Category Editorial

Bicycling and the “elite”

A friend of BFOC just forwarded the following article from Salon magazine on the new wave of urban cyclists and perceptions of elitism. It brings up some interesting points on how this simple and inexpensive mode of transit is surprisingly being pegged as “high-brow” by some. With that being said, my favorite part of the […]

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff’s recommendation to the Oak Cliff Gateway Committee

It has been brought to our attention that the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce is recommending a change to the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan that would directly endanger the lives of pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers by removing safety buffers originally developed by roadway engineering experts, the community, and city leaders. This alternate solution dramatically changes […]

A bike of a different color needed

We’re planning the biggest and most diverse bicycle fair & showcase on October 22nd from 12:00 – 6:00 pm the likes most have never seen before!  That’s why we’re putting a call out to a different kind of bicyclists in our area to participate. If you own or ride a tall bike, hi-wheel, low-rider, unicycle, […]

Spring Cleaning…A list of Dallas Ordinances that Should be Overturned in 2011

Since it’s almost springtime, we thought it was time to share a list of ordinances that were highlighted in our Better Block projects that we feel should be overturned in order to reactivate our city’s streetlife. 1. Remove Prohibitive Fees for Awnings: Dallas Development Code. SEC. 43-115. ANNUAL FEE FOR USE OF PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY. (a) Except […]

One Car No Car Series: 2011 1 day/52 week No Car Challenge

The New Year invokes change.  Our calendar resets itself, we get back to the gym after a long hiatus, and we usually look for something to improve upon in the next year.  Here is our challenge for you: Go without a car one day a week for 52 weeks Here are the rules: Must chose […]

One Car, No Car Series: A suit, a bicycle and the DART GREEN line

This past week presented a new challenge for me.  I had to be at I-635 and Luna Rd, just west of the I-35 and I-635 crossing.  From north Oak Cliff, that’s approximately 17 miles, one-way.  On top of that, I had to be there by 7:00am! This would normally not have  warranted a posting, but […]

One Car, No Car series: A trip to the grocery store

Since moving to a one car household back in July of this year, certain adjustments had to be made.  First, we share household chores and I don’t get out of doing my turn of the shopping just because I don’t have a car.  Nor do I always want to wait to get the car to […]

Presenting: The One Car-No Car Series

It is our pleasure to present a new series of blog posts solely dedicated to highlighting how we can reduce our use of the automobile, and substituting those uses for other alternative forms of transportation.  BFOCr’s aren’t bicycle centric, but many merely recognize that there are several different types of trips that average Americans take […]

The Austin Experience

A group of BFOC’ers made their way down to Austin last weekend to enjoy the sights and sounds and test out the new bike facilities in place to get a sense of what is in store for Dallas. The hills proved to be less worrisome than originally anticipated, but the sun around mid-day did require […]

Riverfront: The wrong way to build a Complete Street

Just reviewed the plans for the new Riverfront “Complete Street”, and the attempt put forth is hardly worthy of critique. It’s being billed as a 21st Century Main Street, which would be accurate if you enjoyed Main Streets that contained no life. For those unfamiliar with the term, a “Complete Street” is one that takes […]