May 6, 2014 § 1 Comment
Riding your bicycle to work doesn’t always come easy, especially in Dallas, TX, however it’s been getting better and better as ridership is increasing and the city has been laying down on street infrastructure. We even now have a legitimate Dallas Bicycle Task Force that meets tomorrow evening, 6pm at City Hall!
So, there are few excuses not to try a bicycle commute on National Bike to Work Day, May 16th. Actually, May is Bike to Work month and next week is Bike to Work Week. It’s never too early to try it out. Here are the details:
Date: May 16th, 2014
Location: In the Jefferson St. Viaduct Cycletrack overlooking the Trinity River
Time: 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
What You Get: Free coffee from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, free breakfast tacos from BFOC, haul’n mass provided by Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycles, wrench’n provided by Oak Cliff Bicycle Co., a mariachi band greeting you as you climb the bridge, a balloon arch, and KIND and Cliff Bars from Bike DFW. Encouragement, freedom from the car, happy faces, and the best damn group of bicycling advocates greeting you are all free as well!
Group Ride: If you feel more comfortable riding in a group, Tom Wilson’s Small Plant eBikes will be leading one from his shop in the Bishop Arts District across from Oddfellows. The group leaves at 7:00 AM, meet up is 6:45 AM, heading to the Oak Cliff Energizer Station. Tom will even loan you a bicycle just for the group ride and back to the shop!
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
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!