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We participated in Bike to City Hall day this morning. Individuals rode in from different parts of Dallas, and groups of people rode in with organzied (and safer) rides with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and Bike Friendly Knox Henderson. Union Station was the meeting point.
Once we gathered at Union Station, we all went as a big group at 8:00 am to the front of City Hall for a press conference of sorts where Mayor Rawlings, Council members Delia Jasso and Scott Griggs, and Max the “Bike Czar” (great unofficial title!) discussed the continuing efforts to implement the recently approved Bike plan. All road work that is done on streets identified in the Bike Plan will have to implement the approved changes. So, if a road is getting re-striped, the workers will have to stripe the new bike lane or sharrows too. If it’s being repaved, they might have to also expand to include a cycle track. Over the next few years we should see an increase in bike infrastructure which not only improves quality of life (as we bikers know) but is also beneficial in reducing smog, congestion, and parking problems.
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and Knox Henderson were both recognized for their efforts on behalf of biking in Dallas, and Amanda Popken was recognized for helping organize Bike to City Hall Day. It was a very fun way to start the day, with great exercise and wonderful people celebrating getting things done. Now all I want some is some big breakfast tacos.
Today was the inaugural Oak Cliff Chicken Coop Snoop, and a group of us biked the tour of really cool local backyards. Urban Chickens are becoming quite a popular thing, tying into the slow lifestyle movement along with biking, backyard food gardens, and repurposing found materials in your home decor. Some of the riders were quite chic as well, fully embracing the lifestyle.
Scott cruising with his coffee
Jane, with her sexy swooping bike frame and Michael, complimenting his bike’s machismo with a sleek hat.
It’s official. Cyclists are storming the streets on bikes April 9th – 17th. Join the revolution!
We’re planning as many opportunities as possible for cyclist of all ages to get out and be seen. Come be counted in the Cycling Census April 9th, explore Dallas (or McKinney!) through your camera lens on the Photo Scavenger Hunt by Bike on Saturday the 16th, and see your fellow cyclists in carefully framed photos at the Dallas Rides gallery showing . More events to come – keep checking The Event page here for all the details!
Last week we had a feverish brainstorm (along with a few beers) at Eno’s. Face-of-Dallas-Biking contest, cyclist flashmob with photographers, bike polo, bike parade for the kiddos, maybe even some Trail Days in Dallas rides that all converge downtown? More details to come as things start to solidify – come to the next planning meeting if you have a calling to organize. If you’re interested in getting your neighborhood involved in the festivities and need some inspiration give us a shout.
Let’s get together at Eno’s Pizza Tavern this Thursday the 10th. Come have a beer and bring your ideas to create some pizazz in the biking culture in Dallas. The inspiration is the Radlhauptstadt München project in Germany: