Archive for August, 2012

Help Support these Cancer Fighting Cyclists, September 8th!

Posted by    |    August 30th, 2012 at 5:10 am

The General’s Guard has had a mission that most of us can personally relate to:  cancer sucks and they want to kick it’s ass, period.  That’s what they’ve been fighting for several year’s, ever since one of their members originally started the cycling team to commemorate his fallen General to cancer.

Michael Martin and his friends, including Rev. Daniel Kanter of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, will be hosting their annual fundraising event, Survive and Thrive 2012 at the Sundown Restaurant at the Grananda on September 8th, starting at 7:30 PM.  The group has raised over $150,000 since beginning their efforts several years ago.  Here’s the flyer for the event!

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff wants to help support such a cause as it’s so near and dear to us, for so many reasons!  Please help support this effort by attending and filling their donation jars.

A group ride to the event will start at Main St. Gardens and ride to the Granada Theater, here are the details:

Date:  September 8th

Meet up location:  Main St Garden

Meet up time:  6:30 pm

Departure time:  6:45 pm

Welcome Bike Friendly Garland to the Family!

Posted by    |    August 17th, 2012 at 5:10 am

We’ve got another bike friendly group in the DFW to welcome.  Bike Friendly Garland, at has been launched by Jonathan Guzman, @BicyclePOV.  We met at a recent bicycle swap in Garland and I encouraged him to take the initiative and start it up, and he’s done just that.  He also is a pretty good mechanic and restorer of used bicycles.  Check it out!

While Jonathan has taken the initiative, he’ll need help making Bike Friendly Garland into a great bicycle advocacy group.  We encourage anyone to get involved and help out!

Here’s information about their first group ride:

Click here to review,  sign and present waiver forms on date of the event

“Join us for a fun morning group ride to kick off Bike Friendly Garland.”
Please note: that we will be riding through some roads as we ride through Garland. Rider assumes full responsibility for their actions, safety, injury and personal property. Please evaluate your own physical or health limitations before deciding to participate. We will ride as a group in a “no-drop” style ride at a leisurely pace. We may cover distances of over ten miles. Leave the spandex at home! Thanks.Make sure to follow us on our Facebook page where our event will be listed.

Adamson vs. Sunset Rival Rematch Rally

Posted by    |    August 17th, 2012 at 5:10 am

Adamson and Sunset will play each other on September 7th for the first time in years, bringing back the oldest and best rivalry in the State of Texas! Head to the Bishop Arts District the night before, Thursday, September 6th, for a pep rally and celebration complete with marching bands, drum lines, and more!

2012 Cyclesomatic Sponsorship Opportunities

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

2012 Cyclesomatic  Sponsorship Levels

September 29th – October 28th 2012

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff was established in 2008, and is an all-volunteer run, non-profit for bicycle advocacy in Dallas, TX. As a premium local advertisement opportunity, you’re certain to maximize your sponsorship dollars with the event that helped launch BFOC’s name recognition.

Cyclesomatic is a celebration of the bicycle in all forms. This month long event will consist of a bicycle fair & performance, cycle cross race, bike-in movie &r photo scavenger hunt, cargo bike build workshop, bicycle camping trip, a bicycle rack competition & several group rides.  See a recap of the 2011 event here!

During the month of October, gets its highest page views for the year. You’ll expect a potential customer average of over 400 per day or 12,500 for the entire month. At the lowest sponsorship level, that’s less than a penny per view! See the sponsorship opportunities and how to become a sponsor below:

Carbon Fiber $1,000

This level includes the title sponsorship of the entire month long event, full inclusion on all digital and print media to include 11 x 17 posters, signage, advertisements, blog posts, website sponsorship page, and website homepage header.

Titanium $500

This level includes full inclusion on all digital and print media to include 11 x 17 event posters, event signage, advertisements, blog posts, website homepage footer, and website sponsorship page.

Aluminum $250

This level includes inclusion on 11 x 17 event posters, blog posts and website sponsorship page.

