Lee Harvey Oswald History Group Ride is Cancelled!

November 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Due to inclement weather, we’re cancelling today’s history group ride. Plan on heading out to the Tweed Ride on December 8th!

 

 

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.

Griggs and City Staff Explain 5th St Bicycle Sharrows

September 18, 2013 § 3 Comments

Please see FAQs prepared by Staff regarding shared bike arrow markings or “sharrows” in Kidd Springs.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  The FAQs below were prepared by City Staff.  We are also in the process of preparing additional maps showing bike facility development in North Oak Cliff.
Thank you for your continued support for more bike facilities in our community.
1)      Why was 5th St selected for an east-west route in this area?
The 2011 Dallas Bike Plan identified multiple bicycle routes in the Kidd Springs Park area, specifically on Bishop and Zang.  The Bishop Ave. bike lane is already complete from Colorado to just north of Davis.  The proposed bike route on Zang will extend from Greenbriar to 5th Street.  The shared lane markings were added to 5th Street to facilitate a marked connection between the bicycle routes on Zang, Bishop and to Kidd Springs Park.
2)      Was the surrounding neighborhood given an opportunity to provide feedback on the selection of 5th Street for the sharrows?
Bicycles are allowed on all City streets and the addition of the shared lane markings (sharrows) does not change the operational characteristics of the street.   The shared lane markings only serve to emphasize the shared nature of all streets and to create connections between other bicycle facilities.    Since the addition of sharrows does not change the existing conditions of the street (number of lanes, on-street parking, etc) public meetings are not held when those types of markings are installed.  This is also true for other street restriping projects that do not make changes to how the street functions.
3)      More generally, was the placement of these markings and the broader system of bicycle facilities well-publicized for affected communities to review?
On April 3rd, 2013 the City Council was briefed on the status of the Dallas Bikeway System, including a map of bicycle routes to be installed within the next few years.  This map included the addition of 5th Street as a planned route.  The briefing can be reviewed through the following link.
During the development of the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan, multiple meetings were held to gather public input on proposed routes.
4)      What effort is made to explain the meaning of the markings to residents (e.g. that the sharrows mean both cars and cyclists can use the road and they don’t affect on-street parking rules)?  Information regarding the different bicycle facility types, including shared lane markings can be found on the City’s website. (www.dallascityhall.com/public_works/bikePlan)
The City is also trying to develop an education campaign to inform all citizens on the different bicycle facility types and what they mean for both drivers and cyclists.  City staff recently applied for State funding to develop such a program but unfortunately it was not selected for funding.  The North Central Texas Council of Governments is working to develop a regional educational program on bicycle awareness and the City will closely coordinate with that agency for the use of their materials.

City staff are also in the process of developing a Bicycle Advisory Working Group of Dallas Citizen interested in promoting the City’s bicycle programs.  This group, once developed, will help with items such as advocacy, outreach, education, and fundraising to help support the bicycle program.  If this is something you might be interested in, please let me know and we can discuss what this group would do and what may be required of those serving on it.

The Craft and Growler Bicycle Brewery Tour, October 5th

September 13, 2013 § 2 Comments

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*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

Fixed Touring’s – The Mini-Cat (Alley Kitten)

July 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

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This Saturday evening, the Fixed Touring guys will be hosting an Alley Kat race at Four Corners Brewing Co.  If you’ve never been to an Alley Kat or don’t know what one is, read their description here, and see the event here:

On July 13 2013 Fixed Touring will embark upon a mission to provide the city of Dallas with a bicycle race like they have never seen!

Full sized bikes racing a compressed Alley Cat, full of obstacles, Challenges and Trivia.

What is the problem with bicycle racing as it is, you say? Well, touring races are very long and fairly uneventful not to mention hard to watch. Criteriums are easier to watch, but repetitive. The Alley-Cat — now there’s a race! However, it is probably the hardest to observe due to the sporadic and unpredictable nature. Solution: we are going to wrap an action packed Alley-Cat around the spectators. Watch as the bravest cyclists in town battle it out through stations and over obstacles to be the first victor of the Fixed Touring Mini-Cat.

Four Corners Brewing will be selling pints of delicious cold beer, and tours of the brewery will be available. And food trucks will be on site to provide the eats.

There will be a small $5 entry fee for those Racing with prizes going to the top finishers. Must bring your own bike and wear a Helmet.

