Trail Etiquette: 7 Rules We Wish Everyone Would Follow on the Schuylkill River Trail

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

This past weekend — a long one, complete with 65-degree weather in freakin’ February — was the kind of weekend that causes a person to spew out delusional sentences like, “Who needs California? I basically live in California. We have avocado toast! And sunshine! And trails! WHO needs California?!”

I was yelling such statements to my boyfriend, who was undoubtedly rolling his eyes, as we biked down a sun-splashed Spring Garden Street, dressed in sweatshirts (in February! Like California!), to make our way to the Schuylkill River Trail — with a pit-stop at Whole Foods for sushi (I was really embracing the whole wannabe-California-resident thing) — to get a good long bike ride and picnic in.

This didn’t go exactly as planned.

The SRT was packed — like human-traffic-jam-level packed — with other enthusiastic, sunshine-loving, movement-loving folks looking to get their run, bike and walk on along the river. And it was still lovely, but our bike ride ended up being a verrrry slow one (at points, walkers were moving just as fast) with many hurdles — dogs darting across the path! Tiny humans darting across the path! People stopped in the middle of the trail — bikes and all — to take selfies! We only managed to make it to East Falls before we gave up and hunkered down on the side of the trail to dig into our avocado rolls. After soaking up some sunshine, we crossed the East Falls Bridge, braving the many bumps on the (much less crowded) MLK path for our ride back.

Now, don’t get me wrong: It’s AWESOME that so many people utilize the Schuylkill River Trail. It’s a wonderful resource to have access to in the middle of a city, accessible to residents spanning across a slew of neighborhoods. (And with warm weather — and Broad Street Run training season! — headed our way, the trail will only fill up more.) But this busy Sunday ride got me thinking about a few rules that I wish everyone would follow to make using the trail a bit more pleasant for all. Read ‘em below. And if you have rules you wish everyone on the SRT would follow, shout ‘em out in the comments.

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The Checkup: The Expert-Backed Case for Skipping Your Workout Today (Really!)

• If you’re just re-kick-starting your commitment to your New Year’s resolution of getting fit, do know, you don’t need to hit the gym every single day. Experts recommend sticking to an every-other-day gym routine (so around three days a week) to start — and easing up on the intensity of your workouts while you’re at it — in order to see the best results. [Self]

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There Won’t Be a Manayunk Bike Race This Year

Philly Bike Race 2013

AP Photo | Joseph Kaczmarek

The Manayunk bike race, most recently known as the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, will not be run in 2017. The race posted the news on its website on Friday morning.

The race sponsors passed along a statement from the City of Philadelphia: “Regrettably, even after extensive fundraising efforts, we were not able to find enough sponsors interested in covering the $1 million cost of the bike race to host it this year. While we are disappointed, we remain committed to working with Councilman Jones as well as the East Falls, Roxborough and Manayunk commercial corridors on other events, including a Free Streets event in that area.”  Read more »

The Checkup: Hooray! Philly’s Bike Lanes to Get Serious Upgrade 

• Well, this is exciting: Yesterday, funding boosts for 51 transportation projects across Pennsylvania were announced. Included on the list: $250,000 to the City of Philadelphia for flexible delineator posts to create 27 miles of protected bikes lanes in Philly (YASSS). Looks like the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s map of a magical Philadelphia with 30 miles of protected bike lanes might come in handy soon! Also on that list for funding? Nearly $1 million to add 16 Indego stations. It’s a good day for cyclists, eh? [Philly.com]

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Womp, Womp: 5th Street Tunnel Bike Lane Loses Barriers for Winter 

The installation of a protected bike lane in the 5th Street tunnel was met with lots of cheers from cyclists when it debuted over the summer, so this news is a bummer: According to the folks over at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the flex posts in the 5th Street tunnel — which serve as a barrier between cyclists from cars, creating a protected bike lane  — have been removed for the winter. So there will still be a bike lane in the tunnel through the winter months, but it won’t be a protected bike lane. Say it with us: Womp, womp.

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The Checkup: The Health and Wellness Trends You’ll See Everywhere in 2017

• The folks over at Well + Good just put out their annual list of wellness trend predictions for 2017 and there are some interesting items on the list. Namely, wellness and beauty companies getting in on the cannabis game — though not in the form that will make you completely loopy — and workleisure becoming socially acceptable. So basically, in 2017, we’ll be living in a very relaxed world where everyone wears stretchy pants to the office? I can dig it. [Well + Good]

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The Checkup: Why You’re Terrible At Your Job the Day After the Eagles Lose a Game 

• If you feel like you kind of suck at your job on days after the Eagles lose a game, you’re not wrong: A new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology found that mood, work engagement and job performance all drop the day after a fan’s team loses a game. (Finally, a perk to not caring about football.) [Men’s Health]

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