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Ridealong: Bicycle Coalition’s John Boyle

The Bicycle Coalition’s John Boyle rides over the Ben Franklin Bridge with the author. © Thom Carroll Photography 2013 In my three-and-a-half years working at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Research Director John Boyle and I rode over the Ben Franklin Bridge many times together. Much of what I know about Philly bicycling statistics, trends, and history I learned on that span....

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...

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...

5 Tips for Biking with Kids When Everyone is on Their Own Bike

I have been biking my kids around on a Dutch cargo bike for nearly five years. My eldest has recently learned to ride on his own and, as we are preparing to make the transition from passenger to solo rider, I have talked to other parents who are already experienced in the art of family bicycle convoys. I asked my friend, Krista Pfeiffer, how she taught her young kids to ride solo. I rode with them...

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...

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...

Ridealong: Bike Courier Julian Root

Back in the 90s, I was a bike courier in DC. The internet and the economy have conspired to make it a lot harder to earn a living as a messenger since then. To see how things have changed, I spent a day with Julian Root, a Philly courier I had met in 2010 while we both worked at the Bicycle Coalition.  The day I rode with Julian topped out in the mid 20s, with just a little bit of wind and residua...

Philly Pumptrack receives $10,000 donation

PhillyPumptrack’s Kenn Rymdeko and Harlan Price receiving a check for $10,000 check from Parkside Association of Philadelphia Executive Director Lucinda Hudson. The long-awaited Philly Pumptrack is progressing smoothly—with a few bumps, jumps and berms, of course. At last night’s Parkside Association of Philadelphia (PAP) community meeting, Lucinda Hudson, Executive Director of PAP, pr...

Neighborhood Bike Works Major Taylor Ride

Every year, Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) holds a Major Taylor Ride, a day for food and riding and celebrating our young cyclists’ achievements. On November 30, this year’s riders — featuring an energetic gathering of kids bundled in hats and gloves and adult cyclists in slick winter gear — rode in 40-degree weather through the streets of Philadelphia and into Fairmount Park. Marshall ...

Full Moon Bike Ride

Editor’s note: At our Philly Bike Expo booth, Philly Pedals offered an idea board where guests could write down what they would like to see on the site. One of the more popular demands was information about bike rides. Some were interested in finding new routes they could follow, while others wanted to know about planned rides. We thank you for letting us know what you would like to see: You...