Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is a Dallas-based 501c3 nonprofit focused on creating a more bike friendly community in Dallas through family friendly bike events and activities, installation of bike infrastructure, and bicycle-related advocacy.
BFOC’s annual events rise awareness and promote cycling as a fun and safe transportation option. Popular annual events organized by BFOC include various history tours of Dallas by bike, themed rides (such as the Tweed Ride), the Dallas Bikes to City Hall event attended by Mayor Rawlings and hosted by several council members, Cyclesomatic series of events (such as Bicycle Fair, bike-in-movie, scavenger hunt, cyclocross race, and citywide bicycle event cross-promotion), the Dallas Cycle Chic Cyclist Census, and infrastructure and safety campaigns and events (such as the biannual iBike Rosemont).
All events are family-friendly, free, and open to all regardless of age, fitness levels or biking ability. Generally, the goal of the events is to rise awareness for bikes and encourage more people to make riding a part of their everyday lifestyle.
BFOC plays an active role in reshaping how Dallas streets are designed, ensuring that future streets will be safer for cyclists. The organization has raised over $5000 for as part of the iBike Rosemont campaign to install road improvements in front of Rosemont Elementary School that will improve cyclists’ safety.
Board members work closely with the City of Dallas’ Bicycle Coordinator on identification, design and implementation of bike infrastructure improvements.
BFOC in partnership with the Oak Cliff Bicycle Company has created an official cycling club and racing team. The OCBC team is registered and insured under USA Cycling and has over 20 members. The team hosts weekly training rides every Saturday and Sunday mornings that are open to riders of all skill levels. Members compete in both regional and national level events throughout the year.
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff has been fortunate to receive financial support from a number of local and national sources. Funds for the Rosemont Elementary improvements have been raised from local sources including Cienda Partners, Oaxaca Inc., John Barr & Associates LLP, and Eno’s Pizza Tavern.
To support a Cyclovia event planned for Spring/Summer 2012, BFOC received a grant from Bikes Belong, a national bicycle advocacy group.
BFOC has also held occasional fundraisers which have been successful in both raising awareness for the organization and receiving donations from the community.
Part of BFOC’s success has been due to the organization’s strong media and online presence The BFOC website averages 285 daily views with over 100,000 views in 2010. Additionally, BFOC events are well covered by both local t.v. and print outlets.
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