Archive for December, 2012

Ruth Chenoweth Award-Monte Anderson

Posted by    |    December 18th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Written by Judy Pollock for the Oak Cliff People

altThis year the Ruth Chenoweth Conservation Achievement Award was presented to Monte Anderson by the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League at their annual Holiday Party on December 10th.  Recipients of this award are leaders of a preservation team that have exhibited extraordinary achievements in their efforts to strengthen and preserve the character and integrity that is our history and our future. Phil Levin, President of OOCCL states that “Monte and the Options Team exemplify sustainable development. He applies a long-term vision to create projects that are economically viable, and also sensitive to history, the community and the environment.”
Monte Anderson is the President of Options Real Estate Investments, Inc. a multi-service real estate company specializing in creating sustainable neighborhoods in Oak Cliff, southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties. Mr. Anderson began his real estate career in 1984 and since that time has concentrated solely on improving the living and working environments in these communities. His company developed Main Station, the first mixed-use development in Duncanville, Texas.
He is also responsible for the renovation of the historic Belmont Hotel, a 68-room boutique hotel located in the Trinity River Corridor. His most recent development is a 131-acre mixed-use, traditional neighborhood development currently under construction in Midlothian, Texas.
Mr. Anderson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his community involvement including the Preservation Dallas Award, Preservation Texas Award, CLIDE Award (Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence), and the Texas Public Works Association Project of the Year.  He currently serves as president of the founding board of directors for the North Texas Chapter of Congress for New Urbanism.
The award was created by the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League to recognize excellence in individuals who show excellence in their dedication to the Oak Cliff community and who go above and beyond the call of duty in the conservation and preservation of our historic resources
This award recognizes outstanding conservation achievement pertaining to a property of historical significance in Oak Cliff. That may include preservation, conservation, rehabilitation, restoration, reconstruction, adaptive re-use or a combination of these design principles.
Consideration includes the treatment of hard-scape and landscape on the existing site and that the property – building and its total site – does not intrude upon the surrounding neighborhood but rather compliments and benefits it.
The award is named for Ruth Moore Chenoweth who was responsible for organizing the effort to win national, state and city historic designations for the 50-square block Winnetka Heights neighborhood.  Her efforts as a champion of historic preservation won her many honors including the Lantern Service Award from the Historic Preservation League, the Dorothy Savage Award for outstanding achievement in historic preservation, and a historic light and plaque in the Stemmons Plaza Park.
Mrs. Chenoweth was a founding member of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, the Dallas Heritage Council, the Neighborhood Conservation Alliance, the Dallas Home Owners League and the Historic Preservation League, now Preservation Dallas.

Oak Cliff Cargo Bike Company

Posted by    |    December 18th, 2012 at 6:03 pm


The bicycle love continues to grow in Oak Cliff!  Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycles, started by Jonathan Braddick and Brennan Bechtol is a new startup company spurred on by the cargo bike workshop BFOC put on as part of Cyclesomatic 2012.   Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycles will be offering custom utilitarian cargo bikes to the masses. Get ready to leave the car at home next time you’re taking the tots to the park or off for groceries. OCCB is currently running a survey to gauge the market.  Take the quick survey and be entered to win a sweet Burn helmet, and Like their fb page cargo2to also win a prize if you’re the 100th Like.  One prize per person.

February 6th Council Briefing of the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan

Posted by    |    December 12th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

An update on the progress of the bike plan is slated for February 6th

An update on the progress of the bike plan is slated for February 6th, 2013 at City Hall

The above graphic illustrated the first public meeting scheduled for the public in reviewing the update to the Dallas Bike Plan which passed on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

Since then we’ve heard various trials and tribulations for implementing the plan and how to help fund the plan.  However, since today’s news of a safe passing ordinance went before the council and passed, along with a wide array of stripping that has occurred in the last few months, we seem to be turning the corner.  One reason for the expedition in implementation could be that the city’s wheels just needed some extra grease in the cogs to help them move better.

Recently, Keith Manoy, Senior Transportation Planner with the city and the one slated with implementing the plan, now works for the Public Works department.  This may seem trivial, but there has been some reorganizing within the city staff to help get things moving quicker.  Also staff positions like, Jared White, who helps oversee the city trail network and Max Kalhammer, the city’s only bicycle coordinator, have also been reorganized.

So, on February 6, 2013, the city will get a briefing at the council meeting of the current and future progress.  Be on the lookout for a group ride to the event, as well as other ways you can support the Dallas Bike Plan in 2013!

Also, we hear that the city is re-establishing their Bicycle Advisory Committee.  Email Max Kalhammer at  The very one organized to help plan & implement the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan, however they inadvertently didn’t keep it on board to implement.  That action has hurt them in their planning efforts, most recently with the Continental bridge park design NOT including separated bicycle infrastructure.  More to come on that story!

