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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...

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....

Philly Pumptrack receives $10,000 donation

PhillyPumptrack’s Kenn Rymdeko and Harlan Price receiving a check for $10,000 check from Parkside Association of Philadelphia Executive Director Lucinda Hudson. The long-awaited Philly Pumptrack is progressing smoothly—with a few bumps, jumps and berms, of course. At last night’s Parkside Association of Philadelphia (PAP) community meeting, Lucinda Hudson, Executive Director of PAP, pr...

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...

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 ...

Interview: Mr. Bacon Suit

Dave Pryor gets paid, SSCX-style. At least 300 racers and up to 500 spectators, are expected to descend on Fairmount Park / Belmont Plateau for the 2013 Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships on December 6-8 in Philadelphia, PA. We talked with Dave Pryor, race promoter, about what’s shaping up to be a pretty rad event. For the layman, a bit of history please, what is the Singlespeed Cycl...

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 ...

Love your Park Day at Belmont Plateau

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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...