Archive for June, 2012

TONIGHT: Show up to support Bike Lanes on Ft. Worth Ave, pass it along!

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

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SHOW UP TO SUPPORT BIKE LANES ON FT. WORTH AVE!

We need as many bike friendly supporters TONIGHT to attend at, 6:30 PM, June 27th at The Bataan Community Center 3232 Bataan Street, Dallas, TX 75208 for a city of Dallas public meeting.  PLEASE share this with as many people aas you know.  The people who show up to these meetings and fill out the feedback cards are the one’s that DON’T want bicycle infrastructure on streets!  See the public notice below:

CITY OF DALLAS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

FORT WORTH AVENUE
PROPOSED THOROUGHFARE PLAN AMENDMENT

Your input is requested at a community meeting to discuss a proposed
Thoroughfare Plan amendment for Fort Worth Avenue on Wednesday, June
27, 2012 at

The Bataan Community Center
3232 Bataan Street
Dallas, TX 75208
6:30 p.m.

The proposed street design approach places emphasis on establishing a
design that balances vehicle movement while incorporating amenities that
accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and public transit users and are
consistent with the vision of the community. The proposed amendment
includes reducing the designated number of travel lanes from six to four
and adding a cycle track along the corridor. For additional information,
please contact Tanya Brooks at (214) 243-2083 or Max Kalhammer at (214)
671-8295.

Downtown TIFs allocate funds to crucial bicycle infrastructure

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

The kick in the pants we needed as a city to rev up the implementation of the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan has spurred more entities to help in getting wet paint on asphalt.   Robert Wilonsky reports today that the Central Core Connector has received small, but significant funding from two local TIF entities to help get that project shovel  ready.  Below is the entire article re-posted:

Clearly, being ranked The Worst City for Bicycling in America was good for something after all. At least, that’s the sentiment of some bike-lane peddlers who look at next week’s City Hall to-do list and see that change is on the horizon. Spare change, specifically, which will go toward funding the 3.9-mile section of the Central Core Connector Project outlined in the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan that links the Santa Fe Trail and Katy Trail through downtown.

This morning I espied mention of the Central Core Connector Project in two out-of-the-way places: the agendas for the Deep Ellum TIF District get-together and the joint meeting of the Downtown Connection Tax Increment Financing District and the Downtown Connection TIF District Design Review Committee.

The Deep Ellum TIF District will kick in $7,574 toward the project. The Downtown Connection kick-in’s a little more substantial: It will vote to reallocate $14,201 “of remaining funds from the Downtown Connection Surface Parking Lot Fencing Project completed in 2007″ toward the Central Core Connector Project. Which won’t pay for the whole thing: Keith Manoy, one of the city’s senior transportation planners, says the project will cost $90,000. Still, he says, between this money and other dollars being raised via partnerships with Dallas County and other entities, including that fundraising effort by the Dallas Parks Foundation, expect to begin seeing more painted shared-bike lanes before year’s end.

“Connecting the Katy Trail with the Santa Fe Trail is critical, and that’s what this is all about,” he says, pointing out that the other piece of the Central Core Connector Project — toward Oak Cliff over Jefferson — is already funded and ready to roll. “So [the Office of] Economic Development has stepped up to help with those projects by moving those funds and cobbling it all together. Most of the money’s in place, and the City Manager’s office is working to find the rest and help pull this all together. The goal is to have it in place by the fall.”

“I think that’s wonderful,” said Jason Roberts when I called to inform him of the news. Roberts, after all, was among those interviewed for the Bicycling piece, and at the time he was mighty critical of the city’s inability to lay down lanes for the two-wheeled set.

“This is the direction we need to be heading in,” he said. “It’s a great step in the right direction. And I think Keith’s great. I wish the city had 10 more Keiths out there.”

Manoy, who’s also responsible for the city’s still-one-and-only shared lane along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, whoa-whoa-whoas those who’d give him too much credit.

“I am trying to do what I can to assist,” he says. “It takes a lot of people to make this happen. But we’re moving positively, putting in for grants, doing what we can. And it’s looking good.”

Stop everything – call Senator Hutchison about bike funding now!

Posted by    |    June 23rd, 2012 at 5:10 am

The League of American Bicyclists sent this to one of our board members.  It could not be more urgent for everyone who supports bicycle infrastructure, in light of Michael Tripp McNair’s horrific accident with a vehicle and is currently fighting for his life.  He was a meticulously observant vehicular cyclist who followed all rules and still was hit by a car.

