2012 in Bike Friendly Oak Cliff blog review

January 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 92,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Bike Rack Competition Continues through December 1st

November 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Don’t forget there’s still plenty of time to get in your design plans for the bike rack design/build competition by December 1st!  Get your entries in asap.  See below for the full details and how to submit:

BIKE RACK DESIGN/BUILD COMPETITION
We have all used a tree, lamp post or stop sign as a makeshift bike rack at one point or another. Fred Pena of the Back Porch Studio is taking steps to avoid bike pile-ups like above and YOU can be a part of the movement through our BIKE RACK DESIGN/BUILD COMPETITION.

Competition Information
This project is a design competition; following these instructions and using the drawing packet (available here) as a guide you will design an entry and submit it for consideration by SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012.

Feel free to submit more than one entry. The winning design will then be built at a work shop and the design and building instructions will be made available online.You will have until
Saturday December 1st to complete and submit your design entry. The construction part of the project  will occur at a later date to be announced in early 2013.

This competition is a collaborative project created by The Back Porch Studio, Oil and Cotton and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. The Back Porch Studio is a project that supports community building through education and volunteer based design/build projects. Oil and Cotton is learning studio dedicated to arts education. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is an organization focused on creating a more bike friendly community. Aside from organizing family-friendly bike events and activities, one of their goals is to bring bike infrastructure to the community. This design competition is one of the steps taken toward that goal.The purpose of making this design available is to promote a bike-able community by making the racks easily accessible to small businesses.

Requirements:
The design requirements for the project simply consist of designing an easy-to-build bike rack. It can be as simple as taking a common bike rack design and proposing an easy way to build it or it can be a design that involves more than what is asked for in the design criteria, for example incorporating a bike repair station into the rack, or it may include helmet storage.The winning entry will take all of these items into consideration:

Design will be mindful of the “make do with what you got” philosophy and will be mindful of environmentally-friendly materials and processes. This means it is preferred that you think of materials that are repurposed, for example: using some sort of leftover material in a common fabrication process or something along those lines.

Design will allow for either options in fixed racks or be modular to be able to hold various amounts of bikes. If it’s“fixed” think about whether it is a 3-4 bike rack or one that holds 8 bikes. The ideal would be a flexible design that would hold a different number of bikes depending on how many modules you build and put together. This would allow the builder to build as many as they need and add or remove modules seasonally.

Materials will take into consideration how accessible the parts or materials are as well as how securely it holds the bikes. While wood may be readily and inexpensively available, it would not provide the most secure of racks. However, wood would be fine if you’re proposing that your rack be used indoors or the wood is only there to hold the bikes up but the locking mechanism is independent of it.

Design does not have to provide all details of how to install the rack, but thought needs to be given to the fact that the rack will be used in many different scenarios. It may end up on a concrete sidewalk, a wooden deck, an asphalt driveway, a dirt alley, a wall or even maybe indoors!

It is preferred that your design includes both floor-mounted and wall-mounted versions but it is not required. However, those designs submitted with both options or an option easily converted may be given special consideration.

Instructions:
Please feel free to use the sheets found here to submit your final design. The pages are intended to standardize the submissions and ensure all needed information about the design is collected. Alternatively, you are allowed to submit your design using other drawing types (like 3D renderings or scale models) but please be sure to submit at least one side and one top view so that we can fairly compare it with the other design entries. Contact Fred Pena with questions.

Submit designs to Fred Pena:
alfredpena@gmail.com

Or mail them to:
Oil and Cotton
837 W. 7th Street
Dallas, Texas 75208



Thank You to Our Sponsors..

Cyclesomatic 2012: Spooky Cross Race Day II, October 28th

October 24, 2012 § 1 Comment

It’s another full day of Cyclocross Racing at the Dallas Heritage Village, along with a beer garden and many of the best food trucks in the Metroplex!  Also, be sure to catch a shuttle to and from the Texas Custom Bicycle Show happening at Club DaDA in Deep Ellum or just ride on over.

Here are the details:

Date:  October 28th

Event Times:  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood St.

Registration and more info: http://www.txbra.org/events/event.asp?EventID=2455

Description:

  • Professional cyclocross racing
  • Rahr Beer
  • Food Truck Festival
  • Free Kids race
  • Hooligans costume race



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Cyclesomatic 2012: Bike Rack Competition Details

October 16, 2012 § 2 Comments

BIKE RACK DESIGN/BUILD COMPETITION
We have all used a tree, lamp post or stop sign as a makeshift bike rack at one point or another. Fred Pena of the Back Porch Studio is taking steps to avoid bike pile-ups like above and YOU can be a part of the movement through our BIKE RACK DESIGN/BUILD COMPETITION.

Competition Information
This project is a design competition; following these instructions and using the drawing packet (available here) as a guide you will design an entry and submit it for consideration by SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012.

Feel free to submit more than one entry. The winning design will then be built at a work shop and the design and building instructions will be made available online.You will have until
Saturday December 1st to complete and submit your design entry. The construction part of the project  will occur at a later date to be announced in early 2013.

This competition is a collaborative project created by The Back Porch Studio, Oil and Cotton and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. The Back Porch Studio is a project that supports community building through education and volunteer based design/build projects. Oil and Cotton is learning studio dedicated to arts education. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is an organization focused on creating a more bike friendly community. Aside from organizing family-friendly bike events and activities, one of their goals is to bring bike infrastructure to the community. This design competition is one of the steps taken toward that goal.The purpose of making this design available is to promote a bike-able community by making the racks easily accessible to small businesses.

