Archive for October, 2014

Alamo Drafthouse Dallas: Free Outdoor Screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, November 8th, 4:00 PM

Posted by    |    October 27th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

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Who doesn’t like more opportunities to ride and catch an 80s classic movie for free?  The future Alamo Drafthouse Dallas will be hosting a ground-breaking for the masses with a FREE showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with gates opening at 5:00 PM.  BFOC will lead a group ride to South Lamar St. in the Bike Friendly Cedars neighborhood on November 8th at 4:00 PM 

Meet Up Time:  4:00 pm meet up at Bishop Cider Co. in the Bishop Arts

Departure Time:  4:30 pm leave for South Lamar St.

RSVP to the group ride

5:00 pm gates open to get a good spot. See full article below for the full details about the event. Group will reorganize after the movie for the return trip to Oak Cliff.

From the Dallas Observer article:

The Alamo Drafthouse is about to launch a massive invasion on the Dallas-Fort Worth area, opening several new theaters, and it starts downtown with a new movie house on South Lamar Street. Developers for the new theater announced plans to break ground on the construction next month but a gathering of geekdom like the Alamo Drafthouse would never let a gaggle of rich guys break ground on theater.

No, fans of the Austin-based institution just wouldn’t stand for it. There would be an uprising with torches and pitchforks that would make the raid on Dr. Frankenstein’s monster in the original 1931 classic look like a high school pep rally.

In keeping with the theater chain’s reputation for cinematic good times, it will celebrate the grdrafthousedowntownoundbreaking on Saturday, November 8 on the South Lamar Street site with a free outdoor screening and plenty of chances to fill up on food and drink.

The doors (or whatever the outdoor equivalent of doors is, we assume gates or caution tape) open at 5 p.m. with the free screening of director John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on an inflatable screen to start around sunset. Several food trucks will join the event to provide some grub for the hungry masses as well as beer from Deep Ellum Brewing Company. Following the screening, the groundbreaking ceremony will take place on the construction site.

 

November Elections could make it easier to be Bike Friendly!

Posted by    |    October 23rd, 2014 at 3:46 pm

While the Governor’s race is dominating the election news in Texas, there are significant Propositions that could impact both State and Dallas County transportation and governance issues. The sample ballot  reveals a Proposed Constitutional Amendment called Proposition 1:

“The constitutional amendment providing for the use and dedication of certain money transferred to the state highway fund to assist in the completion of transportation construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads.”

Sounds good, we all want nice roads, even cyclist enjoy new pavement to ride on. Problem is the agency that would receive the funding the Texas Department of Transportation sees little benefit from diversifying the transportation options for Texans. The current budget heavily favors (80%) building more roads, designing new roads and maintaining infrastructure that is biased to motor vehicles.

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A budget has not been released for what TxDOT would do with the approximately $1.7 billion per year the new fund would produce, but if current trends persist you can count on at least 80% of that going to the same old transportation infrastructure that has gotten us into the transportation crisis we are in now. Awarding this agency for their archaic approach to transportation planning, design and execution is not a good message for voters to send. A smart approach would be to reform the agency in the form of a new partnership with cities to create transportation options for all and not just focus on interstate mobility and reducing congestion for a few.

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The Dallas High Five project cost taxpayers $1billion dollars, results have been more congestion and no clear economic development impact.

Voting against sends a clear message that there needs to be a plan for how to use these funds and reform of the agency that is administering them. The rainy day fund is not going anywhere soon and we need to get this right before throwing Billions at building outdated infrastructure that will only induce more demand on the transportation system and not resolve the transportation option crisis we face in Dallas and the State of Texas as a whole. Ask yourself if we give TXDOT more money to build roads what future fund are we going to rob to maintain them?

The good news is that the special charter amendment for Dallas County includes several smart measures that should improve the ability of the city to advance smart plans and governance. Proposition 1 is all about truth in bonding:

“Requiring Additional Disclosures on Ballots for Bond Programs. Shall Chapter XXI, Section 2 of the Dallas City Charter be amended to require that the ballot for the approval of a bond program must state the amount of bond issuance authorization, estimated amount of repayment including principal and interest based on current market conditions, and the purpose of the bonds?”

