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. 

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According to a recent Star-Telegram story, Arlington is funding a pilot bus project to connect downtown and the TRE line at center point. The annual cost of this service is $700,000 with $350,000 of that coming from the city.

To put things in terms of bike infrastructure:

Arlington’s cost share of the bus service for one year shadows the cost of the Hike & Bike plan’s cost for a 30-year build out of bike lanes and sharrows. A total of 72 miles of on-street infrastructure!

Cheers to Arlington for trying out regional connectivity.
Jeers to Arlington for missing out on greater local connectivity first!

If council members can cast a vote and write a check to fund a limited, bus pilot-program for 1-year, why couldn’t they just as easily have funded the on-street portion of the bike plan and gotten 30-years of building done in the same 1-year time frame?

We urge you to contact your council representative and cc: the entire council. The only way that the Hike & Bike plan is going to get the attention that it deserves is if the Council hears from you.

jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov; sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.govrobert.cluck@arlingtontx.gov; michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov; charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov; robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov; robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov; kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov; lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov

Subject: Bicycle Infrastructure and Local Connectivity

Dear Mr./Mrs.X
I recently read the Star-Telegram article titled “Pilot project could have buses running in Arlington.”

I was shocked to find out that the city is willing to spend $350,000 on a 1-year pilot project for buses, but not $247,000 to finish 30-years worth of on-street bike infrastructure. In my opinion, this funding has been misplaced.

I support regional connectivity, but let’s work on local connectivity first.

Thank you,

Jane Smith
123 Elm St.
Arlington, Tx

Do you like bikes, food, music, beer, racing, baseball, or any combination of the above? Then we have some events for you!

Join us this Friday, June 29, for a pub roll around downtown Arlington.  We’ll start at Fuzzy’s at 6:00, head to the Levitt to see the Burning Hotels, and then cruise around to some local bars for more fun on bikes! Facebook event.

On Saturday, July 21st, at 2pm, we will be holding a Goldsprints fundraiser at Hooligan’s pub: two racers race stationary track bikes head-to-head for 500 m while the crowd cheers them on! Come out to win the tournament, challenge a friend, or just to enjoy the show. Good time guaranteed. Facebook event.

On Friday, August 10th, BFA will head to the Rangers game for dollar hot dog night and fireworks! Facebook event.

And don’t forget about the 4th of July Parade next week! Facebook event.

Thanks for biking the vote last month.

Congratulations to Mrs. Capehart (D2), Mr. Shephard (D6), Mr. Bennett (D7), and Mr. Glaspie (D8) on their electoral victories.

But wait… It’s not over for those in District 1.

There’s a runoff between Mr. Charlie Parker and Mr.  Bill Verkest.

At a Glance are the candidates bike friendly?

Charlie Parker – No

Bill Verkest – Yes

Vote tomorrow (Saturday June 23rd) if you haven’t already

Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In total, there are six voting locations in District 1.

Nichols Jr. High – 2001 Ascension Blvd
Northeast Library – 1905 E Brown Blvd
Pope Elementary – 901 Chestnut Dr
Shackelford Jr. High – 2000 N Fielder
Sherrod Elementary – 2626 Lincoln Dr
Webb Elementary – 1200 N Cooper St.

We think there should be a bike limbo competition instead of an election, but our calls to the city secretary’s office were never returned.low rider

Source: Acme Bikes

 

Am I in District 1? Here is a district map. A bigger version can be found here.

More Info

The City’s secretary has campaign finance information here. You can learn about all the candidates through the Chamber of Commerce’s website: VoteforArlington.com. The League of Women Voters has a good candidate handout (PDF).

And here are some news articles that can inform you on the positions of various candidates and what they’ve said to the press:

Star Telegram

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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

Bike the Vote 2012!

Election Day is Saturday, May 12th, but early voting is going on now (every day!) and lasts till Tuesday, May 8th. See our post on early voting information.

Considering that only 10, 514 people or 5% of registered voters actually voted in last years election, it cannot be stressed enough that a few votes can have a drastic impact on an Arlington election.

And the stakes are high again this year considering that the main opposition to bicycle infrastructure, Buddy Saunders, has come out in support of several candidates that could unseat incumbents that voted for the plan, but also fill vacancies that would allow for anti-bike infrastructure voices to influence future infrastructure decisions.

About the Candidates

While we are not going to tell you who to vote for or endorse specific candidates, we will provide a summary of what they have said in response to our short questionnaire about bicycle transportation, and in the absence of a response to our questionnaire, sourced quotes, and past voting records.

Address specific (only those in the district can vote)

At-large (everyone votes)

What’s my district? Here is a district map. The online version, including the incumbents can be found on the city’s webpage here.

