Vamos al Trabajo por Bicicleta, el 16 de Mayo, Estación de Descanso de Oak Cliff, Jefferson St. Viaduct

May 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

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El Día Nacional de Irse en Bicicleta al Trabajo

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El 16 de Mayo, 2014 6:30-9:00am

Estación de Descanso para Ciclistas

Desayuno / Bebidas / Revisas de Seguridad Gratis

Andar en bicicleta al trabajo no siempre es algo fácil, mucho menos aquí en Dallas, TX, sin embargo, está mejorando poco a poco, con el aumento de ciclistas y la ciudad poniendo la infraestructura. Además, ya tenemos un Dallas Bicycle Task Force real, que tiene junta mañana a las 6 por la tarde en “City Hall.”

Entonces, hay pocas excusas para no participar en el Día Nacional de Irse en Bicicleta al Trabajo, el 16 de Mayo. Que más, Mayo es el Mes de Irse en Bicicleta al Trajo y la semana que viene es la Semana de Irse en Bicicleta al Trabajo. Nunca esta tarde de intentar algo nuevo!

Aquí tiene los datos:

Fecha: el 16 de Mayo, 2014

Dirección: Puente de Jefferson con vista del Trinity River

Horas: 6:30am – 9am

Beneficios: Café Gratis de Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, tacos de desayuno proporcionado por Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, “haul’n mass” proporcionado por Oak Cliff Cargo Bikes, ayuda mecánica de OCBC, música Mariachi  para acompañar su cruzada del puente, un arco de globos y también KIND y Cliff Bars proporcionado por Bike DFW. Animo, libertad del carro, caras felices y saludos de la organización, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, y todo es GRATIS!

Paseo en Grupo: Para ellos que sienten más seguros irse en grupo, Tom Wilson’s Small Plant eBikes va a guiar el paseo que empieza por la tienda en Bishop Arts District, [ADDRESS]. El grupo se reúne a las 6:45 am y sale para el puente a las 7 am. También, Tom está disponible a prestar bicicletas para el paseo y la regresa del paseo.smallplantebikeslogo

 

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Bike to Work, May 16th, Oak Cliff Energizer Station, Jefferson St. Viaduct

May 6, 2014 § 1 Comment

PrintRiding your bicycle to work doesn’t always come easy, especially in Dallas, TX, however it’s been getting better and better as ridership is increasing and the city has been laying down on street infrastructure.  We even now have a legitimate Dallas Bicycle Task Force that meets tomorrow evening, 6pm at City Hall!

So, there are few excuses not to try a bicycle commute on National Bike to Work Day, May 16th.  Actually, May is Bike to Work month and next week is Bike to Work Week.  It’s never too early to try it out.  Here are the details:

 

Date: May 16th, 2014

Location: In the Jefferson St. Viaduct Cycletrack overlooking the Trinity River

Time:  6:30 AM – 9:00 PM

What You Get:  Free coffee from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, free breakfast tacos from BFOC, haul’n mass provided by Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycles, wrench’n provided by Oak Cliff Bicycle Co., a mariachi band greeting you as you climb the bridge, a balloon arch, and KIND and Cliff Bars from Bike DFW.  Encouragement, freedom from the car, happy faces, and the best damn group of bicycling advocates greeting you are all free as well!

smallplantebikeslogoGroup Ride:  If you feel more comfortable riding in a group, Tom Wilson’s Small Plant eBikes will be leading one from his shop in the Bishop Arts District across from Oddfellows.  The group leaves at 7:00 AM, meet up is 6:45 AM,  heading to the Oak Cliff Energizer Station.  Tom will even loan you a bicycle just for the group ride and back to the shop!

Spring DADA Bike Swarm and Uptown Ciclovia

April 16, 2014 § 1 Comment

There’s always an opportunity to ride a bicycle in our great city of Dallas, TX, but these two upcoming events are expecting a big bicycle crowd to take part!

