Ridealong

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...

Ridealong: Kristin Gavin of Gearing Up

Kristin Gavin, Founder and Director of Gearing Up, took me on a bicycle tour of some of the programs she serves. Gearing Up, which she started in 2009, has a mission to provide women in transition from abuse, addiction, and incarceration with the opportunity to safely ride a bicycle for exercise, transportation and personal growth. We talked about how the organization has changed over the years an...

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...

Ridealong: Bike Courier Julian Root

Back in the 90s, I was a bike courier in DC. The internet and the economy have conspired to make it a lot harder to earn a living as a messenger since then. To see how things have changed, I spent a day with Julian Root, a Philly courier I had met in 2010 while we both worked at the Bicycle Coalition.  The day I rode with Julian topped out in the mid 20s, with just a little bit of wind and residua...