Advocacy

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...

Philadelphia Bike Share: 5 Things to Understand

If you’re a bicyclist currently residing on Planet Earth, chances are you’ve had a conversation about bike share recently. I know I’ve had my fair share. They usually start with Oh, you ride a bike? and immediately move to, I was just in Manhattan, and those blue bikes are everywhere so how does it work, anyway? The Bicycle Coalition’s Diana Owens Steif and the author enjoy...

Bicycle Coalition Gives Out More Than 200 Lights

On November 4, the first weekday after the clocks were set back, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP) quickly responded to the earlier darkening. On Broad Street at the corners of Spruce and Pine Streets, BCGP staff and volunteers gave away and installed 200+ sets of lights. Here are a few pictures Philly Pedals photographer Thom Carroll took while stopping by to get a set of light...

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...