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Lead the Mardi Gras Parade with BFOC

Posted by    |    January 8th, 2018 at 12:21 pm

Our favorite parade is coming up 🎉 February 11th.

Come ride in Oak Cliff’s Mardi Gras Parade with us! Anyone with a 🚲 can ride.

We will decorate our bikes beforehand and then lead the parade at 4pm.

It’ll be a blast, COSTUMES encouraged!

For event updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1894964797482283/?ti=cl

Dallas Tweed Ride 2017

Posted by    |    November 27th, 2017 at 8:47 pm

Dallas Tweed Ride

Sport your finest tweedy attire and join BFOC for a leisurely jaunt about town on bicycle!

The legendary Tweed Ride will roll out of the Union Station at high noon, 12:00pm on December 3rd! Traffic will naturally pause, watching in disbelief as happy cyclists pass by pedaling through the crisp winter air. The entire group will be wearing charming tweed outfits, like a collective art installation transporting everyone involved to a more beautiful time and place.

The pace is slow enough for anyone to keep up, so dust off your cruiser, let your street bike enjoy the relaxing pace, invite your sweet old neighbor and bring the kids. The bike ride route will be from Union Station to Local Hub Bicycle Shop where one lucky cyclist wearing the best Tweed outfit will be awarded a gift card.  Then we will move onward to Internet Cafe 2, and finally to Turner House in North Oak Cliff.

Oddfellows Restaurant will sponsor the activities on the lawn including tug-of-war, 3-legged races, and more! Matt Tolentino of the Singapore Slingers will be back performing accordion on the lawn, and there’ll be plenty of hot cider and mulled wine. The Facebook event is here.

This is your chance to get friends and family on bicycles together for a day full of smiles, whether they normally ride or not!

Don’t own a bike? There are plenty of bike shares out there! And our starting location, Union Station, is SUPER easy to get to via public transportation, so consider planning your day to include an adventure on the DART train, local busses, or organize a group ride from your neighborhood to the starting point then home again.  There will be plenty of Bike Share bicycles available too.  Be on the look out for the a free ride Promo Code!

There is no cost to join the ride! Bring your own picnic, pack extra to share with new friends and bring cash to buy refreshment or BFOC swag.  There will be pint glasses, cycle-related booklets, and t-shirts available.  Proceeds from all sales will support the community efforts of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff.

For a taste of what is in store and for apparel ideas, view the galleries of the original New York Tweed Ride, and San Francisco Tweed Ride.

Thoughts on style from the Tweed Cycling Club

Photos of the past Dallas Tweed Rides:

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CYCLESOMATIC 2017

Posted by    |    October 13th, 2017 at 4:51 pm

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GROUP RIDE: ON THE TRAIL OF LEE HARVEY OSWALD, APRIL 30TH HISTORY TOUR

Posted by    |    April 15th, 2017 at 11:43 am

BFOC is bringing back the On the Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald history tour bicycle ride on Sunday, April 30th 2017 at 11:30AM 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 over the 1912 Houston Street Viaduct, crossing into North Oak Cliff, and stopping at pivotal spots from that fateful day in 1963.

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
– Riding over the 1912 Houston Street Viaduct
– Stopping at 1026 N. Beckley, last residence of Lee Harvey Oswald
– Following LHO’s escape route to the site where JD. Tippit was shot
– Visit the Texas Theatre, site of LHO’s capture
– Ride through the Bishop Arts District
– Beers at Better Block HQ at 700 W. Davis
– Stopping at 214 W. Neely, site of infamous Oswald “Backyard Photos”
– Back to Downtown

View the Facebook event here.

The first BFOC history tour from 2008

 

TWEED RIDE MOVED TO SUNDAY!

Posted by    |    December 2nd, 2016 at 5:53 pm

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It’s forecast to rain all day Saturday. But Sunday should clear up after the morning! Call your friends and let them know, Tweed Ride will be this Sunday the 4th!

To Review:
-meet at noon SUNDAY at the main Gates of Fair Park by the DART train station. Park by the Fair Park Music Hall, or in any parking lot you choose.
– the halfway mark for the ride is the DMA, on the south side (opposite side of building than Klyde Warren) so if you have to join late, meet us there at about 12:30
-we return to Fair Park for the picnic by the lagoon with Dave Washburn and the Three Quarters Fast jazz quartet and hot cider.

Bring cash or card for cider and a raffle – thanks to Local Hub in Deep Ellum for the donation!

