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ImageBike Friendly Arlington’s second yearly food drive went off with out a hitch last week (except that flat in the first five minutes, thanks for the tube Jeremy). Five dedicated riders took off early in search of the nonperishable foods, to the hundreds of houses where we’d passed out flyers. We averaged about one pick up per-neighbor hood. The ride took most of the morning and Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex was very positive and thanked us many times for our help. We do the drive every year after the holidays so check back in 2014 for more info.

 

Check in every Friday afternoon for local bike news and events. If you’ve read something we’ve missed, please send us a link in the comment section and we’ll add it to the next roundup.

 

Events

Today 

Saturday

  • Join us in the Saturday February 22 at 9:30 a.m. for our second annual Canned Food drive Bike Ride. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Mission Arlington parking lot. 210 W South St, Arlington, TX. The parking lot is on the south side of the building.

Tuesday and Sunday 

News

  • Arlington streets need $400 million in repairs. — NBCDFW.com
  • Fort Worth Bike Share needs help. Volunteer to ride one of 300 bicycles to launch the bike share program on April 22. Contact — info@fortworthbikesharing.org
  • Cycling Savvy DFW has classes in March and April in both Dallas and Fort Worth. The three-session classes cost $75 dollars and teaches safe cycling on the streets and in traffic.
  • Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price’s rolling town hall meetings will continue this spring, starting in March.
  • Seattle, Washington considers a fee for cyclists to pay for its $10 billion transportation plan. — Seattle Times
  • Bike thefts in Amsterdam are being exported to other countries due to GPS tracking in the bikes. — Bike Europe

 

Since there are so many great articles out there concerning bicycling, and there’s only so much we can post on Facebook we felt it prudent to start a Weekly News Roundup and together articles, posts, editorials, in one place.

  • BikeDFW will host a one-day trip to Austin to give cyclists in the Metroplex an opportunity for speak with their state representatives. Sign up for Cyclists in Suits

  • The first bike of the Fort Worth Bike Sharing fleet arrived this week. FortWorthology has the scoop. (And Austin decides on its bike-share bike.)

  • Police in Seattle look for a cyclist who helped save a woman being assaulted in the park. SeattlePI

  • Bikes with 5-inch tires are the next big thing in mountain biking

  • NPR tells the story behind a love note written by bicycle. 

  • Don’t forget! Join us tonight for the monthly Pub Roll. While you’re there, like our facebook page. It’s only five away from 1,000 likes.

If you’ve read something we missed, please link to it in the comments and we’ll add it to the next roundup. 

Friday News Roundup

 

A Texas A&M study found the DFW Metroplex to be the 13th most stress full for our commuters.  (Study)

In 2009 a some people in a Colorado city wanted bicycles off the road. This week the Colorado Supreme Court overturned the city of BlackHawk’s ordinance to ban bicycles. (Yahoo)

We all know biking makes you smarter. But the science of why and how is still untapped. (TheAtlantic)

BikeDallas wants to do a critical mass on Central Express way, but the Texas Department of Transportation says they need permission to close the bridge. (CBS Local)

Dallas-based company SCA Promotions Inc. is suing Lance Armstrong for $12 billion in prize money it gave him for three of his Tour de France wins. (SanFranciscoChronicle)

The utility poles on Division St. will be gone soon. (nbcdfw.com)

“A chicken in every pot and a bicycles in every drive way!” A Malta citizen asks the local newspaper why no bicycles for all? (TimesOfMalta)

…And don’t forget to join us at the Trinity Bicycles hosted Bike Swap at Rahr & Sons Brewery this Sunday. You can ride there with us. Or meet at the eventRahr & Sons Brewing Co. 701 Galveston Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76104

With the cold finally behind us, Bike Friendly Arlington has got some social rides and outreach events coming up. That’s right, it’s bicycle season! Check the calendar for all of our events. 

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Two weekly rides: 

  • Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. we will leave from the patio of the Twisted Root Burger, Hooligan’s Pub and Freebird’s World Burrito. 310 E Abram St, Arlington, TX 76010. Facebook event
  • Sunday at 2:30 p.m. we will be leaving from the Levitt Pavilion. 100 West Abram Street
    Arlington, TX 76010 Facebook event

The pace and distance often varies. We ride on the road and on bike paths. Ride leaders will set a pace appropriate for the group and the route is usually set ahead of time. We follow all the rules of the road. Lights are required, but water and a helmet are highly recommended. 

But wait, there’s more! Image

Last year’s canned food drive was so much fun and so well received, we’ve decided to do it again. The drive will benefit Mission Arlington. We are looking for bicyclists willing to pick up donations from Central Arlington neighborhoods and delivery them, via bikes, to Mission Arlington. 

You can download the flyer here. We will meet up with everyone on Saturday, February 23rd to pick up cans. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Mission Arlington parking lot. 210 W South St, Arlington, TX the parking lot is on the south side of the building. From there we’ll fan out from there to neighborhoods around UTA and downtown. If you want to pass them out in your own neighborhood, let us know and we’ll find ways to cover it. We’ll also be distributing them after some of the group rides through out the month. Facebook event.

