Alamo Drafthouse Dallas: Free Outdoor Screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, November 8th, 4:00 PM

October 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Who doesn’t like more opportunities to ride and catch an 80s classic movie for free?  The future Alamo Drafthouse Dallas will be hosting a ground-breaking for the masses with a FREE showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with gates opening at 5:00 PM.  BFOC will lead a group ride to South Lamar St. in the Bike Friendly Cedars neighborhood on November 8th at 4:00 PM 

Meet Up Time:  4:00 pm meet up at Bishop Cider Co. in the Bishop Arts

Departure Time:  4:30 pm leave for South Lamar St.

RSVP to the group ride

5:00 pm gates open to get a good spot. See full article below for the full details about the event. Group will reorganize after the movie for the return trip to Oak Cliff.

From the Dallas Observer article:

The Alamo Drafthouse is about to launch a massive invasion on the Dallas-Fort Worth area, opening several new theaters, and it starts downtown with a new movie house on South Lamar Street. Developers for the new theater announced plans to break ground on the construction next month but a gathering of geekdom like the Alamo Drafthouse would never let a gaggle of rich guys break ground on theater.

No, fans of the Austin-based institution just wouldn’t stand for it. There would be an uprising with torches and pitchforks that would make the raid on Dr. Frankenstein’s monster in the original 1931 classic look like a high school pep rally.

In keeping with the theater chain’s reputation for cinematic good times, it will celebrate the grdrafthousedowntownoundbreaking on Saturday, November 8 on the South Lamar Street site with a free outdoor screening and plenty of chances to fill up on food and drink.

The doors (or whatever the outdoor equivalent of doors is, we assume gates or caution tape) open at 5 p.m. with the free screening of director John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on an inflatable screen to start around sunset. Several food trucks will join the event to provide some grub for the hungry masses as well as beer from Deep Ellum Brewing Company. Following the screening, the groundbreaking ceremony will take place on the construction site.

 

November Elections could make it easier to be Bike Friendly!

October 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

While the Governor’s race is dominating the election news in Texas, there are significant Propositions that could impact both State and Dallas County transportation and governance issues. The sample ballot  reveals a Proposed Constitutional Amendment called Proposition 1:

“The constitutional amendment providing for the use and dedication of certain money transferred to the state highway fund to assist in the completion of transportation construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads.”

Sounds good, we all want nice roads, even cyclist enjoy new pavement to ride on. Problem is the agency that would receive the funding the Texas Department of Transportation sees little benefit from diversifying the transportation options for Texans. The current budget heavily favors (80%) building more roads, designing new roads and maintaining infrastructure that is biased to motor vehicles.

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A budget has not been released for what TxDOT would do with the approximately $1.7 billion per year the new fund would produce, but if current trends persist you can count on at least 80% of that going to the same old transportation infrastructure that has gotten us into the transportation crisis we are in now. Awarding this agency for their archaic approach to transportation planning, design and execution is not a good message for voters to send. A smart approach would be to reform the agency in the form of a new partnership with cities to create transportation options for all and not just focus on interstate mobility and reducing congestion for a few.

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The Dallas High Five project cost taxpayers $1billion dollars, results have been more congestion and no clear economic development impact.

Voting against sends a clear message that there needs to be a plan for how to use these funds and reform of the agency that is administering them. The rainy day fund is not going anywhere soon and we need to get this right before throwing Billions at building outdated infrastructure that will only induce more demand on the transportation system and not resolve the transportation option crisis we face in Dallas and the State of Texas as a whole. Ask yourself if we give TXDOT more money to build roads what future fund are we going to rob to maintain them?

The good news is that the special charter amendment for Dallas County includes several smart measures that should improve the ability of the city to advance smart plans and governance. Proposition 1 is all about truth in bonding:

“Requiring Additional Disclosures on Ballots for Bond Programs. Shall Chapter XXI, Section 2 of the Dallas City Charter be amended to require that the ballot for the approval of a bond program must state the amount of bond issuance authorization, estimated amount of repayment including principal and interest based on current market conditions, and the purpose of the bonds?”

Council Member Scott Griggs led the charge on this measure that is aimed at letting voters know the exact cost of future bonds…think of it like when you buy a car, you don’t look at the sale price, but at the gross price after interest. Maybe we need more Kia’s and less Mercedes in Dallas given our $6.7 Billion dollar current debt that will result in over $100 million in interest. A FOR vote will give you this information up front before voting on future bonds.

The best news comes on Proposition 3, which would remove the arduous process of changing the legal description of a street in Dallas:

“Allowing Certain Changes to the Thoroughfare Plan Without Mailing Notice to Adjacent Property Owners. Shall Chapter XV, Section 8 of the Dallas City Charter be amended to allow changes to the Thoroughfare Plan that affect any area larger than one square mile and that does not increase the dimensional classification of a thoroughfare to be noticed through an alternate notice authorized by city council?”

