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Philly Pumptrack is Open!

This past Saturday May 10th, Philly Pumptrack at Parkside Evans Rec Center held its first Pump Jam, marking the grand opening of the track to the public. The day started off with volunteers busily completing the finishing touches as part of Love Your Park Service Day. The Service day and first ever Pump Jam were organized by Heidi Grunwald, Kenn Rymdeko, and Harlan Price, the three local residents...

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...

Singlespeed Cyclocross Worlds Weekend Wrapup

The Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships 2013 (SSCXWC13) brought surreal cyclocross in Philly to a new level. That’s a strong statement, as for the last seven years the Bilenky Junkyard Cross set the bar pretty high. On Saturday, photographer Pano K shot highlights of the eighth annual incarnation of this auto-part-yard battle of man against machine and common sense. On Sunday, our Pho...

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...

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: Bina Bilenky

We talked with Bina Bilenky, the Event Director for the Philly Bike Expo. With a dad who is a framebuilder, she’s been surrounded by bicycles her entire life.  After receiving her Bachelors degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A-M University in 2010, she’s been working on the Expo ever since. She says, It is definitely a labor of love and we are excited to see it gr...

#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...

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...

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...

New Bike Racks for Philadelphia

Last summer the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy put out a call for artists to design new bike racks. Now, the racks are almost ready for their debut. The racks are an effort to combine form and function — increasing bicycle parking as well as adding to Philadelphia’s already rich display of public art. Th...

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...

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....