Archive for July, 2013

2013 Non-Profit Grants

Posted by    |    July 23rd, 2013 at 10:55 pm

The Tier II Grant application for Not-for-Profit organizations

…………………………………………………………..can be downloaded here.

This is the 2nd round of grants to be given in 2013 by

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League

Local Pawn Shop Buying Stolen Bicycles

Posted by    |    July 19th, 2013 at 10:17 am

stolenbicyclesThis summer seems to be a great time for thieves to steal a bicycle in Dallas, as a number of people we’ve heard are losing their rides, left and right.  It’s never a good feeling and you find something that you could have done better to avoid the incident, however we’d like to offer those who have had their bicycles stolen some new information.

A friend of BFOC recently had his nice ride stolen, and so like many others he decided to hit up local pawn shops to hold onto that small glimmer of hope we all have.  Well, he hit the jackpot, and found his bicycle.  The pawn shop is the Cash Plus Pawn on I-30 & Dilido

If you have your serial numbers, it certainly makes it easier for you to identify your bicycle.  Remember, pawn shops will make you pay for what they paid for it, if you find your bicycle.  Also, for future reference, stop by your local bike shop for an inexpensive way to save yourself a ton of heart ache by purchasing a new lock.  We recommend a U-Lock!

For listings of past stolen bicycles, click here! Also, learn more about how you can register your bicycle nationally, and tips on prevention.

Bastille on Bishop 2013 – Eating, Drinking & Parking Details!

Posted by    |    July 14th, 2013 at 10:29 am

Tonight, Sunday July 14, is the 4th Annual Bastille on Bishop. The party starts at 6pm in the heart of the Bishop Arts District. There will be plenty of French food, French beverages, French music and of course, plenty of pétanque!

The food will be sold for cash, and our participating restaurant parters include Bolsa, Boulevardier, Jonathon’s, Nova, Chicken Scratch, Eno’s, Oddfellows, Emporium Pie and Oak Cliff Creperie and the mobile bread baking of Village Baking Company. Each restaurant has created their own dish to serve, inspired by French street food and created right here in Oak Cliff. You’ll be able to choose from sausage sandwiches, coq au vin, duck confit sliders, beignets and more! You’ll want to bring cash to purchase the food from each booth – but we will have ATM machines on site for as long as they have cash available.

The wine, beer and cocktails will be available via token from 4 different bar locations in the district. The tokens are $6 each, and you’ll need to pre-purchase your wine glass to enjoy the festivities. You can pre-purchase your glass at Prekindle and avoid some of the lines at the start of the event. The wine glass is just $10.

Finally, our friends at Methodist Hospital have generously allowed our guests to park in their lot next to the Hitt Auditorium at the intersection of Bishop and Colorado. Spokes Pedicabs will deliver you to the event for a small cash donation – and you don’t have to worry about fighting to find a parking space! Parking will be extremely difficult in the Bishop Arts District – we suggest Oak Cliff residents either walk or ride bikes to the event. And if you are driving then please respect our neighbors and do not block driveways or park illegally. You will be ticketed and towed! Your best bet is to park at Methodist Hospital and take the bike cab to the party!

See you tonight – rain or shine! It’s going to be a glorious cool summer night in Bishop Arts!

Fixed Touring’s – The Mini-Cat (Alley Kitten)

Posted by    |    July 12th, 2013 at 2:00 pm


This Saturday evening, the Fixed Touring guys will be hosting an Alley Kat race at Four Corners Brewing Co.  If you’ve never been to an Alley Kat or don’t know what one is, read their description here, and see the event here:

On July 13 2013 Fixed Touring will embark upon a mission to provide the city of Dallas with a bicycle race like they have never seen!

Full sized bikes racing a compressed Alley Cat, full of obstacles, Challenges and Trivia.

What is the problem with bicycle racing as it is, you say? Well, touring races are very long and fairly uneventful not to mention hard to watch. Criteriums are easier to watch, but repetitive. The Alley-Cat — now there’s a race! However, it is probably the hardest to observe due to the sporadic and unpredictable nature. Solution: we are going to wrap an action packed Alley-Cat around the spectators. Watch as the bravest cyclists in town battle it out through stations and over obstacles to be the first victor of the Fixed Touring Mini-Cat.

Four Corners Brewing will be selling pints of delicious cold beer, and tours of the brewery will be available. And food trucks will be on site to provide the eats.

There will be a small $5 entry fee for those Racing with prizes going to the top finishers. Must bring your own bike and wear a Helmet.

We will also have NEW t-shirts on sale and FREE stickers.


Here’s what Fixed Touring is about:


Fixed Touring is a non-profit organization to promote cycling in Dallas. We are hoping to give back to the community and sponsor fun rides, Fixed and Free.
Company Overview

Fixed Touring established in 2012 is a not for profit bicycle advocacy organization. Fixed Touring provides unique opportunities for Dallas/Fort Worth cyclists to increase bicycle skills, maintenance and route knowledge across the state while decreasing the amount of gears.

