Tips – Safety

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...

Miles Across Pennsylvania

In order to celebrate the completion of my graduate degree last summer, I decided to blow off some steam and take off on a cross-Pennsylvania (and Maryland) ride with my friend Ben. I started off in the rolling hills of Lancaster County, and made my way to Gettysburg, where Ben and I stayed with the makers of Jack’s Hard Cider. From Gettysburg, we hooked up with the C-O Canal in Williamsport...

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...

The End of the Trail

Philly has great trails around the city, but the areas where the trails and car infrastructure meet, cross, or mix are often problematic. We provide some infrastructure for bikes, but that infrastructure disappears completely when we come to intersections. I recently read Kidicalmass organizer and Philly Pedals author Dena Driscoll’s blog post, Last Half Mile Home. Dena lives in a big bikey ...

Trails Don’t Build Themselves

The Cresheim trail is an amazing little nugget of trail I try to get to regularly. It’s one of the few bits of trail in Fairmont Park that all different levels of riders can ride and still find fun and challenging. The builders nailed the flow. Harlan Price,  professional mountain bike racer and cycling skills coach. The Cresheim Trail is a proposed 8-mile trail that starts in Philadelphia a...

Communication Breakdown

I have been biking in Philly for 22 years. I remember biking before there were bike lanes. It is a lot better now that there is some infrastructure for bikes, and I really want to see separated/protected and respected bike lanes become a reality. Nevertheless, for all our progress we have a hard time with clarity of design* on our streets. We need to do better job of communicating road usage in pl...

Bike Touring on the Cheap

Have you thought about going on tour, but have had second thoughts due to the associated costs? Well, there are plenty of things you can worry about while on tour (being flattened by a reckless driver, dehydrating in the middle of the desert, getting eaten by a bear, etc.), but money doesn’t have to be one of them.  Touring can be as costly or inexpensive as you’re willing to make it. ...

Women’s Cycling Clothing: Layering with Merino Wool

Being a female in the cycling world, I’ve come to accept that there just aren’t enough good options for women’s clothing. It can be tricky because not many cycling companies make women’s gear, and the ones that do usually seem to think if it doesn’t have a swirl or a flower on it no one is going to buy it. Bike and merino hero shot in the Wiss! Now I don’t know ...

5 Tips for Biking with Kids on One Bike

How do you choose your bike route? If I am biking to an unfamiliar place I might ask friends who live in that area what routes they recommend or consult a map. I might pick a route based on available bike lanes, or lack of cobblestones or trolley tracks. But when you add kids into that mix, how does that effect your route? Five tips for picking a route to ride with your kids when you are all on on...

5 Tips for Winter Riding With Kids

This is my third winter riding with kids. Each winter my oldest has ridden on our bikes differently, and each year I learn new ways to keep kids warm. During our first winter my son had just turned a year and rode in a front mounted seat. While I was pregnant last winter he rode in a back-mounted seat and now both kids ride in a box bike. Dena and kids bundled up for a trip on the Schuylkill River...

Winter Riding: Get Your Gear Ready

The same tragic scene is playing out across the North as seasonal riders, with a tear in their eye, stable their steeds for a long winter’s sleep. C’est la vie, time for the trainer, you may be thinking. Please, don’t let this misfortune befall you. The winter season can give the dedicated rider some of the most fun and memorable rides of the entire year. It can be a time of sola...