Council Member Scott Griggs led the charge on this measure that is aimed at letting voters know the exact cost of future bonds…think of it like when you buy a car, you don’t look at the sale price, but at the gross price after interest. Maybe we need more Kia’s and less Mercedes in Dallas given our $6.7 Billion dollar current debt that will result in over $100 million in interest. A FOR vote will give you this information up front before voting on future bonds.

The best news comes on Proposition 3, which would remove the arduous process of changing the legal description of a street in Dallas:

“Allowing Certain Changes to the Thoroughfare Plan Without Mailing Notice to Adjacent Property Owners. Shall Chapter XV, Section 8 of the Dallas City Charter be amended to allow changes to the Thoroughfare Plan that affect any area larger than one square mile and that does not increase the dimensional classification of a thoroughfare to be noticed through an alternate notice authorized by city council?”

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The story goes that a group in East Dallas got this measure passed to prevent the widening of Swiss Avenue from two lanes to six in the 1960s or 70s. The unintended consequence of the law was that it made it a lengthy process to reduce lanes to include bicycle, transit and pedestrian infrastructure. Currently for projects like Ft Worth Avenue it took over one year to complete the legal changes to convert two lanes to bike lanes. Voting For this measure would remove the public notice requirement for doing such projects and should result in a much quicker process for building bike lanes on streets! Wisely the proposition does not retract the provision for widening streets…those will still need a public notice process and multiple public meetings to move forward, win win!

Thank you to all those leaders and advocates for getting these measures on the Ballot, now get out there and vote!

Cyclesomatic | Spooky Cross, November 1st & 2nd, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Posted by    |    October 21st, 2014 at 7:54 pm

_D3S2170 copyThe Spooky Cross fun returns November 1 & 2!  Not only is this one of the best cyclocross races in the state, it’s also a great time for family, non racers, bike enthusiasts, kids, and anyone with a pulse.  Saturday November 1st we’ll be at Rosemont Elementary from 10-4pm.  This will be a special day for the little ones. We’ll have face painting, Kidical Mass Ride, bike obstacle course, and spooky kids race – FREE!

The fun continues at Dallas Heritage Village Sunday.  We’ll have bike racing from 10-4 with special prizes for wacky costumed racers. An antique bike show is also planned for the day.  In addition to that, Oddfellows will be setting up a beer garden in the park making for a wonderful time. Beer, Oddfellows food, Live music, Bikes – all ingredients for a perfect day!

More information here

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Cyclesomatic | Kiddical Mass Ride, November 1st, 9:00 AM

Posted by    |    October 20th, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Join us for a fun, family-friendly bike ride over to the Spooky-Cross races at Rosemont Elementary.  We will meet at 9:00 a.m. at Davis St. Espresso, 819 W. Davis St.  We’ll hang out for a while in the back by the Magic Bus, enjoy some coffee, make sure everyone’s bikes are ready to roll and depart around 10:30.  It will be a short slow-paced ride over to Rosemont Elementary where the kids can enjoy a bounce house, face painting and a special cross course set up for the kiddos!  We will lead everyone back to Davis St. afterwards.
Here are the details:

Location:

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Davis St Espresso; 819 W. Davis St, 75208 in Oak Cliff

Meet Up Time:

9:00 AM

Departure Time:

10:30 AM

RSVP on Facebook Here

 

Cyclesomatic | Boo-Bike-Que, October 29th, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Posted by    |    October 16th, 2014 at 8:00 am

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OCBC’s annual Halloween mountain bike ride is a fun, social outing for anyone interested in gettin’ some dirt and having fun!  This is a potluck event so bring your favorite dish.  Helmets are mandatory! Bring lights if you would like to night ride.
Here are the details:

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Boulder Park

Time:

  6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

RSVP on Facebook Here

 

