Art – Education

Rocky 12 Messenger Race

The Rocky Race is Philadelphia’s oldest continuously running alleycat. The first Rocky Race was organized by Dan Murphy in 1997, followed by Rocky II in 1998, again by Murphy. After Rocky II, there was a gap in time till the next Rocky Race was held. Fast forward to 2005, the Philadelphia Bicycle Messenger Association wanted to throw a kick ass pre-event for the Cycle Messenger World Champio...

Does Your Bike Fit Properly?

Many factors contribute to feeling more comfortable on your bike. The fit of the bike is one of the most important. When I went to Max Hamalainen of Philadelphia Bikesmith for a professional bike fit, I found out that it was more about me, my type of riding, and how I carry myself on and off the bike than it was about measurements and angles. Still, those measurements and angles are key, and most ...

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...

Neighborhood Bike Works Major Taylor Ride

Every year, Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) holds a Major Taylor Ride, a day for food and riding and celebrating our young cyclists’ achievements. On November 30, this year’s riders — featuring an energetic gathering of kids bundled in hats and gloves and adult cyclists in slick winter gear — rode in 40-degree weather through the streets of Philadelphia and into Fairmount Park. Marshall ...

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...

SSCXWC Art Show

As you’ve heard in these pages, our fine city is the host of the 2013 Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC). There is an entire weekend of events planned. It all kicks off at Keswick Cycle in West Philly. Brian and the rest of the Keswick crew will be the host of the best party of 2013. On Friday, December 6th,  your weekend will be kicked off with an art show, race registrati...

Ridealong: Erin DeCou of Neighborhood Bike Works

I met Erin DeCou, Executive Director of Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW), at their headquarters on UPenn’s campus. We took a few loops around nearby Woodland Cemetery, then talked over coffee at Green Line Cafe. The Mission Neighborhood Bike Works is a youth-serving non-profit that’s been in operation since the late 90s. Our mission is to provide educational, recreational, and career-buil...

Philly Pumptrack Breaks Ground

Builder Jim Dellavalle discusses the Philly Pumptrack plans with Andreina Perez, a volunteer helping with construction management. Work has started on the Philly Pumptrack at 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue behind the Mann Center. Pumptracks are bike courses where the rider uses gravity, momentum, and a pumping motion to propel themselves without pedaling. This project, the first of its kind in Ph...

Museum Without Walls

Smith Memorial Arch (1897-1912) in West Fairmount Park is one of the recommended stops on aPA’s Public Art Bike Map. Photo by Craig Harris, courtesy of the Association for Public Art (aPA). Whether walking near City Hall, hanging out in Rittenhouse Square, driving down the Parkway or biking along Kelly Drive, you are likely to encounter an impressive variety of public artworks along the way....