Bike Friendly Richardson

Bicycle Traffic Skills Course Coming To Richardson – September 30

Posted in Bike Education by dickdavid on September 18, 2012

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Great news, Richardson cyclists! The League of American Bicyclists and Bike DFW will be hosting a Traffic Skills 101 course right here in Richardson on September 30, 2012. For those of you not familiar with the course, it gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Through TS101, students learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and children above age fourteen. 

Even if you think you are an experienced cyclist, this course may be for you. There is always something new that you will discover about cycling safety, skills and handling with the TS 101 course. Or, if you are like me, the course may make you aware of some of the bad riding habits you might have picked up over the years. If anything, the course also serves as a great refresher of stuff you may already know. It’s well worth the time if you enjoy cycling.

Here is where you’ll find this information on the Richardson TS101 class.

Description:
Traffic Skills 101 is designed to teach basic cycling skills to riders of all ages and abilities. This class will teach cyclists to ride effectively and with confidence in an urban environment. Instructors: Mike Freiberger, Warren Casteel, and other League Certified Instructors Classroom portion must be completed online prior to September 29, 2012: http://bikeed.org/ Required: Bicycle, Helmet, money for lunch — on bike ride. Arrive at 7:45 for prompt 8:00 AM start!

Location:
2400 Glenville Drive
Richardson, TX, 75082

Directions:
2400 Glenville Drive, 75082.  Verizon location just off Galatyn and Glenville, a block east of the Galatyn Station DART stop. Be there at 7:45 for a prompt 8:00 AM start.

Contact:
Warren Casteel
214-212-7365
warren@casteelsign.com

Fee:
30.00. Advance sign-up required

Sign Up Instructions:
Send email to Warren Casteel warren@casteelsign.com ALSO You must pre-register at bikeed.com prior to September, 28, 2012. Classroom portion must be completed online prior to September 29, 2012: http://bikeed.org/

Equipment Required:
Bicycle, Helmet, money for lunch — on bike ride.

Classroom space may be limited, so please register as soon as you can.

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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.

National Bike Month Starts Today

Posted in Advocacy, Bicycle Events by dickdavid on May 1, 2012

May is National Bike Month! The League of American Bicyclists invites you to “celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month in your city or state — and help get more people in your community out riding too!”

If you haven’t already done it, dust off your bike, air up the tires and ride!

Bike Friendly Richardson is also celebrating National Bike Month. We’ll try to get in a group ride to the Cottonwood Art Festival this weekend. We’ll also be participating in the Richardson Wild Ride Against Cancer. Also, stay tuned for an upcoming event to be held on National Bike to Work Day on May 18.

Some Exciting News

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Friendly by dickdavid on February 15, 2012

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Bike Friendly Richardson is pleased to announce that we have just submitted the application to have Richardson considered for a Bicycle Friendly Community designation!

This was an idea that we had had for a while and last November, Jenny Rilling took it on as a project. With the help of City staff, we made it happen. The Bicycle Friendly Community program is administered by the League of American Bicyclists. With all the bicycling improvements in recent years, and more to come, it was time to throw our hat in the ring. Not every application receives the Bicycle Friendly designation, however, the LAB staff generously provide feedback to each applicant to help them do better next time.

This is our first time submitting the application, so we don’t know how we’ll do, but we are proud of how far we’ve come, and we’re looking forward to getting feedback on where we can improve. Currently only three cities in Texas have received the Bicycle Friendly Community designation: Austin, San Antonio, and The Woodlands.

We’d like to recognize the following people without whom this wouldn’t be possible:

Richard Wezensky and Jenny Rilling with Bike Friendly Richardson

Dave Carter, the City’s Bicycle Coordinator and Assistant Director of the Transportation Department

Jessica Shutt and Mark Titus in the Transportation Department

Jim Lockart and Jim Dulac at the City

The Richardson City Council, Parks Department, Police Department

And of course, all the BFR friends and everyone out there who said, “Hey, we should improve biking in Richardson”, and everyone out there using the bike trails, bike lanes, and roads and having fun and trying to continually improve things for cyclists.

Thanks, everyone, for all you do. See you out there on the road!

-BFR Staff

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.

It’s Already May – National Bike Month!

Posted in Bicycle Events by dickdavid on May 5, 2011

It’s time to celebrate the League of American Bicyclists – National Bike Month. I know for some of you, EVERY month is bike month – and I agree. I also think Alan, over at EcoVelo, says it best: “Bike Month primarily exists to attract the attention of that large majority of people who never give bicycling a thought throughout the rest of the year.” – Read more. So, it’s nice to know that biking gets some recognition for a month, and I fully embrace it.

It doesn’t stop there. Don’t forget to celebrate Bike To Work Week, May 16-20, and Bike To Work Day, May 20. So, if you don’t commute by bicycle very often, you may want to think about dusting of the bike, pull up Google maps and plot out a safe route to work.

Happy cycling!

May – National Bike Month

Posted in Advocacy, Bicycle Events by dickdavid on May 7, 2010

The League of American Bicyclists recognizes May as National Bike Month. Of course most of us cyclists know that EVERY month is “Bike Month”.  However, it is nice that efforts are being made to promote bicycling and increase awareness. We look at this as an opportunity to celebrate a fun, healthy, clean and green lifestyle.

On a personal level, I’m going to to celebrate this month by bike commuting to work on “Bike To Work Day” (Friday, May 21) if I can’t do the “Bike To Work Week” (May 17-21). I realize that this isn’t much of an effort compared to my bike commuter friends, but it’s a step (or pedal push) in the right direction.

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.

BikeDFW Traffic Skills 101 Course

Posted in Bike Education by dickdavid on January 8, 2010

BikeDFW will have League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructors conducting a Traffic Skills 101 course. For the small fee of $65 you can take part of a 2-day course that will give cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail.

Date: Jan. 16th and 17th, 2009 (Saturday and Sunday)
Location: Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas , TX 75087
Registration Fee: $65.00

CLICK HERE for details and to sign up.