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Denton Tour de Frack – Saturday, June 6, 7:00 AM, McKenna Park

Bicyclists! I know you are radicals at heart! Please come out to McKenna Park, west side parking lot at 7:00 am this Saturday. We will take a leisurely ride down Jim Crystal Road to the frack site that Vantage Energy has strategically chosen as the spot to bring fracking back to Denton. It is about a 20-mile round trip ride.

Easy, right?

Plan to stay an hour if you can.

Please come and question together with me on this. I plan to do this many times over the summer. If you can’t make it this it this time, unfortunately, there will be another chance, I’m sure.

Once there, we will bear witness to the fracking as well as give support to activists already on the ground (literally sitting and not moving in some cases! And being arrested). Many fine Denton citizens are out there every day to protest the renewed fracking. Lets make a show from the bicyclists of Denton!

I know there are 1000’s of you 2-wheelers. I bike every day. I see you on some really wonderful, crazy contraptions! Bring ‘em out!

I have been a bicycle commuter for over 30 years and in many countries. I’m committed. Let’s do it.

Todd Ellis

For more info go to Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/693320614123450/

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Friday, May 15, 2015 is Bike to Work Day!

Don’t let skipping breakfast be your reason for not biking to work Friday, May 15. The City of Denton will have four breakfast stations around town for those commuting to work or school. Locations are:

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http://www.cityofdenton.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/17478/33

May is Bike Month in Denton!

Cool stuff going on this month! What are you doing with your bike this month?

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Dinner & Bikes Denton, Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7-9PM

The Dinner and Bikes Traveling Roadshow!

Get tix here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dinnerbikes-denton-tickets-16770542143

Elly Blue, Joe Biel, and Joshua Ploeg

A 7-Course Vegan Meal + Bicycling + Films + Authors

Here’s what happens at Dinner and Bikes Denton:

As you arrive at Trinity Presbyterian Church-Denton, serve yourself from chef and cookbook author Joshua Ploeg’s gourmet vegan and (typically) gluten-free buffet spread. While eating, author and filmmaker Joe Biel plays a series of his short films about bicycle activism and culture—his newest shorts focus on the family bicycling movement. Then local advocates and sponsors have a chance to get up and talk about their work promoting cycling. Author Elly Blue takes the stage and gives a presentation about Bikenomics, showing the audience how to make a compelling economic case for bicycling, equity, and transportation activism. At the end there is a chance for questions, discussion, and browsing the Microcosm Publishing pop-up book and t-shirt store.

Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church of Denton, 2200 N. Bell Ave., Denton, TX 76209

Co-presented by BikeTexas and the Denton Bicycling Coalition

Proceeds benefit Querencia Community Bike Shop

Ride Your Bike to Arts & Jazz Festival! 54 New Bike Racks Added to City Hall and Civic Center

Ride your bike to the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival! More bike racks have been provided so you don’t have to worry about where you’ll park your bike! Take advantage of the 54 extra spaces to park your bike, with event racks stationed at City Hall and the Civic Center. Ride on!

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Bike 101 Course, Saturday May 9, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Here is a great FREE opportunity to improve your bicycling skills led by two Denton Police Department officers and Justin Stewart!

Have you wanted to ride your bike around town, but don’t know where to start or how to ride in traffic? Learn everything you need to know in this FREE class!

Taught by local certified instructors, the class will cover all of the basics, including parts, maintenance, and safety.

For lunch, the class will ride to a Denton restaurant that the group chooses. Bring your bike and helmet, as well as a lunch or money.

To participate, you must be age 16 or older and provide your own bike and helmet. Registration is limited to 16 participants, so register today!

Where:
Main Police Building, Training Room
601 E. Hickory St.
Denton, TX 76201

When:
Saturday May 9, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT

Contact:
Julie Anderson
City of Denton
(940) 349-7718
julie.anderson@cityofdenton.com

Register:
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eav86a8rb564c026&llr=okfixjoab

Denton Bicycle Coalition

Dear Denton Bicyclists and Bike Supporters,

I think and feel that the time is right to organize and grow a unified voice for bicyclists of all kinds to encourage more bike ridership and make the streets of Denton more bike-friendly. I am interested in getting the wheels turning to organize the Denton Bicycle Coalition (DBC) for the purpose of engaging in advocacy, education, and community building in the City of Denton. There are many bicycle-friendly businesses, groups, and individuals, but no all-encompassing advocacy organization to amplify the voices of these businesses, groups, and individuals to city council, DCTA, businesses, schools, etc.

Denton is in a good position to support a bicycle coalition with these established groups and businesses:

Bike Denton
Bullseye Bike Shop
Denton Bicycle Center
Denton Social Cyclists
Querencia Community Bike Shop
Sprockets Bicycle Shop
Velo Republic Bicycle Co. and Service Station

Some action items for a Denton bicycle coalition might include:

– Encourage more child, female, family, and minority ridership
– Attend all city council meetings and encourage city leaders to move forward in the implementation of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan – Work closely with and support the work of the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
– Educate citizens about bicycle safety, skills, and maintenance through classes and workshops (Denton has at least one League Cycling Instructor)
– Support and partner with Querencia and other non-profit bike organizations on local, state, and national levels
– Encourage businesses to welcome bike-riding customers
– Recognize bike-friendly businesses
– Identify safe routes in Denton with online maps – Assess streets and routes for safety and repair
– Endorse bike-friendly candidates and legislation on local, state, and national levels
– Provide information resources and referrals (insurance, legal help, travel ideas)
– Sponsor bike art contest and short bike film contest
– Organize or sponsor group rides, bike camping, bikepacking, and races for charity, non-profits, or Denton Public Library
– Partner with DISD for bike safety/skills educational outreach
– Collaborate with TWU and UNT during orientations, welcome week, and other events for outreach and education
– Have outreach booths at Community Market, Jazz Fest, Blues Fest, Cinco de Mayo, Redbud Fest, 35Denton, etc.
– Seek grants and awards to support activities of DBC
– Work with Denton Police Department and help in recovery of stolen bikes and encourage online bike registration

One mid-range goal would be to apply for Bicycle Friendly Community status as recognized by the Bicycle League of America. There are only four BFCs in Texas (Austin, Houston, San Antonio, The Woodlands).

Some coalitions that DBC might model its work and mission after include:

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Washington Area Bicyclists Association

I would like to meet to get your input, feedback, and ideas.

Date: Friday evening, May 1, 2015 (First day of National Bike Month)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: 1223 Bellemead Drive, Denton, TX 76201 (my home)

New Location: Sprockets Bicycle Shop, 231 W Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201

Bikes welcome! Cars, too. Adult beverages will be provided.

I hope to see you there!

Doug Campbell,
douglasmcampbell@gmail.com
@Denton_Doug
Bike Commuter
UNT Librarian
President, Denton Public Library Board
8-year Denton Resident
Crazy Cat Person

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