Archive for January, 2013

The Official Dallas Tweed Ride, Cancelled; Rescheduled for November 2013

Posted by    |    January 28th, 2013 at 10:07 am

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is with regret and disappointment that we must cancel the Official Dallas Tweed Ride and reschedule for November 2013.

The Tweed Ride has grown to be one of Dallas’ best and most entertaining group rides that Bike Friendly Oak Cliff organizes, and we value it’s popularity and importance to the people who look forward to participating.

We sincerely apologize for the uncertainties that our postponements and rescheduling have caused, and pledge to make the next Tweed Ride the best one yet!

Upcoming events…..the Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade ride will be February 10th from 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM starting at N. Montclair/7th | Ends in Bishop Arts.  Dress and up and ride for free in the best parade in town!  RSVP here!

….the Bicycle Brewery Tasting Tour will be on Sunday, February 17th, 2013 starting from Klyde Warren Park at 1:30 PM.  RSVP here!

Tweed News!

Posted by    |    January 22nd, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Attention Tweed ladies and gents!  Due to a scheduling snafu we are moving the Tweed ride to February 9th!  We’re planning a smashing day of top notch music, games, food and drink that you and your favorite beau will not want to miss.

Meet up: Klyde Warren Park

Date: Saturday, February 9th

Meet up time: 1:00 PM

Start time: 1:30 PM

Destination: Dallas Heritage Village

RSVP here

We’re terribly sorry for the change in date, however as a near substitute on February 17th, we’re organizing a bicycle tour of Dallas’ finest craft breweries that have cropped up only in the last year or so.  This will be a tasting tour where we’ll get to try samples of each brewery along the way.  We will have more details soon regarding the breweries on the tour and our ending location.  Meetup time, departure time and meet up location will be the same as already scheduled for the 17th.

Group Ride to the City Council Briefing of the Dallas Bike Plan

Posted by    |    January 21st, 2013 at 11:13 am

dallasbikeplanAs discussed in a recent post of ours, the Dallas City Council will be briefed about the progress of the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan.  BFOC is hosting a group ride that morning to city hall from Oak Cliff.  We encourage any other Bike Friendly groups to rally their troops and meet up at 8:30 AM at Main St Gardens park to then head over together to attend the meeting.

Once the agenda has been posted to city hall’s website, we’ll update this posting with that information.  Here are the group ride details:

  • Date:  Wednesday, February 6th
  • Oak Cliff meet up location:  Oddfellow’s in the Bishop Arts
  • Meet up time:  7:40 AM
  • Departure time:  8:00 AM
  • Destination:  Main St Garden park
  • Arrival time:  8:30 AM
  • Departure time:  8:45 AM
  • Council meeting start time:  9:00 AM
  • RSVP on Facebook

2013 OOCCL Officers elected

Posted by    |    January 19th, 2013 at 12:05 am

Congratulations to the 2013 OOCCL Officers 

On the 14th of January, Officers for the 2013 Board of Directors were elected during the annual meeting for the League:

President:                          Phil Leven
Executive Vice President:      Sherry Peel
VP Neighborhoods:              Jacques Groth
VP Membership:                 Judy Pollock
VP Communication              Lybo Buchanan
Treasurer:                         JD Jasso
Secretary:                         Alicia Quintans

Past President:                   Michael Amonett
Home Tour Chair:               Michele Cox

Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade – Sunday, February 10, 2013

Posted by    |    January 18th, 2013 at 11:22 am

One of the biggest parties in Oak Cliff will take place Sunday, February 10, 2013 – the 5th Annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff parade! The parade runs approximately one mile down Davis, starting at the intersection of Davis & Windomere (across the street from Nova Restaurant) and the parade finishes in the Bishop Arts District. This year the Bishop Arts District will be home to TWO parties – featuring tons of crawfish, cold beer, jambalaya, red beads & rice, live music and a few thousand of your closest friends.

