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!
First 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
Next, 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
April 15, 2014 § Leave a comment
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.
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
3. Helmet Ordinance
4. Bike Share
High likelihood of beers after the meeting. Call my cell phone with questions. 214-642-1707
February 27, 2014 § 3 Comments
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!
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 passing by a motorist
- 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
- Use your own Twitter account
- Create a Tweet
- REQUIRED: Enter the hashtag #DPDSafeCycle
- Tag your favorite local Bike Friendly group, i.e. @BikeFriendlyOC, @BikeCedars, @BikeDFW, @BikeDeepEllum, @BFGreenvilleAve
- Tag your favorite bike shop, i.e. @SGCyclery, @ocbicycleco,
- Tag the chief of police and city departments, i.e. @dpdchief, @DallasPD, @CityOfDallas311, @1500Marilla, @DallasParkRec
- Enter the Location as the closest cross street
- Enter your safe cycling issue
- 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
November 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment
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.
September 30, 2013 § Leave a comment
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.
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!
September 13, 2013 § 2 Comments
*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 Location: Main 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 Map: http://goo.gl/maps/JiwKg
First Stop, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM….Craft and Growler; $Discounted beers, Purchase commemorative tour glass, $5
Second Stop, 1:15 PM…Deep Ellum Brewing Company; 10oz glass for $5 and 2 tickets for beer. Cash only
Third stop, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM…Community Beer Company; $6 for 2 beers, tour
Fourth stop, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM….Four Corners Brewing Company; $No Charge, samples and tour
Fifth and final stop, Small Brew Pub; 5:00 PM…Small Brew Pub; $No Charge, samples
Group ride back to Main St Garden
August 22, 2013 § 2 Comments
DADA And Deep Ellum Community Association Join Forces For Fall Gallery Walk Sept. 21, 2013
Including Panel Discussion, Bike Swarm, DADA Docents, Dallas Love Project
In honor of International Peace Day, The Dallas Art Dealers Association and Deep Ellum Community Association are joining forces for Fall Gallery Walk on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, featuring thirty-five of DADA’s leading member galleries, museums, and nonprofit art spaces as well as xxx galleries in Deep Ellum. The event includes DADA Docents providing information at selected art spaces, and the DADA Bike Swarm bringing together the Bike Friendly groups from Oak Cliff, Design District, Deep Ellum and The Cedars. Paintings from the Dallas Love Project also are on display at select members galleries. Two films in honor of International Peace Day will be screened at Samuel Lynne Galleries. DADA’s Fall Panel Discussion on “Embracing Latin American Art” will be Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Cathedral Guadalupe. For more information, visit dallasartdealers.org or call 214.914.1099. Media Sponsors are Patron Magazine and moderndallas.net.
DADA Bike Swarm
Saturday, September 21st, 11:00 am – 5 pm
Several Bike Friendly groups will come together to ride in DADA’s Bike Swarm. Cyclists of all age levels and abilities are invited. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Bike Friendly Cedars, Bike Friendly Design District, and Bike Friendly Deep Ellum will work together to cover the neighborhoods of Oak Cliff, Deep Ellum and the Design District. Bike Swarm is part of the DADA Fall Gallery Walk on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Here are the group ride details:
Riders can start at any of the following stops:
- 11 a.m. Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 West Jefferson Boulevard (ride from Oak Cliff to Deep Ellum for lunch at Burger Fest and a visit to area galleries);
- 2 p.m. at Kettle Art Gallery, xxx (ride from Deep Ellum to Design District for a visit to area galleries);
- 3 p.m. meet at Meddlesome Moth, 1621 Oak Lawn Ave. (ride from here for tour of Design District);
- 5 p.m. return to Oak Cliff, or Deep Ellum or the Cedars.
The event is free and includes a self-guided tour of the art galleries located in the Design District as well as galleries in Deep Ellum. RSVP HERE
*Ride is for people of all ages. Please tune up your bicycle and follow all traffic laws
The Dallas Art Dealers Association is an affiliation of established
independent gallery owners and nonprofit art organizations in the Dallas
metropolitan area. As a professional and educational resource for the
community at large, DADA facilitates the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and
Artist Career Development Fund, which provides financial and career
support for visual art students through multiple programs. DADA also
presents the Spring Gallery Walk and Fall Gallery Walk. Organized in
1985 by June Mattingly of Mattingly Baker Gallery, the Dallas Art Dealers
Association is a 501(c)(6) organization.
Like the Art Dealers Association of America, membership in DADA is by
invitation of the board of directors. In order to qualify for membership,
a dealer or nonprofit space must have an established reputation for
honesty, integrity, and professionalism among its peers, and must make
a substantial contribution to the cultural life of the community by offering
works of high aesthetic quality and presenting worthwhile exhibitions.
DADA is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethical practice
within the profession and to increasing public awareness of the role and
responsibilities of reputable art dealers and nonprofit visual art spaces.
ABOUT THE EDITH BAKER ART SCHOLARSHIP
AND ARTIST CAREER DEVELOPMENT FUND
To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2005, DADA created a scholarship
honoring a respected member of the Dallas art community and one of
its founding members, Edith Baker. Edith owned and directed The Edith
Baker Gallery in Dallas for nearly thirty years before retiring in 2004. Every
year, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development
Fund, a 501(c)(3), financially benefits a student pursuing the study of
visual arts along with giving that student a gallery internship, a mentor,
and an artist studio visit. The scholarship also presents a career fair at
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts,
two juried exhibitions of Booker T and Dallas County Community College
students’ artwork, a docent-training program, biannual educational events,
and Art Chicas and Art Chicos at La Reunion TX.
June 21, 2013 § 8 Comments
This just in from the Assistant Director Sarah Standifer of the Trinity Watershed. Basically, don’t think you can cross the old bridge after July 8th on a bicycle. Once complete, a new park will cover the bridge, but still NO dedicated, separate bicycle infrastructure will exist. Instead, it will be a shared use path. The $8 million private donor, Mary McDermott Cook, requested that no bicycle or streetcar infrastructure be included in the final design based on her donation to the project. So, there you have it.
June 21, 2013
Re: Continental Avenue Bridge Closing:
Effective Date – Monday, July 8, 2013
Dear Sir or Madam:
The City of Dallas has been working towards development of destination areas in and along the
Trinity River Corridor as part of the overall planning and implementation efforts. The designs for
the Continental Avenue Bridge and the West Dallas Gateway were coordinated to complement
each other, creating a landmark civic space connecting the existing neighborhoods and emerging
developments with significant public amenities. We appreciate your efforts during the planning.
We are pleased to let you know the construction for the Continental Avenue Bridge and
West Dallas Gateway is beginning. On Monday, July 8, 2013, the Continental Avenue
Bridge will be closing to vehicular traffic. Alternate routes include the Margaret Hunt Hill
Bridge, the Commerce Street Bridge, the Jefferson Viaductl and the Hampton Bridge. The
construction activities are estimated to be complete in late May 2014.
Portable message boards will be in place to inform the public of the upcoming closure and area
residents and businesses should have received notitication of the closure. Attached for your
reference is the notice that was mailed to the residences and businesses in the area as well as
two renderings showing some of the uses and features of the bridge when it reopens.
Every effort is being made to construct this project with the least possible inconvenience to your
neighborhood and commute. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation throughout this
If you have any concerns or need further information, please contact me at (214) 671-9545.
Trinity Watershed Management
Aren’t these pretty?