Tons of great fitness stuff happening this weekend, friends! From yoga-and-smoothie socials (yes, please!) to the always fun Penn Relays, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
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Photo by Arthur Etchells
City bikers, rejoice: A new buffered bike lane running along the West side of Rittenhouse Square popped up over the weekend, PlanPhilly reports. And just in time for the Thursday launch of the Indego bike share, too!
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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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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 »
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.
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 »
Photograph by Jeff Fusco
Well, here’s something you don’t see every day: A Philly cyclist posted a Craiglist ad earlier this week, saying he had a stranger’s bike in his possession and he’s looking to return it. Nice, right? Read more »
Connor Barwin | Photograph by Jeff Fusco
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is apparently in membership-drive mode this week, and it looks like they roped Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin in on the campaign. He’s featured in a quick PSA, posted online this week, explaining why he supports the Bicycle Coalition and bike riding in Philadelphia. Read more »
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Penn Medicine’s Million Dollar Bike Ride
Last week, when we posted our guide to springtime charity runs in our area, a reader asked if we had a similar guide for charity bike rides. Well, we didn’t then — but we do now. Ask and ye shall receive, friends.
Check out these Philly-area rides — all different distances, all different locations — where you can put your pedal power to good use. Read more »
Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™
If you’ve been hard-pressed to find even the slightest bit of motivation to hop on your bike during these colder months, here’s something that might get you back in the saddle: Museum Without Walls’ Outdoor Sculpture Bike Map.
Museum Without Walls is a program of the Art Association for Public Art, and this awesome map they’ve created offers two routes for bikers to explore Philly’s outdoor sculptures. Both loops take you past at least 18 outdoor sculptures, some dating all the way back to the 1870s, along with great views, like the view across the river from Laurel Hill Cemetery. Plus, along the way, you can hear all about the history of many of the sculptures you’re seeing by listening to the free Museum Without Walls audio. How cool is that? Read more »