The floats will begin lining up early Sunday afternoon, but the parade won’t kick off until until 4pm. All floats will arrive in the Bishop Arts District by 6pm.


Due to the large crowds along the parade route, the entire route will be fenced to prevent the parade viewers from spilling dangerously infront of the floats and vehicles that are part of the parade – so you’ll want to claim your spot along the parade route early to make sure you’ve got a good view. All of the restaurants along Davis plan to host watch parties, so those can also be good options for your viewing pleasure.

Of course, the best place to watch is in the Bishop Arts District. The parties in Bishop Arts will start at 3pm and run until the parade is complete. Come early and bring cash for the food & beverages available.

More details to come, or you can visit for all of the event details.


2012 in Bike Friendly Oak Cliff blog review

Posted by    |    January 16th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 92,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Wynnewood Hts Tree Planting

Posted by    |    January 11th, 2013 at 6:44 pm


Wynnewood Heights has been busy.

On November 9, 2012, Wynnewood Heights Association, partnered with the City of Dallas for a Crepe Myrte tree planting project. Trees were planted along the curb on Dogwood Trail. This planting of these 32 trees was the first installment of Crepe Myrtes for our community.

More trees will be delivered to Wynnewood Heights at a later date.

Wynnewood Heights is also currently working on their median beautification garden at the corners of 2800 Bristol and 2800 Llwellyn Ave..

Right now the garden consist of a sign with the Wynnewood Heights name in the center of the garden, 2 Crepe Myrtle trees, 2 pink knockout rose bushes, 2 purple sage bushes, and 16 yellow pansies. There will be other cold and heat resistant flowers added throughout the year. This is just a start to something beautiful. Everyone is invited to visit the median. 


Allan Tippit Benefit Concert

Posted by    |    January 9th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

(Marie, Brenda, Curtis and Allan Tippit)

We wanted to let you know that Allan Tippit found out just days after this photo was taken that he has lung cancer. He has begun treatment at Parkland Hospital.

Bobby Caldwell and his All-Star Band will be headlining the first of two benefit concerts for Allan Tippit to help him through this extremely difficult period in his life. There will be a $15 admission charge and all proceeds after expenses will go directly to Allan.

The second event will be at the Texas Theater on January 20th with Mike Rhyner with Petty Theft and Kenny and the Casuals lined up to appear.

Donations can be sent to:
Charles Tippit
c/o Woodforest National Bank
3770 Belt Line Rd
Addison Texas 75001
Route # 113008465

Thank you all for your support and please join us in keeping Allan and his family in our prayers.

Ft Worth Avenue Bike Lanes Happening Now!

Posted by    |    January 4th, 2013 at 11:11 am

Those are real bike lanes going down on Ft Worth Avenue from Sylvan to Edgefield! What you see is the pre-striping outline of the bike lanes that will hopefully be painted today if the weather holds. This project is a joint effort of the Ft Worth Avenue Development Group, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and the city of Dallas. A year ago today the project began, see here for a reminder. A big thank you to all the supporters of the project, city leadership from council members Monica Alonzo and Scott Griggs and staff member Keith Manoy for making this happen.

The bike lanes will be buffered, thus providing greater protection for cyclist.

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BFOC and Ft Worth Avenue Development Group will be documenting the improvements to the corridor over the coming months, such as improved safety through reduced vehicle speeds, a survey of bicycle and pedestrian users and quantification of economic impact to local businesses. Both groups will also be hosting group rides and maybe even a better block to celebrate!

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The bike lanes may seem like they don’t go very far or connect anything right now, but they are part of a network of improvements that will bolster current assets, such as Coombs Creek Trail with future ones like the Trinity Trails that are currently under construction, see here. The current project highlighted in orange below will connect with the Kesler Neighborhood of North Oak Cliff via Edgefield and Sylvan Avenue, which will be completed later this year. 2013 is going to be a great year for the bicycle in Oak Cliff and West Dallas, more to come!

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