Welcome to the Greater Dallas Bicyclists
If you are a current member, you can log in using the Member Login link at the upper right to access additional features including weekly ride details on the GDB Forum. If you are not a member, we hope you'll consider joining us by going to the signup page.
Come join us for August's Ride of the Month on August 20, 2015. This month we have chosen to highlight the Thursday Downtown Ride.
Ride Leader Carl McDonald will take us from the start at Forest and Central next to the Office Depot down through Preston Hallow, SMU, Park Cities, Lakewood, Swiss Avenue Historic District, Deep Ellum, downtown's Central Business District, West End and back up through Turtle Creek, Up Town, and back through the Park Cities to SMU and Preston Hallow.
If you are new to Dallas or have never ridden downtown, this ride is a nice tour through the heart of Dallas. Carl even hands out CLIF SHOTS before the ride.
A Head's Up If You Ride at White Rock Lake
This was posted on the GDB forum by one of our members and the Board agreed it would be a useful item to post on the front page.
I lead a ride at White Rock Lake every Thursday morning. This week a female Dallas police officer on her bike stopped and asked us if we were with the group that races around the lake in the mornings. We are not. She said that a complaint had made its way to Chief Brown about them - running stop signs, cutting people off, not announcing themselves, and generally riding dangerously in a fast pack.
The officer said that DPD would have to start ticketing cyclists again at stop signs if the word did not get out to obey the rules and ride safely. Her job would then change to one in which she has to sit at a stop sign all day and give tickets, which she was not happy about. She also said that we do NOT have to put a foot down at stop signs, just slow down, look both ways, and give right of way when it is warranted. She asked us to spread the word.
Changes in the Best of the Southwest Bike Rides
Joe Rohner and I are changing schedule for the Best of the Southwest and Best of the Northwest weekly rides. The start locations will be reduced to two: Joe Poole Lake (Lynn Creek Marina) and Grapevine (Outdoor World parking lot). These two locations will be alternated each week. They are conveniently located and offer the potential for a variety of routes with some weather protections.
Four months of the year have a 5th Saturday which will be the Ride Leader's Choice ride. Joe and I will try to get feedback from our riders as to preferences and make plans accordingly. If you have a route preference that you would like to lead, let us know.
I think we have the best routes in the GDB. Please visit the Event Calendar and join us for one of our rides to see for yourself! Your feedback is welcome.
Lancaster Country Ride on April 11, 2015
Thanks for a great bike rally!
It was a great day of cycling at the Lancaster Country Ride on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who came out and participated. The rally was a big success. We had 1,203 riders, great weather, great wildflowers and (most importantly) great volunteers. A huge THANK YOU to each and every one of our volunteers for making it happen! Without all that teamwork this rally wouldn't happen.
We love feedback to help to make next year even better. Please send me an email with your comments and suggestions.
Here is a photo album courtesy of Pak Meng Cham.
The Greater Dallas Bicyclists Gives Back to Local Communities
The Greater Dallas Bicyclists has given over $8,000 to support local charities and organizations. Thanks to our member volunteers who work so hard on the annual Lancaster Rally for allowing the club to give back to our communities and put on one of the best bicycle rallies in Texas.
The City of Lancaster
The Town of Palmer
The Town of Ferris
Family Gateway Dallas
GDB Lake Murray Weekend Photos
have posted photos from the GDB Lake Murray trip on Oct. 11-12th. Many
thanks to David Rothgeb and Steve Krogh for organizing a fun weekend
GDB Ride Rules Reminder
- No earbuds or headphones (music or phone) and no boom boxes (but bring all the conversation you want!)
- No use of cellphones while riding (please pull off and stop to take or make a call)
- Use common sense if you have aerobars - please don't use them while in tight formations on group rides
- Helmets must be worn on all GDB rides
A Note About Membership
The Greater Dallas Bicyclists (GDB) Board of Directors want to
emphasize the value and importance of a current membership in GDB.
Membership is $20 a year or $36 for two years. When one considers
staying current on the forum to keep up with ride changes and impromptu
gatherings, two annual picnics and a holiday party, our hosting the
annual Super Bowl Sunday ride to the West End for riders of all the area
clubs, and our major event of the year, the annual Lancaster Country
Ride -- the value of a $20 membership is clear.
Why is membership important? As hard as we work at safety and
remaining vigilant for hazards, we still need all riders to have signed a
waiver before riding in our group rides or attending our events.
How is that done? Are there folks walking around with
clipboards and waiver forms? Do we sort, file and store these forms?
No, it’s done in the membership sign-up process. Without the waivers,
we could not function as a club.
If you’ve been thinking of joining or if your membership has
lapsed and you’ve been putting off renewal, or you know someone who has,
do us all the favor of renewing today. Just click on the JOIN GDB link
above and join or renew today.