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

Bike Friendly New Year!

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:

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SpookieCross continues to be one of our favorite events!

Riding to Arora is a great new tradition started by Bike Friendly Cedars!

Riding to Arora is a great new tradition started by Bike Friendly Cedars!

The Union Station to Oak Cliff Streetcar is well under construction with service starting in 2015.

The Union Station to Oak Cliff Streetcar is well under construction with service starting in 2015.

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The Trinity trail is coming along with sections already open and more to come in Spring 2014!

Central Dallas Bike Connections (1)

Many great connections coming to Central Dallas and Oak Cliff in 2014 to 2017.

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!

 

The Tweed Ride is Rescheduled to next weekend, Sat. Dec 14th!

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. 

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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.

Photo by Richard Wezensky

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.

Photo by Elliot Munoz

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!

Matt Tolentino is back for this year’s Tweed Ride. Photo by Elliot Munoz

Photo by Elliot Munoz

Portand Bicycle Advocates at Dallas Bike Works, tonight!

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.

Come out and have some fun with us and the rest of the Dallas Bicycle Community!  BYOBImage

Lee Harvey Oswald History Group Ride is Cancelled!

November 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Due to inclement weather, we’re cancelling today’s history group ride. Plan on heading out to the Tweed Ride on December 8th!

 

 

SoPac Trail Phase 3 Meeting | Biking In Dallas

November 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

 

Be sure to try and attend a meeting this Thursday, November 14, at 6:30pm at Ridgewood Recreation Center on 6818 Fisher Rd (map), read more here  SoPac Trail Phase 3 Meeting | Biking In Dallas.

Here’s a map of the proposed SOPAC Trail:

Would You Like to Be on the BFOC Board?

November 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

The events we throw year-round, grants and donations we receive, and infrastructure we advocate for are all determined by our core Board of dedicated volunteers. We’re looking to add a few passionate cyclists from the neighborhood to round-out our reach and capacity to make OC the most bike-friendly neighborhood in Dallas.

If you’re interested, shoot an email to Amanda. Include your contact info as well as why you’re interested in being on the board and what unique skills or experience you bring to the table. We’re hoping to increase the diversity of our board in all kinds of ways so we’re looking for YOU!

Also, keep in mind that the BFOC board is actually the Oak Cliff Transit Authority board, since OCTA is the organizational umbrella. (Yes, OCTA won the federal grant for the street car lines being built!) We also have the iBike Rosemont and Dallas Cycle Style projects under the umbrella. We’re all about awesome walk, bike, trolly, bus, car, and everything-else transportation for our neighborhood.

Time commitment includes meeting once a month and we’re constantly thinking, dreaming, planning, and emailing. Plus occasional events throughout the year – we each ultimately decide how much we’re able to take on though, so it’s up to you what role you’d like to play in the development of our ‘hood.

2013 Board of Directors

Zac Lytle, President
Christian Johnson, VP
Amanda Popken, Treasurer
Andrew Howard, Secretary
Jonathan Braddick
Dylan Holt
Anita Mills
Ean Parsons
Holly Jefferson

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