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Let’s roll!

dadaFirst up, the Spring edition of Dallas Art Dealer’s Association or DADA will host another Bike Swarm in conjunction with their bi-annual gallery tour.   Here are the details:

Date:  April 26, 2014

Meet Up Time:  12:30 PM

Departure Time: 1:00 PM

Return Time:  5:00 PM

Meet Up Location:  Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75208

Approximate Mileage: 8 – 12 miles

RSVP

 

uptown-ciclovia-logoNext, Uptown is getting into the bicycle spirit by hosting it’s first Ciclovia, and only the second one to be held in Dallas since BFOC hosted the first back in 2012!

From their website UptownCiclovia.org:

Dallas’ first large scale Ciclovía will be held in Uptown from 10am – 3pm on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014! Together with the Metropolitan Dallas YMCA, Uptown will host a one-mile, car-free route to connect the Katy Trail to the Klyde Warren Park via Cedar Springs Road.

Ciclovías, translated as “bicycle path,” and also known as Open Streets in the United States, are one-of-a-kind, free events that bring a City together to enjoy all things outdoors- running, biking, roller-skating, strollers, etc.

Ciclovías have been successfully happening and gaining momentum for years in world-class cities around the country, including: Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Miami, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Oklahoma City, Denver, Durham, and Atlanta. It’s time for Dallas to host our own!

In these cities, those along Open Streets routes have enjoyed positive impacts on their businesses by participating in the family-friendly event. We invite you to join us as we create an open space that will connect people with their city in a fun, safe, and clean environment!

Date:  May 26, 2014

Time:  10 AM – 3 PM

Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/Eznb6

Dallas Bicycle Task Force Meeting, Tomorrow!

April 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Not sure Mayor Mike will be in attendance, but if you want your own voice to be heard about how we as a bicycling community can shape our cities’ future, you need to try and attend the first Dallas Bicycle Task Force meeting tomorrow.  Councilmen Kingston, Griggs, and Medrano are heading up what the city has failed to do yet since it completed and approved a May 2011 Bike Plan to bring the city bicycling infrastructure into the 21st century.

So far, the going has been slow in getting more infrastructure in place, but Oak Cliff has already received some of the most new bicycling infrastructure in the city, because BFOC has done a great job leading the way in making it so.  We obviously have a ways to go, and the lead finally being taken by our elected officials is a breath of fresh air.

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Because the world is better off with Muppet’s on bicycles!

Here are the meeting details:

Wednesday, April 16

6:00 p.m. at Main Street Garden for a ride to

City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

 

Meet us at MSG or at City Hall for the meeting (I’ll forward meeting room details and building access information shortly). Please invite anyone you think would be helpful. The agenda for the first meeting will be

 

1. Structure of the Task Force

2. Leadership

3. Helmet Ordinance

4. Bike Share

 

High likelihood of beers after the meeting. Call my cell phone with questions. 214-642-1707

#DPDSafeCycle to Help Make Dallas Safer to Cycle!

February 27, 2014 § 3 Comments

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Tag the chief at @dpdchief

Local Dallas Bike Friendly advocates are organizing and looking for quick wins to help make Dallas a safer place to bicycle.  BFOC recently met with the Chief of the Dallas Police Department and several issues were discussed.  One very important issue that came out of that meeting was how the DPD and Bike Friendly groups can work together to make Dallas a safer city to ride a bicycle.  Chief Brown was very supportive, and wants to help educate his officers and the general public about the safe passing law recently approved by the city, as well as other issues related to city cycling.  He even wants to setup a team challenge of some kind this Fall between locals and his bicycle patrol members!  We’re ready, Chief Brown!

#DPDSafeCycle

This initiative has been conceived by local bicycle advocacy groups as a quick and easy way to work together with the Dallas Police Department and other city departments to report unsafe cycling issues you may see while riding your bicycle.  Here’s a brief list of the types of issues you may want to report using your smartphone, a picture and your Twitter account:

*Note:  If you are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, please call 911 first and seek medical attention if needed.

