Bicycle Coalition

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 eve...

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...

How to Teach a Child to Ride a Bike

This guide is based on a video that the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia created in partnership with The Baby Center. View the video here. Step 1: Getting ready to ride You’ll need: A bicycle (preferably one with hand brakes) A helmet Comfortable shoes A 15mm pedal wrench (Sometimes a standard 15mm wrench will do) A good space to teach your child how to ride A grassy area with a sli...

How Street Harassment Affects Cyclists

Photo courtesy of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. On Tuesday, the group Stop Street Harassment released Unsafe and Harassed in Public Spaces: A National Street Harassment Report. The impressive 63-page report is the first of its kind: While there have been public conversations and activism around the issue of street harassment (defined here) for some time now, including a recent sub...

Safe Routes Philly: Bike to School Day

Philadelphia’s third annual Bike to School Day takes place on Wednesday May 7th. Bike to School Days are an easy and fun way to engage more kids and families in riding their bikes to school. Keep reading for 5 steps you can take to plan a Bike to School Day! 1. Choose the date(s) in conjunction with the School Principal and then register your event at www.walkbiketoschool.org. (Click here fo...

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...

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...

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...

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....