Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is a Dallas-based 501c3 nonprofit focused on creating a more bike friendly community in Dallas through family friendly bike events and activities, installation of bike infrastructure, and bicycle-related advocacy.
BFOC’s annual events rise awareness and promote cycling as a fun and safe transportation option. BFOC was founded in 2008 by a small group of friends in Oak Cliff looking to organize fun rides with their neighbors and promote a bicycle-friendly culture in Dallas. We’re exited to see so many Bike Friendly neighborhood organizations springing up all over DFW!
Popular annual events organized by BFOC include Bike to school events (iBike Rosemont, iBike Hogg, and iBike Bowie), Paletas y Bicicletas (raffling free bikes to local children for picking up trash), bicycle parking at neighborhood events, various history tours of Dallas by bike, themed rides (such as the Tweed Ride), the Dallas Bikes to City Hall event attended by Mayor Rawlings and hosted by several council members, Cyclesomatic series of events (such as Bicycle Fair, bike-in-movie, photo scavenger hunt, cyclocross race, and citywide bicycle event cross-promotion), the Dallas Cycle Style Cyclist Census and Seer Sucker picnic ride, and infrastructure and safety campaigns and events (such as bike rodeos and safety courses.)
All events are family-friendly, free, and open to all regardless of age, fitness levels or biking ability. Generally, the goal of the events is to rise awareness for bikes and encourage more people to make riding a part of their everyday lifestyle.
BFOC plays an active role in reshaping how Dallas streets are designed, ensuring that future streets will be safer for cyclists. The organization has raised over $5000 for as part of the iBike Rosemont campaign to install road improvements in front of Rosemont Elementary School that will improve cyclists’ safety.
Board members work closely with the City of Dallas’ Bicycle Coordinator on identification, design and implementation of bike infrastructure improvements in Oak Cliff and throughout Dallas.
BFOC’s parent organization, the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, was instrumental in attaining federal TIGER Grant funding to install a modern streetcar to connect from Union Station across the Houston St Viaduct into North Oak Cliff. The streetcar opened the final phase, Bishop Arts District Station, in August 2016.
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff has been fortunate to receive financial support from a number of local and national sources. Funds for the Rosemont Elementary improvements have been raised from local sources including Cienda Partners, Oaxaca Inc., John Barr & Associates LLP, and Eno’s Pizza Tavern.
To support a Cyclovia event planned for Spring/Summer 2012, BFOC received a grant from Bikes Belong, a national bicycle advocacy group.
BFOC has also held occasional fundraisers which have been successful in both raising awareness for the organization and receiving donations from the community.
Part of BFOC’s success has been due to the organization’s strong media and online presence The BFOC website averages 285 daily views with over 100,000 views in 2010. Additionally, BFOC events are well covered by both local t.v. and print outlets.
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