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The story goes that a group in East Dallas got this measure passed to prevent the widening of Swiss Avenue from two lanes to six in the 1960s or 70s. The unintended consequence of the law was that it made it a lengthy process to reduce lanes to include bicycle, transit and pedestrian infrastructure. Currently for projects like Ft Worth Avenue it took over one year to complete the legal changes to convert two lanes to bike lanes. Voting For this measure would remove the public notice requirement for doing such projects and should result in a much quicker process for building bike lanes on streets! Wisely the proposition does not retract the provision for widening streets…those will still need a public notice process and multiple public meetings to move forward, win win!

Thank you to all those leaders and advocates for getting these measures on the Ballot, now get out there and vote!

Cyclesomatic | Spooky Cross, November 1st & 2nd, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

October 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

_D3S2170 copyThe Spooky Cross fun returns November 1 & 2!  Not only is this one of the best cyclocross races in the state, it’s also a great time for family, non racers, bike enthusiasts, kids, and anyone with a pulse.  Saturday November 1st we’ll be at Rosemont Elementary from 10-4pm.  This will be a special day for the little ones. We’ll have face painting, Kidical Mass Ride, bike obstacle course, and spooky kids race – FREE!

The fun continues at Dallas Heritage Village Sunday.  We’ll have bike racing from 10-4 with special prizes for wacky costumed racers. An antique bike show is also planned for the day.  In addition to that, Oddfellows will be setting up a beer garden in the park making for a wonderful time. Beer, Oddfellows food, Live music, Bikes – all ingredients for a perfect day!

More information here

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Cyclesomatic | Kiddical Mass Ride, November 1st, 9:00 AM

October 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Join us for a fun, family-friendly bike ride over to the Spooky-Cross races at Rosemont Elementary.  We will meet at 9:00 a.m. at Davis St. Espresso, 819 W. Davis St.  We’ll hang out for a while in the back by the Magic Bus, enjoy some coffee, make sure everyone’s bikes are ready to roll and depart around 10:30.  It will be a short slow-paced ride over to Rosemont Elementary where the kids can enjoy a bounce house, face painting and a special cross course set up for the kiddos!  We will lead everyone back to Davis St. afterwards.
Here are the details:

Location:

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Davis St Espresso; 819 W. Davis St, 75208 in Oak Cliff

Meet Up Time:

9:00 AM

Departure Time:

10:30 AM

RSVP on Facebook Here

 

Cyclesomatic | Boo-Bike-Que, October 29th, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

October 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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OCBC’s annual Halloween mountain bike ride is a fun, social outing for anyone interested in gettin’ some dirt and having fun!  This is a potluck event so bring your favorite dish.  Helmets are mandatory! Bring lights if you would like to night ride.
Here are the details:

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Boulder Park

Time:

  6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

RSVP on Facebook Here

 

Cyclesomatic | Oak Cliff Cemetery Ride, October 18th, 2:45 PM

October 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Pour one out for Clyde and other famous/not-so-famous dead people!  Join Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and Cyclesomatic for a tour of Oak Cliff cemeteries.  This will be a slow-paced ride of about 20 miles total, but it is in Oak Cliff, and the hills are unavoidable!  Bring your helmet, water, lights and proton pack.  Our tour will cover three historic graveyards:

Western Heights Cemetery — the graves of Clyde Barrow and his brother, Buck

Laurel Land Cemetery — Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.W. Stevenson, J.D. Tippit and others

Oak Cliff Cemetery — the oldest public cemetery in Dallas County, dating back to the 1830s

Here are the details:

Meet Up Location:

West entrance of the Continental Bridge Park; near Trinity Groves

Meet Up Time:

  2:45 PM

RSVP on Facebook Here

 

Cyclesomatic | Bike to City Hall, October 22nd, 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

October 14, 2014 § 1 Comment

 

Bike to CH-2014 PosterAdvocacy is a principle foundation of our mission at Bike Friendly Oak Cliff.  More bike lanes are soon to come online in Oak Cliff and we need your presence to show the policy makers why more infrastructure, enforcement, programs, and laws need to be implemented to help make bicycles a part of our transportation system in Dallas. 
Scott Griggs is a founding member of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and would like everyone to come to the annual Bike to City Hall event, now in it’s 6th year!  The newly formed Dallas Bicycle Coalition will receive a special recognition, and several council persons will be in attendance to show their support.  Spread the word to everyone in Dallas how much better our city will become with more bicycles on the road!
Here are the details:

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Main St Garden

Meet Up Time:

7:30 AM

Departure Time: 

8:00 AM; 8:30 AM Rally at City Hall

RSVP on Facebook Here

*An Oak Cliff group ride to Main St. Garden will meet at Oddfellows at 6:45 AM, depart at 7:00 AM to Main St Garden.

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