Thursday, April 7, 2011
New event Dallas Cycle Chic begins Saturday
Inspired by a similar undertaking in Copenhagen, the nine-day affair celebrates bike culture in Dallas.
DALLAS They’re here to turn you away from your gas guzzling cars and show you there is life beyond automobiles. They’ve worked for a decade to bring the Dallas community together and raise awareness of bike safety. They are Bike Friendly Oak Cliff.
After much planning, Dallas Cycle Chic will take place April 9-17. It's a week of events, fashion, and, of course, cycling.
To kick off the event on April 9, “Cyclists Census” and “The Face of Biking in Dallas” contest will begin. The contest asks photographers to capture cyclists in their best biker swag, in motion, or just standing pretty and proud with their bikes. April 10 will include a photo exhibit at Eno’s Pizza. April 11 is the women’s ride.
Each event is aimed to attract all ages, races, and even class. Amanda Popken, the coordinator for Dallas Cycle Chic says, “It's easier to see how you can incorporate cycling into your own life when you're exposed to so many positive examples of friends and neighbors cycling as part of their lifestyle. It’s created such a sense of community.”
To continue the week, April 12 will be a day of cycling, happy hour, and a showing of the classic 1948 movie The Bike Thief at The Texas Theatre. April 13-16 will be the open online voting for the winner of “The Face of Biking in Dallas.” To wrap up the event, a showing of PeeWee’s Big Adventure will take place at Main Street Gardens the evening of April 16.
Bike companies and stores are also involved in the events, such as Transit Bicycle Company. "I think that the most any person can do to promote cycling as a viable means of transportation is to get out there and have fun doing it," said co-owner Fran Badgett.
Dallas Cycle Chic is also a celebration of the revised Dallas City Bicycle Master Plan, which had not been updated for more than 20 years before a taskforce took on the important job. “The community has really rallied around promoting better bicycling infrastructure in Dallas," says Bike Friendly Oak Cliff co-founder Jason Roberts. "Beyond that, we're seeing more kids, families, and seniors riding throughout the area. Dallas has been working toward developing a great bicycle/pedestrian environment for the past decade ... Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is focused on Oak Cliff specifically and shares a similar goal for promoting everyday. The former method of planning focused more on auto-centric development.”
The idea of the event came from The Cycle Chic movement, which started in Copenhagen in 2006. Bike Friendly organizations around the world became interested in the concepts, and local folks decided to bring an event to Dallas. The events celebrate the bike revolution as well as style and fashion of cycling.
“It's a return to the idea that bikes don't have to be relegated to the realm of 'sport' or 'recreation'; that people can wear their everyday stylish clothes and ride their bike to work too," Popken says.
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