Cyclesomatic | Oak Cliff Cemetery Ride, October 18th, 2:45 PM

Posted by    |    October 15th, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Pour one out for Clyde and other famous/not-so-famous dead people!  Join Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and Cyclesomatic for a tour of Oak Cliff cemeteries.  This will be a slow-paced ride of about 20 miles total, but it is in Oak Cliff, and the hills are unavoidable!  Bring your helmet, water, lights and proton pack.  Our tour will cover three historic graveyards:

Western Heights Cemetery — the graves of Clyde Barrow and his brother, Buck

Laurel Land Cemetery — Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.W. Stevenson, J.D. Tippit and others

Oak Cliff Cemetery — the oldest public cemetery in Dallas County, dating back to the 1830s

Here are the details:

Meet Up Location:

West entrance of the Continental Bridge Park; near Trinity Groves

Meet Up Time:

  2:45 PM

RSVP on Facebook Here

 

Cyclesomatic | Bike to City Hall, October 22nd, 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Posted by    |    October 14th, 2014 at 11:48 am

 

Bike to CH-2014 PosterAdvocacy is a principle foundation of our mission at Bike Friendly Oak Cliff.  More bike lanes are soon to come online in Oak Cliff and we need your presence to show the policy makers why more infrastructure, enforcement, programs, and laws need to be implemented to help make bicycles a part of our transportation system in Dallas. 
Scott Griggs is a founding member of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and would like everyone to come to the annual Bike to City Hall event, now in it’s 6th year!  The newly formed Dallas Bicycle Coalition will receive a special recognition, and several council persons will be in attendance to show their support.  Spread the word to everyone in Dallas how much better our city will become with more bicycles on the road!
Here are the details:

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Main St Garden

Meet Up Time:

7:30 AM

Departure Time: 

8:00 AM; 8:30 AM Rally at City Hall

RSVP on Facebook Here

*An Oak Cliff group ride to Main St. Garden will meet at Oddfellows at 6:45 AM, depart at 7:00 AM to Main St Garden.

Bicycle Brewery Tour Wrap Up

Posted by    |    October 13th, 2014 at 10:20 pm

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In our third edition, this month’s Bicycle Brewery Tour delivered all of the elements of a great social ride!  Excellent weather, unpredictable outcomes, and of course premium local craft beer.

The meet up location was changed to the western entrance of the new Continental St. Viaduct Park, which delivers a great way to access the new Trinity Skyline Trail and is a perfect route to the three best gateway districts in Dallas for the growing craft brewery industry:  The Design District, West Dallas, and Oak Cliff!

The Design District

Possibly ground central of craft beer in Dallas, award winners Community Brewing Co. and, Peticolas Brewing Co. are stallworth’s in the industry, and newcomer Noble Rey Brewing Co. all call it home.  Community has been there since the beginning of our tour back in February of 2013,  and then in October of 2013.

 

West Dallas

Four Corners is the sole occupant in the Trinity Groves development.  Definitely a quality pour for anyone looking for a quality beer.

 

Oak Cliff

Small Brew Pub isn’t even open yet, but has been on the tour in the past.  New to the tour this year, a non-beer participant Bishop Cider Co.  We look forward to next year, or possibly sooner!  Stay tuned….;)

On Your Marks, Get Set, Dash!

Posted by    |    October 13th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

We’ve brought you beer and wine.  We’ve brought you delicious, indulgent foods.  We’ve brought you late night parties. And now we bring you a chance to atone for it all (or at least a portion of it): introducing Go Oak Cliff’s first 5K, the ‘Stache Dash!

The ‘Stache Dash will start at 9am in Kidd Springs Park on Saturday, November 15th. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Movember Project, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness about men’s health and raising funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. These are issues near and dear to our collective heart here at Go Oak Cliff ever since one of our founding members battled (and beat!) testicular cancer.

Early registration ends October 31st so sign up this month to get the discounted price. Registration and more race details can be found here.

