Twenty miles without any cars in sight. Just you, your bike, and the Dallas skyline. Clear your calendars for Saturday, November 4, when the inaugural Dallas Bike Ride rolls into Big D.
Dallas Bike Ride will give DFW residents the opportunity to ride on 20 miles of city streets sans the fear of any cars, and witness breathtaking views of the city usually inaccessible to bicyclists. Local bands will provide en route entertainment, and there will be three rest stops to providing water and snacks. Participants will start and end their journey with festivities at City Hall Plaza, and conclude the end of their 20-mile trek with the Methodist Dallas Finish Festival, featuring entertainment headlined by DJ Spinderella of Salt-n-Pepa, Petty Theft lead by singer Mike Rhyner of Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket, and DSCJ — the exclusive DJ of the Dallas Cowboys.
Yoga. Bike Valet. Interactive Activities.
The Methodist Dallas Finish Festival’s plans include activities for the whole family. From yoga and a Health & Wellness Zone presented by Cigna, to a lounge area and photo booth from the festival host and founding partner, Downtown Dallas Inc. There will also be treats from KIND Healthy Snacks, a Kids’ Zone with family-friendly activities, and a diverse food truck lineup. Clothing and other mementos from the event will be available at the official Dallas Bike Ride Merchandise Shop. In addition to the Community Bike Village, there will be a bike valet and interactive activities for all ages provided by Dallas Sports Commission, Uptown Dallas Inc., BikeTexas and Incarnation House.
“Methodist Dallas Medical Center is a proud supporter of the Dallas Bike Ride and of all those who advocate to bring new fitness and wellness initiatives to the DFW area,” said Dr. Martin L. Koonsman, MD, FACS, President, Methodist Dallas Medical Center. “We’re looking forward to seeing Dallasites of all ages come out for the Dallas Bike Ride and enjoy a fall Saturday of exercise, breathtaking views and community fun at the Methodist Dallas Finish Festival.”
While this is the first year for Dallas Bike Ride, the importance and prevalence of bicycling is not new to Dallas. With the growing popularity of bike-share companies, like vBike, Spin, and LimeBike, there are now more easily accessible and affordable bike renting opportunities.
Not only that, but the city of Dallas is proceeding with a $1.025 billion November bond package that will allocate $178 million to parks and trails. These proposed trails, called The Loop, will be a 50-mile bike trail around Dallas that connects existing and planned on-street bike infrastructure. Voters will most likely have a voice in determining the allocations of the funds, based on how the bond is currently structured.
Biking isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle, and the Dallas Bike Ride will unite Dallasites in their passion for two wheels.
“Biking isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle, and the Dallas Bike Ride will unite Dallasites in their passion for two wheels,” said Jared White, transportation planner for the City of Dallas. “Dallas Bike Ride comes at a perfect time, as the city of Dallas evaluates the bond package and has the opportunity to commit to creating a safe, bike friendly environment for its citizens. We hope everyone will come out to the Dallas Bike Ride and show our elected officials just how important cycling truly is to Dallasites.”
Dallas Bike Ride aims to bring together the greater Dallas bicycling community and neighborhoods along the route, through strong partnerships with the city, Visit Dallas, the Dallas Sports Commission, Uptown Dallas Inc., and Downtown Dallas Inc. Two non-profit organizations, BikeTexas and Incarnation House, will receive a portion of the proceeds from Dallas Bike Ride to benefit their youth bike education and safety programs.
Healthy Living and New Experiences
“We’re thrilled to be participating in the first Dallas Bike Ride as a family, as we’re always looking for ways to promote healthy living and new experiences to our children, “said Paul Jones, a Dallas citizen planning to participate in the inaugural event. “The Dallas Bike Ride is an event designed for our city –Dallas is a city full of people passionate about sports,
“The Dallas Bike Ride is an event designed for our city –Dallas is a city full of people passionate about sports, lifestyle and wellness, so I have no doubt it will be a big success.”
For more information and to register for Dallas Bike Ride, you can visit www.dallasbikeride.com. Children ages 3-7 ride for free, and youth ages 8-15 ride at a discounted cost of $30.
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