A Portion of the Ben Franklin Parkway Bike Lanes Is Disappearing (Temporarily)

Photo via Google Maps

Photo via Google Maps

UPDATE 5:18 p.m.: Well, this is pretty awesome. Randy LoBasso from the Bicycle Coalition called me a few minutes ago to say the city has done a total 180 on the Ben Franklin Parkway bike-lane situation. In response to the general, well, outrage over the proposed yearlong removal of the bike lanes between the 1600 to 1800 block, the Streets Department now says they are going to maintain four feet of bike lanes in both directions for the duration of the project. Victory! The Bicycle Coalition has the full skinny — check it out here.

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ORIGINAL: I almost spit my lunch out today when I saw a troublesome new post on the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s blog about the not-so-bright future for a portion of the bike lanes along the Ben Franklin Parkway — namely, that they’re about to disappear for the next year. What gives?  Read more »

Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin: “I Like Riding My Bike”

Connor Barwin | Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Connor Barwin | Photograph by Jeff Fusco

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is apparently in membership-drive mode this week, and it looks like they roped Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin in on the campaign. He’s featured in a quick PSA, posted online this week, explaining why he supports the Bicycle Coalition and bike riding in Philadelphia.  Read more »

6 Spring Charity Bike Rides to Have on Your Radar

Penn Medicine's Million Dollar Bike Ride

Penn Medicine’s Million Dollar Bike Ride

Last week, when we posted our guide to springtime charity runs in our area, a reader asked if we had a similar guide for charity bike rides. Well, we didn’t then — but we do now. Ask and ye shall receive, friends.

Check out these Philly-area rides — all different distances, all different locations — where you can put your pedal power to good use. Read more »

Calling All History Buffs: This Philly Public Art Bike Map Is Awesome 

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™

If you’ve been hard-pressed to find even the slightest bit of motivation to hop on your bike during these colder months, here’s something that might get you back in the saddle: Museum Without Walls’ Outdoor Sculpture Bike Map.

Museum Without Walls is a program of the Art Association for Public Art, and this awesome map they’ve created offers two routes for bikers to explore Philly’s outdoor sculptures. Both loops take you past at least 18 outdoor sculptures, some dating all the way back to the 1870s, along with great views, like the view across the river from Laurel Hill Cemetery. Plus, along the way, you can hear all about the history of many of the sculptures you’re seeing by listening to the free Museum Without Walls audio. How cool is that?  Read more »

The $3 Hack to Make Your Bike Tires Skid-Proof for Snowy Winter Rides

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Shutterstock

Man, the gals over that the Women Bike PHL Facebook group are killing it lately with useful tidbits for bike commuters. First, they alerted us to this weird yet ingenious trick for keeping your hands warm during cold winter rides, and now they’ve left a trail of breadcrumbs for a $3 hack that could make snowy winter rides a whole heck of a lot safer.

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The Be Well Philly Wish List: Let’s Make Philly the Best City for Fitness in 2015

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Over here in Be Well Philly Land, we’re pretty much always talking about what we absolutely love about Philly’s fitness-and-health-food scene (The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk! HipCityVeg!) or, on the flip side, what we feel like it’s missing. I mean, after all, it is kind of our job to talk about this stuff all day.

Today, we got to talking about what we wish we had more of (or less of, in some cases)—the kinds of things that, if we did have more of them, could be just what we need to make Philly the greatest city for fitness in the world. It’s a lofty goal, I know. But Philly was just ranked the second best shopping city in the world (puzzlingly, but still) and third on a list of the year’s best travel destinations. Who’s to say we can’t be the be-all-end-all city for fitness, too?

Below, 10 things we think would make Philly the best city for fitness in 2015. And the best part about this list? A lot of these things, like more trail-running groups and more free fitness classes, are totally in our control. So consider this our rallying cry: Let’s make it happen, people!

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