Archive for May, 2012

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

Posted by    |    May 31st, 2012 at 5:10 am

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, and is one of our favorites. Our ride will take us over the 1912 Houston Street Viaduct, crossing into North Oak Cliff, and stopping at pivotal spots from that fateful day in 1963. (more…)

2012 Architecture at Risk List and General Meeting

Posted by    |    May 30th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Please join us at Turner House on June 11th for our 3rd Annual Architecture at Risk List unveiling and our June Quarterly General Membership meeting.  We’ll also be naming our 2012 Supplemental Neighborhood Grants recipients.

The evening wll be catered by the Hamburger Man at 6:30 with the meeting starting at 7:00.

Please come join us and learn more about our historic architecture, enjoy a hamburger and watch our member neighborhoods recieve their grants. (more…)

Swimsuit Ride to KXT Summer Cut, Get Discounted Tickets

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

Headlining the KXT 91.7 music festival, called Summer Cut are the Flaming Lips. Now when the Lips went to Portland to shoot their latest video they called upon cyclist to ride nekked and carry lead singer Wayne Coyne in his giant plastic bubble. I’ve edited a picture so you cant see the pit hair and dreadlocks of these north-westerners. (more…)

Updated: Local Discounts for Bicyclists!

Posted by    |    May 24th, 2012 at 5:10 am

BFOC is proud to have partnered with several local businesses to offer discounts for anyone who rides a bicycle to the merchants listed below.  This discount program has been recently updated and expanded.  The list of merchants is permanently on the right side of our homepage.  If you see the sticker above on a merchants window, they’re an official discount merchant.

If you are a business owner or a customer and would like to offer or help secure discounts for cyclists, please contact Heather Lytle at  Thanks for your support!

  • Alchemy Salon
    317 N Bishop Ave
    Dallas, TX‎ 75208
    10% Off all services
  • Belmont Hotel
    901 Fort Worth Avenue
    Dallas, TX 75208
    10% Off Rooms, Some blackout dates apply
  • Bolsa
    614 W Davis St
    Dallas, TX 75208
    10% off purchase
  • Bolsa Mercado
    634 West Davis
    Dallas TX 75208.
    10% off prepared foods (grocery excluded) (more…)

Last Day For 1.1 Mile Beer Run Registration

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

Registration for the 1.1 Mile Beer Run that kicks off the 2012 Brew Riot closes at 11:59pm tonight, Saturday, May 19. There will NOT be on-site registration the day of the event – so make sure that you are registered in advance.

Also – if you plan to attend Brew Riot but not run the 1.1 race we strongly recommend that you purchase your $20 tasting pass in advance as well. On-site ticket sales for the tasting will be cash only and we will most likely sell out quickly. Buy your Brew Riot tasting passes here today!

Runners need to arrive at Nova (1417 West Davis, Dallas TX 75208) by 3pm for pre-race check-in as well as pre-race hydration (should you be so bold). The race will start promptly at 3:30pm. We recommend parking along 7th Street between Windomere and Bishop Arts since there will not be organized transportation back to the race start.

All runners will be required to sign a waiver prior to the start of the race, and all runners must provide ID that proves you are over 21.


Film Festival Discounts for Cyclists!

Posted by    |    May 17th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

The Oak Cliff Film Festival organizers have a special place in their hearts for cyclists. They’ve put together quite a line-up June 14-17th and they’re offering cyclist discounts. For those of you who plan to make it a weekend-long biking affair, you’re entitled to half-price festival badges. You can park blocks away and bike up or bike from home, but you make your scouts honor pledge to help relieve parking woes and receive your thank-you gift in advance. If you’re inclined to see just a film or few, ride your bike to the box office and receive a 50% discount. That’s $5 off the $10 ticket!

Films showing at: Texas Theatre, Kessler Theatre, Bishop Arts Theatre, The Belmont, Oil & Cotton, El Sibil, the Turner House and the Dallas Zoo. Full line-up to be announced momentarily.

And the über-special cyclist part of the weekend, you ask? There are two!

BFOC will be hosting the On the Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald group ride Sunday the 17th. Full details coming soon, but I’m pretty sure I overhead the ride will end at the zoo’s 8pm showing of Fantastic Mr Fox. (I’m counting on it – the film’s showing in the middle of the big cats exhibits!) (more…)

Standing for Oak Cliff – OOCCL and Gas Drilling

Posted by    |    May 16th, 2012 at 5:10 am


Brew Riot in Bishop Arts This Sunday!

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

The 2012 Brew Riot takes place this Sunday, May 20th in the Bishop Arts District. This year’s event has attracted 50 home brew teams to the competition, and they are bringing over 150 types of beer to sample and enjoy. There will be lagers, IPAs, Belgian & French ales, and specialty brews. Pre-sale tickets are available now through PreKindle and are already selling quickly! A select number of tickets will be held for purchase the day of the event, but those will sell out very quickly. We highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.

In addition to some great live music and seemingly endless supplies of beer, this year’s event will kick off with our 1st Annual 1.1 Mile Beer Run. The race starts at 3:30pm at Nova Restaurant (1417 West Davis, Dallas TX) and the course proceeds down 7th Street with stops at The Kessler Theater and Bolsa before an exciting finish in the Bishop Arts District. At each stop runners will drink an 8 ounce beer before running to the next stop. The added bonus of participating in the 1.1 Mile Beer Run is that the runners will not have to wait in line in Bishop Arts for the ID check – runners get first tastes once Brew Riot begins!

The cost to sample the beers at Brew Riot is $20, and the cost to participate in the 1.1 Mile Beer Run (which includes your admission to Brew Riot) is $35. Beer Mile finishers also receive a 1.1 sticker so you can brag about your athletic accomplishment to your friends and family. There is no on-site registration for the Beer Run – you must register in advance and have paid your fee. No exceptions!


A Word On Winfrey Point

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

While it appears that the controversy concerning overflow parking for the Dallas Arboretum at Winfrey Point may be resolved for the time being, we received a letter from District 3 Park Board Member Michael Reagan and wanted to pass along his thoughts on the issue. It’s great to have neighbors like Michael who volunteer their time for positions like this who are also willing to keep us informed. Thanks, Michael!

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A lot of people are very unhappy with what they believe is happening at Winfrey Point, and as a Park Board Member, representing District 3, I have information that I would like to share in an attempt to clarify information that has been either misreported, misrepresented or misunderstood. In addition, both the Arboretum and the City of Dallas have made press releases that are very informative.

The ever growing popularity of White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum have caused parking issues in the area, largely on the East side of the lake. Visitors sometimes park in the neighborhoods around the lake, creating inconvenience for some of the neighboring residents. The Arboretum and the City of Dallas have explored many options for alleviating these parking issues, and many proposals have been made. The Arboretum itself has done, what I personally believe to be a very good job of arranging for off-site parking and using shuttles to address their parking issues directly. (more…)

Dallas, You’ve Created a Monster

Posted by    |    May 9th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

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 traffic-free roadways throughout our city. Like a Ponzi scheme, the pyramid eventually buckles from its own weight. What we’re witnessing today is a generational divide where outdated philosophies are represented by a leadership that refuses to acknowledge the obvious fact that their children are all saying, “I’d rather live in Austin/Portland/NY/SF/Chicago than Dallas.” Stubbornly, the parents keep saying, “they’ll come back for the jobs,” without realizing that the jobs are starting to go where the people want to be. (more…)