Dallas Cycle Style Holiday Boutique Ride – Dec 15th

Posted by    |    December 11th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Bike Friendly South Dallas, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff &

Dallas Cycle Style present


If you haven’t been to Deep Ellum or Exposition Park in the daylight lately you’re in for a pleasant surprise. There are some real niche boutiques, owned by Dallas locals, nestled between all the great bars and restaurants. We have 8 on our list, including the monthly gem, the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market!

We’ll depart from Switching Gears around 12:30. We’ll make our way to the exclusive by-apointment-only NSFW Clothing, just around the corner on Exposition, and by 1pm will be departing Expo Park.

This year we’re providing the list of shops ahead of time so you can feel free to take your own pace, ahead or behind the group. We understand, some stores will draw you in while others won’t fit your fancy. And some stores will keep you enthralled with their drinks and snax and you may just….. but before you get carried away, keep in mind that the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market will close around 5pm. That’s our final stop, so you can gauge our pace on that. SO here’s the list:

The nature of this ride’s value isn’t so much in calories burned or exercise as much as in the camaraderie, and the pure joy of biking and holiday shopping at local boutiques.

These shops are a great mix of funky vintage and eclectic clothes (from the high-end Factory Girl and the sexy glam Dallas Pinup, to treasure trove Urban Relics, one-of-a-kind NSFW Clothing, and artisan-made DE OutdoorMarket shops.) Mixed in with the best antiquey all-inclusives (Lula B’s which didn’t make the tour because it deserves an entire day unto itself but it is right by B4 Dallas, B4 Dallas itself and its neighbor InAccord if they’ve finished renovations, Urban Relics belongs here too.) With some straight-from-Nepal genuine silver-and-stone jewelry and clothes at Far Fetched Imports (my personal favorite find in this neighborhood) and everything else that’s on your gift-list to be found at the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market.

So come early to Switching Gears, get your tires aired, get that uber stylish helmet you’ve been wanting (they have a great selection) or go ahead and find the perfect basket, rack or pannier to carry your treasures. And if you’re at all concerned about the logistics of carrying a larger-than expected purchase, I hear we’ll have some newly-minted cargo bikes joining us.

Thanks to Bike Friendly South Dallas, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and all the wonderful shop owners in Deep Ellum and Expo Park.

See you all Saturday the 15th at 12:30pm!

Safe Passing Ordinance Heads to Council Next Wednesday

Posted by    |    December 10th, 2012 at 11:44 am

The Vulnerable road users ordinance, as it’s officially called, easily passed the joint public safety and quality of life committee session this month. The biggest takeaway? More councilpersons went on record saying the city needs to implement more dedicated bicycle infrastructure. This time Hunt and Griggs were joined by Greyson and Kedane endorsing more separated, buffered bike lanes, where possible, on the official record.

Still though Davis seems confused by the whole thing, Alonzo kept mostly quiet, Medrano didn’t say a word and Caraway reminded us there’s not many bicyclists in his district. Hear that Bike Friendly South Dallas?

Couple of changes were made:

    • The max fine was reduced to $300 from $500, except if the vulnerable user incurs bodily harm. Good luck!
      The word “knowingly” was removed which Hunt pointed out as a great addition to the original wording. This allows enforcement even when the defendant didn’t mean to break the law
      The distance recommendation of 3′ – 6′ wasn’t accepted by the DPD. It seemed this was a bargaining piece by those in favor to get the “knowingly” removed

Next Wednesday this goes to council, which means we need a large turnout from the bicycling community to show up in support! Details on a ride to come soon.

All in all we’re pleased with the results so far, and finally feel like awareness for bicycles is starting to come to a city desperately in need of it! Special thanks to chairwoman Hunt for being the most vocal and loudest supporter of these issues!


Holiday Invitation

Posted by    |    December 8th, 2012 at 5:10 am

Come Celebrate the Season !

OOCCL’s Holiday Party

at the Oak Cliff Country Club, known now as the Golf Club of Dallas.


The Club is located at:
2200 W Red Bird Ln, 
Dallas, TX.  75232


10 Dec 2012  @  7pm


Please join us for food, drink, & revelry.

We will be presenting

The 2012 Ruth Chenoweth Conservation Achievement Award at the party.


Free to the League’s membership
$20.00 to non-members
Now is a GOOD time to join!

Sylvan Avenue Bike Lanes proposed

Posted by    |    December 1st, 2012 at 12:21 am


On December 10th at 6PM, the City of Dallas will hold a public meeting to review plans for converting the six lane Sylvan Road to four lane, with bike lanes and sidewalks. Currently, the street has no sidewalks, and a blind curve near Colorado that increases accident potential on the roadway. Be sure to head out to show your support for the proposed alignment. The larger the turnout, the better chance we’ll have of getting this infrastructure put into place.