education

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...

Ride of Dreams

Riding through Lancaster to Washington, D.C. during the Ride of Dreams 2010. It’s 7:30 Sunday morning. We’re in the Neighborhood Bike Works West Philly Bike Shop, testing gears, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and packing up tool kits. Teenagers stroll in slowly, bleary-eyed, then take their road bikes off the hooks and fill up water bottles. It’s time to roll out for ...

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: 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...

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...

Like Riding a Bike or Is It?

Harlan Teaching Riding a bike seems simple for those who can, while those who can’t shy away from publicly admitting they don’t know how. Riders and non-riders forget that there was a beginning to the learning process and that what they know now was acquired from a series of trials and errors without much guidance beyond those early pushes from a comforting hand. Often the process of f...

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...

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 ...