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You’re invited to join Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and cyclists from around the city to celebrate the grand opening of three new bike-friendly arrivals to the Trinity River corridor: Trinity Skyline Trail along the river, the Continental Avenue Bridge Park and West Dallas Gateway Plaza connecting to Trinity Groves, and the Sylvan Avenue Bridge that includes a bike lane!

The ride begins at the east end of the Continental Bridge at 2pm sharp, but the festivities go on all day! A gospel brunch, farmers market, driving range, 1930s danceathon, kids craft zone, playground, pachanga party, food trucks, vintage car show and more – there’s something for everyone.

Even a chance to win a new Phat Cycle Sea Wind Cruiser bicycle from Richardson Bike Mart! Register to ride your bike as part of this rolling ribbon cutting and your name will go into a drawing. Rsvps here, and get all the details for the day at trinityriverrevel.com

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Spring has finally sprung. It felt like it was never going to make it, and yet, here we are. The key is to take advantage of it before Summer hits… With that in mind we’re hosting a spring picnic ride Saturday afternoon, April 26th to our beautiful Turtle Creek.

Here are some tips and must-haves for joining this year’s Seersucker Spring Picnic Ride.

Things you’ll need:

Bike   I am going to make a pretty large assumption that you already have a bike. So, cross this one off of your list. If you don’t, I suggest hitting up craigslist or any local bike shop (more on this later).

seersucker-suitSeersucker   This one is key.  Seer sucker is a light breezy fabric puckered fabric, usually with stripes, perfect for dressing up in balmy weather. Wearing seer sucker takes us back to the 20’s, when people still dressed up even in the heat (and no air conditioning!) According to Wiki, The fabric was originally worn by the poor in the U.S. until preppy undergraduate students began wearing it in the 1920s in an air of reverse snobbery. Perfect.

Because of the fabrication technique it can be pricey – though a bargain shopper might find seer sucker at a thrift store or outlet for much less. If you hurry there’s still time to get a nice seersucker dress/suit/short/skirt/jacket online and have it tailored. If you’re pressed for time, you could get away with just a bowtie.

Basket  There are tons of options for a picnic basket depending on your personal style and the type of bike you ride. My personal favorite is this Front Basket by Wald. It’s inexpensive, easy to install, but only works with a few handlebar styles. If your bike needs a picnic basket, visit one of our friends at the following bike shops:

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Richardson Bike Mart
Dallas Bike Works
Bicycles Plus
Switching Gears Cyclery
 

So now you’ve got your blanket in your basket on your bike, and you’re seersuckered up. What to pack? That’s simple enough, just pack any snacks you’d like to have, and maybe a little extra to share with your fellow seersuckered bike riding friends. If, however, you want to up your picnic game, here’s some things that will make for a fantastic spring picnic in the park.

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Picnicing at the recent Jazz Age Sunday Social. (Note the plastic wine glass!)

Cheese, Sausage, Fruit (grapes, berries, apples, etc), Nuts & tasty dessert You must know that in case you’re pressed for time we’ll be stopping by the Eatzie’s on Oak Lawn along the way. Luckily it’s right near our destination at Robert E Lee Park!

Beverages (I should take this opportunity to say that a person caught consuming alcohol in Dallas city park can be fined up to $500, so you know, do what you will with that information.)

Cups Glass is fancy, but risky. There’s plenty of other alternatives available.

Forks, knives, spoons (as necessary) Whole Foods has bamboo ones that are pretty neat. I’ve seen some compostable plasticware that’s nice. Like the cups, disposable is convenient, reusable works too.

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Water & Sunscreen

Yard games!  We’ll have at least one set of croquet and bean bag toss – feel free to bring your own!

Pull out your Sunday best – we’re heading to a Jazz Age picnic social

Sunday March 30th, 12-4pm

The Art Deco Society of Dallas and Dallas Heritage Village are presenting the Jazz Age Sunday Social, a vintage-inspired event the likes of which Dallas has never seen. If you know the annual Lawn Party on Governor’s Island in New York City, you have an inkling of what this will be like.

We’ll be riding from Klyde Warren Park, meeting at 11:30am and heading to Heritage Village at noon. Bring your bicycle picnic, $10, and be ready for the most relaxing and exciting Sunday afternoon you can remember!

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The event will have a little something for everyone: vintage Model A Fords from Vintage Coach,  croquet and yard games, and a costume contest! Elaine Hewlett from the Rhythm Room will be teaching dance steps from the 1920s so you’re up to speed and ready to dance to the music of The Singapore Slingers, performing in the newly restored gazebo!

Carnival Barker’s Ice Creams will be serving their delicious Dallas-made ice cream, along with popcorn vendors and more. And of course, lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics are encouraged.

Admission is $10, and children under 12 are free so bring the kids!

Connect with us on Facebook to hear the latest developments as we get closer to the date, and

The weekend of November 9th is the Dallas Contemporary’s 35th anniversary. I had no idea how much they’ve contributed to the visual beauty of our in-town neighborhoods until they told me about all the murals they’ve helped create.