The goal of Fixed Touring is to promote and showcase reliable, self sufficient, and logical means to physical activity…1 gear & 1 bike at a time. Comprised of five officers and two members from a variety of backgrounds and professions, Fixed Touring is organized just as diverse as the areas we seek to serve.

Fixed Touring seeks to increase awareness of cycling and active lifestyle events, promote community-wide physical fitness, and benefit partnering companies/organizations.

Fixed Touring’s strategy is to influence participation in regular physical activity by associating it with sustainable transportation, promoting cycling awareness, reaching physical activity requirements, spending time with friends, having fun, and seeing the country on two wheels.

Fixed Touring will target riders/non-riders alike and a focus will be placed on developing cycling communities, enhancing cycling awareness, developing active transportation infrastructure and promoting community cycling events.

Fixed Touring seeks to improve citizen’s attitudes, self-efficacy and perception through a person-oriented and community-driven program, successfully implementing bicycle touring and transportation in conjunction with the recently passed Dallas Bike Plan, local business funding and community organization support.

DART Approves Extended Shuttle Route from Downtown to Edgefield Ave.

Posted by    |    July 11th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

At July 9th’s DART Board meeting, the team approved a revised route for the new shuttle service that will run from Downtown to North Oak Cliff via an extended loop through the Winnetka Heights neighborhood.

At first, only two routes were planned for the shuttle — Route 21 from the Arts District to Bishop Arts with a loop from W. Davis St. to Jefferson Blvd. via


Routes 21 & 49

Llewellyn and Zang, and Route 49 from the Medical District to the Cedars via Stemmons Corridor, American Airlines Center and the Convention Center. Now, Route 722 has been added to bring riders a little further West, continuing down Davis to Edgefield, heading East on Jefferson and back up Zang Blvd.

The shuttle is planned to run every 15 minutes between 11 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, making it ideal for tourists and visitors hoping to frequent Bishop Arts and N. Oak Cliff without worrying about parking. The new route will also include hotspots along the Davis corridor such as Bolsa and the Kessler Theater, the many restaurants and shopping options on Jefferson Blvd., and the Texas Theater.


A rendering of the new DART shuttle design

According to an article on the Dallas Morning News site, the shuttle’s start date has been pushed back from late August to Nov. 4th in order to allow time for the shorter, 30-foot buses to arrive. The shuttles will distinguish themselves from DART buses with their shorter length and a unique wrap that will brand the shuttle. They will also have their own fare structure, though Downtown Dallas, Inc., one of the major funders of  project, hopes to eventually make it a free service.

You can read DART’s report on the new service here.

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Route 722
Published in DART’s Board Agenda packet



Meeting at City Hall TODAY re Fort Worth Avenue Bike Lanes

Posted by    |    July 10th, 2013 at 10:57 am

From the Forth Worth Avenue Development Group:

Dear Supporter of Fort Worth Avenue Development Group, 

The City of Dallas is having a public meeting TODAY, Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 4 pm to solicit Fort Worth Avenue stakeholder input on proposed thoroughfare amendments which include reducing the number of travel lanes on Fort Worth Avenue from six to four between N. Beckley and Hampton and adding bicycle lanes along the corridor.  The meeting will be held at City Hall in the L1FN Conference Room A.  For more information, contact Tanya Brooks in the Public Works Department at 214-243-2083.


Details for Bastille on Bishop

Posted by    |    July 9th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

The fourth annual Bastille on Bishop kicks off this Sunday, July 14th, from 6PM to 10PM in the historic Bishop Arts District (400 and 500 block of Bishop Street b/w Seventh and Melba).  Be prepared for one of the biggest frenchy street fests in all of Texas. French themed foods will be available from ten different local restaurants including crepes, sausage with baguettes, mussels, duck confit, parfaits, and more! Also, if you want to drink some of the incredible wines we’ll have on hand, you’ll need to pick up a wine glass either at the front gate, or pre-order to beat the crowds (We run out every year!). You can reserve yours by “buying a ticket” on Prekindle, and then come to the Will Call tent at Bastille, and we’ll have it saved for you. The ticket price includes the glass and your first fill of wine. Refills can be purchased on site. This year’s wine selection includes a white, a red, and a rosé. Here is the link to buy wine glasses:

Here’s a breakdown of just some of the fun events and activities occurring throughout the day:

For the Family

bastillestreet16PM – 10PM Alliance Francaise de Dallas and the French Chamber of Commerce will be partnering to offer children’s activities in front of Cozy Cottage.

6PM – 10PM Street Petanque – We haul in 4 tons of dirt on the street to make a giant petanque court that’s led by members of Dallas’ own local boules club.

