October 7, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Break out the fedoras and the tommy guns! The next themed ride: On the Trail of Bonnie and Clyde, kicks off this Sunday, October 13th at 1:30PM. Once again, we’ll begin our ride at Dealey Plaza.
Our trip will take us over the historic Commerce Bridge and up Beckley to the Singleton Bridge (aka: The West Dallas Viaduct), made famous in Bonnie’s poem “The Trail’s End”. From there, we’ll pass the famous Lillie McBride “Shoot-out” House, the Barrow Family Filling Station, visit Clyde and his brother Buck’s grave site, and more. Also, we’ll stop at the Chicken Scratch for drinks, and relaxation. Dressing up is advised!!!
The ride is approximately 7 miles, with one crazy hill on Vilbig street. This ride will be weather permitting. If temperatures drop below 50 degrees, or it’s raining/windy, we’ll plan on rescheduling. Check back prior to the ride date for updates.
Highlights of the trip will include:
- Meeting at Dealey Plaza to see the original 1913 Dallas County Criminal Court and Jail Bldg
- The Continental Bridge
- Stopping at the Lillie McBride “Shoot-out” House
- Stopping at the Barrow Filling Station
- Visiting the grave site of Clyde and Buck Barrow
- Drinks at Chicken Scratch
The following link is a map of highlights from the route: https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=208560277822861750238.000463b0ad343287078fc&msa=0&ll=32.776811,-96.80985&spn=0.017753,0.032487
October 5, 2013 § Leave a Comment
OCTOBER 26th – Rosemont Elementary School. 1919 Stevens Forest DR. 11am – 3pm
OCTOBER 27th – Beautiful Dallas Heritage Village 10am – 2pm
Spooky Cross Cyclecross Race and Festival returns to Cyclesomatic for another year of spooktacular good times October 26 & 27th. Cross is Boss! Come check out competitors of all levels showing off their CX skills. Food trucks, live music and kids races will make for an excellent day for all.
Racers – Pre-register here
October 2, 2013 § Leave a Comment
The 5th Annual PhotoVelo Bicycle Photo Scavenger Hunt
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.
2 min, 4 max
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).
- $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!
October 2, 2013 § Leave a Comment
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.
September 30, 2013 § Leave a Comment
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.
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!
September 18, 2013 § 3 Comments
Please see FAQs prepared by Staff regarding shared bike arrow markings or “sharrows” in Kidd Springs.
City staff are also in the process of developing a Bicycle Advisory Working Group of Dallas Citizen interested in promoting the City’s bicycle programs. This group, once developed, will help with items such as advocacy, outreach, education, and fundraising to help support the bicycle program. If this is something you might be interested in, please let me know and we can discuss what this group would do and what may be required of those serving on it.
September 13, 2013 § 1 Comment
*ATTENTION: YOU MUST BE 21 YEARS OR OLDER TO SAMPLE BEER. IF YOUNGER, YOU’LL NEED A PARENT OR GUARDIAN TO ATTEND THIS RIDE! Please bring your IDs for verification at each location.
Get ready for the second installment of the bicycle brewery tour for 2013! The first event to kick off the month long Cyclesomatic bicycle celebrations, the tour will be longer, busier, and more delicious this time around.
We’ll also have a special limited edition, commemorative tour pint glass for sale to benefit Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. The glass will be $5 and will be sold at each stop until supplies run out. The glass will have a C&G and BFOC logo on it. *Cash or Credit will be accepted. BFOC is a non-profit organization benefiting bicycle advocacy in Oak Cliff and the rest of Dallas.
*This is a free event to the public and a guided group bicycle ride. No registration required. There ARE costs to purchase alcohol at the first 3 stops, so please bring cash with you. Not all stops may accommodate credit cards. You are responsible for locking up your own bicycle at each tour stop location.
Here are the details to participate:
Meet Up Location: Main St. Garden, near the taco stand
Meet Up Time: 11:15 AM
Departure Time: 11:45 AM
Total Route Mileage: 13 miles, slow pace
Route Map: http://goo.gl/maps/JiwKg
First Stop, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM….Craft and Growler; $Discounted beers, Purchase commemorative tour glass, $5
Second Stop, 1:15 PM…Deep Ellum Brewing Company; 10oz glass for $5 and 2 tickets for beer. Cash only
Third stop, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM…Community Beer Company; $6 for 2 beers, tour
Fourth stop, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM….Four Corners Brewing Company; $No Charge, samples and tour
Fifth and final stop, Small Brew Pub; 5:00 PM…Small Brew Pub; $No Charge, samples
Group ride back to Main St Garden