Author Archives: Jason Roberts

From Oak Cliff to Iran. Tehran’s First Better Block Project!

The Better Block project, which started in Oak Cliff by several members of BFOC, has since become an international movement taking place in countries as far away as Australia. Today marks the first guerrilla street repair project in Iran! A student working on his dissertation at UT Arlington met with leaders of the original project […]

How to create an uninviting and unloved public space

“It is difficult to design a space that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished.” – William Whyte There are a handful of exciting public space projects on the horizon in North Oak Cliff that will soon dot a stretch of Seventh street, creating an inviting pedestrian/bicycle experience […]

Sylvan Avenue Bike Lanes proposed

  Sylvan Avenue Bike Lanes Proposed Public meeting December 10th, Salon Las Americas, 1004 Ft. Worth Avenue, 6pm Bike Friendly Oak Cliff needs every able bodied person to attend a public meeting December 10th at Salon Las Americas, 1004 Ft. Worth Avenue, 6 pm to review plans for converting the six lane Sylvan Road to four […]

More bike lanes in Oak Cliff!

Head down to Bishop Boulevard and you’ll see the latest bike lanes installed by the city of Dallas connecting Methodist Hospital to the Bishop Arts District (b/w Colorado and Davis). This was one of the first projects BFOC helped work on with the local neighborhood, and Counilwoman Delia Jasso. Not only does this thin the […]

Making the Valley View area more livable, bikeable, and walkable

Just saw the report from Robert Wilonsky at the Dallas Morning News regarding the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s hopes to develop a land use plan for the Vallew View Mall area which suffers from massive auto infrastructure, and low livability. They’re planning to spend $250K to reveal the area’s greatest potential. My fear is […]

Rainy Day Reschedules. Knox Strasse and Style Ride Moved to Sunday!

The weather gods haven’t been kind this weekend, but no fear! Everything is moving to tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 29) from 10AM to 9PM at Knox Strasse. Plan to head back out for music, food, drinks, and more! Here’s a quick list of activities (more updates coming soon!): Market: 10AM to 3PM Knox Strasse Urban Market […]

Bike Lanes Sprouting Up All Over Dallas

(Bike lane in Dallas installed near Rosemont Elementary school) In case you missed the latest news, Dallas is beginning to stripe bike lanes which finally moves us off the list of major US cities without on-street bike infrastructure. Bicycling Magazine, who ranked us the worst city for bicycling again this year, even took note in […]

Group Ride: On the Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald, June 16th History Tour

In partnership with the Oak Cliff Film Festival, BFOC is bringing back the On the Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald history tour bicycle ride on Saturday, June 16th, at 11:30AM starting at Dealey Plaza in Downtown Dallas, and passing the infamous residences of JFK’s alleged assassin. This was the group ride that launched BFOC in 2008, […]

Dallas, You’ve Created a Monster

In our last post, I discussed how post-war government intervention systematically dismantled hundreds of years of pedestrian oriented environments by forcing property owners to carve up giant swathes of their private land for parking. What I failed to touch upon was the unsustainable levels of entitlement that now exist for people demanding endless parking and […]

Subsidizing Sprawl

In Dallas, we’re currently faced with a heated debate on growth and the need for improved infrastructure to facilitate future development. Jim Schutze wrote a post on Unfair Park about the recent tollroad debate and how the Mayor is promoting regionalism vs. localism. I was struck by several commenters who dismissed urbanism and multi-modal transit […]