But wait, there’s MORE!
ImageThe Trinity sponsored Bike Swap at Rahr & Sons Brewery is coming up so don’t forget to look for us there – we’ll be the ones with all the yellow. The event is Sunday, February 10. We’ll be there at 9 a.m., but the event goes on most of the day. If you really want to make a day of the even’t some of us will be riding there. Meet in Arlington at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop at 10 a.m. 510 E. Abram St. Arlington, TX 76010. 

But wait, there’s MORE!!

We’ve got our monthly Pub Roll set for February 15 at 7 p.m. We’ll meet at the Grease Monkey, 1253 Main Street, Arlington, Texas 76010. From there we’ll head out to some of the new places on Pecan Street via the bike lane. 

Don’t for get we want to hear from YOU! Join us at an event or send us an e-mail (bikefriendlyarlington@gmail.com). We’re always looking for feedback and new members. 

This year BFA will once again join the Arlington 4th of July Parade, and we want all of you to ride with us!

When: Wednesday, July 4, 8:00 am

Where: Meet at the UTA Student Parking Lot at Mitchell and Cooper

Wear yellow, decorate yourselves or your bikes, bring the kids, and join us for a fun time in Downtown Arlington!

More information about the parade at: www.arlington4th.org

Facebook event

Since there are so many great articles out there concerning bicycling and there’s only so much we can post on Facebook we felt it was prudent to start a Weekly News Roundup and put articles, posts, editorials, in one place. If you’ve read something we missed, please link to it in the comments and we’ll add it to the next roundup.  

 Vehicular cyclists, explained (Copenhagenize)

Bike Thievery in NYC (New York Times)

Arlington’s Street Priorities (Star-Telegram)

Economic payback for infrastructure (League of American Bicyclists)

Bike Culture in FW (DFW.com)

Veloweb expansion (Star-Telegram)

North Texas needs to grow its creative class and address transportation (Star-Telegram)

Austin gets help from Bikes Belong because they’re so forward thinking and stuff (Bikes Belong)

BFA is very excited to celebrate Arlington’s newest bike lane on Norwood Lane, but after seeing tomorrow’s forecast we think it will be more enjoyable for everyone to postpone the ceremony for a day that is less rainy and less cold.

We will reschedule the event as soon as possible. We apologize for the changes, but we’re working to make this a special event.

Please stay tuned for an update on the new scheduled date and rsvp to the facebook event.

Since there are so many great articles out there concerning bicycling, and there’s only so much we can post on Facebook we felt it prudent to start a ‘Weekly News Roundup’ and together articles, posts, editorials, in one place. If you’ve read something we missed, please link to it in the comments and we’ll add it to the next roundup.  

Bike advice from a 70 year-old cyclist (NYT)
Gas prices are on the rise in North Texas (Star-Telegram)
Arlington PD catches Bikes Inc. robber suspect (Star-Telegram)
Mass transit in Arlington? (Star-Telegram)
HB 7 – National Transportation Bill coverage (NYC Streetsblog)

The opposition likes to cite anecdotal evidence to infer that people aren’t riding their bikes and there is no demand for bicycles in Arlington. For example, a certain District 3 candidate posted this picture on his Facebook page, along with the caption:

What do ya know, mandated bicycle parking that is getting no use…and on such a nice day.

What the picture doesn’t show is that in order to get to the car-friendly gas station and park your bike so you can get a tasty taquito, you have to ride in some very bike-unfriendly streets . The District 3 candidate’s comment is based on the fallacious assumption that 1) getting to the car-friendly gas station is a desirable destination for bicyclists and 2) that the built environment around the gas station is conducive to riding a bicycle.

People who support the Plan aren’t necessarily the kind of people who feel comfortable or safe riding with traffic without a bike lane stripe. Nor are the majority of motorists educated about a bicyclist’s right to ride in the street. But he would have known this if he’d actually read the plan.

Specifically,  Arlington Hike & Bike Plan, Chapter 8: Design Guidelines, 8-4. Quote (with our emphasis in BOLD):

Bicyclists typically have a wide range of skill levels from expert to novice. These skill levels are commonly designated as Type A, B, and C. Type A bicyclist is an expe­rienced adult who is capable of riding in motorized traffic in a shared road situation. Type B bicyclist has less experience and is most comfortable riding in a separated bike facility such as a bike lane. Type C bi­cyclist is a recreational bicyclist who is most comfortable on a low-volume residential road or off-road greenway (often a child or senior adult). These groups are not al­ways exclusive and are often mixed on a shared-use path. It is critical to ensure that safety and convenience of all users of a transportation system are accommodated in all project planning and development projects. At a minimum, the facilities will be designed for Type B bicyclist use, with the overall goal to meet the needs of Type C bicyclists to the greatest extent possible. In areas where specific needs have been identified (i.e., near schools), the needs of appropriate types of bicyclist will be ac­commodated.”

If we were to follow the District 5 Candidate’s logic in a pool analogy:

You could throw a water floaty into a public swimming pool filled with alligators, take a picture of the aforementioned floaty sitting empty, then say, “Hey! Another empty floaty at a public pool. And the water temperature is perfect.” Come on! Even James Bond would have a hard time making it out to that pool party.

The fact of the matter is that people do not want to ride to a destination if they perceive that their ride there is too dangerous. It has been proven that adding on-street bicycling infrastructure increases ridership. Increased ridership increases safety. Which increases ridership again. Read more about that here: Safety.




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