So Cool: Mount Airy Bike Shop Installs SEPTA Bus Mural with Working Bike Rack

SEPTA bus mural with working bike rack | Photo via the Philly Electric Wheels blog

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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This Is How the City Is Making the Schuylkill River Trail Safer

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 »

The Checkup: Awesome News About Philly’s Bike Lanes

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• 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 PhiladelphiaRead more »

Philly Bike Expo Returns This Weekend

Philly Bike Expo

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 »

Find Your Fit: The 5 Best Local Bike Shops to Get You Geared Up

Philadelphia Bikesmith | Photo by Mark Stehle Photography

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 »

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