If the changing leaves of fall are your jam, we’re pretty sure this group bike ride, put together by PopeRide organizer Alexandria Schneider, will be too: The Leaf Ride, happening Saturday, October 17th, will take cyclists from Franklin Square to tree-heavy spots around the city to take in the turning leaves of fall. Doesn’t that just sound lovely?
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In case you missed it, this past weekend, Ben Franklin Bridge turned into a scene from The Walking Dead (minus the zombies, thank goodness). There were no cars allowed, making it an urban oasis of sorts for runners, cyclists, walkers — everyone! Emily and I made our way over the bridge, and all I said for pretty much the entire walk was “Ughhhh, I wish it was like this all the time. I mean, I know that’s not practical BUT … ” over and over and over again. I was probably a pretty annoying walking companion, actually.
It was just such a sight to see a bridge, usually clogged with grumpy commuters, clogged with people — and many a cute dog — getting their sweat on. And it was pretty darn Instagram-worthy, too. So below, our favorite Instagram photos from the car-free Ben Franklin Bridge this weekend. Read more »
UPDATE, 11:08 a.m.: Quick change to the Friday night Ben Franklin Bridge ride, folks. (As with all things Pope-related, this is a moving target.) A ride is still happening — meet at Washington Square Park at 9:30 — but you won’t be going over the bridge. “I got an email from the DRPA regarding the Bridge Ride,” Schneider tells me. “There will be heavy machinery on the bridge all night, and it will be unsafe for bikes and pedestrians, so the ride is just a social ride through the city.”
The plan is to ride around the security zone, instead. Glowsticks and light-up gear are still encourage. Details on this ride are here.
ORIGINAL: The PopeRide is ON this weekend, people! If you’re inflating your tires as we speak and decking out your bike in appropriate Pope-related paraphernalia (I’d like to see a picture, please), you’ll want to read on for a few updated logistical items for Saturday’s massive group bike ride inside the mostly-closed-to-cars traffic box. Read more »
The photo below comes via Philly Pedals and was snapped by Philly cyclist and TimeCycle courier Ryan Filson — and honestly I think it says it all about the state of Center City right now.
(Though, if I may, bike commuting to work was an absolute DREAM this morning, as there were approximately two cars on the road the entire way. I’ve never gotten to my desk faster.) Read more »
Summer is great for many things: ditching work early on a Friday, backyard barbecues, day drinking on the beach without shame. But fall is a whole different ballgame that comes with equally great (though I’m sure Be Well editor Emily would say greater) offerings: Apple picking! The changing leaves! A generally less-sweaty life!
In anticipation of the first day of fall, coming up in just a week (can you believe it?!), 10 things we are so looking forward to, below. Read more »
Well, wow. When we first posted about the PopeRide, the unsanctioned, for-fun group bike ride to be held on mostly-closed-to-traffic city streets on September 26th during the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, a seemingly impressive 350 people had signed up to join in. Two weeks later, more than 1,200 people (!) have RSVP’d so far, saying they’re planning to be there, with another 200 maybes and a total of 2,600 invites. So um, yeah, I’d say the idea has taken off. Read more »
Papal Visit Bike Map
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.
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Grab your helmet, guys: CoreFitness’ first annual Bike Week is just around the corner! That’s right, the folks over at CoreFitness will be hosting group bike rides and bike-related events from August 2nd through August 8th. Sweet, right? Read more »
• 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]
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Photo via Philly Naked Bike Ride/Facebook
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.
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