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Keeping Warm on Winter Rides

Now that we’re firmly held in winter’s icy grip, many people will feel the urge to put their bikes in storage for a few weeks.  Resist this urge!  Winter riding can be invigorating fun, and on top of that, it will help you to better appreciate the nice riding weather we have for most of the year.  I know it’s tough to get on a bike when the temperature is in the mid-20’s, s...

Philly Bike Share + Independence Blue Cross = Indego

This morning, Mayor Michael Nutter announced the title sponsor for Philadelphia’s bike share program. Philly Bike Share, now called Indego will be a sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. They will contribute about $1.7 million each year for the next five years as title sponsor. This is a big first step in launching the program in Spring 2015. Prior to the title sponsor funds, there was an in...

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...

5 Tips for Humane Headlight Practices

This is the Golden Age of Bike Lights; never has so much wattage been available to so many for so little. But there’s a dark side: being dazzled, flashed, annoyed and too often blinded on bike paths, trails and back roads by #$%^-*ing cyclists with badly aimed, overpowering and inappropriate lighting. Let’s assume that you have a great set of lights and that you are not a mean person w...

Daily Rider: Ryan Bolli

Our Daily Rider series will feature Philadelphia cyclists in their natural habitat doing what they love. Whether riding across town to work or out of town to the hills, our photographers will be out capturing Philadelphia’s Daily Riders. Ryan Bolli, Port Richmond Folks have been talking about Shepard Fairey installing his Lotus Diamond mural last week in Fishtown at 1228 Frankford Avenue as ...

Stay Warm, Stay Cool

Laura’s spring-approved gear for your viewing pleasure. After a rough and seemingly endless winter, spring is finally here! For many cyclists this means getting back in the saddle to breathe the glorious fresh air after a long hibernation. While it’s always absolutely great to get outside on the first nice days of the season, year after year I see people totally unprepared for the weir...

Reflecting on Casual Cycling Clothing

Editor’s note: Author Luke Elrath and I headed out to Washington Avenue Green to give our Photo Editor Thom Carroll a chance to capture some of the reflective clothing and accessories that help us be seen at night. Though lights and reflectors are required by PA law, there are lots of other ways to be even more visible, including reflective tape for bikes and casual riding-friendly clothing ...

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 ...

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....

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...

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 ...

The End of the Trail

Philly has great trails around the city, but the areas where the trails and car infrastructure meet, cross, or mix are often problematic. We provide some infrastructure for bikes, but that infrastructure disappears completely when we come to intersections. I recently read Kidicalmass organizer and Philly Pedals author Dena Driscoll’s blog post, Last Half Mile Home. Dena lives in a big bikey ...

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