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Avid cyclist and runner, Jennifer Grissom became the director of Fort Worth Bike Sharing in 2019 and has been working tirelessly to make Cowtown a bike-friendly city — in a fun, collaborative + sustainable way.
We asked Jennifer 10 questions about where she likes to ride, what’s coming up with FWBS, and the cycling future of FTW.
Jennifer Grissom | Photo provided
What is your favorite place in Fort Worth to ride one of the shared bikes?
I really like getting out to Airfield Falls lately. You can go through Trinity Park and see kids playing and families cooking out. You pass Crestwood it gets shady and serene. Then there’s a hill you can climb for some exercise before you get to the waterfall. You just pause for a minute and feel like you’re in a secret place.
Jump on a shared bike and head to the Trinity Trails for a cycle in the shade. | Photo provided
How is Fort Worth Bike Sharing working with the city to make Fort Worth more bike-friendly?
We are definitely an advocate for the new bond that just passed. We keep in touch with city planners and the different organizations that have a say in protected bike lanes. We really push the idea that these small, incremental improvements make a big difference.
Several new stations have opened in the last few months. What are your expansion plans going forward?
We are applying for grants to add five new stations a year. We have a survey going on right now so that people can give feedback on where they want stations. We have such a wide range of riders, and I want to take into account all of them when we place a station.
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PBR World Finals | Fri., May 13-Sun., May 22 | Times vary | Dickies Arena | $42+ | Buck up for the annual bull riding showdown. 🐂
Girl Ultra | Fri., May 13 | 7 p.m. | Tulips FTW, 112 St. Louis Ave. | $20 | Vibe out with live R&B music + a Texas-sized menu of beers and margaritas.
Caprock Strolls | Fri., May 13 | 10-11 a.m. | Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd. | $5+ | Stroll through a leisurely half-mile trail, featuring patches of prairies and native natural treasures. 🌿
Forever Michael | Sat., May 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Downtown Cowtown at the Isis | $35 | World-renowned Michael Jackson tribute band, J Lucas, will perform an unbeatable set of the king’s classics. 🎙️
The Palms | Sat., May 14 | 7 p.m. | Tulips FTW, 112 St. Louis Ave. | $13 | Formed in 2015, the band combines catchy pop tunes with elements of blues, hip-hop + reggae.
You Wish Jellyfish | Sat., May 14 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Ella Mae Shamblee, 1062 Evans Ave. | Free | Kids from kindergarten to fifth grade can create colorful jellyfish they’re shore to enjoy.
Taco and Margarita Festival | Sat., May 14 | 12-8 p.m. | The Yard, 3017 Morton St. | $15+ | Jam out to a live DJ while you sample tasty tacos and sip splendid margaritas from 10 vendors + enter a giveaway for a trip to Mexico. 🌮
Women Painting Women | Sun., May 15-Sun., Sept. 25 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | $10 | Don’t miss the opening day of an exhibit exploring the diversity of women in art. 🖌️
Thai Flavors | Mon., May 16 | 7 p.m. | Sur La Table, 1151 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 340, Southlake | $79 | From Pad Thai to Stir Fry, you’ll learn about the five major flavors of Thai cuisine — sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and spicy. 🇹🇭
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On Sun., May 15 at 1 p.m., members of the Huong Dao Temple, a Buddhist monastery at 4717 E. Rosedale St., will place the “first stone” for their $100 million expansion project. The 14-acre site will one day be home to 840 stupas that will house sacred scriptures. 🛕 (Fort Worth Report)
The City Council has approved a land lease agreement for the Las Vegas Trail Child Development Campus. Construction on the
8,600-sqft, eight-classroom facility is expected to start in late summer or fall of this year. Child Care Associates will operate the center.
The Fort Worth Chamber launched a first-of-its-kind program to promote growth on the western side of DFW. The Regional Economic Development Partnership includes 18 municipalities and counties that will work to strengthen community relationships, track business trends + share resources.
The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo received the Golden Deeds Award for exceptionalservice to the community from the Exchange Club. The 98-year-old recognition was first awarded to Fort Worth civic booster and publisher of The Star-Telegram Amon G. Carter, Sr. 🐄 (Fort Worth Report)
CultureMap’s Tastemaker Awards have crowned Cowtown’s culinary cream of the crop.
Dusty Biscuit Beignets was awarded best new restaurant, and Ol’ South Pancake House locked in best breakfast. Luckybee Kitchen’s Jenny Castor,
Belenty’s Love, and Hotel Dryce’s Lobby Bar were awarded chef, restaurant, and bar of the year, respectively. 🍽 (CultureMap Fort Worth)
Stargazers and space junkies will be able to see the “Super Flower Blood Moon”total lunar eclipse on Sun., May 15 from 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. The astronomical anomaly is named so because it will be larger and brighter than usual and happens in the botanical month of May. 🌕 (Time and Date)
“Catch and Release,” a new single from local musicianMatthew McNeal is coming out today. The song is a collaboration with Four Year Strong and Matthew’s collaborator Andre Black + plays with the themes of love and loss. Crank up the volume. 👂
Texas Wesleyan will host the first football game between US and Mexican universities to count in conference standings. The season opener against Arkansas State Querétaro at Farrington Field could be a game-changer for an international competition that is usually reserved for exhibition games. 🏈 (Fort Worth Inc.)
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Did anyone see the Millennium Falcon buzz downtown? We didn’t, but everyone’s favorite rascal dropped in for dinner in Cowtown this week. Harrison Ford dined at Istanbul Grill & Bar(401 Throckmorton St.) in Sundance Square on Tuesday night. The 79-year-old actor and pilot frequents Fort Worth for flying refresher training.
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Editor’s pick:Break out the sunscreen and popsicles because it’s going to be a long, hot summer. Due to the ongoing drought, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said that the next few months could rival the 1980 and 2011 scorchers with nearly 70 days of triple-digit temperatures, that could break records as early as next week. Check out these tips to keep the heat from beating you down and stay safe this summer.
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