  • Bicycle Infrastructure Issues
    • Cars parking in a non-shared, separate bike lane
    • People walking in a bike lane
    • Debris in the bike lane
    • Problems with existing bike lanes
    • Places new bike lanes might be placed
    • Inaccurate or incorrect signs, or need of signage
  • Unsafe Driving by Motorists
    • Unsafe passing by a motorist
      • Defined as passing with less than 3′ feet of space between you and the motor vehicle
    • Reckless and intentional actions made by the motorist toward the cyclist
  • Unsafe Riding by Cyclists
    • Not stopping at traffic signals or stop signs
    • Reckless and intentional actions made by the cyclist
    • Riding on the wrong side of the street
      • Defined as riding against the normal traffic flow
  • Accidents between cyclists and motorists

follow-us-bikeHere’s how to report:

  1. Use your own Twitter account
  2. Create a Tweet
  3. REQUIRED: Enter the hashtag #DPDSafeCycle
  4. Tag your favorite local Bike Friendly group, i.e. @BikeFriendlyOC, @BikeCedars, @BikeDFW, @BikeDeepEllum, @BFGreenvilleAve
  5. Tag your favorite bike shop, i.e. @SGCyclery, @ocbicycleco, @DallasBikeWorks
  6. Tag the chief of police and city departments, i.e. @dpdchief, @DallasPD, @CityOfDallas311, @1500Marilla, @DallasParkRec
  7. Enter the Location as the closest cross street
  8. Enter your safe cycling issue
  9. Optional:  Include a picture

Please share this with all of your bicycling friends so we can build up content to send over to the appropriate city departments, including the Dallas Police.  We are apart of making Dallas Safe to Cycle!

The Tweed Ride is Rescheduled to next weekend, Sat. Dec 14th!

December 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

UPDATE! We’re rescheduling the Tweed Ride to next weekend, Saturday (not Sunday!) at 3:30PM due to the freeze. We’re still meeting at the Grassy Knoll downtown. If you’re like us, this gives you an extra weekend to grab your tweed outfit you waited to buy until the last minute! The next day is the Holiday Lights Ride, so two great events in one weekend! Check back for more updates soon. 

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This weekend is the official Dallas Tweed Ride! And it looks like we’ll finally get a cold day to ride in, unlike past years where we had unseasonably warm winter days that made wearing tweed a bit cumbersome. This is your chance to bust out the mittens, scarves, vests, wool socks, canteens filled with hot chocolate, and calabash pipes to warm your bones on one of the most fun rides of the year.

Photo by Richard Wezensky

The ride takes place on Sunday, December 14th, starting at 3:30PM and meeting at the Grassy Knoll downtown. We’ll have our traditional game of tug-of-war, live 1920’s music by Matt Tolentino, a big group photo, and prizes for best dressed male and female riders and best bicycles.

Photo by Elliot Munoz

BFOC will provide a keg of beer at the final landing spot, so be sure to bring a couple of bucks to throw into the donations pile. Also, any additional funds we raise will be matched and donated to the Ray Porter Fund. Ray is an Oak Cliff fixture and was recently diagnosed with cancer. 

The facebook event invite is located here. Check there, or here on the blog for any updates to the ride. Cheerio!

Matt Tolentino is back for this year’s Tweed Ride. Photo by Elliot Munoz

Photo by Elliot Munoz

SoPac Trail Phase 3 Meeting | Biking In Dallas

November 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

 

Be sure to try and attend a meeting this Thursday, November 14, at 6:30pm at Ridgewood Recreation Center on 6818 Fisher Rd (map), read more here  SoPac Trail Phase 3 Meeting | Biking In Dallas.

Here’s a map of the proposed SOPAC Trail:

Full List of Cyclesomatic 2013 Events

October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Cyclesomatic 2013

The ONLY annual bicycle festival of it’s kind in North Texas, Cyclesomatic is back for it’s 5th edition.  For full information on each event, check out the Cyclesomatic 2013 menu on the right side of the home page!  Also, join the Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Facebook group to keep up to date on the happenings throughout the month of October.

Bike to City Hall 2013

September 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Bike to City Hall 2013-FINAL

Join Councilman Scott Griggs and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Wednesday October 23rd for at ride through downtown, starting at Main Street Garden at 8am, to the Dallas City Hall Plaza for an 8:30am press conference.