So we’re taking a tour of 4 of the 5 of their murals in the Design District and West Dallas. Complete with a docent from the museum to tell us about each one! We’ll see works from Shepard Fairey, JMR, Sour Grapes, and Faile. Some home-town and some international favorites in there!

Saturday November 9th, 11am – embark from the Dallas Contemporary, 1pm – return.

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We’ll start and end at the Dallas Contemporary, and we’ll return to find the Tutta’s Pizza food truck at the end of our ride!

See dallascontemporary.org/alivefr35 for a full run-down of the celebration’s events, all FREE by the way, except for the Saturday night Birthday Bash – it’s going to be an epic weekend to remember.

Get up-to-the-minute details on the Facebook event.

As things are cooling off for Fall, let’s have a summer commuting recap here.

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Headed to work in July

When it’s over 100 degrees in the summers in Dallas, commuting to work by bike can be a bit of an art. Especially when commuting in your work attire, as opposed to getting as sweaty as you need then showering and dressing at the office.

I am a woman working in a professional office downtown. Heels, skirt and laptop included. This summer I biked 2-3 days a week, May through September, averaging a half to a third of all trips to work.

After two years now of biking to work in the summers, I’ve learned a few things that might help you manage your hot-weather commute, and maybe even your upcoming winter commute. It’s definitely a woman’s guide but there’s a few things applicable to men too.

- Get a basket, front or back. A back rack alone is a good start, but unless you’re carrying a large purse or a bag of goodies that you want to strap on a back rack, or are investing in paniers, you’ll want your purse in a contained place. There’s NO point to wearing a backpack. Too much work, too much sweat.

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City commuting

- Wear something short, wear layers. Shirts and professional work-shorts are perfect. Layer a tank top with a chic blazer, wear your hair up. Keeping your legs cool is key – a lot of blood runs through there.

- Wear perfume. There’s a reason it was used before deodorant was invented – it helps distract from a temporary glow.

- Keep travel-size deoderant at your desk, just in case you’re running afternoon errands and you start to fret.

- Take it easy while biking, try to avoid long stoplights – you don’t want to stop moving for too long. You’ll feel cool as long as you’re moving because it creates a nice breeze.

- Lock up in a shady spot. That’s when I get the sweatiest – when I’ve stopped moving (no breeze) and the sun’s beating down on me.

- Ideally you can park somewhere you have some shady walking distance before you reach your destination, so you can air-dry and cool off before you have to put your blazer on.

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This mom knows how to work a morning commute!

Pull out your favorite Fall cocktail attire, we’ve been invited for Cyclist Happy Hour at the Nasher!

baloonsFrom 4pm-5pm we’ll be mosying through the Nasher garden, admiring Picasso’s talent in clay… and sipping complimentary cocktails because we arrived in style (on bikes, of course!)

It’s all for the Nasher’s 10th Anniversary weekend, AND they’re installing new BIKE RACKS! They want the cycling community to feel welcome. And we want another great excuse to visit the Nasher! And sip afternoon cocktails. And ride through town in this amazing weather!

Events at the Nasher are scheduled throughout the day Sunday, from 10am to 10pm. Here’s the full run-down. My favorite highlights are yoga in the morning, Ballet Folklorico in the street at noon, and free Cool Haus ice-cream sandwiches. The Nasher really knows how to throw a party.

A few of us will be gathering at Oak Cliff’s Oddfellow’s at 1:45pm, to depart shortly thereafter – if you’d like to meet us at Main St Garden, let us know on the Facebook Event – we’d swing by on our way, at about 2:15pm. At 2:30 is the 360 Lecture: Nasher Xchange Panel.

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Have you heard of this public art display all over the City?! It’s kicking off 10 commissioned pieces being installed this month, to stay up through February. I can’t wait to hear more about the whole project. Then afterward is the wine reception. Before the Cyclist Happy Hour starts….. You need to rsvp for the 360 Xchange & reception though – just email 360RSVP@nashersculpturecenter.org and you’re set. Free admission, free parking, free wine, cocktails and don’t forget the art! What a lovely afternoon it will be. AND we’ll even be home by dark.

Visiting Zurich, Switzerland last week, I was inspired by the casual eclectic style of the folks biking there.

Come to find out, there’s a Zurich Cycle Chic, though no photos on the blog of Zurich cyclists…. Not from lack of subjects though, that’s for sure! These are a few of the folks I saw while meandering through the streets of the Kreis 1 district. There were even streetcar tracks all over the place and these folks navigated effortlessly.

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This coming Friday, May 17, 2013 is National Bike To Work Day. If there is ever a day to try biking to work, this is the day!

Based on great success in Richardson last year, BikeDFW and DART have partnered up to host 5 Bike Commuter Energizer Stations this year:

GARLAND – Downtown Garland Station (Partnered with The City of Garland)
DALLAS – Akard Station (Partnered with the City of Dallas)
OAK CLIFF – Jefferson St. Viaduct (Partnered with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff)
RICHARDSON – Arapaho Station (Partnered with Bike Friendly Richardson)
PLANO – Intersection of Bluebonnet & Chisholm Trail (Partnered with The City of Plano)

DATE: Friday, May 17, 2013
TIME: 6:30-9:00 am

Get plugged-in at the facebook event.