More Info

The City’s secretary has campaign finance information here. You can learn about all the candidates through the Chamber of Commerce’s website: VoteforArlington.com. The League of Women Voters has a good candidate handout (PDF).

And here are some news articles that can inform you on the positions of various candidates and what they’ve said to the press:

Star Telegram

The Shorthorn

GO VOTE – Polling Locations

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District 1

At a glance, are they bike friendly?

  • Ben Franklin Bruce – No
  • Charlie Parker – No
  • Cliff Richardson – unknown
  • Karl Warren – Yes
  • Kim Feil – Yes
  • Mike Becknal – No
  • Ron F. Smith – Yes
  • William “Bill” Verkest –Yes

Questions

  1. How often do you ride bikes?
  2. What will you do to promote bicycling and increase the number of people who use bicycles for transportation and commuting?
  3. How do you see the hike-and-bike plan as fitting into the city’s transportation network?
  4. What do you think is the best way to allocate the public works money to car, bicycle and pedestrian projects? Specifically, should the proportion of funds to bike infrastructure be less than/equal to/or greater than the present?
  5. Would you support a 3-foot to pass law in Arlington? (A law requiring vehicles to give cyclists three feet of clearance when passing them on the road.)
  6. Not every city building and not even every city park has bike racks. What would you do to increase the number of bike parking in the city?
  7. Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin have each hired a staff Bicycle Coordinator and a Bicycle Advisory Committee. Would you support hiring of a Bicycle Coordinator or creating such a committee in Arlington?

Candidate answers

Ben Franklin Bruce

  • Mr. Bruce did not respond to the survey, but he is backed by Buddy Saunders, the main opposition to the Hike & Bike Plan.

Charlie Parker

  • Statement issued:  “I have been riding bikes for several decades.  As a matter of fact it was 10 years ago this Memorial Day that I rode from Austin to my home here in Arlington.  I enjoy riding my bike in River Legacy Park on days like today, but not on the weekends.  On June 1 of last year I was hit by a car while crossing Green Oaks Blvd. while I was in the cross walk.  I have a plate and 10 screws in my wrist and I consider myself very lucky that it wasn’t worse.  I was surrounded by white lines and it didn’t legislate any courtesy from the driver, since I believe she was texting at the time.  So if you want to know my stance on the Hike and Bike Plan as it stands I am against it at present.  That being said I am for bike paths.  I would like to get the biker off the streets because it is dangerous.  I would like to connect the current bike paths to Ft. Worth/Dallas so that a quality bike experience can be had in a safe environment.  I personally don’t think that white stripes do much since it is obvious from my experience the streets aren’t safe.”

Cliff Richardson

  • Mr. Richardson has not yet responded to the survey.

Karl Warren

  1. I ride from time to time but not as often as I would like…….
  2. I think your organization would be better at promoting bicycling and or increasing the numbers. If you help elect me to the city council, what I can do is make sure you have the safe bike path and routes. Because current and past city leaders have lack foresight when come to hike and bike; I believe when a new street is put in or an old street is repaired, we should make it bike and pedestrian friendly.
  3. From the maps I have seen, I think hike and bike can fit nicely into the city transportation network. With the current city council, only time will tell if it get done and done right. We need a city council with foresight and understand as the population grows and change, the way we move around the city will change.
  4. This is my thinking; when planning to develop new areas around town, when planning to fix or repair current streets, this would be the time to look at how biking and pedestrian traffic would fit….it should not cost any more money to incorporate a bike path if we do the planning.
  5. On an unmarked street I can see the need but on a street that’s marked; If the cyclist is within the bike lane there may be less of a need. This is a safety issue and the safety of the cyclist come first.  This would be something I would take a hard look at.
  6. What I would do is partner with your organization and other businesses around town to promote bike parking in the city.
  7. If it is needed, this is would be something to consider……..

