April 1, 2013 § 1 Comment
Late last year, a few BFOC members were told at a meeting about the ill fated plans to NOT create a separated cycle track on the Continental Viaduct that the City Council would be briefed on the status of and future plans for the Dallas Bike Plan.
That was in November 2012.
After several delays, we’ve finally received word that briefing will take place this Wednesday, 9 AM. Here is a quote from Keith Manoy, the man in charge with implementing the plan from a story Robert Wilonsky posted this morning with details and here’s the briefing to review for yourself:
It pretty much sums up the reality we face here on getting the infrastructure we feel is important to increasing ridership:
“Unlike in New York, where you had a transportation commissioner say, ‘This is what we’re doing, here nobody has the authority to say that. We have to go through a process, and if a lot of people say, ‘This is a horrible idea,’ it ultimately doesn’t go anywhere. I really think the way that changes is once people start to see more cycles on the street … I’m trying to do a transportation system for everyone. The whole system isn’t just about cars. We also have to make room for cyclists and pedestrians. We need an integrated system to be successful.” -Keith Manoy, Senior Transportation Plan, City of Dallas
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff will lead a ride to Main St Garden THIS Wednesday. Here are the details:
Date: April 3rd
Oak Cliff meet up location: Oddfellow’s in the Bishop Arts
Meet up time: 7:40 AM
Departure time: 8:00 AM
Destination: Main St Garden park
Arrival time: 8:30 AM
Departure time: 8:40 AM
Council meeting start time: 9:00 AM
March 18, 2013 § 1 Comment
Iris and Brennen Bechtol have lived in Oak Cliff for some time now. They love the neighborhood, how bike friendly it is, and how BFOC always had great group rides for them to participate in. One thing though, they didn’t always feel comfortable taking their 8 year old daughter with them.
In the same vein that BFOC has been doing iBike Rosemont, they’re launching Kidical Mass Dallas. On the last Saturday of every month there will be a short, kid friendly group ride in various parts of Dallas. The idea is that it happens the Saturday after Dallas Critical Mass‘ Friday group ride, has a fun destination, and is very easy to do for all level of kid and adult riders.
Please “Like” our page to stay up-to-date on their monthly group rides!
Here are the details for their first group ride:
The ultimate family friendly group ride, Kidical Mass Dallas is hosting it’s first group ride to Lake Cliff Park.
Here are the meet up details:
When: Saturday March 30
Times: Meet at Bolsa Mercado; 614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208 @ 12:30 PM
- Leave Bolsa Mercado: 1:00 PM
- Arrive at Lake Cliff Park: 1:30 PM
- Leave Lake Cliff Park: 3:30 PM
- Arrive back at Bolsa Mercado: 4:00 PM
Route: 7th street to Bishop, Bishop to
Colorado. 1.1 miles
Kids are encouraged to ride the approximately 1.1 mile route or be carried on their parent or guardian’s bicycle. The ride is very safe and will have designated Traffic Volunteers assisting at intersections.
There will be a fun game of ultimate Frisbee, and you’re encouraged to bring a picnic. No alcohol please.
Kidical Mass is a legal, safe and FUN bike ride for kids, kids at heart, and their families on the last Saturday of the month in Dallas, TX. A different ride will take place each month, and the location and route will change to different parts of Dallas.
March 13, 2013 § 5 Comments
No doubt you’ve heard several of the local television stations and news sources do stories about the closing of the Houston St. Viaduct for construction on the upcoming streetcar line. With that change came a seriously planned reconfiguration of the traffic flow on the Jefferson St Viaduct, it’s younger, and less architecturally interesting partner.
In that reconfiguration, our community gained a first of it’s kind: an on-street, two-way cycle track allowing anyone from age 8 to age 80 wishing to ride a bicycle across the Trinity River safely.
Here’s a first person point of view taken 12:30pm, Monday, 3/11:
We’d like to thank, Councilman Scott Griggs, Keith Manoy, Max Kalhammer, Jared White, and the many other city of Dallas staff and representatives who’ve helped see this come to fruition. This is certainly a huge step forward in making Dallas a safer, friendlier place to ride a bicycle!
February 28, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Want to do something that can actually make a difference for bicycling in Dallas? Attend Texas Bike Lobby Day on Monday, March 25th.
Bike Texas is organizing the event that takes place during our great state’s legislative session. This year, Bike DFW, our regional bicycle advocacy organization, is handling the registration process and organizing transportation down to Austin and back for the DFW area.
BFOC is helping to rally the advocates by pledging 20 attendees to get a pick up in Oak Cliff! The cost is $30, which includes breakfast, transportation, and the cost of organizing the day. Here are the details:
Date: Monday, March 25, 2013
Time: 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Bus Pickup Location: TBD (working on an Oak Cliff pick up if we get enough attendees)
Where: Texas State Capitol in Austin
Cost: $30 per person; includes breakfast; will need $10 for lunch
February 28, 2013 § Leave a Comment
The Better Block project, which started in Oak Cliff by several members of BFOC, has since become an international movement taking place in countries as far away as Australia. Today marks the first guerrilla street repair project in Iran! A student working on his dissertation at UT Arlington met with leaders of the original project to discuss the idea of putting together an urban intervention in Tehran. Today marks the launch of that project. The group, dubbed Bahamestan, set out last night and painted cross walks, delineated parking from pedestrian areas, painted gray walls, and setup outdoor play areas and markets. Check out more photos on their facebook page here.
February 22, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Dear Loyal Bike Friendly OC Bike Lovers,
We’re growing! And we need some assistance keeping track of everything finance-related. We have a great treasurer who’s been keeping track of things up till now but she’s calling in for backup!
If you’re an accountant or know one, shoot an email to bfoc-board-2013 (at) google-groups.com.
Your BFOC Board
February 18, 2013 § 5 Comments
We probably just made another signature Bike Friendly Oak Cliff event yesterday at the inaugural Bicycle Brewery Tour! With the help of some of the best winter weather in our parts, we managed to convince over 150 bicycle riders to sample a great selection of our best local, craft brew.
Here are some pics we’ve procure from our event page: