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Planning Your Tour Route

Worthington Glacier in Alaska. Photo by Troy Moustache. Living in the moment is always the best way to tackle life, right? Pick a destination at random, hop on your bike, and just go. Ride hard for a few days in the general direction you think you should be heading, and then when you’re in the middle of nowhere with low supplies and lower water, you can use that sense of reckless abandon to ...

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...

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...

Squeezing it in

Jesse Kramer begins his Squeezing it in ride along Chamounix Drive in West Fairmount Park. Photo: Jesse Kramer I’m a business owner, I’m renovating a house, I’m a father of two and a husband of one. Oh, and I’m a mountain biker. In my head, I’m a mountain biker ahead of one or two of these definitions of myself, thus the mental and physical juggling act that ensues wh...

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 ...

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...