6PM – 10PM French photo booth created by local artist Cathey Miller and run by everyone’s favorite local photographer, Ange Fitzgerald


Fun on Two Wheels

6:00 PM Le Tour de Tandemonium – Bring out your bicycle built for two and take part in Bike Friendly Oak Cliff’s second annual Le Tour de Tandemoinum bicycle race. Dressing up is encouraged! Find more information here.

6:00 PM Vespa Scooter Rally arrives – What’s more french than riding around on a scooter with a bottle of wine and baguette hanging off the back? Dallas’ favoriscootste scooter group will be meeting at the Dubliner in East Dallas and leaving at 5:15PM heading down Swiss Avenue, through Downtown Dallas, and on to Oak Cliff.

Reminder: If you live in Oak Cliff, it’s much easier to get to the event on bike! Pedicabs will be available to shuttle folks around as well.


AccordianMusic (beside Emporium Pies)

6:00 – 7:00PM – DJ Victor Rimach will be spinning french tunes to kick the festival off

7:00 – 8:00PMTexas Gypsies will perform their Django Reinhardt inspired music. Get your dancing shoes on!

8:15 – 9:15PM – Matt Tolentino Quartet -Accordion and Sax virtuoso and leader of the Singapore Slingers, Matt Tolentino, will perform some fun french numbers with members of his old time orchestra.

9:15PM – 10PM – DJ Victor Rimach will help us wind down the evening.

Other Activities

dancegroupDanielle Georigou Dance Group – Be on the lookout for street dancing performances by Dallas’ own avant garde dance troupe.

French Maid Relay – Break out the feather dusters and mini-dresses! Guys and gals sign up onsite for the always amazing French Maid Street Relay.

Wine, Dancing, Games, and More! See you on the street at Bastille on Bishop. C’est Magnifique.


Many, many thanks to the sponsors who help make Bastille on Bishop possible:
  • Hewitt & Habgood
  • Methodist Dallas Medical Center
  • Square Foot
  • Jenni Stolarski, Briggs Freeman
  • Jim Lake Companies
  • Good Space
  • PSW
  • Hattie’s
  • SWA Group
  • Christian Johnson, Shelter Mortgage
  • Eno’s
  • Oddfellows

(7/14/12) left: Vanessa Strunk and Jennifer Mejia serve up baquette sandwiches


Le Tour de Tandemonium, July 14th

Posted by    |    July 9th, 2013 at 11:38 am

It’s bicycle racing season, so to honor the biggest race in France, BFOC is hosting the second annual Le Tour de Tandemonium at the 4th annual Bastille on Bishop! This year, we’ve expanded the race to a second category for cargo bicycles and bicycles with trailers. Winners will receive cash prizes and more!

Here are the details, rules, and awards:

The race will be on open streets using a clue/check-point format. Each entry must consist of 2 persons using a 1 tandem bicycle, cargo bicycle, or bicycle/trailer combo.

Entry: $5 cash or check donation per person
Registration and Check-in time: 6:00 pm
Pre Registration:
Check-in, Start/Finish Location: 7th & Bishop Ave
Race Start time: 7:15 pm


MUST have at least one smartphone per entry
MUST have a personal Twitter account
Must Tweet a picture of yourself or teammate at all checkpoints BEFORE finishing.
Must be dressed in French inspired or classic bicycle clothing
Must be 2 participants and 1 bicycle per entry
Must be 18 or older
Must use a tandem, cargo bicycle or bicycle with a trailer
Must adhere to all traffic laws, including traffic signals and stop signs
Must have front and rear lighting
Must wear helmets

Category Tandem Bicycle
$50 and entry into Bastille Day and tee shirts
$25 and entry into Bastille Day and tee shirts
Entry into Bastille Day and tee shirts

Category Bicycle with Trailer/Cargo Bicycle
$50 and entry into Bastille Day and tee shirts
$25 and entry into Bastille Day and tee shirts
Entry into Bastille Day and tee shirts

50 Years Later: Tracing the Footsteps of Lee Harvey Oswald Group Ride

Posted by    |    July 2nd, 2013 at 10:41 pm


50 years ago, the city of Dallas was forever changed by a major tragedy…the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. To honor this date in history, BFOC is bringing back the Tracing the Footsteps of Lee Harvey Oswald history tour bicycle ride on Saturday, November 23rd, at 1:30 PM 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 into Oak Cliff and stopping at pivotal spots from that fateful day in 1963. Past rides have had over 100 attend…this will probably be even larger!

When: November 23, 2013 at 1:30PM

Where: Meet at Dealey Plaza

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
– Stopping at 1026 N. Beckley, last residence of Lee Harvey Oswald
– Following LHO’s escape route to the site where JD. Tippit was shot and killed
– Visit the Texas Theatre, site of LHO’s capture
– Ride through the Bishop Arts District
– Stopping at 214 W. Neely, site of the infamous Oswald “Backyard Photos”

Dressing up is encouraged!

The Facebook event is here.