Archive for April, 2012

2012 Architecture at Risk List

Posted by    |    April 28th, 2012 at 5:10 am

OOCCL is very excited to be compiling our 3rd annual Architecture at Risk List for 2012.  If you know of a particular worthwhile or iconic property that you feel is at Risk due to neglect or aggressive zoning please write and tell us about it at risk@ooccl.org

We’ll unveil our list at our June General Meeting at Turner House on June 11 at 7:00.  We’ll also be awarding our 2012 neighborhood grants so you won’t want to miss this meeting.

Because this property may be demolished by the time we unveil our list, we wanted to share this preview with you today.

1. HUMBLE OIL SERVICE STATION – ZANG AND BECKLEY – 1929

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Humble Oil was founded in Texas in 1911. Their stations were once found throughout Texas. They later merged with Standard Oil and were rebranded as Exxon in 1972. It took the Humble Oil Company almost 6 months to gain permission to build their art deco service station at the corner of Zang and Beckley. (more…)

Cycle Style – Vote & Bike Party Tonight

Posted by    |    April 28th, 2012 at 3:22 am

Kelly, the 2011 Face of Biking in Dallas

We’re down to the last few hours to vote for the 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas, by noon today. Then come to the Cycle Style after party in Deep Ellum.

9pm to midnight,  $10 entry, bicycle valet. Complimentary beer from local Deep Ellum Brewery and Franconia Brewery and complimentary Texas-made Railean tequila/rum tastings starting at 9pm.

Proceeds benefit Pedal Power, our local bicycle charity that provides used bikes to those in need.

At 10pm, Dallas’ first ever bicycle fashion show featuring Wallflower models styled by Brittany Winter, Amy K Hays, Ariella Villa, and Tara Tonini.  Plus, we’ll reveal the winner of the 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas.

Whatever your style, get on a bike. The more of us on the road, the safer we all are. Come celebrate another year of biking in Dallas with us. (more…)

Bike DFW Promotes Education and the National Bike Challenge

Posted by    |    April 26th, 2012 at 5:10 am

RE-POSTED from Bike DFW
“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 718 bicyclists were killed and 51,000 were injured in crashes with motor vehicles in 2009 – yet many feel invincible in bicycle helmets. Bicycle clubs, event organizers, bike magazines, bike shops and school programs all strongly urge cyclists to wear a helmet – and many require it. Yet, these same organizations rarely offer any kind of safe riding instruction beyond the admonition, “Wear Your Helmet!”#

“WEARING A HELMET IS NOT YOUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE. In fact, education is! Cyclists of all ages and abilities know riding in traffic or on trails can be hazardous if you are not prepared. Operators of motor vehicles are required to follow the rules of the road (we hope), to properly maintain their vehicles, understand avoidance tactics and practice defensive driving. While they are required to wear seat belts, and air bags are becoming the industry standard, it is widely understood that they are passive forms of protection, useful in the event of a crash. Seat belts and air bags do not prevent crashes, and neither do bicycle helmets. Lucky for us, the League’s Smart Cycling curriculum and their trained nationwide network of League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are educating new and returning riders with the vital traffic skills needed to prevent accidents in recreational and traffic situations – in addition to wearing your helmet.”# (more…)

And Now Dallas Has Had a Ciclovia…Will the City Take It On?

Posted by    |    April 20th, 2012 at 5:10 am

While the wind whipped up and tried it’s best to wreck havoc on this past weekend’s first annual Ciclovia de Dallas, the people spoke and came out to enjoy a great event on an historic bridge!  With no cars to fight against, it was clear sailing the entire mile across the old structure, deemed possibly to be permanently car free once the new streetcar rolls over it’s surface.

Overall, we expected about 1,000 people to attend and we feel comfortable saying we hit our mark by the end of the day, and so says the Advocate!.  On a shoestring budget, a small and hard working core of volunteers, and shear determination, we were able to pull off the biggest event our small, fledgling organization has accomplished to date! (more…)

Can’t Go Wrong At CampO

Posted by    |    April 15th, 2012 at 5:10 am

Brunch is the new black – or is it the new dinner? Regardless,  its become the standard by which a good weekend can be judged, and area magazines and newspapers  have covered the best spots for brunch across the city extensively. As a result, you may have noticed that Oak Cliff has become quite the destination for Sunday brunch, with huge crowds and long waits.