When you’re finished running, stick around; we’ve combined Cliff Fest with Blues, Bandits, and BBQ to give you a full day of Oak Cliff fun! Live music, beer, local craft vendors, and did we mention barbecue? What else do you need?  Get your barbecue tasting wristbands here and lace up those sneakers. You have some training to do! STACHE-DASH_IG-POST

Extend the Streetcar, Stop Subsidizing Parking Garages

Posted by    |    October 8th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

(The new streetcar line connecting Oak Cliff to Downtown Dallas. photo from Dart.org)

We’ve reached a point where the success of the Bishop Arts District is causing an unpleasant realization: We’re out of room, and we either spread to the next block, or we start digging parking garages. At approximately $10Million dollars a garage, you’re looking at a hefty expense for something that benefits a small area for a small set of people. What’s the alternative? Invest in the streetcar. At the current $30Million, you’re at the cost of roughly 4 car garages, but the streetcar gets smart dense development occurring and provides a viable alternative to the car that finally pushes us out of this chicken and egg issue we’re faced with when trying to cram more cars into walkable communities.

Zang Triangle Apartments, built along the new streetcar line. The streetcar encourages smart, dense development in a way that no other transit mode can come close.

Once the streetcar begins touching neighborhoods and truly accommodates a neighborhoods lifestyle (ie. in front of schools so kids can ride, from homes to commercial corridors to buy groceries, and connecting regional transit links like light rail), then you’ll see an explosion of use. For now, we had to get a stake in the ground and connect Downtown to the neighborhood. At this point, all energy should turn away from the parking garage debate (because honestly, we’ll need three for Jefferson, one for Tyler/Davis, one for Edgefield/Davis, etc.), start redirecting the energy and funds to streetcars. It’s the same price in the end, but you actually see that historic Bishop Arts form develop along lines (notice the Zang Triangle apartments, upcoming developments by Trammell Crowe, and the planned conversion of Oak Farms Dairy). Where the lines run, density follows, and once they turn, you’ll see sprawl begin. And it’s already proven around the country where streetcars have been returned.

Parking garages, an expensive band-aid that incentivizes auto use, creating induced demand, and largely used by employees and tenants. Auto centric habits are reinforced, without promoting a strong alternative

Right now, North Oak Cliff is being asked to pony up $7Million for a parking garage 2 blocks away from Bishop Arts, which would also be used for a new dense development. The reality is that 80% of this garage will be used by tenants and employees, with roughly 50 spaces left over for visitors. And looking at similar developments, notice that people don’t travel far from garages…you don’t go to PinkBerry in uptown and park in West Village, even though it’s a block away. You either find onstreet or go to the parking garage immediately connected to it.

Bishop Arts District, its scale, density, and form were all spurred on by the original Oak Cliff Streetcar. If you began tearing down buildings to create more parking, the form dies and it no longer looks/feels like a walkable corridor. It feels like the suburbs, which it effectively is trying to replicate

 

Oak Cliff was built as a streetcar suburb. The reason there’s very little parking in front of the Kessler Theatre,  The Texas Theatre, et  cetera, was because a streetcar ran right to the front door. If we’re going to use public dollars, and we want to continue the form and success of Bishop Arts, build something that disincentivizes auto use (don’t incentivize), allow for incremental density so people have a reason to walk and have more daily uses in close proximity (don’t make people drive to buy a gallon of milk), and begin incorporating multi-modal uses onto the street (bike lanes, streetcars, etc), and make the pedestrian environment irresistible (wide contiguous sidewalks, tree canopied streets, small merchants fronting the sidewalk, cafe seating). The idea of removing cars seems counter-intuitive and scary to pretty much everyone we talk to, but I can say as a restaurant owner in Bishop Arts that we’ve actually removed parking spaces to create bicycle parking and added additional cafe seating and seen an increase in business year over year. Not a decrease which everyone claimed would happen. If the pedestrian environment is irresistible, people will walk even further (notice Klyde Warren Park). Instead of garages, extend the streetcar to the large surface lots along Centre Street (South of Jefferson). People can begin parking there and use the rail to get to Bishop Arts, or better yet, additional attractions and merchants along the way.  If we continue with the “just add cars” mantra, we’re just buying a bigger belt to address a weight problem.