Steel $100

This level includes inclusion on blog posts and website sponsorship page.

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor of this one of a kind event, please email

Wynnewood Heights

Posted by    |    August 13th, 2012 at 5:10 am


Did you know:
Boundaries: North-Saner, South-Kiest, West-Polk, East-MDLove

The Wynnewood Heights Neighborhood Association was organized in 2000, and include approximately 500 homes. First built in 1946 and founded by the Toddie l. Wynne Sr, family, it was finished in 1954. They were intended for young families being started following World War II.

An interesting building in the neighborhood is Ann’s Health Food Store which has been in the area for a long time. Natural features in this neighborhood are big shady trees.  Wynnewood Heights proud accomplishment is participating in the annual cleanup with Dallas leadership foundation, cleaning and painting underserved neighborhoods.  Ethel Thomas, a resident of the neighborhood, said “our goal is to educate and build strong leadership. There is a motto that we like to use here “living scared behind closed doors, is not living”.



Groundbreaking at Grafitti House

Posted by    |    August 11th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

In the early morning of August 7th, a few folks gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at what many refer to as the “Grafitti” House.  This is located on the west side of the Belmont Hotel & behind MetroPaws. Among those invited to the morning’s event, were several members of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, which included Phil Leven, Michael Amonett, Alicia Quintans, & Lybo Buchanan. Monte Anderson, owner of the Belmont, opened the ceremony with introductions, a description of the project, and a little of the history of how the house came to be saved. The project is called: Manny Rodriguez’s Photography Studio and Adaptive Re-use of Existing Residence.
The house will be renovated and used for staging photo-shoots. It will remain residential with a working kitchen and bathrooms for overnight guests.  Just behind the house with street access off of Malone Dr., a new “barn-like” studio structure will be built to serve as Manny’s studio.
A surprise appearance to today’s ceremony was Ms Churchhill, whose family built the house, “way back when”. She shared some of her memories of the family’s activities & gatherings at the house. She will be providing Monte & Manny some written accounts of these memories.
Everyone is very excited that this wonderful piece of history is saved & will be put to good use.  Ms Churchhill said her grandfather was an avid photographer, so the fit is right that this house becomes a phtographer’s studio.  She also said her grandmother loved cats, and before the house, stands Metropaws. 

Construction will begin as soon as permits are granted.  

Group Ride to DADA’s Fall Gallery Walk, September 22nd!

Posted by    |    August 11th, 2012 at 5:10 am

Cyclists of all age levels and abilities are invited to the Dallas Art Dealers Association and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff’s Bike Swarm as part of the DADA Fall Gallery Walk on Saturday, September 22, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at DADA member Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Boulevard. The event is free and includes a choice of a guided or self-guided tour of the art galleries located in the Design District, with free refreshments provided by Royal 60.

We will leave the OCCC at 2 p.m. and ride together (4.2 miles) to the parking lot of Royal 60, 150 Turtle Creek Boulevard in the Design District, for refreshments provided by Wendy Krispin. Then riders can visit area galleries on their own or follow DADA Director Lisa Taylor. Those who choose to can meet up again at 5 p.m. Royal 60, 150 Turtle Creek Boulevard before heading to the Turner House, 401 N. Rosemont Ave., for its exhibition: “100 Years of Oak Cliff Art”. Cyclists are advised to bring locks. For more information, call 214.914.1099 or e-mail info@dallasartdealers.orgHere’s a map of the route!

Fido – Lost & Found for Pets

Posted by    |    August 7th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Lost a pet?      Or found one?

The FIDO Oak Cliff Community Forum and Lost & Found is a place for you to share and connect with your community. It is a place where you can reach out and get recommendations from your neighbors about their favorite vet, where you can post about the dog you found or about an upcoming event you heard about.

For more information, please visit here...

Sunset Uses OOCCL Grant money

Posted by    |    August 5th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

altSunset Neighborhood uses grant money awarded to them from the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League to make signs publicizing their meetings.