Advocacy

Trails Don’t Build Themselves

The Cresheim trail is an amazing little nugget of trail I try to get to regularly. It’s one of the few bits of trail in Fairmont Park that all different levels of riders can ride and still find fun and challenging. The builders nailed the flow. Harlan Price,  professional mountain bike racer and cycling skills coach. The Cresheim Trail is a proposed 8-mile trail that starts in Philadelphia a...

Bina Bilenky Prepares for the 2014 Tour d’Afrique

My husband and I met in 2008 at a bush bar in West Africa. Justin and I chatted over Jack and Cokes (since the beer list consisted of Heineken and something called Bear Beer), and the rest is history. If you are wondering, I did try Bear Beer several times and each time resulted in a crazy story and a stomach ache. We returned to Africa (this time, Tanzania) for our honeymoon in 2011 and as soon a...

#WEBiketoDC Tour: Kaelin and Katie Represent Philly

Later this month, two Philadelphia women will pack up their bicycles and head to New York for a purposeful adventure: #WEBiketoDC. This 262-mile, 4-day ride from New York City to DC is organized by the New York group WE Bike NYC. The ride brings together ten women who are innovators in women’s bicycle outreach and programming, representing five organizations: WE Bike NYC, the Washington Area...

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 ...

Love your Park Day at Belmont Plateau

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Cultivating the Growth of Women and Transgendered Cyclists

As Outreach Coordinator for Neighborhood Bike Works, part of my job is to manage volunteers for the various youth and adult programs run by NBW. It was in recruiting volunteers for the adult repair co-op, Bike Church that I stumbled on a dilemma: it is really hard to get volunteers for Women and Transgender night. With fewer (or sometimes no) volunteers on these Wednesday nights, patronage for W-T...

Safe Routes Philly: Bicycle Trains

Editor’s note: I had the great fortune of working with author Megan Rosenbach at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia for the three and a half years I was there. Megan has done some amazing things with the Safe Routes Philly program, and we are lucky to have her share more about her work here. Look for more articles from Megan about youth bicycle education soon. This weekend, while ...

Communication Breakdown

I have been biking in Philly for 22 years. I remember biking before there were bike lanes. It is a lot better now that there is some infrastructure for bikes, and I really want to see separated/protected and respected bike lanes become a reality. Nevertheless, for all our progress we have a hard time with clarity of design* on our streets. We need to do better job of communicating road usage in pl...

5 Tips for Biking with Kids on One Bike

How do you choose your bike route? If I am biking to an unfamiliar place I might ask friends who live in that area what routes they recommend or consult a map. I might pick a route based on available bike lanes, or lack of cobblestones or trolley tracks. But when you add kids into that mix, how does that effect your route? Five tips for picking a route to ride with your kids when you are all on on...

Ridealong: Bicycle Coalition’s John Boyle

The Bicycle Coalition’s John Boyle rides over the Ben Franklin Bridge with the author. © Thom Carroll Photography 2013 In my three-and-a-half years working at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Research Director John Boyle and I rode over the Ben Franklin Bridge many times together. Much of what I know about Philly bicycling statistics, trends, and history I learned on that span....

We Biked to DC!

Last week, Kaelin and I completed our #WEBiketoDC ride, from NYC to Washington DC for the National Bike Summit, with 9 other women bike advocates. It’s still a little hard to believe we did it — for some of the sub-freezing pedaling, I was totally on board with the naysayers who thought we were crazy. But ultimately, it was an inspiring, humbling, and rewarding adventure, and one I’m v...