Philadelphia

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 even ...

Philly Bike Share + Independence Blue Cross = Indego

This morning, Mayor Michael Nutter announced the title sponsor for Philadelphia’s bike share program. Philly Bike Share, now called Indego will be a sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. They will contribute about $1.7 million each year for the next five years as title sponsor. This is a big first step in launching the program in Spring 2015. Prior to the title sponsor funds, there was an in...

1st ever Sly Fox Cyclocross: #Winning for everyone

The air was crisp and fresh in the grass parking lot at Sly Fox Brewing Company at 7:30am on a peaceful Sunday morning. Just a few hours later, the serene scape around the beer garden would turn into an all-out bike, beer, and heckle-fest otherwise known as a cyclocross race. Across the states, attendance in cyclocross events has more than tripled since 2005, and the Philly scene appears to be thr...

Oktoberfest Ride

Kermesse Sport, who brought us Hell of Hunterdon, Fools Classic, and Fixed Gear Fondo, added another event to their growing list of challenging rides. The first installment of the Oktoberfest Ride, held on October 12, celebrated the fall foliage and back roads of Montgomery County. The twisting, hilly 62-mile course lined with blue and white Bavarian flags recalled the feel of other Kermesse event...

Building Bike Infrastructure in Philly

Pine Street Bike Lane After I wrote Communication Breakdown,I received a question about who puts up signs and where the money comes from. Sometimes I get questions about how long it takes to make changes in the road design and bike infrastructure. I am an artist and a bicycle evangelist who will talk your ear off about all things bike. I work for a civil transportation engineering firm and get to ...

Philadelphia Bike Share: 5 Things to Understand

If you’re a bicyclist currently residing on Planet Earth, chances are you’ve had a conversation about bike share recently. I know I’ve had my fair share. They usually start with Oh, you ride a bike? and immediately move to, I was just in Manhattan, and those blue bikes are everywhere so how does it work, anyway? The Bicycle Coalition’s Diana Owens Steif and the author enjoy...

#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...

Singlespeed Cyclocross Worlds Wrapup: The People Behind the Event

Less than two weeks ago, Philadelphia played host to the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC13). This stingily geared, two-wheeled circus steamrolled its way through Philadelphia for three days of fun, bike riding, spirits swilling, and racing. Without a few key folks, this event would still be out on the West Coast, missing that special Philly flavor. We had an amazing time the who...

Goodbye Cali, Hello Philly Spring

In the front of our chase group early in the race. Photo Credit: MTBMike.com Following a stellar week of riding and hanging out in sunny SoCal, I was looking forward to my second set of races for this trip. The course at Southridge Park in Fontana was a drastic change from the previous week. Though both courses have a surplus of steep climbs, the loose and open climbs of Bonelli Park were replaced...

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...

Philly Pedals Gives Thanks!

On this beautiful Thanksgiving Day, Philly Pedals staff and contributors wanted to share what keeps us thankful about riding a bike and about what makes Philadelphia a great cycling city. Creative Director Sierra Skidmore is thankful that the cycling community has welcomed Philly Pedals with open arms. I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and can’t wait to see how this al...