
Because interest in these stations continues to grow, BikeDFW and DART were able to set up another 9 stations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including Plano, Garland, Irving, Addison, Carrollton, Oak Cliff, and two locations in Downtown Dallas. Unfortunately, May was a really wet month, with record rainfall in our area. Bike To Work Day, was no exception. Reports came back that those stations had less success greeting bicycle commuters than previous years.
The Richardson station was still pretty successful. We had a dozen bike commuters stop by our Energizer Station, where we provided them with snacks and breakfast tacos. We also handed out lots of swag donated by DART and NCTCOG as well as energy bars provided KIND. Richardson Bike Mart was out to do bicycle safety checks.
Although it was a lighter turnout than we had hoped, it’s still apparent that folks around the Dallas area are starting to look at bicycle commuting as an viable form of alternate transportation – which most feel is hard to do in a city built for cars. Because of this, we will continue to host these stations on Bike To Work Day – rain or shine.
Here are a few pics from the Richardson event:
This popped up on the BFR Facebook page, so we thought we should share:
SPOKES for FOLKS CHRISTMAS PUSH THIS SUNDAY–Please come if you can
We have a lot to do—
• We are still trying to fill a 50 bike request for the four locations of Family Gateway
• Just received a new request for 36 bikes from the Heart of Africa associated with Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church.
• 30 – 50 families are coming from Jubilee Center to work and earn bikes for their kids—we need mechanics to help them learn!
Come rebuild bikes for several really good causes!
Sunday from 10 AM until about 2 PM
Everyone is welcome and needed, experienced or not. Bring tools if you have them.
8901 Chancellor Row at Hans Johnsen Company – south of 183 of Regal Row just past Superior Foods
It will be our last chance to rebuild bikes to give to others for the holidays.
Come for the camaraderie, come for the fun, come to learn more about repairing your own bikes.
PLUS—Dea Henson, expert massage therapist, is donating her time and skill—if you’re sore from riding, come build a bike and get a free massage!
Spokes for Folks is a non-profit organization that refurbishes donated bicycles that are then given to children of families that could not otherwise afford to buy them.
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 Customs, Oak Cliff Bicycle Company, Panther City Bicycles, Querencia, The Bike Shop, Transit Bicycle Company, Trinity Bicycles to name a few.
With the weather cooling off, it’s time to see more group rides around town. October is starting to look pretty busy.
October 14-17, 2010 – Bike Friendly Oak Cliff presents: Cyclesomatic 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010 – Bike Friendly Oak Cliff presents: Dallas Bikes To City Hall
Sunday, October 17, 2010 – Bike Friendly Oak Cliff presents: Group Ride: On the Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald
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:
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.
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
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!!