Archive for December, 2013

Bike Friendly New Year!

Posted by    |    December 31st, 2013 at 10:09 am

Another amazing year in Bike Friendly Oak Cliff! Many thanks to all our friends and neighbors that took part in our rides and events. We are looking forward to an even more fun 2014 as we expand our board members and ramp up on events, education and advocacy. Just a few highlights from this past year and outlook for 2014:

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SpookieCross continues to be one of our favorite events!

Riding to Arora is a great new tradition started by Bike Friendly Cedars!

Riding to Arora is a great new tradition started by Bike Friendly Cedars!

The Union Station to Oak Cliff Streetcar is well under construction with service starting in 2015.

The Union Station to Oak Cliff Streetcar is well under construction with service starting in 2015.

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The Trinity trail is coming along with sections already open and more to come in Spring 2014!

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Many great connections coming to Central Dallas and Oak Cliff in 2014 to 2017.

Other initiatives we are tracking include:

Sylvan bridge over the Trinity to have a bicycle lane
Sylvan from Singleton to Jefferson could have a cycle track, but will need our support as it goes to Planning Commission
Design for Coombs from tennis courts to Hampton Rd
Akard, Ervay and Saint Paul streets downtown will also have a planning comission hearing for including bicycle lanes
Victory and Houston will be changed to two way and have bike lanes

In other news the city and Uptown Dallas are planning a Cyclovia in April-May time frame and the much anticipated Bike Share program will be kicked off this spring with a study by the City of Dallas. It is looking like a great year for biking in Dallas! Stay tuned for more info on how you can get involved!

 

League’s Holiday Party 2014

Posted by    |    December 12th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

altMonday Night’s Old Oak Cliff Conservation League’s Holiday party was a big success, as folks started arriving around 7pm that evening. John McCall graciously offered his newly renovated building,  an old Dallas Power & Light building on Tyler, just 1 block north of the Teco Theatre.  The building at the time of purchase was being used as a storage facility by Dallas, & was piled with old documents, etc.

Nova did a wonderful job of catering, with a menu of charred tomato & basil soup, apple wood smoked bacon, grape tomatoes, bleu cheese, honey viniagette, roasted Cornish hen with cremini mushroom gravy, baked salmon filet with lemon caper cream sauce, roasted garlic mashed gold potatos, sautéed haricot verts, braised savoy cabbage, & for desert granny smith apple & pecan cobbler. I head comments of the best ever menu. 

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Phil Leven, president of the League announced the 4th winner of the Ruth Chenoweth award, John McCall, for his work in the renovations of the Dallas Power & Light building of which this evenings event was held. Earlier in the year, John also was awarded the Preservation Achievement Award by Preservation Dallas.

This award recognizes outstanding conservation achievement for property of historical significance to Oak Cliff.

 
 

OOCCL Holiday Party

Posted by    |    December 3rd, 2013 at 8:34 am

 

Please join us for our annual Holiday Party on Monday December 9th.  This year’s party will be held at the newly restored and Preservation Dallas award winning DP&L building at 115 S. Tyler at 7:00 PM.  The event is free for members or $10.00 for non or you may join on the spot and avoid the charge.  The event will be catered by Nova.  We look forward to seeing you! 

The Tweed Ride is Rescheduled to next weekend, Sat. Dec 14th!

Posted by    |    December 2nd, 2013 at 9:42 pm

UPDATE! We’re rescheduling the Tweed Ride to next weekend, Saturday (not Sunday!) at 3:30PM due to the freeze. We’re still meeting at the Grassy Knoll downtown. If you’re like us, this gives you an extra weekend to grab your tweed outfit you waited to buy until the last minute! The next day is the Holiday Lights Ride, so two great events in one weekend! Check back for more updates soon. 

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This weekend is the official Dallas Tweed Ride! And it looks like we’ll finally get a cold day to ride in, unlike past years where we had unseasonably warm winter days that made wearing tweed a bit cumbersome. This is your chance to bust out the mittens, scarves, vests, wool socks, canteens filled with hot chocolate, and calabash pipes to warm your bones on one of the most fun rides of the year.

Photo by Richard Wezensky

The ride takes place on Sunday, December 14th, starting at 3:30PM and meeting at the Grassy Knoll downtown. We’ll have our traditional game of tug-of-war, live 1920′s music by Matt Tolentino, a big group photo, and prizes for best dressed male and female riders and best bicycles.

Photo by Elliot Munoz

BFOC will provide a keg of beer at the final landing spot, so be sure to bring a couple of bucks to throw into the donations pile. Also, any additional funds we raise will be matched and donated to the Ray Porter Fund. Ray is an Oak Cliff fixture and was recently diagnosed with cancer. 

The facebook event invite is located here. Check there, or here on the blog for any updates to the ride. Cheerio!

Matt Tolentino is back for this year’s Tweed Ride. Photo by Elliot Munoz

Photo by Elliot Munoz

The Tweed Ride is Finally Here!

Posted by    |    December 2nd, 2013 at 9:42 pm

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This weekend is the official Dallas Tweed Ride! And it looks like we’ll finally get a cold day to ride in, unlike past years where we had unseasonably warm winter days that made wearing tweed a bit cumbersome. This is your chance to bust out the mittens, scarves, vests, wool socks, canteens filled with hot chocolate, and calabash pipes to warm your bones on one of the most fun rides of the year.

Photo by Richard Wezensky

The ride takes place on Sunday, December 8th, starting at 3:30PM and meeting at the Grassy Knoll downtown. We’ll have our traditional game of tug-of-war, live 1920′s music by Matt Tolentino, a big group photo, and prizes for best dressed male and female riders and best bicycles.

Photo by Elliot Munoz

BFOC will provide a keg of beer at the final landing spot, so be sure to bring a couple of bucks to throw into the donations pile. Also, any additional funds we raise will be matched and donated to the Ray Porter Fund. Ray is an Oak Cliff fixture and was recently diagnosed with cancer. 

The facebook event invite is located here. Check there, or here on the blog for any updates to the ride. Cheerio!

Matt Tolentino is back for this year’s Tweed Ride. Photo by Elliot Munoz

Photo by Elliot Munoz