So imagine my pleasant surprise when I stumbled into CampO for brunch one recent Sunday morning and found no wait and a menu full of interesting and tasty options. The founders of CampO are originally from Argentina, and this informs a unique sensibility into the restaurant and in particular the menu. Leave traditional pancakes and waffles to Jonathon’s next door, but don’t assume this means a less than delicious brunch experience.

The menu is quirky, broken into 4 categories with 4 price points. You can choose a la carte or they’ve put together a few combinations that afford you a slight discount.

The Croque-Madame. Photo by Elliott Munoz. (more…)

What to Know to Attend Ciclovia de Dallas!

Posted by    |    April 14th, 2012 at 5:10 am

*A Ciclovia de Dallas FYI: The Houston St Viaduct is NOT the old bridge parallel with the new Calatrava. It’s the old bridge connecting Zang Blvd on the Oak Cliff Side and Houston St. on the Downtown side. There is another bridge directly parallel to it called the Jefferson Viaduct

*WEATHER UPDATE:  SKYS ARE LOOKING GOOD FOR THE EVENT!  WE WILL HAVE THE EVENT EVEN IF THERE ARE LIGHT SHOWERS.  PLEASE FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR ANY FUTURE WEATHER UPDATES

DALLAS – On Saturday, April 14th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm ride your bicycle, walk your dog, push your stroller, roller skate, ride a unicycle or skateboard, whatever it takes to get out to the 1st Annual Ciclovia de Dallas on the centennial Houston St. Viaduct Bridge for Dallas’ first car-free festival. (more…)

Third day of iBike Rosemont and the bike riders grows!

Posted by    |    April 11th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

95 riders on day 3!!!

The best decorated bike of the day, Lower Campus with Christian Johnson

This morning we had 95 riders between upper and lower campuses. There is great music rocking at lower campus and wonderful student support at upper campus.

Big shout out to Jennifer Pickert who got the t-shirts together this year. They’re a big hit. And the $1 Bike Friendly Rosemont stickers are great!

Sweet story of the day goes to the mini-rider who ran up to us this morning with a giant smile. After saying hello she proudly pronounced that she “RODE WITHOUT HER TRAINING WHEELS” for the first time that day. She was so excited and reminded us of that feeling of freedom that comes with learning to ride a bike. (more…)

What to Know to Attend Ciclovia de Dallas!

Posted by    |    April 10th, 2012 at 5:10 am

DALLAS – On Saturday, April 14th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm ride your bicycle, walk your dog, push your stroller, roller skate, ride a unicycle or skateboard, whatever it takes to get out to the 1st Annual Ciclovia de Dallas on the centennial Houston St. Viaduct Bridge for Dallas’ first car-free festival.

What to Know to Attend

  • EVENT TIMES:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm FREE TO ATTEND!
  • To Access the bridge from the Oak Cliff or Downtown side by any means EXCEPTa car.
    • Downtown:  Head down Houston St. past Union Station.  The street will be closed at Young and Houston St.  Enter bridge from here.
    • Oak Cliff:  Head down Zang towards downtown.  Cross the street before Jefferson St bridge near Greenbriar heading against the normal one way access.  Enter bridge from here. (more…)

2012 Cyclist Census and Cycle Style Night

Posted by    |    April 4th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

April 21st 10am – 2pm  all over Dallas

Come be counted in the 2012 Dallas Cyclist Census and be entered in the running for the people’s choice Face of Biking in Dallas! Photographers will be stationed around Dallas taking photos of cyclists.

Winner gets cool swag from Linus, Richardson Bike Mart, Transit Bikes, Oak Cliff Bicycle Co and more. Not to mention bragging rights. (more…)

Check out Tour Dallas this weekend!

Posted by    |    April 4th, 2012 at 5:10 am

Taken from www.tourdallas.org:

 

START at Young & Field – Finish at City Hall Plaza

  • Routes of 8, 20 and 30 miles
  • Start Time: 8:00am

Download a Site Map for the Start/Finish Area here

More FUN at the Finish Line Celebration

Who’s first? Who cares! This is a TOUR – not a race. No need to get in a hurry and raise the stress levels or miss out on the fun along the way. Plus, with the number of cyclists in our event and the hazards of the roadway, going too fast can cause injury to you and others around you. So relax and enjoy the ride. Then when you get to the Finish Line Celebration, enjoy the fresh, hot pizza from Pizza Patron, a cold bottle of water and enjoy the day. (more…)