We will also have NEW t-shirts on sale and FREE stickers.

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Here’s what Fixed Touring is about:

About

Fixed Touring is a non-profit organization to promote cycling in Dallas. We are hoping to give back to the community and sponsor fun rides, Fixed and Free.
Company Overview

Fixed Touring established in 2012 is a not for profit bicycle advocacy organization. Fixed Touring provides unique opportunities for Dallas/Fort Worth cyclists to increase bicycle skills, maintenance and route knowledge across the state while decreasing the amount of gears.

The goal of Fixed Touring is to promote and showcase reliable, self sufficient, and logical means to physical activity…1 gear & 1 bike at a time. Comprised of five officers and two members from a variety of backgrounds and professions, Fixed Touring is organized just as diverse as the areas we seek to serve.

Fixed Touring seeks to increase awareness of cycling and active lifestyle events, promote community-wide physical fitness, and benefit partnering companies/organizations.

Fixed Touring’s strategy is to influence participation in regular physical activity by associating it with sustainable transportation, promoting cycling awareness, reaching physical activity requirements, spending time with friends, having fun, and seeing the country on two wheels.

Fixed Touring will target riders/non-riders alike and a focus will be placed on developing cycling communities, enhancing cycling awareness, developing active transportation infrastructure and promoting community cycling events.

Fixed Touring seeks to improve citizen’s attitudes, self-efficacy and perception through a person-oriented and community-driven program, successfully implementing bicycle touring and transportation in conjunction with the recently passed Dallas Bike Plan, local business funding and community organization support.

Le Tour de Tandemonium, July 14th

July 9, 2013 § 2 Comments

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It’s bicycle racing season, so to honor the biggest race in France, BFOC is hosting the second annual Le Tour de Tandemonium at the 4th annual Bastille on Bishop! This year, we’ve expanded the race to a second category for cargo bicycles and bicycles with trailers. Winners will receive cash prizes and more!

Here are the details, rules, and awards:

The race will be on open streets using a clue/check-point format. Each entry must consist of 2 persons using a 1 tandem bicycle, cargo bicycle, or bicycle/trailer combo.

Entry: $5 cash or check donation per person
Registration and Check-in time: 6:00 pm
Pre Registration: http://form.jotform.us/form/21585973442158
Check-in, Start/Finish Location: 7th & Bishop Ave
Race Start time: 7:15 pm

FACEBOOK RSVP

Rules:
MUST have at least one smartphone per entry
MUST have a personal Twitter account
Must Tweet a picture of yourself or teammate at all checkpoints BEFORE finishing.
Must be dressed in French inspired or classic bicycle clothing
Must be 2 participants and 1 bicycle per entry
Must be 18 or older
Must use a tandem, cargo bicycle or bicycle with a trailer
Must adhere to all traffic laws, including traffic signals and stop signs
Must have front and rear lighting
Must wear helmets

Awards:
Category Tandem Bicycle
$50 and entry into Bastille Day and tee shirts
$25 and entry into Bastille Day and tee shirts
Entry into Bastille Day and tee shirts

Category Bicycle with Trailer/Cargo Bicycle
$50 and entry into Bastille Day and tee shirts
$25 and entry into Bastille Day and tee shirts
Entry into Bastille Day and tee shirts

“I Bike Jason,” Drumming Up Support to Help Founder Defray Cancer Costs

May 14, 2013 § 3 Comments

jason_tweedDALLAS – May 14, 2013,  Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is hosting a fundraising ride dubbed, “I Bike Jason,” to help founding member, Jason Roberts make a dent in the $40,000 in medical bills he’s facing after his recent bout with testicular cancer.

BFOC is looking for 75 riders to participate in a ride on Saturday, May 25th and has challenged these riders to raise $100 in pledges from friends and community supporters who appreciate the work Jason has done in our community.

Riders will start at Eno’s in the Bishop Arts at 7:00 p.m. and wheel their way to The Kessler Theater to help kick off the “Build a Better Jason Benefit.”

If you’re interested  in the ride please contact Zach Lytle at zlytle@gmail.com

The benefit at The Kessler will feature performances from some of Jason’s favorite bands including, The White Ghost Shivers, Bobby Patterson and John Singer Sergeant and will include an art auction. Tickets are $25 and additional donations are encouraged.

