Awesome Bike News: AAA Offers Roadside Assistance for Bicycles Now

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Good news, AAA members: Next time you head out for a long bike ride on your own, no need to fear that you’ll get a flat tire and be stranded in the middle of nowhere with no one to call, thinking to yourself, Oh man, this is how horror movies start. In a press release today, AAA announced they’ve added bicycle roadside assistance to Basic, Plus and Premier AAA Mid-Atlantic memberships, at no extra cost. Awesome, right?
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Mystery Solved: This Is Why So Many People in Philly Bike

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Awhile back, we told you guys that, of the most populous cities in the U.S., Philly has the highest percentage of bike commuters. And this is super awesome (go us!), but also a bit confusing, considering when it comes to infrastructure — in other words, the stuff that makes bikers feel comfortable on the streets — Philly is kind of lacking. So why are there so many cyclists in Philly, despite the lack of bike-friendly infrastructure to support them?

Well, Streetfilms, an organization that creates short films about sustainable transportation, set out to get the answer. They talked to a bunch of folks, asking why they use a bike to get around Philly, and the answers they got were pretty interesting.  Read more »

This Is What Biking in Philly Looks Like

Khy and June, two bikers featured on IBikePHL.

Khy and June, two bikers featured on IBikePHL.

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia recently rolled a new photo-centric blog called IBikePHL, which gives a very cool glimpse into the way biking and bike accessibility play crucial roles in everyday life for Philadelphians from all over the city.
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This New Women Bike PHL Cycling Team’s Story Will Convince You to Find a Workout Buddy, Stat

Women Bike PHL Devo Team | Photo via Annie Monjar

Women Bike PHL Devo Team | Photo via Annie Monjar

This winter, two Philly ladies, Elisabeth Reinkordt and Michelle Lee, started a new cycling team for beginners called Women Bike PHL Devo, with the goal of getting women who’d never completed a bike race in their lives race-day ready. Yesterday, cycling blog Ella featured a piece highlighting the highs, lows, and triumphs of training season from the perspective of two of the team’s seven members, one of them through the eyes of co-founder Lee, and the other from teammate Anjali Chainani’s point of view. And, along with being seriously inspiring, both stories are basically PSAs telling everyone to go get a workout buddy, like, now.
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Be Among the First to Ride a Philly Bike Share Bike Next Week

Photo via Indego/Facebook

Photo via Indego/Facebook

At long last, Philly’s much anticipated bike share program, Indego, is set to launch next week on April 23rd. To kick it off in style, Indego is hosting a launch party at Eakins Oval on Thursday.

In addition to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, music and snacks, there will be a Critical Mass-like “ride-off,” during which time groups of volunteers will ride fleets of bikes to Indego docking stations around town. Guess what? You can be one of those volunteers.  Read more »

A Portion of the Ben Franklin Parkway Bike Lanes Is Disappearing (Temporarily)

Photo via Google Maps

Photo via Google Maps

UPDATE 5:18 p.m.: Well, this is pretty awesome. Randy LoBasso from the Bicycle Coalition called me a few minutes ago to say the city has done a total 180 on the Ben Franklin Parkway bike-lane situation. In response to the general, well, outrage over the proposed yearlong removal of the bike lanes between the 1600 to 1800 block, the Streets Department now says they are going to maintain four feet of bike lanes in both directions for the duration of the project. Victory! The Bicycle Coalition has the full skinny — check it out here.

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ORIGINAL: I almost spit my lunch out today when I saw a troublesome new post on the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s blog about the not-so-bright future for a portion of the bike lanes along the Ben Franklin Parkway — namely, that they’re about to disappear for the next year. What gives?  Read more »

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