- 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.
- Become a Circuit Champion and Build Our Region's Trails
Connecting the Circuit is one of our most critical and ambitious campaigns. We are a leading member of the Circuit Coalition, the group working to connect the Greater Philadelphia Region with a world-class network of biking and walking trails (the Circuit).Imagine getting on your bike and being able to ride all day, uninterrupted, on dedicated car-free bicycle and pedestrian paths. Imagine biking from Bartram's Garden to Longwood Gardens, from Collingswood to Center City Philadelphia, or from the Perkiomen Trail to Pennypack Park. That's the vision of the Circuit - a 750 mile network of trails spanning 9 counties, which when done will put 50% of the region's residents living within 1 mile of a trail.
As we undertake this work, we are seeking partners - individuals who share this vision for a region connected by trails. So we are launching the Circuit Champions.Circuit Champions are ambitious individuals like us, who believe in the idea that our workplaces, our homes, our communities, and our parks and rivers should be connected by safe paths for walking and biking.Circuit Champions get us closer to this vision by making sustaining gifts to the Bicycle Coalition. These gifts allow us to pursue the work of trail building: rallying community support and presenting it to funders, negotiating the closing of key trail gaps with property owners, and fighting for trails in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Washington D.C.If you believe in the importance of the Circuit and its potential to enrich our entire region for generations to come, consider becoming a Circuit Champion. If you join before December 31st, you will be invited to an exclusive behind-the-scenes trail walk for a glimpse of two future trail bridges in Manayunk - the Manayunk Bridge and the Pencoyd Bridge.Are you ready to step up and support the Circuit? Become a Circuit Champion.
The Manayunk Bridge is part of the Circuit, a trail we hope will open in 2015
- Special Membership Offer for Dec 19th Holiday Lights Ride
Our 2nd Annual Holiday Lights Ride is an opportunity for us to meet and thank our members for their support, and to share a fun, casual ride through the impressive annual South Philly Christmas/Hanukkah/holiday light displays. It's one of our favorite bike rides we take all year.Bicycle Coalition members: RSVP for the ride! (You can bring a friend, too)Not a member but want to come on the ride? Between now and the ride we are offering a special $20 membership! Your membership goes directly into making biking safe and more fun in our region! And if peer pressure is more your style, more than 2,000 supercool families and individuals are already part of the Bicycle Coalition...
Ride DetailsDate: Thursday, December 19th (there is no rain date)Time: 5:30 meet up (ride should end around 7:00 PM)Meet up: Parking lot of Performance Bikes (1300 South Columbus Blvd, Riverview Plaza, Philadelphia)Distance: 7 miles, ridden leisurely and following the rules of the roadTo bring: bike, helmet, holiday cheer. Optional but encouraged: costumes, decorative lights, antlersAfterwards: We will warm up at Cavanaugh's in Headhouse Square. $10 at door gets you 2 drinks and free appetizers on the 2nd floor.Already a member?RSVP for the ride and/or the afterparty here.Not yet a member? Support the importance and fun of bicycling by joining for $20 today. Remember what we said about cool kids?
This year, like last year (above), the ride is BYOCTOAB (bring your own Christmas tree on a bike)
- Holiday Lights Ride Postponed to Thursday, December 19th
Due to our concern over today's icy roads persisting into tomorrow evening, we are pushing our Holiday Lights Ride back to the rain date of Thursday, December 19th. We're sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but some roads we will take are slicker than a frog in an olive oil factory (as they say).The post-ride social hour at Cavanaugh's in Headhouse Square is also pushed back to December 19th.Check back to this blog post for more information later today.