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 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!
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!
December 31, 2013 § Leave a comment
Another amazing year in Bike Friendly Oak Cliff! Many thanks to all our friends and neighbors that took part in our rides and events. We are looking forward to an even more fun 2014 as we expand our board members and ramp up on events, education and advocacy. Just a few highlights from this past year and outlook for 2014:
Other initiatives we are tracking include:
Sylvan bridge over the Trinity to have a bicycle lane
Sylvan from Singleton to Jefferson could have a cycle track, but will need our support as it goes to Planning Commission
Design for Coombs from tennis courts to Hampton Rd
Akard, Ervay and Saint Paul streets downtown will also have a planning comission hearing for including bicycle lanes
Victory and Houston will be changed to two way and have bike lanes
In other news the city and Uptown Dallas are planning a Cyclovia in April-May time frame and the much anticipated Bike Share program will be kicked off this spring with a study by the City of Dallas. It is looking like a great year for biking in Dallas! Stay tuned for more info on how you can get involved!
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 26, 2013 § Leave a comment
BFOC and local advocate Zach Ford was able to arrange this last minute gathering while they’re in town. Come meet Elly and Joe (and their dog Ruby) who are on a national tour with their folding Brompton bikes and AMTRAK!
They’ll have finger food from The Classic Cup Cafe as well a presentation from Joe. He will be showing bits from films he has made as well as discussing Bicycle Tourism and Multi-Modal travel in the US.