This weekend, two great things are happening: First off, we’re supposed to see temps in the high 60s (hallelujah!), with lots of sun; and two, it just so happens to be Opening Weekend for the Circuit Trails, also known as the hundreds of multi-use trails around the region. And to celebrate, there are tons of trail happenings — including LOTS of group bike rides — going down around town. So go ahead and dust off your Schwinn, and get ready to pedal in the sun this weekend. Read more »
If I were to dream up the best weekend ever, it would involve biking along the Schuylkill River Trail, refueling with really good food straight from a farm — at the farm! — while drinking local beer, getting my dessert on with some s’mores, then camping out under the stars. If that sounds like your dream weekend, too, you’ll be pleased to hear that the folks behind Bikeout, a new “bike camping adventure” in Philly, have designed a weekend that looks just like that, plus more. Read more »
• You know when you wake up with eye boogers? Or worse, you wake up next to someone else with gnarly eye boogers? Well, turns out that gunk is a combo of mucus, dust, lint, bacteria and dead skin cells, and the reason you have eye boogers in the morning and is because you’re not flushing your eyes out at night by blinking. Not that any of this information makes them any less gross. [Refinery29]
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With the sun making more of a regular appearance, it seems like warmer days are finally here to stay (please?). And along with the spring weather comes a slew of bike races that will get you to shake off those winter blues that facilitated far too many Netflix marathons.
To help you leave the cave you’ve been hibernating in, we’ve put together a list of awesome bike rides happening throughout the spring and summer seasons. The best part: They’re all charity rides, i.e. your ticket to earning some good karma. Check ’em out below. Read more »
We were super excited last fall when the Manayunk Bridge Trail, a train bridge-turned-pedestrian path that connects Manayunk to Montgomery County, officially opened for business. And then, one day later, we were super bummed about it.
That’s because it took trail users nary 24 hours to realize a major snafu in the execution of the project: namely, that lights hadn’t been installed, so the bridge closed every evening at 6 p.m., making it a less-than-useful option for commuters. It turned out the original plans called for conduit for lighting to be laid, but the budget fell short of providing funds for the lights themselves. Read more »
In the category of Things We Would Have Never Seen Coming in 10,000 Years, there’s this: Stu Bykofsky — yes, that Stu Bykofsky, the Philadelphia Daily News columnist who famously hates cyclists — announced today that he’s hosting a bike ride. Actually, “hosting” isn’t even the right word; he’s the grand marshall of the first-ever Byko’s Safe Bike Ride, in which cyclists are required to follow all the rules of the road. Naturally.
And to be perfectly fair to Stu, he doesn’t hate cyclists per se: “I do not like bad bicycle behavior,” he told me yesterday. He added, “I do not think we need bike lanes — they’re a waste of space.” Read more »
From June 22nd to 24th, professionals who specialize in bikes, transportation and social justice will gather at the Cira Centre for the first-ever Better Bike Sharing Conference. The idea is to get like-minded thinkers together to discuss how to make bike-share more accessible for low-income families.
The conference is hosted by many of the major players in the bike-sharing world: PeopleForBikes, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, and the city government.
“The conference will help stakeholders understand how transportation in general and bike-share in particular fits in the context of broader community needs such as access to jobs, better health and reducing violence,” PeopleForBikes wrote in a statement. Read more »
Last summer, after witnessing one too many oh-so-baffling moves made by riders of Indego — Philly’s bikeshare program that, at that point, had just recently launched — I wrote a piece titled, “Dear Indego Riders, Please Don’t Give Philly Cyclists a Bad Rap.” Read more »
The Indego bike share network turns one this April, and while the folks who run it are pleased with how well it’s done so far, it still has plenty of growing to do. Its expansion plans for the next year will both promote bike riding in Philadelphia’s biggest park and advance its mission of increasing bike ridership in the city’s disadvantaged communities.
Aaron Ritz, complete streets implementation manager in the city’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, said that in the year ahead, 24 bike share stations would be added, most of them in neighborhoods bordering East and West Fairmount Park, including Brewerytown, Strawberry Mansion, Parkside, Mantua and Belmont. Read more »