Archive for March, 2015

Mayoral Forum – April 27th!

Posted by    |    March 31st, 2015 at 8:51 am


¡Paletas y Bicicletas! Recap

Posted by    |    March 23rd, 2015 at 1:58 pm

To kick off Spring Break, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff hosted ¡Paletas y Bicicletas! at Kidd Springs Park and Lake Cliff Park.

Highlights of the day: Kids collecting thousands of pieces of trash at Kidd Springs Park and Lake Cliff Park, 4 luchadores from Tornado Pawered, La Grande radio station playing rockin’ tunes, a ride through Bishop Arts District, kids smashing 4 pinatas, mariachi music in the air and WE GAVE AWAY 6 NEW KID’S BIKES!

The idea was to instill a little civic responsibility and have fun at the same time! Kids earned raffle tickets by collecting trash and the entire event was FREE!!!

One of our WINNERS!

The event would not have been possible without Grand Bank of Texas and Burt Barr and Associates LLP, who provided the bicycles, and the support of Lockhart Smokehouse, the Lake Cliff Neighborhood Association and Friends of Kidd Springs Park and Recreation Center.

Thank you sponsors!!!


If you missed out, we hope to see you next year!

OOCCL Support Letter for West Kessler in the matter of 815 N. Hampton

Posted by    |    March 17th, 2015 at 11:31 pm

OCCCL Letter 815 N Hampton by OOCCLcom


Tour De Taco, April 11th

Posted by    |    March 16th, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Join us for BFOC’s first Tour de Taco. On Saturday, April 11, 2015, we’ll ride to five Oak Cliff taquerías (9-10 miles).

map route for BFOC’s tour de taco

We’ll start and finish at Wild Detectives (314 West Eighth Street, Dallas, TX 75208) with departure at 1 PM.

Below is the list of stops (in order):

  1. Cool & Hot 
    930A E. Eighth St.
  2. Taqueria Tiquicheo
    110 S. Marsalis Ave.
  3. El Pueblo 
    525 E. Jefferson Blvd.
  4. Mi Tierrita Taqueria y Pupuseria 
    2838 W. Davis St.
  5. Los Torres Taqueria 
    1322 W. Clarendon Dr.

Bring cash as most stops do not process plastic.

Safe cycling.

Conservation league volunteers show Oak Cliff cemetery some respect

Posted by    |    March 11th, 2015 at 9:34 am

Alicia Quintans

By Roy Appleton Dallas Morning News

The place is more presentable now. The graves have some breathing room.

All thanks to a team of volunteers, who paid some respect Saturday to a family and history.

Michael Amonett and Alicia Quintans learned of the McAdams Cemetery at a public meeting about the Southern Gateway highway expansion project. Curious and concerned that the proposed widening of Interstate 35E might threaten the site, they checked it out. Finding it plant-choked, they organized a cleanup with other members of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League.

And Saturday afternoon, with highway traffic roaring past, Amonett, Quintans, Judy Brooks and a dozen or so other workers stepped in — whacking, clipping and trimming away at purple-blooming periwinkle and other growth engulfing the site south of Illinois Avenue.

Nathaniel “N.O.” McAdams, a Dallas County sheriff and longtime county commissioner, dedicated the the cemetery in 1892 “for the purpose and consideration that the graves of the buried dead be preserved and perpetuated.”

McAdams Cemetery Clean Up a Success!

Posted by    |    March 8th, 2015 at 4:17 pm

 OOCCL is so grateful to our volunteers that turned out to clean up McAdams Cemetery!