Requirements:
The design requirements for the project simply consist of designing an easy-to-build bike rack. It can be as simple as taking a common bike rack design and proposing an easy way to build it or it can be a design that involves more than what is asked for in the design criteria, for example incorporating a bike repair station into the rack, or it may include helmet storage.The winning entry will take all of these items into consideration:

Design will be mindful of the “make do with what you got” philosophy and will be mindful of environmentally-friendly materials and processes. This means it is preferred that you think of materials that are repurposed, for example: using some sort of leftover material in a common fabrication process or something along those lines.

Design will allow for either options in fixed racks or be modular to be able to hold various amounts of bikes. If it’s“fixed” think about whether it is a 3-4 bike rack or one that holds 8 bikes. The ideal would be a flexible design that would hold a different number of bikes depending on how many modules you build and put together. This would allow the builder to build as many as they need and add or remove modules seasonally.

Materials will take into consideration how accessible the parts or materials are as well as how securely it holds the bikes. While wood may be readily and inexpensively available, it would not provide the most secure of racks. However, wood would be fine if you’re proposing that your rack be used indoors or the wood is only there to hold the bikes up but the locking mechanism is independent of it.

Design does not have to provide all details of how to install the rack, but thought needs to be given to the fact that the rack will be used in many different scenarios. It may end up on a concrete sidewalk, a wooden deck, an asphalt driveway, a dirt alley, a wall or even maybe indoors!

It is preferred that your design includes both floor-mounted and wall-mounted versions but it is not required. However, those designs submitted with both options or an option easily converted may be given special consideration.

Instructions:
Please feel free to use the sheets found here to submit your final design. The pages are intended to standardize the submissions and ensure all needed information about the design is collected. Alternatively, you are allowed to submit your design using other drawing types (like 3D renderings or scale models) but please be sure to submit at least one side and one top view so that we can fairly compare it with the other design entries. Contact Fred Pena with questions.

Submit designs to Fred Pena:
alfredpena@gmail.com

Or mail them to:
Oil and Cotton
837 W. 7th Street
Dallas, Texas 75208



Thank You to Our Sponsors..

Cyclesomatic 2012: Texas Custom Bicycle Show, October 27th & 28th

October 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

Come see the bikes and meet the best handmade frame builders from Texas and beyond!  The 5th annual Texas Custom Bicycle Show is an exhibition of custom bicycle frame builders with styles as diverse as road, mountain, city and track. Doors will open at 10am and stay open till 5. There will be builders, illustrators, t-shirts, and other entertaining bicycle-related diversions TBA.

Exhibitors

Here are the details:

Date:  October 27th & 28th

Event Times:  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM both days

Location: Club DaDa, 2720 Elm Street  Dallas, TX 75226

Description

The Texas Custom Bicycle Show is an exhibition of custom bicycle frame builders, this year in Dallas, Texas, Oct 27-28 with styles as diverse as road, mountain, city bikes, and track bikes. Built in steel, ti, and carbon, there is something for everyone.

Mission

Promote the fine work of custom Bicycle builders, foster a deeper understanding of the bicycle, and increase the desire of everyone to get out and ride, especially on a beautiful, custom, handmade bike!

Description

Custom bicycle frame builders gather to share the love of their craft with each other, cycling enthusiasts, industry professionals, & novice fabricators.

General Information

Like riding? Check. Like Bicycles? Check. Like beautiful workmanship? Check. Like custom bicycles? Check.
This is the event for you. Come out, and see the latest from many builders that will blow your mind, and whet your appetite to get out and ride. See the best from the best, and find out how you can FINALLY get that dream bike built for your riding pleasure.



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Cyclesomatic 2012: Bike-In Movie, Franken Wheelie October 20th

October 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

A fan favorite, this event brings out the kid in all of us!  From past showings of Pee Wee’s Adventures, and other fun bicycle related movies you’ll be assured a  good time!

Here are the details:

Date:  October 20th

Meet Up Time:  7:30 PM

Start Time:  8:15 PM

Location: Stephens Park Golf Course, 1005 North Montclair Avenue  Dallas, TX 75208

Description:  Cycle, walk, roller skate, hitchhike/carpool, or hop/skip/jump your way to the bike-in movie night on the covered verandah of the the Stevens Park golf course club house with awesome views of the greens and sunset.

On screen: a super shhhhh screening of a new animated halloweenie release ideal for every age.

Bring blankets, pillows, your comfort zone, and camp out in front of the big screen and get cozy under the stars. The clubhouse bar and grill will be open for your drinking and snacking needs.



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Cyclesomatic 2012: Spooky Cross Race and Halloween Bicycle Festival, October 27th

October 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

It’s the event of the year to see bicycles of all types and sizes in action and at one place and time!  We’ve combined a high action, fan & family friendly cyclocross race, and last year’s bicycle fair and showcase into one day.  Get into the Halloween spirit and dress in full costume, bring the kids, ride on over, and enjoy a afternoon of Bicycles in the Cliff!

Here are the details:

Date:  October 27th

Event Times:  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Rosemont Primary School, 1919 Stevens Forest Drive, Dallas, TX 75208 (Near the fiberglass pools)

Race Registration and info: http://www.txbra.org/events/event.asp?EventID=2455

Description:  This event is completely full of action and fun on a bicycle! Here is a growing list of games, racing, activities and performances happening during the festival:

  • Professional, amateur & kids cyclocross racing
  • BMX performances
  • Trial bike riders
  • Low-rider bicycles
  • Kiddie cross demo course
  • Kids costume contest and race
  • Many games, prizes & activities

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