Posted by youngsierrans on February 4, 2010
Over the last year I’ve become aware of a handful of local, neighborhood-driven bike advocacy groups around our city. These organizations mobilize grassroots support in making the Dallas area more bike-friendly by establishing discounts with local merchants, working with city council-folk to create cycle tracks on major thoroughfares (a first in Dallas), and hosting event-themed, recreational rides around town.
These groups must be having an effect – Dallas is creating a Bicycle Transportation Advisory Committee and is currently seeking applications. The committee is going to be a 15-person board and will help in developing Dallas’ future comprehensive bicycle plan (meeting monthly). Please email your applications to Max Kalhammer (Sr. Planner – Bicycle Coordinator), by Feb 15th, with the subject line “BAC Application.”
So dust off that ol’ Schwinn Stingray and get out to support these important local groups! If one doesn’t exist in your neighborhood, contact any of the below “friendly” organizers to learn what steps you can take to start one around your community. Happy Riding!
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
Bike Friendly Knox-Henderson
Bike Friendly North Dallas
Bike Friendly Richardson
Bike Friendly Arlington
Bike Friendly Fort Worth
Biking In Dallas
Posted in City of Dallas, Infoshare, Local-North TX/DFW, Outdoor Recreation, Similar Interest Groups | Tagged: arlington, bicycles, bike friendly, dallas, denton, fort worth, knox-henderson, north dallas, oak cliff, richardson, transportation | 4 Comments »
Posted by youngsierrans on October 11, 2009
Did you know that the average Texan throws away 7 lbs of waste? Or, that 30 days per year of landfill space are “saved” by recycling materials?
You can learn much more if you get your hands on this month’s great cover story in the local publication the Advocate about Dallas’ McCommas Bluff Landfill, the biggest landfill in the state (15th largest in the nation). The story covers a wide range of topics, including local landfill and recycling operations, procedures, costs/revenues and general stats; the bioreactor technology (methane gas harnessing for resale) utilized at the facility; and the expected life of this big-business dump.
Be sure to check the “SIDEBAR” stories on the left side of the page (i.e., The Environmental Scorecard, Trash Stats).
Posted in City of Dallas, Infoshare, Local-North TX/DFW | Tagged: advocate, dallas, greenstar, mccommas bluff | Leave a Comment »
Posted by youngsierrans on September 30, 2009
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is proud to announce Cyclesomatic, a week long bicycle festival in North Oak Cliff from October 2nd to the 11th. Events will include a history-themed group ride, bicycle competitions, Bike to City Hall, Biketoberfest! in Bishop, an Urban Bazaar, a “Kiddical Mass” Ride, Bike to School Day, BBQ, Bands, Bicycle Films at the Texas Theatre, Art Bike Shows, and guest speaker councilwoman Angela Hunt.
New Belgium brewery is sponsoring part of the week, and BFOC is coordinating efforts with DART, BikeDenton, the Oak Cliff Bicycle Company, and more.
Please see the Cyclesomatic calendar of events (20 or so are currently planned) and join in the fun! Also, check out the local merchant discounts for bicyclists in the Oak Cliff / Bishop Arts area.
Posted in Bike Activities, Infoshare, Local-North TX/DFW, Non-YS Events | Tagged: biking, dallas | 1 Comment »
Posted by youngsierrans on August 4, 2009
New this summer to the East Dallas area is the White Rock Local Market. Based on my initial review of their operations, what appears to make this market unique is the set of “local” requirements asked of each vendor. Vendors must originate within a 150-mile radius of Dallas, offer a variety of sustainable or organically produced products and sell at least 60% of the home-sourced product directly. I estimate that there were about 40 vendors at the July market. Special events, like live music, are also planned during market days. What better way to start or end your Saturday morning White Rock Lake ride, walk or clean up effort?
For information about becoming a vendor, a list of market vendors or general information, please see their website.
WRLM will open in March in 2010. Hours/Dates: 8am-1:00pm on the second & fourth Saturdays of each month at the Green Spot Market (702 N. Buckner Blvd. at Northcliff Dr. – map).
Posted in Agriculture/Food, Infoshare, Local Conservation, Local-North TX/DFW | Tagged: dallas, White Rock Lake | Leave a Comment »