Kim Feil

  1. I had my vintage bike out last Sunday at Fielder Museum for a candidate party. My “riding” bike is being used by my college kid at LSU, so not often at all.
  2. I am currently meeting with the Facebook group “Arlington Mass Transit”. I am editing the video for the meeting we had Sunday evening. We are exploring a multi modal transportation item for the ballot and will need about 9,000 signatures of registered voters, however others can help that are not registered can also help by getting the petitions circulated and notarized.
  3. “The example of the traffic calming/bike lane on Norwood has definitely slowed us down and my son and his friends ride their longboard there for sport, but not for transportation.
    So that part of the plan in my opinion isn’t contiguous transportation, but a limited parcel. I personally believe dedicated lanes away from speeding, spewing cars & trucks is the safest route for cyclists. Painting a line and yielding that space will improve safety, but it will not address the health hazard of cycling with vehicle exhaust. In general, if we get public transit, we at least need bike racks for the buses.”
  4. The example of the traffic calming/bike lane on Norwood has definitely slowed us down and my son and his friends ride their longboard there for sport, but not for transportation.
    So that part of the plan in my opinion isn’t contiguous transportation, but a limited parcel. I personally believe dedicated lanes away from speeding, spewing cars & trucks is the safest route for cyclists. Painting a line and yielding that space will improve safety, but it will not address the health hazard of cycling with vehicle exhaust. In general, if we get public transit, we at least need bike racks for the buses.”
  5. Yes, all pedestrians, and cyclists deserve to be safe and enjoy the public streets.
  6. I would ask businesses to pay for them in lieu of advertising on the racks, or positing a sponsor sign of the donor.
  7.  I would support the NCTCOG adding a Bicycle Coordinator so that many cities can benefit from regional efforts.

Mike Becknal

I am very bike friendly in that I want to work with our neighboring cities to finally complete the Trinity Trails system of trails which will ultimately provide the continous trail from are south Fort Worth all of the way to Dallas.
 
As far as permanent bike lanes on our streets, I am still studying the issues.  I am not in favor of reducing lanes of traffic on existing roads, such as Abram and Mayfield as was part of the Hike and Bike Plan passed by the Council.  I have no problem including them where we can as part of the redesign of existing roadways, or the widening of roadways.  Unfortunately, because of our lack of transit in Arlington, and by the nature of our city geographically, we simply have too much traffic spread across too large an area to effectively support bike lanes across major thourofares (sic).

Note: Updated 05/07/2012

Ron F. Smith

  1. 3 or 4 times per month.
  2. I would promote bicycle awareness and in some cases would support bike lanes on
    some streets. I also would like to see the other metroplex cities finish the Trinity
    River park plans with bike trails throughout the area. Bicycling and safety are very
    important to me.
  3. It still has to be approved by voters on specifics. I would like to see studies that
    support the very high number that were used in previous studies. I am very much
    interested in the safety issues. We need to make the streets more accessible.
  4. I would have to study the current percentages before I make a judgment on the
    allocation. I would say more that we have had in the past.
  5. Absolutely!I would support safety of the riders and responsibility of riders to the
    current laws. I also would try to inform drivers about the current laws. Again, I
    would study the information before making a decision.
  6. I would promote the racks in public parks and public buildings as noted on the
    survey of how many bikes were operating at each facility. Private commercial
    buildings would have to supply their own as they see fit.
  7. Yes, If the residents want it.

William “Bill” Verkest

  1. I do not ride
  2. I will advocate the health benefits of cycling as well as its contribution to improving air quality.  More importantly, I will demand a public education program to demonstrate the necessity of sharing the road.
  3. It is an integral part of an intermodal transportation system.
  4. As a matter of budget priorities, equal to.
  5. Yes
  6. Promote as part of the budget process based on facility use or based on origin – destination studies.
  7. Yes.

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District 2

At a glance, are they bike friendly?

  • Darrell Castillo – Unknown
  • Sheri Capehart – Yes

 Questions

  1. How often do you ride bikes?
  2. What will you do to promote bicycling and increase the number of people who use bicycles for transportation and commuting?
  3. How do you see the hike-and-bike plan as fitting into the city’s transportation network?
  4. What do you think is the best way to allocate the public works money to car, bicycle and pedestrian projects? Specifically, should the proportion of funds to bike infrastructure be less than/equal to/or greater than the present?
  5. Would you support a 3-foot to pass law in Arlington? (A law requiring vehicles to give cyclists three feet of clearance when passing them on the road.)
  6. Not every city building and not even every city park has bike racks. What would you do to increase the number of bike parking in the city?
  7. Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin have each hired a staff Bicycle Coordinator and a Bicycle Advisory Committee. Would you support hiring of a Bicycle Coordinator or creating such a committee in Arlington?

 Candidate answers

Darrell Castillo

  • Mr. Castillo did not respond to the survey, but he is also supported by Buddy Saunders, the opposition leader to the Hike & Bike Plan

Sheri Capehart

  1. Sorry to say, never on road, I do have and ride a stationary bike.
  2. Bike riding is healthy on so many levels, albeit, summers in Texas make it somewhat oppressive for many folks.  Continuing to provide information/education on the benefits of cycling I believe is the key to building more community support and involvement.
  3. It is a needed component for addressing transportation needs.
  4. I do not have a complete understanding of this question.  Generally, I think of roadway improvements as being an inclusive and practical process addressing multiple means of transit.
  5. I am not familiar with this law and would need a better understanding of how it would be implemented.
  6. Support installation of bike racks in current and future city facilities.
  7. I would be willing to have this discussion, but at present I do not believe it is warranted.

