If you’ve been wondering how you’re going to get around the city when the Pope shows (haven’t we all been wondering that?), the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is here to make your life a little bit easier. They’ve created a Papal Visit bike map — which they will be updating, because information will surely change — that is sure to come in handy for those who get around the city on two wheels.
• If you went a little too hard this Thirsty Thursday (it happens to the best of us), take note: 13 ways to kill a hangover — both before and after it kicks in. And sidenote: If you’re not dealing with a throbbing head and very weak will to live right now, we’re guessing this will come in handy sooner or later — most likely around the holiday season. [Greatist]
Two years ago, I was biking along Spring Garden Street when, seemingly out of nowhere, I was suddenly engulfed in a sea of naked people on bikes. I quickly saw there was no escape route so I went with the flow for a few blocks until I had the chance to turn off. It was the Philly Naked Bike Ride, and it had taken me by surprise, but I knew it was a thing that happened, so I wasn’t too taken aback by the steady stream of bare-naked butts peddling past me. You know what would leave me incredibly taken aback, though? If I were sipping on a soy latte at Rocket Cat Cafe and, all of a sudden, I looked up and saw a naked man ordering from the barista.
That’s what happened to some not-so-happy customers last Friday, after a man promoting the Philly Naked Bike Ride showed up to the cafe naked and, with the owner’s permission, walked around the cafe with zero clothes on (!!) for a good hour.
Yo, bikers: Our legions are yet again increasing, according to a newly released study by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
Last fall, the coalition counted the number of cyclists on 18 intersections and bridges throughout the city during the morning and evening rush hours. The group counted 168 bikes per hour in 2014, compared to 160 a year prior. Read more »
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.