Old City resident Rebecca Levenberg lost her leg in a bike accident. But since learning to rollerblade, rock climb and, yes, bicycle in a prosthesis, she hasn’t looked back. This is Rebecca’s story, in her own words.
I’d been a bike commuter for about five years when, in November 2010, a garbage truck hit me. I was riding my bike to work, in the bike lane.
I always knew there were risks. But you hear about cyclists getting hit by a door or breaking their wrist—not losing their legs.
The truck crushed my left leg completely. I sustained severe internal injuries, broken ribs and a fractured pelvis. I was wearing a helmet, and I didn’t have head injuries. The doctors at Jefferson had to amputate my leg to save my life. In total, I’ve had 15 surgeries since the accident.
Weavers Way Co-op’s ninth annual Urban Farm Bike Ride returns this weekend, with two-wheeled tours of several farms in city limits.
It seems like just about every other big city around—D.C., New York, Chicago, Boston—has launched a bike share program in the past few years. So, where the heck is ours? Well, it’s coming guys: The Philly bike share program is expected to launch in the spring of 2015 (yay!), but before then, the city wants you to chime in on where you think bike share stations should go with a handy interactive map.
Calling all Philly cyclists: This Saturday, Fishtown’s Bicycle Stable is hosting a huge bike swap meet, and you are invited. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the bike shop will be selling and trading tons of used bikes and bike parts. Plus for just $10, anyone is welcome to set up shop to sell their bike-related goods for the day.
For your sake, I’m going to go ahead and skip over the 7,389 inappropriate puns that I’m dying to include in this introduction. Here, 11 hilarious photos from this year’s Philly Naked Bike Ride.
How cool is this? Later this month, the first annual Philly Bikes & Beers ride comes to town, an oh-so-Philly version of a ride that was popular in San Diego earlier this year. It involves a 14-mile group bike ride around town, with four stops along the way to sample beers.
A reader wondered this morning on Twitter if the Schuylkill River Trail—the part that splits and goes on the Kelly Drive side of the Art Museum—would be impacted by closures around the Made in America concert this weekend. Here’s what we found out.
Grab a pen and paper—you’re going to want to add this to your wish list: A new bike, designed with just about every feature a bike commuter could ever want will be available to buy in 2015, and it looks freakin’ awesome.
If you biked to work today, give yourself a big pat on the back. In a new report released today, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia reports that, of the 10 most populous cities in the U.S., Philly has the highest percentage of bike commuters. Say it with me, guys: We’re number one!