Riders Still Waiting on Refunds from Phantom Central Expressway Bike Ride

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When a planned Downtown Dallas-to-McKinney bike tour was abruptly cancelled last month -- this the one that would shut down 30 miles of Central Expressway -- riders who had paid their registration for the race were promised a prompt and full refund, assuming they didn't want to take a free pass to a replacement race in Oklahoma City.

Somehow, prompt refunds seemed unlikely. The plan was far-fetched to begin with, and organizer Gary Lacara had already proven willing to play a bit loose with the facts. Take his claim when the ride was announced that he had buy-in from TxDOT as well as each of the cities along the route. Or his claim that it was Plano's obstructionism that killed the race. As we've detailed here before, neither was true.

So it's not at all surprising that CBS 11 reported Wednesday evening that riders do not seem to have received their promised refund. "I've asked him three times and never got a response back after I asked him," John Denman, a McKinney cyclist who dropped $120, told the station.

It's not surprising either when reporter Carol Cavazos debunks some of Lacara's other claims about the race. The one about downtown McKinney's Cadence Cyclery signing on as a sponsor? Not quite true, though the bike shop had agreed to put a flat-fixing station out front. And the Kiwanis Club of McKinney, one of the designated recipients of race proceeds, had backed out after realizing how shady the whole thing was.

That's to say nothing of Lacara's claim that he'd met with Governor Rick Perry and won his blessing for the race. Contacted by CBS 11, Lacara said that the allegations against him were false and that he'd never received a refund request from Denman. Then, he called back and promised to immediately give Denman his money. No word yet on whether the rest of the registrants will get their money, but one can assume.


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Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Tell me again about how that "fool and his money" saying goes?

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

I seem to remember that there was something in the refund policy on the Web site that he had up to year to give the money back.  I thought it was kind strange at the time.

randi.trollop
randi.trollop

What a shame.  Bicycling fuckwits don't get to cause traffic problems for thousands of people.  Waaaaaah!  It's not enough that they cause havoc on public roads every day.  I am all for riding bicycles for fitness and fun, but really, fuckwits, rush hour is not a smart time to be on the roads.  Now they want larger game in the form of an highway. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

He has a good explanation for the delay--he had to consult his web guy to get the registrant's information, since he as the organizer didn't have access to it.

He probably supports a horse park in Dallas too.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

The day they close 75 for 30 miles is the day will be riding solar power taxis under Large Marge.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

Wow.. so there are people other than naive Eric Nicholson who believed this con?

And they are admitting it publicly? I'd rather say goodbye to my money and consider it a lesson learned. 

CraigT42
CraigT42

A fool and his money.....

John1073
John1073

Your money is gone. Serves you right for wanting to screw up an entire day of traffic flow in DFW.

rroyb
rroyb

@randi.trollop 

I ride my bike to get to work - seems like I every bit as much right to use the road as you do

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