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

Seersucker Spring Picnic Ride Essentials

April 14, 2014 § 3 Comments

Seersucker Wedding

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-suitSeersucker   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:

Oak Cliff Bicycle Co. seer sucker pose
Richardson Bike Mart
Dallas Bike Works
Bicycles Plus
Switching Gears Cyclery
 

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.

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Picnicing at the recent Jazz Age Sunday Social. (Note the plastic wine glass!)

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.

Blanket  

Water & Sunscreen

Yard games!  We’ll have at least one set of croquet and bean bag toss – feel free to bring your own!

Ride to the Jazz Era Sunday Social

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

Washington Post Seersucker Ride

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.

We’ll be riding from Klyde Warren Park, meeting at 11:30am and heading to Heritage Village at 12 noon. Bring $10, and be ready for the most relaxing and exciting Sunday afternoon you can remember.

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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!

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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!

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Lazaaaay lay bon tom roulaaaay!

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!

Parade Route

Street Art Bike Tour with the Dallas Contemporary

November 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

The weekend of November 9th is the Dallas Contemporary’s 35th anniversary. I had no idea how much they’ve contributed to the visual beauty of our in-town neighborhoods until they told me about all the murals they’ve helped create.

So Cycle Style is leading a tour of 4 of the 5 of their murals in the Design District and West Dallas. Complete with a docent from the museum to tell us about each one! We’ll see works from Shepard Fairey, JMR, Sour Grapes, and Faile. Some home-town and some international favorites in there!

Saturday November 9th, 11am – embark from the Dallas Contemporary, 1pm – return.

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We’ll start and end at the Dallas Contemporary, and we’ll return to find the Tutta’s Pizza food truck at the end of our ride!

See dallascontemporary.org/alivefr35 for a full run-down of the celebration’s events, all FREE by the way, except for the Saturday night Birthday Bash – it’s going to be an epic weekend to remember.

Get up-to-the-minute details on Dallas Cycle Style’s facebook event.

Afternoon Cocktails at the Nasher

October 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Pull out your favorite Fall cocktail attire, we’ve been invited for Cyclist Happy Hour at the Nasher!

baloonsFrom 4pm-5pm Sunday October the 20th, we’ll be mosying through the Nasher garden, admiring Picasso’s talent in clay… and sipping complimentary cocktails because we arrived in style (on bikes, of course!)

It’s all for the Nasher’s 10th Anniversary weekend, AND they’re installing new BIKE RACKS! They want the cycling community to feel welcome. And we want another great excuse to visit the Nasher! And sip afternoon cocktails. And ride through town in this amazing weather!

Events at the Nasher are scheduled throughout the day Sunday, from 10am to 10pm. Here’s the full run-down. My favorite highlights are yoga in the morning, Ballet Folklorico in the street at noon, and free Cool Haus ice-cream sandwiches. The Nasher really knows how to throw a party.

A few of us will be gathering at Oak Cliff’s Oddfellow’s at 1:45pm, to depart shortly thereafter – if you’d like to meet us at Main St Garden, let us know on the Facebook Event – we’d swing by on our way, at about 2:15pm. At 2:30 is the 360 Lecture: Nasher Xchange Panel.

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Have you heard of this public art display all over the City?! It’s kicking off 10 commissioned pieces being installed this month, to stay up through February. I can’t wait to hear more about the whole project. Then afterward is the wine reception. Before the Cyclist Happy Hour starts….. You need to rsvp for the 360 Xchange & reception though – just email 360RSVP@nashersculpturecenter.org and you’re set. Free admission, free parking, free wine, cocktails and don’t forget the art! What a lovely afternoon it will be. AND we’ll even be home by dark.

Via Dallas Cycle Style

Aurora Ciclovia – October 18th

October 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

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BFOC Start: Ten Bells Tavern, 232 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208

Time: Meet up 6:30, Roll Out 7pm sharp

Grab your glow sticks and your LEDs! Bike Friendly Cedars is hosting the City’s largest lighted ride and bike competition. BFOC  will ride from Bishop Arts down to the Main Street Gardens where we’ll meet up with other Bike Friendly groups before heading over the Museum District for Aurora 2013. The illuminated bike ride will sure to be an awesome pedal powered light show.  Bike Friendly Cedars will be offering prizes for best lighted bike so bring your A-Game!

More about Aurora 2013 Here

Bike Friendly Cedars Events Page

PhotoVelo Bicycle Scavenger Hunt | Free! Prizes!

October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

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The 5th Annual PhotoVelo Bicycle Photo Scavenger Hunt
RSVP

Sunday, October 6, 2013  |  12 p.m.–5:30 ish  |  Lee Harvey’s

HOW IT WORKS
Register your team online here. Or, arrive at 12:00 to enter your team.

At 1 p.m. teams will be given a list of items to photograph around Downtown/Arts District, the Cedars, and Deep Ellum. Race ends at 5; disqualification awaits those who roll in late. Winners announced soon after.

TEAMS
2 min, 4 max

BRING
Your bike, map/smartphone, a Sharpie, camera, a sense of humor, and have a place/way to print your photos (there is a CVS downtown).

PRIZES
- $75 Lee Harvey’s bar/kitchen gift certificate awarded to the team with the highest score

- Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Pint Glass (10 prizes)*

- A Bacon Lee Harvey Gift Set: Tote and T-shirt*

- Concert tickets, gift certificates, and swag from our friends at the Dallas Observer* (event article)

*Prizes awarded for creative merit.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE
Arrive early and brunch. Lee Harvey’s opens at noon and there’s plenty of bike parking in the gated courtyard. HAPPY HOUR PRICES ALL DAY FOR ENTERED CYCLISTS! PLUS, Free coffee from Full City Rooster!

See you there!  — Holly

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!

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