SEPTA bus mural with working bike rack | Photo via the Philly Electric Wheels blog
Guys, I just stumbled across a post on the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s blog and I couldn’t not share it with you: It’s all about the mural above, installed by Mount Airy bike shop Philly Electric Wheels. So you see the SEPTA mural — a new addition to the shop — up there? Get this: That bike rack sitting on the mural is a working SEPTA bike rack, and the shop uses it to teach riders how to get their bikes on and off of a SEPTA bus — usually a pretty intimidating process, mostly for the stank eye you get while trying to figure it out.
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Editor’s note: Over the summer, reports began to surface on social media of assaults occurring on the Schuylkill River Trail. Stories emerged of cyclists being shoved off their bikes, runners being chased and cornered and women being assaulted. Multiple accounts described a group of teens on bikes perpetrating the incidents. In September, local media began reporting on what was going on, as police began investigating one specific incident that involved a female runner being surrounded by a group of teens on bikes and being slapped on her backside.
We followed the postings and back-and-forth on the very active Run215 Facebook page, where a lot of folks pointed out issues with the trail itself (lights being out, lack of consistent police patrolling, etc.) that made the SRT less safe than it should be. Not surprisingly (to those who know him, anyway), founder Jon Lyons soon took the lead, organizing advocacy efforts and working with local officials to make changes to the trail that would help keep users safe.
Since then, he’s worked with other groups to meet with city officials on two occasions, with more meetings planned for the future. Below, you’ll find Jon’s report on the second meeting, which happened just last week. The takeaway? That the city is taking this seriously, and change, at last, is coming. Read more »
Photo via Indego
If you haven’t had a chance yet to take an Indego bike out for a whirl, mark your calendar for Monday, December 21st. The bike-share program is hosting the Polar Express Ride, in which you give a little and get, well, a free bike ride. Read more »
Holiday Lights Bike Ride | Photo via Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia/Facebook
If you missed out on last week’s Holiday Lights Run, you’re in luck: Here’s another opportunity to peep South Philly’s festive light displays, this time from atop two wheels. Read more »
• Here’s a new ranking to hang your bike helmet on: Philly leads the country with the most bike lanes per square mile. With 426 total miles of bike lanes, our 4.3 miles of bike lanes per square mile beat out New York City, LA, Phoenix and San Diego, among others. I guess it’s no surprise that we’re the most-biked big city in the U.S., too. [Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia] Read more »
• Fact: We all probably all need to wash our sheets more often. According to experts, we should all be washing them once a week. (Insert the ashamed-monkey emoji here.) But what’s more interesting is probably when we don’t necessarily need to wash them — like after fighting off a cold. Who knew? [Yahoo Health]
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Break out your dapper-est duds, ladies and gents: The Philadelphia Tweed Ride returns this weekend for a fancy-fied bike ride through the city. Read more »
• Let us all take a moment to cheer on Indego member Joel M., who took eight hours out of his day to pedal to all 73 Indego bike share stations in Philadelphia. He documented it with Instagram photos so we can all join the fun. Thanks, Joel! [Ride Indego] Read more »
Philly Bike Expo
If you’re into bikes — or curious about Philly’s awesome bike culture — there’s one place you need to be this weekend: The sixth annual Philadelphia Bike Expo. This year, it’s being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, and organizers have all sorts of two-wheeled fun in store. Read more »
Philadelphia Bikesmith | Photo by Mark Stehle Photography
For getting around town: Firehouse Bicycles and Wolf Cycles (West Philly)
Put your Craigslist search on hold: The stock of upcycled bikes at these shops — both under the same ownership — is deep. You’ll find everything from used hybrids to single speeds to classic road bikes, all in tip-top shape thanks to a team of expert mechanics. Read more »