Sunday afternoon, a horde of be-SPF'd cyclists gathered outside Eno's in Oak Cliff's Bishop Arts District to launch an extremely polite two-wheeled assault on Oak Cliff. The "Spring Has Sprung Garden Ride" was more of a summer-is-in-your-face ride, but it didn't stop the pack of riders (and their kids) from biking to five different community gardens, co-ops and beautification projects.
Led by Jason Roberts (of Happy Bullets fame, music fans take note -- get it, NOTE) and a very handsome sandy-haired man on a red bike whose name I don't remember (I'm just a reporter, after all), the bike ride took us from Bishop Arts to the Oak Cliff Temple community garden -- where we saw their first fruit, an adorable lil' tomato -- then the Methodist Hospital community garden, then the St. Cecilia's school garden (kids rigging rainwater-catching systems, pretty awesome), then to the Jefferson Median Project and, lastly, to the Urban Acres Farm Store.
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At each stop, reps from the various gardens talked about their projects, all of which add a little bit of home-grown beauty and earnest community service to empty patches of South Dallas land. (Attn: Ron Natinsky, City of Dallas, etc.) Keep an eye on Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and Oak Cliff Community Gardens for upcoming events.