TAF Tour des Monuments Bike Ride
Sunday, November 10, 2013
8:15 am - 12:00 pm
Room / Location
Supreme Golf Warehouse Building / 201 S. Calhoun St. (at E. Daggett Ave.)
Early: $40.00 Advanced: $40.00 Full: $40.00
Join Texas architects and biking enthusiasts for the Fort Worth Tour des Monuments bicycle ride benefitting the Texas Architectural Foundation (TAF). Fort Worth architects Ames Fender and John Roberts will lead riders through historic Fort Worth neighborhoods, the Cultural District, and Downtown. Riders may choose a 15-mile (1 1/2 to 2 hours) or 25-mile (2 1/2 to 3 hours) route. (Time depends on pace of riders.)
Ride check-in begins at 8:15 a.m., with everyone rolling by 9:00 a.m. The ride will start and end at the old Supreme Golf Warehouse Building in the Near Southside area of downtown Fort Worth, less than one mile from the convention center and Omni Fort Worth. There is ample street parking around the building.
The early twentieth century industrial area is undergoing adaptive reuse with offices and housing in the shadow of downtown. Supreme Golf is the home of Fender Andrade Architects, Fort Worth Bike Sharing and the new Shipping & Receiving Beer Garden.
A food truck will be set up in the S&R beer garden providing breakfast tacos during ride check-in and more sustenance after the ride. Beverages for all ages will be available after the ride with a portion of the sales donated to the Texas Architectural Foundation.
Riders must provide their own bike, helmet and any other personal riding gear.
Riders register in advance through the convention registration website. The ride contribution fee is $40 per rider. All ride proceeds benefit the Texas Architectural Foundation. Registered riders will receive confirmation and additional ride details by email.
Fort Worth Bike Sharing will make bikes available for the Sunday morning ride for $10.50 to $16.50 depending on length of route (15-miles or 25-miles) and rental time. For more information on reserving a Trek bike for the Tour des Monuments ride (special pricing is available for our event), or for additional ride information, please contact registration coordinator Jeanette Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to utilize Fort Worth Ride Sharing during the Texas Architects Convention, visit their website for information on membership and usage fees. Bike share locations are set up across Downtown, the Cultural District, Near Southside and on TCU's campus,
Not a bike rider but still want to show your support?
You can help to make this a successful fundraising event through your donation to the Texas Architectural Foundation.
Jeanette Allison: email@example.com or 512.478.7386
The ride meanders through the near Southside passing buildings of note from the early twentieth century and travelling down Magnolia Avenue, a pedestrian friendly strip of hip, vibrant independently owned bars and restaurants in the heart of the city’s medical district. Riders proceed through Fairmount, a 395-acre National Historic District with homes from the 1800s and early 1900s, and on to the stately homes of Ryan Place. The TCU campus and its surrounding neighborhoods are next, including historic Log Cabin Village and Colonial Country Club of PGA golf tournament fame.
Riders hop on the Trinity Trail bike path along the Trinity River, passing through the heart of the city’s public park system arriving at the Cultural District, home of world-class museums by Louis Kahn, Philip Johnson, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Ricardo Legorreta and O’Neil Ford.
At this juncture, the 25-mile route splits off to explore the neighborhoods of Camp Bowie, Arlington Heights, River Crest and Monticello ,which include a chapel by Fay Jones, FAIA, a country club by Taft Architects, and the stately mansions of River Crest.
The two routes converge to experience the high density mixed use development of the West Seventh Street area, including redevelopment of the historic Montgomery Wards building. The route rejoins the Trinity Trail as it heads to the confluence of the Clear and West Forks of the Trinity River, the site of a massive, federally funded flood control project with a bypass channel, similar to the San Antonio River Walk, that will allow for removal of the levees, creation of a constant level lake and development of thousands of acres of land currently in the flood plain.
The 25-mile route once again veers off, continuing on the river trail, passing La Grave Field, home of the minor league Fort Worth Cats, and continuing out to the edge of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District on the city’s north side. Returning to downtown via Samuels Avenue, the oldest street in Fort Worth with houses from the 1800’s, the ride passes by Pioneers Rest Cemetery where city founders, including members of the cavalry regiment that founded the Fort, were laid to rest.
The routes again merge at the north end of downtown by the 1895 pink granite beaux arts style Tarrant County Courthouse, Bing Thom’s Tarrant County College campus, and the former Radio Shack headquarters, now a Tarrant County College campus, by HKS Architects. Continuing south past the Sundance Square the ride travels through the heart of the central business district, past the convention center, towards the magnificent art deco T&P Terminal by Wyatt C. Hedrick.
After passing under the Union Pacific rail lines the ride concludes at the Shipping & Receiving beer garden, with food and beverages available.
2 Tickets per registrant limit
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Thanks to all of the sponsors who are supporting Texas Architects and helping to make this event possible.