McAdams Before and After

Joe & Donna Spears, Karen Ray, Ellen Kreager, Kevin Acosta, Chris Ray, Deborah Carpenter, Judy Brooks, Hal Prestige, George Roberts, Laura Foss, Sam & Greg Venker, Michael Amonett, Rhonda Turner, Frances James, Alicia & Joel Quintans

Dallas Green Alliance Fundraiser, March 15th 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Posted by    |    March 6th, 2015 at 10:48 am



Dallas Green Alliance PAC to Host Fundraiser for a ‘Greener’ City Council

Dallas Chefs Turn Out to Support ‘Gather for Common Ground’ Event


Dallas, Texas, February 23, 2015—The Dallas Green Alliance, a Political Action Committee (PAC) created to provide campaign funds and support for environmentally friendly Dallas City Council candidates, is hosting “Gather for Common Ground’, a festive evening of cuisine and conversation at the posh Casa Stellina, 3004 Main Street in Deep Ellum (, Sunday, March 15, 4:00-7:00pm. Keynote speaker is former Councilwoman Angela Hunt, who has been a strong voice of opposition to the Trinity Toll Road. Tickets are $ 50 per person and can be purchased online at

On hand to support the efforts of the PAC cause and celebrate locally driven foods are Chef Graham Dodds of Hibiscus, Chef Mark Wootton of Garden Café, and Chef David Temple of Restaurant 27 in Deep Ellum.DGA 8.5x11 flyer

“To have a vetted list of candidates who care deeply about the local food scene as well as a more green urban environment makes this one of the most important elections in recent memory,” said Chef Dodds, who added, “and I couldn’t be more happy to be a part of this fundraiser.”              

The Dallas Green Alliance PAC began organizing in June 2014 with the goal of trying to win a majority of open council races in May 2015. Six of the 15 council positions have no incumbent running. If new “green” candidates win four out of these six open races they would join four existing ‘green’ council members (Sandy Greyson, Scott Griggs, Philip Kingston, and Adam Medrano) to become an environmentally friendly majority of eight.

Chef Graham Dodds, Hibiscus

Primary to the group’s mission is opposition to the Trinity Toll Road. “We feel this is the litmus test for the candidates we will support,” said Claudia Meyer, Co-Chair of the PAC, noting that, “the toll road represents an outmoded way of thinking about transportation and the environment. The May 9th municipal elections are a pivotal time for new thinking. We want opportunities to improve the quality of life in Dallas, in neighborhoods and open spaces for generations to come.”

Treaty Oak Distillery, Voga Wines and Deep Ellum Brewery will provide spirits and local craft beers. Local food icon and urban farmer Tom Spicer will bring his music to entertain. There will be a one-of-a-kind Silent Auction.

For more information,

Debbie Bozeman-Zook ⎮Good Company Creative

c 214.236.5476

Bird Walk

Posted by    |    March 3rd, 2015 at 11:00 pm


March 14th
Founders Park
7:30 – 9:30 AM (free)

Bird Walk, Birding basics 101.
Lead by Gilbert Martinez, Education Manager, Trinity River Audubon Center.

Join the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks for a GREAT morning of birding basics! Learn how to properly use binoculars, how to use a field guide to birds, and learn to ID some of the common birds of North

Texas. Binoculars and some field guides will be on hand, but if you have your own please bring them along! Meet at the Founders Parking lot near the corner of Marsalis and Colorado

Bike Parking: A How-to Guide

Posted by    |    March 3rd, 2015 at 3:25 pm


A comprehensive Bicycle Parking Guide for developers or businesses interested in installation! Great work, City Staffer Ashley Haire

Originally posted on

Recently, we created a quick-reference guide for bike parking installation. It’s intended for developers or businesses looking to add bike parking near their shops, but I think it’s broadly useful for understanding what the safest options are for locking up your bike. You may roll up to a place with a bicycle rack and wonder “How likely is it that my bike will be damaged/stolen/carried away by pigeons while I patronize this business?”

With that, here is a link to the document: City of Dallas Bicycle Parking Guidelines (or you can click on the image below)

City of Dallas Bike Parking Guide City of Dallas Bike Parking Guide

While we’re at it, here’s a link to Bikeyface’s musings on adequate bike parking (or the lack thereof). Her entertaining blog is dedicated to all aspects of urban cycling, based in Boston, and she delivers it with abundant wit and admirable drawing skill. Enjoy!

– Ashley

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