PLEASE follow the instructions below to contact Senator Hutchinson:

Dear Fellow Cyclist,
I woke up this morning with a true sense of urgency: I couldn’t bear to see 20 years of progress swept away without trying everything to save biking and walking in the Transportation bill. I hope I can share that sense of urgency with you and ask you to take just a couple of minutes to call Senator Hutchison – today. Right now.

An e-mail may not be enough – please call the district office for your Senator.

Senator Hutchison plays a key role in this debate. Please let her know that bicycle and pedestrian safety is important to you – and 83% of Americans. Urge her to pass a transportation bill that incorporates the bicycle and pedestrian provisions passed in the Senate’s bipartisan transportation bill (MAP-21).
If you need more information, please read these pieces, and share them with your friends.
Thank you so much for your action on behalf of bicycle and pedestrian safety and access.
Sincerely,
Andy Clarke
President, League of American Bicyclists

Call Senator Hutchison at 214-361-3500 then click through to our action center to let us know that you called, and what response you received.

Talking points:
  • As your constituent I am calling today to urge you to pass a transportation bill that preserves funding for important bicycling and walking programs
  • Local communities must have access to these funds to ensure that safe bicycling and walking condition are provided to save lives
  • Over 4,212 pedestrians died in Texas between 2001 and 2010.
  • Having saddled communities with unsafe streets, it would be the height of cruelty for Congress now to take away resources from local communities trying to improve those conditions and save lives.
  • Please let me know where Senator Hutchison stands on this important issue

UPDATE: Show up to support Bike Lanes on Ft. Worth Ave, pass it along!

Posted by    |    June 21st, 2012 at 5:10 am

*Original post had the wrong date of June 20th in the opening paragraph.  The actual date is June 27th.  The post has been corrected below

SHOW UP TO SUPPORT BIKE LANES ON FT. WORTH AVE!

We need as many bike friendly supporters to attend Wednesday, 6:30 PM, June 27th at The Bataan Community Center 3232 Bataan Street, Dallas, TX 75208 for a city of Dallas public meeting.  PLEASE share this with as many people aas you know.  The people who show up to these meetings and fill out the feedback cards are the one’s that DON’T want bicycle infrastructure on streets!  See the public notice below:

CITY OF DALLAS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

FORT WORTH AVENUE
PROPOSED THOROUGHFARE PLAN AMENDMENT

Your input is requested at a community meeting to discuss a proposed
Thoroughfare Plan amendment for Fort Worth Avenue on Wednesday, June
27, 2012 at

The Bataan Community Center
3232 Bataan Street
Dallas, TX 75208
6:30 p.m.

The proposed street design approach places emphasis on establishing a
design that balances vehicle movement while incorporating amenities that
accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and public transit users and are
consistent with the vision of the community. The proposed amendment
includes reducing the designated number of travel lanes from six to four
and adding a cycle track along the corridor. For additional information,
please contact Tanya Brooks at (214) 243-2083 or Max Kalhammer at (214)
671-8295.

Kings Highway Conservation District Makes Donation for Bicycle Infrastructure on Kings Highway

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

We just received word from the president of Kings Highway Conservation District, Jonathan Braddick, also a BFOC Board Member.  Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

OAK CLIFF – On Tuesday, June 12th 2012 Kings Highway Conservation District residents approved donating $3,000 of privately raised funds to the City of Dallas for installing bicycle infrastructure on Kings Highway from N. Polk St to Mary Cliff Dr.  In addition, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff kicked in an additional $250 toward the effort, and Councilman Scott Griggs has promised to find the rest of the money from the city.

This initiative being made by a neighborhood is most certainly the first of it’s kind, and BFOC wanted to support this effort, much like we’ve done for the Ft. Worth Avenue Development Group.

Oak Cliff Film Festival for Cyclists!

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

The first annual Oak Cliff Film Festival begins this Thursday!

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff has partnered for half-price discount on full-access badges for cyclists who bike to the events (use password f4iend50f0akclifffilmfest to purchase online). This is your pass to all the film screenings and parties throughout the weekend. 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.

Films will show at: Texas Theatre, Kessler Theatre, Bishop Arts Theatre, The Belmont, Oil & Cotton, El Sibil, the Turner House and the Dallas Zoo. See the full line-up here.

Bike Friendly highlights include:

Saturdy at 11:30 am Bike Friendly Oak Cliff will be hosting a group ride, On the Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald starting at the Grassy Knoll.

The New Belgium Brewery bike – for raffle.

Sunday at 8:30pm The Dallas Zoo will host a screening of Fantastic Mr Fox. All who attend will be entered in the raffle to win the New Belgium BIKE! Yes, their specially designed bicycle (that’s been on display in the Texas Theatre’s lobby) will be raffled off that night!!

