- Volunteer Night
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia holds volunteer training nights every month, typically the first Wednesday. You’ll learn what’s involved in helping us with outreach events (sharing and speaking about our work, and listening to concerns about the state of cycling and cyclists in Philly); then you’ll have a chance to sign up for events in the following weeks. Please register here.
- Youth Learn to Ride – August 6th
Learn to Ride is a 2-hour class for children and teens who are ready to ride! Through a safe, easy, effective method, Learn to Ride students learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bike as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit. All participants must provide their own bicycle and helmet. Class space is limited to 10 youth and is most suitable for children ages 4 -15. All children who participate must have a signed waiver by their parent or guardian.
For more information about the class and/or to volunteer, contact Megan Rosenbach: 215-242-9253 extension 307.
To register: http://activateyouth.eventbrite.com/
We regularly offer free workshops, rides, and classes in Philly and the suburbs. Check out our blog for event descriptions, dates, and links for registration.
- Our Blog is Getting a New Home
"Eventually, all good things must get face lifts." This is true both in alarmingly superficial subsections of Beverley Hills, and on the Internet. Yesterday afternoon we launched a brand-new website. You can check it out at bicyclecoalition.org (yup, same domain). But one goal of our website redesign was to better integrate our blog into the rest of the site.And so, we now have a new blog, at a new location: bicyclecoalition.org/blog.
On the new blog you will find a handful of blog posts which were originally posted here. It's like with a new house - you carry over some old furniture just to have something to sit on while waiting for the PECO guy. But starting henceforth we will be filling the new blog with the blog-post-equivalent of antique mirrors, a sectional or two, and a cherry or Brazilian walnut dresser if we can find one in our budget.What does this mean for those of you who have read our blog via emails sent to your inbox?We are working to get a blog-to-email subscription service up and running soon. Until then you can use services such as Feedly.com to subscribe.What does this mean for our Yahoo group listservs?We will not be posting new blog posts to those groups, as we are trying to consolidate the channels through which we share information (we only have so much time & effort to monitor everything). However, we do want to facilitate the continued communication among those counties with active groups. Shoot an e-mail to Nicholas at email@example.com if you'd like to be part of that conversation.This blog will remain online as an archive. So if you want to flip through these 2,900+ blog posts and reminisce about the good old days, you can. But remember - as Peter de Vries said: "Nostalgia is not what it used to be."Thanks for reading. And thanks to the William Penn Foundation, whose funding made this website redesign possible. We'll see you at bicyclecoalition.org/blog.
Meet the new blog/ Same as the old blog / Except now on Wordpress and / with different CSS styling
- Your Guide to Bike Month in Philadelphia
May is Bike Month! Yes, bikes work year round. We don't celebrate "Shoes Month" after all. But we suppose at some point May wasn't anybody's month, and Bikes saw an opportunity for naming rights, and now here we are.Here is a guide to some of the many May bike rides, activities, and events happening in Philadelphia.
May 1st - National Bike ChallengeThe National Bike Challenge starts in earnest. It's a free, good-natured competition to see how much you can ride your bike this summer. A great motivational tool to get in shape, finally bike to work, or encourage your friends or coworkers to give it a try. Read more here and sign up today!May 7th - National Bike to School DaySchools around the country are planning Bike to School Days to encourage children (and parents) to get exercise on their way to school. If you are an educator or parent and want to organize an event at your school, read this article for more information.May 10th - Philly Pumptrack OpensAt long last, the Philly Pumptrack gets its official debut.May 11th - CycloFemme Mother's Day RideRSVP for the ride hereCycloFemme is a global women's cycling day created to honor the past, celebrate the present, and empower the future of women in cycling and the opportunity for positive social change. Encourage women to ride and they will change the world! Philadelphia's Cyclofemme Ride is a collaboration between our Women Bike PHL program and the Sturdy Girls Cycling Club.Free rides beginning and ending at Clark Park: beginner, intermediate, and fast ride options. All people welcome (not just women), helmets required. Stay for a post-ride picnic in Clark Park!May 13th - Take Your Time Ride [Women Only]Ride Facebook event hereLooking for a bike ride where no one expects you to go fast? Or even...one where you're SUPPOSED to take your time? This is it. A social, take-your-time-paced bike ride, on the second Tuesday of every month. We meet at 6:15 PM at the Northwest Corner of Rittenhouse Square Park (across from the church) to roll at 6:30. This month we're riding to Frankford Hall (~3.5 miles).May 15th - Urban Riding Basics class [Women Only]Claim your spot in the class hereNew to city biking? This free, one-hour class will give you tips and directions to confidently and safely