June 2, 2014 § 2 Comments
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
Oak Cliff Film Festival
invite you to the first ever
Saturday, June 21
Inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s galloping-horse photo studies, this modern-day ride is geared to gather a stop-motion historical view of Oak Cliff as seen through the eyes of cyclists.
Two teams, Team Muybridge and Team Lumiere, will each be given a Polaroid camera and a pack of film to capture images that create a narrative of our OC neighborhood. After all eight images are shot, each team will organize them and produce a 15-second “film” to be uploaded to Instagram and tagged #OCFF2014. Based on creative merit, winners will be announced and prizes distributed at the event’s ending.
A Polaroid camera (must be returned)
An 8-shot pack of Polaroid film (additional packs available for purchase in the T.T. lobby)
A bike and creative spirit
Arrive at 6:00 for instructions and team assignment
Depart at 6:30
Arrive and upload at The Jefferson Tower by 8:30
Stick around after the ride for an OCFF rooftop screening at the Jefferson Tower at 9.
The third annual Oak Cliff Film Festival will take place at the historic Texas Theatre, the Kessler Theater, the Bishop Arts Theater, Oil & Cotton, and other venues in North Oak Cliff, June 19–22, 2024.
For more information: http://oakclifffilmfestival.com/
May 17, 2014 § Leave a comment
You’re invited to join Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and cyclists from around the city to celebrate the grand opening of three new bike-friendly arrivals to the Trinity River corridor: Trinity Skyline Trail along the river, the Continental Avenue Bridge Park and West Dallas Gateway Plaza connecting to Trinity Groves, and the Sylvan Avenue Bridge that includes a bike lane!
The ride begins at the east end of the Continental Bridge at 2pm sharp, but the festivities go on all day! A gospel brunch, farmers market, driving range, 1930s danceathon, kids craft zone, playground, pachanga party, food trucks, vintage car show and more – there’s something for everyone.
Even a chance to win a new Phat Cycle Sea Wind Cruiser bicycle from Richardson Bike Mart! Register to ride your bike as part of this rolling ribbon cutting and your name will go into a drawing. Rsvps here, and get all the details for the day at trinityriverrevel.com
May 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
Thanks to a generous donation from the Cliff Temple Baptist Church, we’ll be handing out lights to all the kids who bike to Rosemont Elementary school next week!
We purchased over 800 special red and white LED bike light sets from Bike Texas. Each pair even includes some great tips for biking – in English & Spanish!
iBike Rosemont advocates for better bicycling infrastructure, bike safety resources for kids, and for more kids to bike to school on a regular basis. In the past, TxDOT has had a Safe Routes to School grant program, which BFOC and iBike Rosemont used to fund lights for the riders, but the fund no longer exists. Thanks to Cliff Temple Baptist BFOC will be able to provide lights to all the iBike Rosemont riders as well as to other kids in the neighborhood through local schools and BFOC kid-friendly bike rides like Kidical Mass.
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 14, 2014 § 3 Comments
Spring has finally sprung. It felt like it was never going to make it, and yet, here we are. The key is to take advantage of it before Summer hits… With that in mind we’re hosting a spring picnic ride Saturday afternoon, April 26th to our beautiful Turtle Creek.
Here are some tips and must-haves for joining this year’s Seersucker Spring Picnic Ride.
Things you’ll need:
Bike I am going to make a pretty large assumption that you already have a bike. So, cross this one off of your list. If you don’t, I suggest hitting up craigslist or any local bike shop (more on this later).
Seersucker This one is key. Seer sucker is a light breezy fabric puckered fabric, usually with stripes, perfect for dressing up in balmy weather. Wearing seer sucker takes us back to the 20’s, when people still dressed up even in the heat (and no air conditioning!) According to Wiki, The fabric was originally worn by the poor in the U.S. until preppy undergraduate students began wearing it in the 1920s in an air of reverse snobbery. Perfect.
Because of the fabrication technique it can be pricey – though a bargain shopper might find seer sucker at a thrift store or outlet for much less. If you hurry there’s still time to get a nice seersucker dress/suit/short/skirt/jacket online and have it tailored. If you’re pressed for time, you could get away with just a bowtie.
Basket There are tons of options for a picnic basket depending on your personal style and the type of bike you ride. My personal favorite is this Front Basket by Wald. It’s inexpensive, easy to install, but only works with a few handlebar styles. If your bike needs a picnic basket, visit one of our friends at the following bike shops:
So now you’ve got your blanket in your basket on your bike, and you’re seersuckered up. What to pack? That’s simple enough, just pack any snacks you’d like to have, and maybe a little extra to share with your fellow seersuckered bike riding friends. If, however, you want to up your picnic game, here’s some things that will make for a fantastic spring picnic in the park.
Cheese, Sausage, Fruit (grapes, berries, apples, etc), Nuts & tasty dessert You must know that in case you’re pressed for time we’ll be stopping by the Eatzie’s on Oak Lawn along the way. Luckily it’s right near our destination at Robert E Lee Park!
Beverages (I should take this opportunity to say that a person caught consuming alcohol in Dallas city park can be fined up to $500, so you know, do what you will with that information.)
Cups Glass is fancy, but risky. There’s plenty of other alternatives available.
Forks, knives, spoons (as necessary) Whole Foods has bamboo ones that are pretty neat. I’ve seen some compostable plasticware that’s nice. Like the cups, disposable is convenient, reusable works too.
Water & Sunscreen
Yard games! We’ll have at least one set of croquet and bean bag toss – feel free to bring your own!
March 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
The Jazz Era Sunday Social is coming up this Sunday! An afternoon of jazz and lawn games, dancing and of course bicycling and picnicing, presented by the Art Deco Society of Dallas and Dallas Heritage Village.
Pull out your Sunday best – we’re heading to a Jazz Age picnic social
Sunday March 30th, 12-4pm
If you know the annual Lawn Party on Governor’s Island in New York City, you have an inkling of what this will be like. The Singapore Slingers will be performing, and Elaine Hewlett from the Rhythm Room will be teaching us some swingin moves from the 1920s. We’ll check out the Model A Fords, play some yard games, and eat some Carnival Barker’s ice cream.
There’s a costume contest at 2:30pm – lots of great inspiration on the Sunday Social pinterest, and lots of great links to local shops on the event’s facebook page. You could even wear your great outfit again to the Seer Sucker Picnic Ride next month!
Admission is $10, and children under 12 are free so bring the kids! And of course you can get advance tickets. What could be more fun on a gorgeous spring day!
February 19, 2014 § 3 Comments
Get a costume ready, bike decorated, beads bought for throwing, and ride with BFOC in the 6th annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade on Sunday, March 2!
Our line up is #1. Meet-up is at 3:00 at Rosemont/ 7th St, and we’ll roll out ahead of the DPD lead car when Davis closes—around 3:50. All kids riding with Kiddical Mass are invited to lead BFOC at the front of the pack on the 1.2-mile ride into Bishop Arts. Lazaaaay lay bon tom roulaaaay! RSVP!