Advocacy

The Case Against Bicycle Repair Nihilism

You need to take care of your bicycle!  I know that not caring about anything is cool, but you’re not an angsty high schooler anymore, and your apathy is more lazy than hip.  Also, you’ve seen The Breakfast Club enough times to know that even Judd Nelson cares in the end.  So pretend your bicycle is Molly Ringwald, and give a damn.  Even if it’s in secret and with an angry look o...

New Year, New Gear: Fixies are Out, Velocipedes are In

Hey, tight pants, you still riding a fixie?  Get with it, bro.  It’s 2015, and that means it’s the year of the velocipede.  Sure, you already have no gears and no brakes, but it’s time to up your cycling game and go no-chain.  That’s right, with a pede, you don’t have to worry about chains slipping, snapping, or getting grease on those jeans that leave so little to th...

Bicycle Coalition Needs to Shift to Higher Gear

Editors Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of this website. The Bike Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has made a number of missteps recently, most recently their uncritical support of the now-stalled Project 250 Velodrome. Their leadership was late to the party and failed to oppose or even ...

Biking with Big Brother

It is nice out, the snow has melted, and it’s time to get on a bike and represent. There are a couple of ways you can have a voice in the infrastructure arena while also enjoying your ride. Firstly, you can let the League of American Bicyclists, CyclePhilly, and Strava collect your riding data. Why? Since bikes are not registered or licensed and don’t consume gas or wear out the road i...

Safe Routes Philly: Bicycle Education in Schools

In the last Safe Routes post I introduced you to bicycle trains and offered tips on how to get one started at your child’s school or in your community. One of the most important elements of starting bicycle programs is teaching children safety skills. At Safe Routes Philly, we’ve put together a comprehensive program to teach walking and biking safety and get children active on two feet...

Ride of Dreams

Riding through Lancaster to Washington, D.C. during the Ride of Dreams 2010. It’s 7:30 Sunday morning. We’re in the Neighborhood Bike Works West Philly Bike Shop, testing gears, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and packing up tool kits. Teenagers stroll in slowly, bleary-eyed, then take their road bikes off the hooks and fill up water bottles. It’s time to roll out for ...

How Street Harassment Affects Cyclists

Photo courtesy of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. On Tuesday, the group Stop Street Harassment released Unsafe and Harassed in Public Spaces: A National Street Harassment Report. The impressive 63-page report is the first of its kind: While there have been public conversations and activism around the issue of street harassment (defined here) for some time now, including a recent sub...

Safe Routes Philly: Bike to School Day

Philadelphia’s third annual Bike to School Day takes place on Wednesday May 7th. Bike to School Days are an easy and fun way to engage more kids and families in riding their bikes to school. Keep reading for 5 steps you can take to plan a Bike to School Day! 1. Choose the date(s) in conjunction with the School Principal and then register your event at www.walkbiketoschool.org. (Click here fo...

Building Bike Infrastructure in Philly

Pine Street Bike Lane After I wrote Communication Breakdown,I received a question about who puts up signs and where the money comes from. Sometimes I get questions about how long it takes to make changes in the road design and bike infrastructure. I am an artist and a bicycle evangelist who will talk your ear off about all things bike. I work for a civil transportation engineering firm and get to ...

Why We Ride

Please join team Rare Disease and myself for the Million Dollar Bike on Saturday, May 3rd. Tree meet handlebars. Shoulder meet ground. Health Insurance meet ER X-Ray bills. My Sunday morning ride in the Wissahickon ended a little abruptly this past weekend. It wasn’t the best way to finish a great week of training, also not the worst considering my collarbone wasn’t broken and my shoul...

Ridealong: Kristin Gavin of Gearing Up

Kristin Gavin, Founder and Director of Gearing Up, took me on a bicycle tour of some of the programs she serves. Gearing Up, which she started in 2009, has a mission to provide women in transition from abuse, addiction, and incarceration with the opportunity to safely ride a bicycle for exercise, transportation and personal growth. We talked about how the organization has changed over the years an...

5 Tips for Parenting While Pedaling

Cycling through the city with kids can be a challenge. With practice and a little know-how,  it is truly fun and easy. The following 5 tips will point your front wheel toward successful bike trips with the kids. Challenge accepted! 1. Not sure about riding with your kids in the city? First, come out to an ABCs of Family Biking. The next one will be at the Philly Bike Expo on November 9th. ABCs is ...