All money raised will be paid for Jason’s medical expenses.

Bike to Work Day Energizer Station, May 17th

May 10, 2013 § 5 Comments

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A host of activity will be happening on May 17th, better known as Nation Bike to Work Day!  Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is working with BikeDFW and DART  to host its first Energizer Station, modeled off of past events originally created by Bike Friendly Richardson.  There will be 4 other such stations hosted in Dallas and surrounding cities.  Go to bikedfw.org for more details!

But, BFOC does things a bit differently down here across the river.  We are hoping to make it the most outrageous Energizer Station to date.  We’ll give you a hint:  Think loud and fun, with a bit of authentic Oak Cliff culture!

Along with all of that fun, we’ll have snacks, beverages, and we’ll be providing bicycle safety checks for folks crossing the Jefferson St Viaduct by bicycle in the new temporary cycle track.

We have several sponsoring businesses including, KIND Healthy Snacks, Zang Triangle apartments, Oak Cliff Bicycle Company and Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycles

The Energizer Station will be open from 6:30 AM – 9:00 AM and will be located directly in the Jefferson St Viaduct’s newly installed cycle track.

A big thank you to our sponsors!

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Build a Better Jason Fundraiser, May 25th

May 9, 2013 § 6 Comments

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Our “Don Corleone” of the bicycle friendly world, Jason Roberts, needs our help!  After discovering he had testicular cancer and battling to beat the tar out of it, he’s back on his feet doing what he does best:  Building better blocks, one at a time!  Only now he’s been left with over $40K worth of medical bills!

The folks at BFOC and Go Oak Cliff have his back, and will be hosting an “I Bike Jason” group ride wearing Jason inspired gear to a fundraiser on May 25th, 2013 at the Kessler Theatre.  Here are the details:

When:  May 25th, 2013

Where:

Group Ride Meet UpEno’s Pizza Tavern, 7th and Bishop Ave

FundraiserKessler Theatre, 1230 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208

Times:

Group Ride Departure:  7:00 Pm

Fundraiser:  Doors open at 7:00 Pm, 8:00 Pm show starts; All Ages

Purchase TicketsClick here; $25 and up

Build a Better Jason” Benefit to Help Beloved Dallas Resident: Bike Ride, Live Music, Art Auction to Help Jason Roberts Defray Cancer Treatment Bills.

He’s run for Congress, built better blocks in cities around the world, helped make Oak Cliff bike friendlier and started a conspiracy of do-gooder artists. For years, Jason Roberts has been busy making Dallas a better place one project at a time but now he needs your help! In 2012, Jason was diagnosed with testicular cancer. After chemotherapy, radiation and surgery he was pronounced cancer free, but while the cancer is gone Roberts still has $40,000 in medical bills

The Kessler Theater in partnership with Go Oak Cliff and Jason Roberts supporters can help Jason fight the costs of his cancer battle. There will be a bike ride, live music and an art auction. The event is $25, but additional donations of any amount of are encouraged. All proceeds will go toward helping Jason erase his medical debt

The “I Bike Jason” bikeride will begin outside of Eno’s at 7:00 p.m. and end at the Kessler. Wearing Jason inspired gear is part of the fun. Comments by special guest will begin at the Kessler at 8:00 and the bands and art auction will begin shortly therafter. Some of Jason’s favorite bands and artist have donated their talents to help raise money. Those bands include John Singer Sergeant – of the Deathray Davies, Austin sensations the White Ghost Shivers, R&B legend Bobby Patterson plus a few surprises.

“Jason is a tremendous person,” said Edwin Cabaniss, Kessler Theater owner. “He gives to his community tirelessly. Build a Better Jason is a way for everyone who knows, loves and appreciates him to help him close the book on his fight with cancer.”

Got skills? Prove it and attend Traffic Skills 101

April 15, 2013 § 2 Comments

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Education is a key component in helping build a bike friendly community, however it usually gets put aside because it’s too expensive, too timely or not cool!howtoride

We’d like to help change those notions by working with Bike DFW and certified League of American Bicyclists to encourage more riders to learn the basics of riding in traffic.

April 20th,7:45 AM – 2:00 PM, El Jordan Restaurant, 416 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208, Bishop Arts District

Traffic Skills 101 facilitated by Bike DFW :

Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) 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. The curriculum is fast-paced, and prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling.  Register Here Today!

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