 
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District 6

At a glance, are they bike friendly?

  • Phillip Benge – No
  • Robert P. Shephard – Yes

Questions

  1. How often do you ride bikes?
  2. What will you do to promote bicycling and increase the number of people who use bicycles for transportation and commuting?
  3. How do you see the hike-and-bike plan as fitting into the city’s transportation network?
  4. What do you think is the best way to allocate the public works money to car, bicycle and pedestrian projects? Specifically, should the proportion of funds to bike infrastructure be less than/equal to/or greater than the present?
  5. Would you support a 3-foot to pass law in Arlington? (A law requiring vehicles to give cyclists three feet of clearance when passing them on the road.)
  6. Not every city building and not even every city park has bike racks. What would you do to increase the number of bike parking in the city?
  7. Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin have each hired a staff Bicycle Coordinator and a Bicycle Advisory Committee. Would you support hiring of a Bicycle Coordinator or creating such a committee in Arlington?

Candidate answers

Philip Benge

  • Mr. Benge has not yet responded to the survey.

BFA Note: Mr Benge is endorsed by Mr. Saunders, but this quote in an online article suggests that he thinks in terms of car infrastructure: “Citizen’s want their roadways built to be friendly for automobile traffic,” Mr. Benge explained, “anything that goes against this is going against the will of the residents.”

Robert P. Shephard

  • Mr. Shephard has not yet responded to the survey.

BFA Note: Mr. Shephard voted “Yes” for the Hike & Bike Plan.

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District 7

At a glance, are they bike friendly?

  • Jerry Pikulinski – No
  • Jimmy Bennett – Yes

Questions

  1. How often do you ride bikes?
  2. What will you do to promote bicycling and increase the number of people who use bicycles for transportation and commuting?
  3. How do you see the hike-and-bike plan as fitting into the city’s transportation network?
  4. What do you think is the best way to allocate the public works money to car, bicycle and pedestrian projects? Specifically, should the proportion of funds to bike infrastructure be less than/equal to/or greater than the present?
  5. Would you support a 3-foot to pass law in Arlington? (A law requiring vehicles to give cyclists three feet of clearance when passing them on the road.)
  6. Not every city building and not even every city park has bike racks. What would you do to increase the number of bike parking in the city?
  7. Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin have each hired a staff Bicycle Coordinator and a Bicycle Advisory Committee. Would you support hiring of a Bicycle Coordinator or creating such a committee in Arlington?

 Candidate answers

Jerry Pikulinski

  1. Seldom.  Only to test if I still have the balance.
  2. My basic position is to support recreational biking and to concede that the student population at UTA should be able to use biking as a serious transportation alternative.
  3. I want to see the issues re-examined in the light of the above answer.
  4. There are so many competing requirements for street construction and maintenance that I place only a limited priority on bike lane access, again in line with my answer to question 2 above.
  5. Having sailed in my younger days, I accept that smaller, lower powered vehicles need special treatment. For the safety of riders, I also support traffic safety rules for bicycles.  I have personally seen some reckless bike behavior that needs to be better regulated. I am not sure that the 3-foot law would ensure safety. Again in my earlier days, I rode a motorcycle and had two experiences in being driven off the road in an oncoming auto left-turn situation. The entire safety situation needs to be addressed in any case.
  6. Basically, I would not appropriate any large amounts of money for this purpose.  I recognize that bike racks at public building may be needed.  I would favor putting out small numbers of these and looking at the utilization before going to any high level of installation.
  7. I favor community participation, that includes public committees. I would work to create a framework in which a public bike advisory committee could be organized.  I think “over-politicizing” any community effort gives the wrong message.  I would not create a special position, but assign different staff people to work with a public bike committee, on the issues involved will likely involve several city departments.  I would work to reduce the controversy generated thus far.

Jimmy Bennett

  1. Presently not riding (sorry).
  2. As a part of the City Council who voted to approve, it made a statement of support and encouragement to those who enjoying biking for recreational or commuting purposes.
  3. It is presently a complementary piece to our network.  However, depending upon how the public accepts and responds, it could become even more important.  The plan that was passed allows for this potentiality.
  4. Since we have only just begun funding this plan, it will be increasing from past levels.
  5. I am unfamiliar with this concept but would be open to listening to the merits it may offer.
  6. Depending upon the costs, it could be incorporated into some of the upcoming planned city park expansions or renovations.  The same goes with buildings.
  7. I am unfamiliar with this type of position and would have to learn more about the cost/benefit it would offer.  But again, I am open-minded to listening to the merits of this proposition.

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