I published the first BikeDenton post on Oct 22, 2007. We’ve turned four years old, so we plan to toast the occasion this Thursday with an informal get together.
285 posts later, and having hit 1,000 fans on FB last week, we’re having a happy-hour get together this Thursday at (now smoke-free) Dan’s Silverleaf on Industrial St. 5-7PM. Ride your bike, stop by, have a drink, meet people.
There’s no shortage of bikey events around DFW this weekend, so take your pick! Outstanding.
1. Querencia is doing a Tubes, Tires, and Flats educational event from 2-3PM on Sat.
2. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Cyclesomatic & RBM bike fair on Sat. BMX freestyle, repair workshops
3. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff urban chicken coop bike tour:
4. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff “Hit the Road, Jack” historic Ray Charles ride:
5. Doom Presents Drunkenshlagen alleycat, 6PM, Union Station.
6. Fort Worth Open-Streets carfree festival on Sunday:
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That is an bottle of 8 year old bourbon mounted on a 27 year old bicycle frame. It’s not that I like things because they’re old, but I like things that can last a long time. That got me thinking:
I know far more people who ride 30 year old bikes than drive 20 year old cars.
It all started with Copenhagen Cycle Chic, with an eye toward urban cycling and style.
As Dallas aligns itself with the cycle chic movement, we set ourselves apart. Dallas embraces its funky southern flair, its uptight respect for red tape, and the rebellious entrepreneurial spirit that’s made this region great.
We come together to celebrate this Spring 2011 as area cities adopt and update their Bicycle Master Plans, and together we begin to envision how our hometowns are becoming cycle-friendly cities.
Dallas Cycle Chic Week April 9th – 17th
12pm-6pm Be counted in the 2011 Cyclist Census and be entered to represent as the new Face of Biking in Dallas. We want to see – who are Dallas cyclists? Young, old, students, parents, business professionals, entrepreneurs, athletes, and bike messengers – come tell us what inspires you to cycle, and be entered to become the new Face of Cycling in Dallas. We want to see you and your personal cycling style.
Find your closest location where photographers will be capturing the unique style of the people who ride their bikes around our town. Also, check with your local Bike Friendly neighborhood group to see if they’ve organized a ride to your photo spot.
North Dallas (Valley View Park – NE corner of 635 and Hillcrest)
North Oak Cliff (Bishop Arts District- at Bishop and 7th)
Deep Ellum (on Main at Walton between the taco joint and cafe)
Highland Park (Bicycles Plus)
Uptown (Transit Bicycle Co)
Downtown Dallas (Pegasus Plaza at Main and Akard)
White Rock Lake (NE side of the lake, near E. Lawther and Northcliff
Main Street in McKinney (location to come…)
7pm-10pm “Dallas Rides” Photo Exhibit upstairs at Eno’s Pizza Tavern
6pm Bike to the Texas Theatre for a Bike Friendly Happy Hour (sponsored by Bike Friendly Oak Cliff)
8pm Stay for the showing of the 1948 award-winning Italian film “The Bicycle Thief”
Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th
Online public voting for the Face of Dallas winners
12-4pm Dallas Photo Scavenger Hunt by Bike
beginning at Eno’s Pizza Tavern
(Sponsored by Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and photopol.us)
9pm Bike-in movie on the lawn at Main Street Gardens Park
12-6pm Bike Polo
Beginner’s Training followed by a Tournament
Despite rain and cold temperatures, an impressive crowd turned out for the Jan 23, 2010 Denim Ride. Yeah, it was raining, and yeah we wore this most absorbent fabric, but hey, that made it even more memorable. A wide variety of bike and riders turned out: road bikes, cruisers, a pedicab, two tall bikes, some fixies, an xtracycle, and a 3-wheeled Workman cargo trike. Given how many folks came out on a cold, rainy day, I can’t wait to do this again when it’s sunny (but maybe not 100+).
The Denton Record Chronicle put a couple photos on the Sunday paper front page the next day, and Danny Fulgencio from the Dallas Observer took some great photos during the ride (with enviable bike/camera handling skills).
At the ride’s end, we dispersed into downtown businesses and happily spent money without using a single car parking spot: Beth Maries, Jupiter House, Hydrant, Dan’s Silverleaf. Councilman Jim Engelbrecht met us for ice cream at Beth Maries and to support the ride, and yes, he was wearing all denim.
Denton’s Community Bike Shop, Querencia, is having a benefit fundraiser show tomorrow night at Dan’s Silverleaf. After the last year of operating their all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit out of a backyard, they’re finally graduating to a generous outdoor space next to Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios on Sycamore. The remarkable proximity to the downtown, the coming DCTA commuter train, and SE Denton will enable them to expand shop hours and help get even more folks on bikes in 2010. Since they’re building on empty concrete space, they’ll need to build a fence and several 10 X 10 shop structures (to avoid needing a building permit for one larger structure).
Proceeds from the show will help them build their new permanent shop, and they’ll soon be moving the shop inventory by bike to the new location.
Doors at 8PM; $5 for cyclists, $7 for drivers
They’ll have reggae and soul vinyl DJ’d before and after the show, and plenty of bake sale goods.
Laurent of Denton Pedicab informs us that he’ll be doing a ride for a Channel 42 TV film crew this Sunday, and he’s inviting all cyclists to ride along and show support. He says that Mayor Burroughs will be present (in a pedicab, perhaps?), and the ride will go from DP headquarters at 1801 Sena to the downtown square.
Laurent says to meet at 1801 Sena at 10AM.
Additionally, the pedicabs will be getting electric assist motors soon from www.SpeckeBikes.com, a Denton business.