If you ever feel like a prisoner being carless in Philly, not anymore: The Clean Air Council just launched GoPhillyGo, a website designed to get all the carless folks in Philly out exploring the city.
First, before you all go full-on caps on me in the comments section, screaming at me for trying to take down a resource that is great for the city, let me say: I love Indego. I have been super excited for the arrival of Philly’s bike share for years now, and now that it’s here, I think it’s a great addition to the city for both everyone who lives here and for folks who come to visit. So let’s be clear: My beef is not with Indego. My beef is with reckless Indego riders.
Ah, the classic compromised bike lane, a lane almost all of us — too many of us — have had the misfortune of cycling into on our pedaling journeys throughout the city. In fact, the Philadelphia Parking Authority reports there have been over 270 blocked bike lanes since December 2013, which is sad considering Philly’s built-in bike-friendliness.
Now, we’re guessing that number is higher since the data appears to have been acquired with the help of the Twitter hashtag #UnblockBikeLanes. The tag, of course, was created for the very purpose of encouraging cyclists to share their BBL incidents with an accompanying photo, thereby allowing the PPA to issue tickets to bike lane transgressors. There’s also the option of calling in to report a blocked bike lane at 215-683-9627.
Imagine all the incidents not reported.
Good news, AAA members: Next time you head out for a long bike ride on your own, no need to fear that you’ll get a flat tire and be stranded in the middle of nowhere with no one to call, thinking to yourself, Oh man, this is how horror movies start. In a press release today, AAA announced they’ve added bicycle roadside assistance to Basic, Plus and Premier AAA Mid-Atlantic memberships, at no extra cost. Awesome, right?
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Awhile back, we told you guys that, of the most populous cities in the U.S., Philly has the highest percentage of bike commuters. And this is super awesome (go us!), but also a bit confusing, considering when it comes to infrastructure — in other words, the stuff that makes bikers feel comfortable on the streets — Philly is kind of lacking. So why are there so many cyclists in Philly, despite the lack of bike-friendly infrastructure to support them?
Well, Streetfilms, an organization that creates short films about sustainable transportation, set out to get the answer. They talked to a bunch of folks, asking why they use a bike to get around Philly, and the answers they got were pretty interesting. Read more »
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia recently rolled a new photo-centric blog called IBikePHL, which gives a very cool glimpse into the way biking and bike accessibility play crucial roles in everyday life for Philadelphians from all over the city.
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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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