Archive for June, 2015

Tier II Grants are here

Posted by    |    June 22nd, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Tier II Grants are now available for download.

Please go to the 2015 OOCCL Non-Profit Grant Application under the “Neighborhood” drop down menu above for grant information & the application.

Thank you.


Richardson Texas Gets Recognized As A Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community

Posted by    |    June 10th, 2015 at 9:00 am


Congratulations to all of our fellow Richardson riders! This city is the first north Texas city to be recognized as a bicycle-friendly community.

Originally posted on Bike Friendly Richardson:


Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Richardson, Texas with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFCSM) award, joining 350 visionary communities from across the country.

With the announcement of 42 new and renewing BFCs today, Richardson joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods.

“We applaud this new round of communities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their residents and beyond,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “The growing number of leaders taking up bicycling as a way of solving many complex community problems is encouraging. We look forward to continuing to work with these communities as we move closer to our mission of creating a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them…

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New Facilities, New Connections!

Posted by    |    June 9th, 2015 at 12:00 pm


More stripping around town!

Originally posted on

I was out of town most of last week and while I was gone, the striping crew went to town on installing shared lane markings.

(I know everyone is clamoring for more actual bike lanes. We have a slew of those in the works, but they take more time to clear all the political and policy hurdles we must contend with. So hang in there, it’s coming.)

Here’s a map of all the new (and existing) bicycle facilities in the Uptown/Knox/East Dallas area (click on map for larger image). Many of the new facilities are intended to provide linkages to the trail network– in this case, the Katy Trail. It may look segmented right now, but there is a method to the madness that will make more sense as we move forward.

Central Dallas Bike Routes (9June2015)

Routh Street

Routh connects the Katy Trail to Uptown at a junction lined with…

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Buffered Bike Lanes Coming to Sylvan/Tyler-Polk

Posted by    |    June 5th, 2015 at 12:38 pm


Well, that didn’t happen.

Originally posted on Bike Friendly Oak Cliff:

The announcement has been made public that among  the city of Dallas’ next bicycle infrastructure projects is  coming to the Sylvan/Tyler-Polk corridor from I-30 to Davis.  We were told at the Dallas Bicycle Coalition meeting yesterday evening that it should kick off within the next month or so.

Here’s the public announcement letter received by one of our Board members who lives within the public announcement area:


We appreciate the leadership of Scott Griggs who has helped bring more bicycling infrastructure to our neighborhood, our local bike shops, Oak Cliff Bicycle Company and Dallas Bike Works who sell and support city bicycling, and developers like Dave Spence for having the foresight to bring in more bicycle related businesses and encourage bicycling to his tenants businesses!

If you’d like to voice your appreciation about this new project, please email Scott Griggs at or Jared White at

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El Tivoli wins Essay Contest

Posted by    |    June 3rd, 2015 at 5:08 pm


(To Left: Officer Brian Martinez, Elva Friesenhahn – El Tivoli Place Neighborhood Association President, Chris Ray – Crime Watch Chairperson for El Tivoli Place and neighbors attending a recent meeting.)

Dallas Police Officer Cyrus Zafrani has helped the historical El Tivoli Place community grow into a safe and thriving neighborhood in Oak Cliff.  He recently alerted Crime Watch Chairperson & Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Neighborhood Representative, Chris Ray, about an essay competition sponsored by the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity & Epic Dallas.  Chris’ essay was selected as a winner along with a handful of others, and El Tivoli Place N.A. was awarded a $500 check for neighborhood beautification.  
Essay by Chris Ray:

My wife and I shared the typical experience people have when they come to Dallas; suburbs with the same stores repeated over and over, cookie cutter homes & apartments made of basic cheap materials and neighbors we never met.  That was before Oak Cliff.

We found a wonderful looking house available for rent, and at the last second, decided to risk it.  It was located in a historic neighborhood Southwest of downtown Dallas called El Tivoli Place.  You hear stories about this part of town, and while there may be more diversity and points of view, there is also life; real life.  We quickly fell in love with our neighbors, with the chickens being raised next door and the hard working families that have made a home here.

At first, Oak Cliff takes some getting used to.  You may go to a small shop to get farm-raised groceries instead of going to a supermarket; you may have to try each small unique restaurant to find what you like instead of trusting in chains and you may hear the occasional gunshot at night.

We weren’t sure what to think of the gunshots and the loud bass-booming cars zooming by.  We could either move or not let people like that ruin such a wonderful chance for real community.  We chose to confront it, and thankfully so did the rest of the neighborhood.

Within a year of moving here, I became Chairperson for Crime Watch, and my wife and I host meetings in our home every month.  We have coffee and conversations with Officers who actually care about us and know us.  Through face-to-face interaction and technology like Nextdoor, we have seen drastic changes in Crime.

Up-to-the-minute information has helped Police stop many crimes while they were being perpetrated, or have allowed them to identify trends in order to address issues.  Utilizing intelligence shared through Nextdoor, email and frequent calls to 911, Dallas Police have responded quickly and appropriately.  Our Nextdoor has now grown to 65 households, and we have a strong presence on every street.

Pride in our neighborhood has increased noticeably, to the point that our chief concerns have turned from crime prevention to code violations.  With such a diverse community on the verge of seeing true revitalization in our immediate area, more effective sharing of information when it comes to codes and laws pertaining to having a safe and more attractive neighborhood would change everything.

We are currently raising funds to purchase land and build a community gathering place at one of the landmarks in the heart of El Tivoli Place.  This will be a symbol of what has been achieved by the city and its people working together to make Dallas a better place.  Effective information and communication platforms have allowed El Tivoli to remain and continue to grow as an oasis from the mundane, and a place where people truly live.