It’ll be a full weekend of film fun and bicycle love. Get your film festival tickets at oakclifffilmfestival.com or get your cyclist discount badge here (use password f4iend50f0akclifffilmfest.) The Oswald ride, as always, is free and open to all ages. See you there!

Don’t Miss the Ride that Started BFOC: On the Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald, June 16th History Tour

Posted by    |    June 13th, 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.

This ride will be weather permitting so check back for updates. Highlights of the trip will include:

- Meeting in front of the Sixth Floor Museum
- Riding over the 1912 Houston Street Viaduct
- stopping at 1026 N. Beckley, last residence of Lee Harvey Oswald
- Following LHO’s escape route to the site where JD. Tippit was shot
- Visit the Texas Theatre, site of LHO’s capture
- Ride through the Bishop Arts District
- stopping at 214 W. Neely, site of infamous Oswald “Backyard Photos”

View the Facebook event here.


2008 BFOC Tracing the Footsteps of Lee Harvey Oswald Group Ride (photo by Brian Green)

2012 Architecture at Risk List

Posted by    |    June 12th, 2012 at 5:10 am

 

2012 Architecture at Risk List:

1. Humble Service Station
2. Mission Motel
3. Cannon’s Village
4. Sharrock Cabin Site
5. 1901 Ramsey at Georgia
6. 625 N. Ewing
7. 400 W. Page
8. T&P Coal and Oil Service Station #1343 – 247 E. Davis
9. Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts Signage
10. Oak Cliff Googie Architecture



A visit to the Vintage Bicycle Swap Meet in Garland

Posted by    |    June 12th, 2012 at 5:10 am

I presume Richard Wezensky with BFR will do a much better post about this great event than me, but I thought I’d give the event a shout out, and a possible  preview for Cyclesomatic 2012 in the Fall.

The event was held at a great local bicycle shop in Garland, TX called Don Johle’s Bike World, Inc and sponsored by them and Rat Rod Bikes.  I’d never heard of it but wished I had sooner.  It’s one of those shops you’d kill to have in your neighborhood.  They sell everything, and I mean every type of bicycle you can think of. They also have a particular preference for vintage, thus the swap meet they hosted.  This was the first one, but I can tell you it won’t be the last.  I hope to get them to attend our Bicycle Fair in this Fall’s Cyclesomatic, but seems that they want to take it to a local park first.  Maybe I can convince them otherwise!

Also, I ran into a local blogger, urban cyclist, and 70′s and 80′s bicycle restorer named Jonathan at the event.  His blog is called Bicycle Point of View and it has a great recap of the event as well. Who knows maybe Bike Friendly Garland is about to launch!  He also had a Raleigh that fit my large frame, which I almost went home with.  My rule is give myself 24 hours to decide on a bicycle.  Well, I still want it and hope to make a deal for it soon.

There were several vendors with all kinds of older bicycles including BMX, Schwin Stingrays, old cruisers and a multi-rider BMX out of Mad Max!  It was certainly focused on the gear head, but open to anyone looking for a great fixer for the summer.  I look forward to them bringing this swap meet to a larger audience!  Here are pics taken from the blog Bicycle Point of View:

Click to view slideshow.

Le Tour de Bastille and the Hot and Sweaty Tandemonium Bike Race, July 14th

Posted by    |    June 9th, 2012 at 5:10 am

On July 14, 7:00 PM, the third annual Bastille on Bishop event celebrating everything French will take place in the Bishop Arts District.  This year BFOC is adding a bicycle element to the mix of crepes, wine, mussels, music, French cars and more!

Le Tour de Bastille will be a group ride to the event from the Main Street Garden.   Meet up is at 6:00 PM and departure is at 6:15 PM.  Riders are encourage to dress in their best French style, including Tour de France new or old, high fashion or whatever French means to you!

After arriving at Bastille on Bishop, the Hot and Sweaty Tandemonium Bike Race will kick off at 7:30 PM.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED HERE .  No Entry fees.  Race check-in begins at 6:30 PM.  Racers will be required to race through the streets of north Oak Cliff on a tandem bicycle they provide, following a prescribed course with check points throughout the route.  At each checkpoint, there will be a challenge question or activity.  The winner will win the Yellow Jersey, with places for 2nd, 3rd and Best Style!

Race Rules:

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must be dressed in French inspired clothing
  • Must be 2 participants and 1 tandem bicycle per entry
  • Must use a tandem bicycle
  • Must adhere to all traffic laws, including traffic signals and stop signs
  • Must stay on course (on the honor system)
  • Must have front and rear lighting
  • Must wear helmets