See our Facebook event for all the latest details.

Library Tour – Oct 29 (9:30AM)

Posted by    |    October 3rd, 2016 at 9:28 pm

Partake in BFOC’s 2016 Cyclesomatic Library tour on Oct. 29. from 9:30AM – Noon.

This will be a collaborative ride lead by Kristie Holt from Local Hub and Mark Draz from the Dallas Public Library. Mark is leading an initiative for Dallas Public Library’s first book bike . Book bikes have been rolling in Portland, Denver and Boston for years. This is one more way that Dallas is improving its reputation as an unfriendly city for cyclists. This library tour will provide us an opportunity to support the Library Bike project and discover Dallas libraries in our Oak Cliff neighborhood.

Itinerary

  • 9:30 AM: Depart from Local Hub – 2633 Main St #130
  • 10:00: North Oak Cliff – 302 W 10th St (oak cliff connection point)
  • Hampton-Illinois – 2951 S Hampton Rd.
  • Lancaster Kiest – 2951 S Hampton Rd. (optional bailout)
  • Central – 1515 Young St
  • Local Hub

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Bike Rodeo – Nov 5 (8AM – 10AM)

Posted by    |    September 24th, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Join BFOC for Oak Cliff’s first Bike Rodeo on Nov. 5th from 8AM to 10AM at the 10th street parking lot at Cliff Temple Baptist Church (125 Sunset Ave, Dallas). The Bike Rodeo will be in conjunction with Oak Cliff’s farmer’s market organized by the Oak Cliff Lions Club.

This Bike Rodeo is taught by certified instructors from the League of American Bicyclists. Instructors set up an interactive bicycle obstacle course for children to maneuver through, teaching bike handling and safety skills through active learning. This fun and free activity challenges children and emphasizes the importance of controlling your bicycle, watching for traffic, and turning safely.

Before children get on the course, we check their helmet fit and discuss the importance of wearing a helmet. (A limited number of free helmets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis). We also do a basic safety check on their bicycle to ensure it is in good working order.

Participants must have a working bicycle, a helmet that fits (a limited number of free helmets will be available for participants), and a parent/legal guardian present.

Below are pictures from a Bike Rodeo help at Fair Park

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Spring PhotoVelo

Posted by    |    June 3rd, 2016 at 12:51 pm

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June 11 / Local Hub Bike Shop / 12-5pm

Come out to the Spring edition of the PhotoVelo scavenger hunt in Deep Ellum next weekend! It’s a free event, so bring your friends and get out on the town. There are bikes available to rent from Local Hub for the day, so don’t let that stop you from forming an unbeatable team. We’ll have some great prize packs for the top three teams, thanks to the generosity of Cold Beer Company, Alamo Drafthouse Dallas, Amsterdam Falafelshop Dallas,Rocket Fizz Deep Ellum, TX, Luscher’s Red Hots, Uncle Uber’s and others. We’ll also have some drinks from Braindead Brewing waiting to help cool off after the hunt! Invite your friends!

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Help Us Celebrate National Bike Month

Posted by    |    May 5th, 2016 at 1:05 pm

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Here in Dallas, May is a great time to get out and about on your bike. The weather is warm but not sweat-through-everything-you-own hot. This is the perfect opportunity to try out bike commuting or riding to the park with friends and family instead of driving!

To max out on your Bike Month enjoyment, we recommend the following events around Oak Cliff and Dallas:

Sunday, May 8: CycloFemme Dallas 2016

Wednesday, May 11: BFOC Rolling Community Meeting

Wednesday, May 11: Bike Commuting 101

Saturday, May 14: Dallas Bicycle Safety Fair

Friday, May 20: Bike to Work Day Energizer Station

Happy riding!

Bike to School Friday – October 16th 7:40 AM

Posted by    |    October 13th, 2015 at 9:35 pm

In celebration of Cyclesomatic 2015, please join iBike Rosemont for an informal bike ride to the Rosemont campuses.
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iBike Rosemont will meet at Kessler Park Baptist Church in the parking lot and will leave as a group at 7:40 am and ride to the upper campus then the lower campus. We ask that all riders be experienced enough to ride without training wheels. iBike Rosemont will have volunteers to help with the ride and parents are welcome to ride as well. Please bring your bike lock if you plan to leave your bike on campus. Bike racks are located at both upper and lower campuses. RSVP here for the ride.