Urban Planning

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...

Biking with Big Brother

Illustration by Kate Mundie.   It is nice out, the snow has melted, and it’s time to get on a bike and represent. There are a couple of ways you can have a voice in the infrastructure arena while also enjoying your ride. Firstly, you can let the League of American Bicyclists, CyclePhilly, and Strava collect your riding data. Why? Since bikes are not registered or licensed and don’t con...

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...

Philly Pumptrack is Open!

This past Saturday May 10th, Philly Pumptrack at Parkside Evans Rec Center held its first Pump Jam, marking the grand opening of the track to the public. The day started off with volunteers busily completing the finishing touches as part of Love Your Park Service Day. The Service day and first ever Pump Jam were organized by Heidi Grunwald, Kenn Rymdeko, and Harlan Price, the three local residents...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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