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Old 06-27-09, 12:57 PM   #1
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Tyler St Bicycle Block Party (Dallas)

I just found out about this. I'm planning to ride Big Red down to The Cliff. Anybody else going to be there?

Tyler St Bicycle Block Party

This is Big Red. If you see us, come up and introduce yourself.
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I'll be there and I'll be on my shiny new canary yellow Schwinn Madison. A buddy of mine is going with me. I'll look for you. Oh and VERY cool bike you have there!
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I just found out about this. I'm planning to ride Big Red down to The Cliff. Anybody else going to be there?

Tyler St Bicycle Block Party

This is Big Red. If you see us, come up and introduce yourself.
Big Red will go well with the theme of the featured movie...
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I'll be there and I'll be on my shiny new canary yellow Schwinn Madison. A buddy of mine is going with me. I'll look for you. Oh and VERY cool bike you have there!
Groovy! I'll look for you. The heat was just a bit much for my daughter to come along, so I'll be flying solo.

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LOL-I was Pee-Wee for Halloween, a few years ago.
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Oh darn! I just now see this thread after I get back from the party. I live nearby so I rode my columbia tourist and parked across from the bike shop. Thats gonna be my new hang out spot and I already have work for them lined up.
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I rode over the PerformanceBike to pick up a bottom bracket that had ordered a few weeks ago. Then I hopped the DART Rail to the Vernon/Tyler station (I was going to get off at 8th St & Corinth but the train blew through without stopping).

I was surprised to see the sharrows along the streets—I'm not sure if the city put them in place or the locals took it upon themselves. I gotta say, I love the wide outside lanes in Oak Cliff. They actually ARE big enough to accommodate a bicycle and a car (all of the WOLs I see in North Dallas aren't wide enough to be of much use).

Anyway, I didn't know anyone at the event but there were a few friendly folks who came up and chatted with me. STEW played a great set and the BBQ was tasty (I gotta get some of that sauce for cooking out at the house).

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is one of my favorite movies—I was just out of high school when it came out. I found a spot on a rise along the wall, in the alley and watched it from atop Big Red. It worked out well because I could see over the people who were coming and going.

Once the movie was over, I ran over to 7-11 to refill my coffee mug and water bottle. I came back to the shop to hang out for a few minutes before heading to the train station. I took 8th Street over to Corinth and got to the station with 20 minutes to wait for the next train. I decided to point the bike towards home and just keep pedaling.

I used to be a delivery driver in Oak Cliff and Pleasant Grove. I don't know if things have changed since the mid-80's but we had several drivers get robbed in the area around City Park. So, rather than ride through that area, I turned North on Akard and went toward Downtown. At City Hall, I came up on a half dozen other riders, heading home from the Block Party. They were good people and we chatted as we went through Downtown. We rode together until Hall St where they turned off to Old East Dallas and I headed over to the Santa Fe Veloway.

Once I got across Gaston and around the South end of the lake, I felt like I was back on "home turf." I cut off at San Rafeal and took residential streets the rest of the way home. When I got to the house, I realized that I got home before the train would have dropped me at the White Rock Station, which is four miles away.

Aside from my daughter not being along for the ride, I guess my only regret was that I opted to ride the train to Oak Cliff. I could have just jumped on the WRCT at Walnut Hill after I got done at Performance Bike. The MUP would have taken me to Winstead and then I would have had the same route to get there that I took home.

Overall, a fun day on the bike. I hope they do more stuff like this.
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Thanks for the report, sounds like a good time.
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Hey Mmach5

I was there at the Tyler St. Event, too. You must live somewhat close to me, based upon your description of your ride home. I live in Casa Linda, and office in Lakewood. I have been using the new Santa Fe trail, as well.

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We're in the neighborhood just behind Canine Commissary—a few streets over from Casa View Elementary.
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I have been using the new Santa Fe trail, as well.

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Is the new Santa Fe Trail... at Gaston & where the old train tressel used to go across close to the spillway? I can see a dirt road when passing by on Gaston, is this it? If so how do you guys access this from the WRT? And where does the actual paved trail start and where does it end going towards downtown, and also is is safe, as far as I see quite a bit of pan-handlers in that area?

Thanks for any info, I live in Casa Linda so I'd be able to use this if I can find a safe way to get to it.
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The paved part starts at Glasgow and then goes on into Deep Elum.

I usually cross Gaston at Loving and jump over to West Shore and then turn on Santa Fe. Follow Santa Fe until Glasgow and you'll see it.

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Cool.... thanks that looks pretty easy, I'll try that soon enough.
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We all should ride together!
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BFOC likes to put on shindigs, ever so often. Let's plan to ride together to the next one. We could all meet up somewhere near the WR dam and go from there.
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