Oak Cliff cyclists will meet at 7:30am @ Oddfellows to bike into downtown together, converging with cyclists from all over town at Main Street Gardens.

Update: Bike Friendly Design District cyclists will meet at 7:30am @ Ascension Coffee.

We’ve had some major bike infrastructure come online since the adoption of our Bike Plan, and we want our Council Reps and City Staff to know that we appreciate their hard work and are excited to see more coming online soon!

Our friends at Biking in Dallas gathered some overview stats from the most recent update to Council on the Bike Plan progress (actual slides from Assistant City Manager Jill Jordan’s presentation here):

  • So far, the city has completed 136 miles of bike facilities (including 125 miles off-road and 11 miles on-road), out of over 1127 miles planned. The goal is to complete everything in ten years.

  • Comparing Dallas to other cities, we seem to have a lot of bike infrastructure – but if you restrict the comparison to separated facilities only, we go from leading to lagging.

  • The 2012-2014 project phase is focusing on areas near downtown, and will cost about $975,000, not including maintenance.

  • The Dallas Street Department has $500,000 a year to implement these facilities.

  • Beyond 2014, work will expand to a much more extensive network through Dallas neighborhoods.

  • This will be funded through the Street Department’s $500,000 a year and about $575,000 in 2012 bond funds, spread over four years.

  • But at these currently allocated funding levels, there’s no way the planned improvements will be completed in 10 years.

  • Possible funding sources include future bond programs, the city’s General Fund, grants and private donations.

The good folks at City Hall planning and implementing our Bike infrastructure need to know we support their work and we want them to do whatever is necessary to continue with our Bike Plan goals!

Invite your friends on Facebook to the event and let us know in the comments there if there’s a spot in your ‘hood where folks could join you for the ride to Main Street Garden. See you then!

The Craft and Growler Bicycle Brewery Tour, October 5th

September 13, 2013 § 2 Comments

Go to their website!

*ATTENTION:  YOU MUST BE 21 YEARS OR OLDER TO SAMPLE BEER.  IF YOUNGER, YOU’LL NEED A PARENT OR GUARDIAN TO ATTEND THIS RIDE!  Please bring your IDs for verification at each location.

Get ready for the second installment of the bicycle brewery tour for 2013! The first event to kick off the month long Cyclesomatic bicycle celebrations, the tour will be longer, busier, and more delicious this time around.

We’ll also have a special limited edition, commemorative tour pint glass for sale to benefit Bike Friendly Oak Cliff.  The glass will be $5 and will be sold at each stop until supplies run out.  The glass will have a C&G and BFOC logo on it.  *Cash or Credit will be accepted. BFOC is a non-profit organization benefiting bicycle advocacy in Oak Cliff and the rest of Dallas.

 

*This is a free event to the public and a guided group bicycle ride.  No registration required.  There ARE costs to purchase alcohol at the first 3 stops, so please bring cash with you. Not all stops may accommodate credit cards. You are responsible for locking up your own bicycle at each tour stop location.

Here are the details to participate:

Meet Up LocationMain St. Garden, near the taco stand

Meet Up Time:  11:15 AM

Departure Time:  11:45 AM

Total Route Mileage: 13 miles, slow pace

Route Maphttp://goo.gl/maps/JiwKg

RSVP HERE

3601 Parry Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

3601 Parry Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

First Stop, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM….Craft and Growler; $Discounted beers, Purchase commemorative tour glass, $5

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2823 St Louis St, Dallas, TX 75226

Second Stop, 1:15 PM…Deep Ellum Brewing Company; 10oz glass for $5 and 2 tickets for beer. Cash only

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1530 Inspiration Dr., Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75207

Third stop, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM…Community Beer Company; $6 for 2 beers, tour

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423 Singleton Blvd
Dallas, TX 75212

Fourth stop, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM….Four Corners Brewing Company; $No Charge, samples and tour

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Fifth and final stop, Small Brew Pub; 5:00 PM…Small Brew Pub; $No Charge, samples

Group ride back to Main St Garden

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