(Bishop Arts 2009 Mardi Gras Parade)
2010 looks to be an exciting year for bicycle initiatives in North Oak Cliff. For starters, heads of Winnetka Heights home owners association, local business owners, and property owners are working with BFOC to develop Dallas first “pilot” pedestrian/bicycle boulevard along Seventh Street, connecting the Winnetka neighborhood with the Bishop Arts District. The street was the former trolley line, and is dotted with local hotspots such as the Turner House, the soon-to-be-opened Nova tapas/bicycle gastro pub, the Kessler Theatre, Seventh and Tyler Arts District, Bolsa (which was just listed in GQ as one of the top 10 new restaurants in the nation), and ending in Bishop Arts. The route will also be the spine of the area’s pedicab route, which will be used to mitigate parking issues for visitors wanting to experience the area.
(image from indypedicabs.com)
Speaking of pedicabs, Matt Spiller’s, owner of Eno’s is working with the OCBC to procure three new pedicabs for the area. We should have more details as info comes online.
The next major group rides we’ll be leading will take place on Sunday, February 7 & Sunday 14th. The first will be Oak Cliff’s Second Annual Mardi Gras ride and the next weekend will be our first Valentine’s themed ride. So one week, we’ll be decked out in beads, and for the second prepare to see hundreds of people dressed as cupids or in red regalia pedaling through the streets of downtown Dallas.