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Oh, snap! I broke it!

Hey Pedalers, Troy Mustache here.  While riding up from the Royal Tavern to Live Band Karaoke at Fergie’s the other night, I had a near disaster.  I’d just turned left onto Catherine St. when all of a sudden my right foot slammed into the ground, my butt hopped out of the saddle, and I lurched forward into my handlebars.  As confused as I was about what had just happened, I had the whe...

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 ...

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...

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...

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....

Ridealong: Philadelphia Bike Planner Aaron Ritz

I took a ride, then had a chat over a cup of coffee with Aaron Ritz, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs Planner for the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities. Aaron suggested we ride into Fairmount Park, then up to the Smith Memorial Arch and Memorial Hall, site of his victories in the 2010 and 2011 Brompton (folding bicycle) US Championships. Bike guy finds his niche I’m a b...

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...

Winter Riding: Get Your Gear Ready

The same tragic scene is playing out across the North as seasonal riders, with a tear in their eye, stable their steeds for a long winter’s sleep. C’est la vie, time for the trainer, you may be thinking. Please, don’t let this misfortune befall you. The winter season can give the dedicated rider some of the most fun and memorable rides of the entire year. It can be a time of sola...

Interview: Shelly Salamon

Shelly Salamon in her Shop. © Thom Carroll Photography 2013 Shelly Salamon opened her shop Fairmount Bicycles in 2010. We talked with her about her latest venture, Philly Bike Tour Co., which — as its name implies — offers group bike tours of Philadelphia. What made you decide to offer bike tours of the city? I ended up on a guided bike tour in Chicago about five years ago and absolutely loved it....

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...

Like Riding a Bike or Is It?

Harlan Teaching Riding a bike seems simple for those who can, while those who can’t shy away from publicly admitting they don’t know how. Riders and non-riders forget that there was a beginning to the learning process and that what they know now was acquired from a series of trials and errors without much guidance beyond those early pushes from a comforting hand. Often the process of f...

Keep Your Jacket Waterproof and Clean

A great rain jacket is an essential part of any commuting cyclist’s arsenal, and I have learned from experience that skimping on this is a surefire way to find oneself soggy and miserable. About two years ago, I invested in the Endura MT500 jacket — emphasis on invested. Reliable weather protection isn’t cheap, and cheap weather protection isn’t reliable. The difference between t...