- 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.
- Support Our D.C. Lobbying by Calling Your Reps and Senators Today
Today Alex, John, Sarah, Megan, and Katie are joining two dozen other Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents and hundreds of people from around the country on Capitol Hill to speak with their elected officials about bicycling and walking. It's part of the National Bike Summit, and one of the many ways the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is working to improve the safety and accessibility of bicycling and walking in our region.You can help today's efforts by calling your D.C. Senators and Representatives today and encouraging them to co-sponsor these three pro-bicycling bills:The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act (HR 3494 | S 1708)The Safe Streets Act (HR 2468 | S 2004)The New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act (HR 3978)You can learn what the first two bills do in the graphics embedded below. A factsheet for the third bill is here.Contact info for your elected officials:Sen. Bob Casey (PA): DC Office: 202-224-6324Sen. Pat Toomey (PA): DC Office: 202-224-4254Sen. Cory Booker (NJ): DC Office: 202-224-3224Sen. Robert Menendez (NJ): DC Office: 202-224-4744Find the contact info for your U.S. Representative using this razzle dazzle fancy Internet website contraption machine.Imagine sitting at home, pondering dinner, and feeling like you haven't ordered pizza in who-knows-how-long. Then simultaneously one friend shows up at your door suggesting you order some pizza, while another friend calls you on the phone asking if you'd like to order some pizza tonight.That's the effect we're striving to have on our elected officials today. But replace "pizza" with "co-sponsoring legislation that makes bicycling safer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey."Two fact sheets about bicycling in Pennsylvania and the bills to help it:
This is the document we're handing to PA and NJ Senatorsand Representatives today in D.C. (click to embiggen)
Support Alex, John, Sarah, Megan, Katie, and your neighbors and friends who are meeting today with lawmakers and their staffs.Call your congressional offices and ask that your senators and representatives co-sponsor these three bills.
And this is the second page of that document! (click to embiggen)
- Job Opening: PT Position With Bike Rack Manufacturer in Philadelphia
Passing along a job opportunity for bicycle-oriented folks in the Philly area. This position is not affiliated with us in any way, we're just spreading the word.Leading manufacturer of bicycle racks and bike parking solutions seeks part-time help in Philadelphia. Duties include:Making visits to Philadelphia-area businesses, construction sites, universities, etcetera where bike rooms / bicycle parking is needed.Communicating with customers about products.Opportunity to expand role into sales and design.Ideal candidate is readily available in Greater Philadelphia, honest; efficient, with an interest in bicycling. Part-time work may be a good fit for passionate cyclists, bike advocates, sports industry pros, students, artists. If interested, please email resume and cover letter (subject line: "Philadelphia bike parking") to: email@example.com.
- The One All-Weather Display at the Flower Show is Terrific
The Philadelphia Flower Show has opened and will remain open until Sunday. That means this is your first chance to see the winning designs from the bicycle rack contest we ran last year!
Seven of the ten winning racks are featured in the display, which can be seen in the Grand Hall Concourse near the food and drink (closest entrance is the Market Street entrance between 11th and 12th). This summer, all ten racks will be permanently installed in prominent places in and near Center City Philadelphia.
Spiral, by Collin Robinson. Destined for the PMA's Perelman Building
We will have glossy photos of all the racks to share with you next week. But in the meantime, we encourage you to check them out in person. While the idea of attending a flower show right now might seem absurd, it's actually the best in-city respite we can think of from the feeling that winter will never leave.Lastly, but not least-ly, a tremendous number of people worked very hard to bring this display together.Artists | Fabricators (not all fabricators known)Peter E. Brown & Barbara Ann Sprague | Ed Ocelus and Tom Ransom of R/J Florig Industrial Co. Inc. and Mark A. Franz of Franz Structural Engineering LLCKathleen Fruge-Brown (whose "Bird" rack narrowly missed inclusion in the display)Warren Holzman | Iron StudioCarin MincemoyerCollin RobinsonNathaniel RossRalph Tullie | RJ Florig Industrial Co. Inc.Juliet Whelan | En-Motion Design & RefreshTechDisplay Designers and PRTim Beitz, 160over90Kimberly Hallman, 160over90Cory McCall, 160over90Ralph TulliePartners in the projectMargot Berg, OACCEKatie Pinder, Bicycle CoalitionAaron Ritz, MOTULeslye Silver, Bicycle CoalitionShannon Slusher, 160over90Cozen O'ConnorAdvanced Sports International/FujiThe Knight FoundationPHS and the Flower ShowPaul NewmanGrace KellyIf you're reading this and thinking, "Hey, this is a pretty nifty thing the Bicycle Coalition is doing!" then you are a prime candidate to make these kinds of initiatives happen again. How can you help? By becoming a member of the Bicycle Coalition right now. We can't snap our fingers and make unique bicycle racks appear on the streets - it takes time, effort, and relationships, and your membership makes those things possible.
Pretzel, by Peter E. Brown & Barbara Ann Sprague; Ed Ocelus and Tom Ransom, fabrication