bike on Philly streets. No bike needed. This class is through our Women Bike PHL program and is women-only.May 16th - Bike to Work Day with Mayor NutterWhat better way to celebrate bike to work day than a bike ride with the Mayor? Join bicyclists -- both veterans and newbies -- at Lloyd Hall (on Boathouse Row) at 7:30am. Light breakfast provided by Cosmic Catering. We'll ride as a group from Lloyd Hall down the Parkway to LOVE Park. Ride leaves at 8:15, short press conference to follow. All are welcome!May 17th - Trenton Ave Arts Festival and Kensington Kinetic Sculpture DerbyYou know it. You love it. It's back. "Free and open to the public, the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival celebrates East Kensington's incredible mix of local artists, musicians and eateries." Where to do the bikes fit in? The event features the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, a design competition and parade of human-powered vehicle floats. Keep an eye out for the entry from our young friends from Neighborhood Bike Works! Festival runs 11-6, Derby kicks off at noon. May 17th - Kidical Mass RidePhiladelphia's group for parents and kids on bikes, Kidical Mass, is riding in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (at the end of the parade!). We agree that the bakfietsen and other fancy cargo bikes some of these parents pedal around are definitely parade-worthy! If you'd like to join, check out the Facebook event and email Dena at phillykidicalmass(at)gmail.com to fill out a waiver ahead of time!May 21st - Ride of SilenceRSVP for the Facebook event here.A somber but important event, the annual Ride of Silence honors cyclists killed/injured in motor vehicle related crashes and to raise awareness about the rights of cyclists to ride on the roads. The ride is being held in Philadelphia for the ninth gear in a row. Sister events are expected to be held this year in over 300 U.S. locations and in over 15 countries. We will ride 8 miles in silence through Center City, taking approximately 1 hour. Ride begins and ends at the front steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway. A brief pre-ride dedication ceremony will take place at 6:45 PM and the ride will start promptly at 7:00 PM.May 22 - Ride for ReadingLike bikes and books? Yeah, us too. Combine the two by volunteering for our second annual Ride for Reading! We need bicyclists to help us deliver donated books to a local public school, where they will be distributed to students. If this is your jam, fill out this form and we'll be in touch (and don't forget your cargo bikes, panniers, messenger bags or backpacks to help tote books!). The schedule for the day is below:7:30 AM – meet at 2000 Hamilton Street to load books into bags and onto bikes 7:45 AM - Bike ride leaves Hamilton Street (bike ride is approximately 5 miles) 8:45 AM - (approximate): Arrive at Blankenburg School (4600 W. Girard) 9:00 AM - Ride for Reading assembly 10:00 AM - Book Distribution beginsJune 1st - The VelothonThe ride before the race.
Last year's Cyclofemme ride. Join this year's Mother's Day casual ride on May 11th.
- Bike Share Rolls Closer to Philadelphia with Vendor and Timeline Announcement
Today the City of Philadelphia moved one big step closer to the launch of our much-anticipated, much-needed bike share system. A Philadelphia Inquirer article this morning names the City's selected vendors for supplying the equipment, running the system, and marketing the naming rights. An official press conference is set for 2:00 PM today on the Art Museum steps.
The City has selected vendors whose resumés give us confidence in their ability to deliver a world-class bike share system. The equipment vendor, B Cycle, has a good track record of providing high-quality, reliable bike share bikes. For the curious, they are not the bike share company which drew some attention recently for declaring bankruptcy.Bicycle Transit Systems (aka Bicycle Trans) has been selected to run the system. On paper they are a new firm, but they are staffed by people with extensive knowledge of launching and running other cities' bike share systems. And they are based in Philadelphia!Philadelphia is also doing something smart in splitting off the corporate sponsorship piece and hiring Front Row Marketing to pursue that funding directly. This should allow us to maximize the money obtained through sponsorship. (Just spit-balling here, but what about "Ryan Howard's Bike Share System?" He's looking better this season, but supporting bicycling would help us forget that .198 average against lefties the past 3 seasons.)For those curious about our role in this, we have been advisers to the city's deliberations up to this point, and will be taking a lead role in the equity component of bike share - making sure the system is accessible to all Philadelphians. But we will not be running the system.Philadelphia is behind other cities in the adoption and implementation of a bike share system. But one advantage of this is that we can learn from the best practices honed in those other cities. (One example of that is hiring a marketing firm explicitly to secure corporate sponsorship.) And we are pleased that Philadelphia is taking the time to get this right, and launch in the spring when adoption will be easiest.If you like your news fresh and locally-sourced, you can attend the press conference today at 2PM at the Art Museum Steps. You can also check out the Philadelphia Inquirer and WHYY Newsworks coverage.
Mayor Nutter checking out bike share bikes at an exhibition in Rittenhouse Square this time last year.