EVENT SPONSORS:

KIND Healthy Snacks –  (All Stops)
Clif Bars –  (All Stops)
Neuro Energy Drinks (Akard Stop)
Re-Geared – (Akard Stop)
Generator Coffee House –  (Garland Stop)
Zang Triangle Apartments –  (Oak Cliff Stop)

Plano Cycling and Fitness –  (Plano Stop)
Richardson Bike Mart –   (Richardson and Akard Stops)
Don Johle’s Bike World –   (Garland Stop)
Oak Cliff Bicycle Company –  (Oak Cliff Stop)

And, two other stations we’ve heard about:

Dallas Bike Works will have coffee and doughnuts and free minor repairs from 7:30 – 9:30am at White Rock Creek Trail where it passes under NW Highway (opposite the shop on Lawther). Facebook Event here.

The City of Fort Worth will have food and beverages and a bike share station set up at the Inter-modal Transit Center from 7:30 – 9am. There will be group rides to the Fort Worth event starting from various locations (map).

See you on the roads!

The annual Cycle Style fashion show and Cyclist Census afterparty on the 27th was a smash hit. Here are some photos of the highlights – and of course, the winners….

2013 Face of Biking in Dallas

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Justin, with his 3 kids. Photo credit: his wife!

We looooooove that this year’s winning rep for biking in Dallas is this hip dad who bikes with his kids! Yes!

These are the past faces of biking in Dallas…. 2012, 2011

AND! The runners up:

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Dave and Sharon – photo credit: John “Turk”

If you’ve been to a Dallas Critical Mass ride, you’ve probably seen these two. What a great shot of them! They were a ridiculously close second to Justin – by TWO VOTES.

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Action shot: Marcy – submitted by her honey, William

Marcy lives here in our home neighborhood of Oak Cliff – though we don’t know her personally yet, we love this photo of her.

2013 Cyclist Census Showcase Favorite Photographer

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John “Turk” – an amateur photo of this professional photographer

John “Turk” rocked the Deep Ellum photo station taking our favorite shots of the Census this year. Thanks Turk!! We also gave him a $50 gift certificate to Light Tec to say thanks – and he’s already used it!

It was great seeing some old friends, some familiar faces, and to make even more new friends this year! And to top it all off, we had our very own Dallas cyclists RIDING the runway fashion show:  Jeff, Susan, Dave, Sharon, Chad, Zac, and Kelsie – you guys were amazing.

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Photos by Simon Phoenix and Brandon Schrader

One of our favorite photographers, Chris Curnutt of the amazing Biking in Dallas blog, also took some great shots at the event, posted on their Biking in Dallas Facebook page.

Special thanks again to our sponsors

Anvil logo BicyclesPlusLogo RichardsonBikeMartRozikTransitBikeCoDBW_trial1OCBCswitching gearsLightTec    Bike Friendly Oak Cliff

And to all the folks who participated and helped make this year’s Census and party a success:

Tracy Popken, Erik Glissmann, Zac Lytle, and 42 Real Estate in Deep Ellum.

All the photographers – Simon Phoenix, Elliott Muñoz, Brandon Schrader, and John “Turk”.

Regeared, DJ FlightSchoolNurses, Durty Laundry, Steven Hartzler and his re-purposed bike racks, and Guy Wilson’s custom cruisers and choppers – so glad to have you all there!

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Amanda poses with invisible bike as Brandon checks his lighting

We’ve selected our favorite top dozen cyclists who represent the variety of stylish

folks biking the streets of Dallas every day. Now you choose who represents biking in Dallas.

Vote here, on the Cyclist Census page, through Saturday at high noon.  We’ll crown the winners at the bike party next Saturdayday April 27th.

Thanks to everyone who came out to be counted in the census and entered to represent our city’s many faces of biking. We’ll have the rest of the photos uploaded later this week!

Winners receive

Vote Tuesday 4.23.13 through Saturday 4.27.13 at high noon

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After Party & Awards

Saturday 4.27.13 8pm, 2526 Main St

Taking the fashion show from the streets to the runway, it’s one night of local beer, bikes and ‘best-of’s, announcing the 2013 Face of Biking in Dallas with photos from the Cyclist Census and a fashion show of Dallas’ own. Join DJ FlightSchoolNurses, ReGeared, Durty Laundry, your favorite local bike shops and all the best folks in Dallas for our Cycle Style show in Deep Ellum.

We’ve got some serious homegrown bicycle style here.

Spokes of thanks to our 2013 sponsors:

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With inspiration from Copenhagen Cycle Chic, visually embracing how urban cycling and style converge in our everyday lives, we began Dallas Cycle Style to promote Dallas cyclists flaunting their style.
Dallas has it's own unique urban culture, with it's funky southern flair, traditional values, obsession with fashion, and a pioneering entrepreneurial spirit that's made this region great.
Follow our biking adventures and tell us about yours. We'd love to highlight all the great people cycling in our city but we can't be everywhere at once. Hope to meet you soon.

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