If you biked to work today, give yourself a big pat on the back. In a new report released today, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia reports that, of the 10 most populous cities in the U.S., Philly has the highest percentage of bike commuters. Say it with me, guys: We’re number one!
Looks like whole “If you build it, they will come” thing might actually be true when it comes to bike lanes and bike paths. A new study out of the UK and published in the American Journal of Public Health found that people who live near bike lanes get more exercise each week than people for whom such infrastructure isn’t as easily accessible.
The first Saturday in September is getting mighty crowded, y’all. First there’s the Philly 10K. Then there’s the just-announced Flying Fish 5K. Now there’s also the sixth annual Philly Naked Bike Ride, the annual clothing-optional group bike ride through Center City, happening on Saturday, September 6th.
If you refuse to don a dress in the summer for fear of flashing all your neighbors on your bike commute to work, an ingenious woman named Johanna Holtan and her friends have just the trick for you: All you need is a penny and a rubber band. I’m telling you—this is genius. Check out the simple trick for a flash-free bike ride below.
Proof that Facebook isn’t always the worst: On May 31st, a man suffered a heart attack while biking along the Schuylkill River Trail. Luckily, he was spotted by a bystander with some CPR know-how who called 911. Having just about fully recovered from the incident, the man who suffered the heart attack wants to thank the bystander who saved his life, and he’s using Facebook to find them. Check out the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Facebook status from earlier today, below.
If a leisurely group bike ride—you know, one totally free of anxious riders checking their stopwatches and sideswiping you in a competitive fury—is your idea of a good time, then this is your lucky week: Every month, the aptly named group Take Your Time Bicycle Rides hosts a slow-paced group ride from Rittenhouse Square Park to a fun spot somewhere in the city.
This month’s ride, happening tomorrow evening, will end at Cantina Los Caballitos on East Passyunk Avenue, otherwise known as Margarita Heaven. Is it just me, or does a leisurely bike ride that ends with tequila kind of sound like the greatest Tuesday evening ever?
Good news, cyclists. The Street has just put out a list of the top 10 most bike-able U.S. cities, and Philly made the cut at a cozy number six. With a growing bike-commuter population and the soon-to-be addition of a bike-share program, the city is about to become more friendly towards those on two wheels.
Calling all bikers: As you pedal home tonight, you might want to swing by the Art Museum to join in on the the annual Ride of Silence. This 8-mile bike ride through the streets of Center City, done in silence, honors cyclists who have been injured or killed on the road and brings awareness to cyclists’ right to share the road. This evening, there will be over 250 sister races happening worldwide.
Riders will gather at the steps of the Art Museum tonight at 6:30 p.m. and the ride will kick off at 7. There is no registration fee and no need to RSVP. Just make sure to bring your helmet and a light for your bike, and you’ll be good to go. You can find more info on the ride here.
Mother Nature’s fury, which we are experiencing in full force right now as I type this, forced Philly’s Bike to Work day to be rescheduled for Monday. That’s actually a good thing because it gives you more time to study up on the unspoken rules of the road.
I’ve been biking to work for a solid eight years now, first in DC and now here in Philly. I’ve learned a few things in my time about how to do it without getting run over. Yes, there have been a few close calls, but we’ll call them learning experiences, the fruits of which I will now impart to you.
If you’re an experienced city cyclist, you’ll probably find this list a tad obvious. That’s fine—I’m not writing it for you. This list is for newbies who have always wanted to ride their bikes to work, but for whatever reason haven’t yet taken the plunge.
Here, the unspoken (and a few spoken) rules of conduct for successfully riding your bike in the city.
Looks like we’ll have to wait a few more days to celebrate National Bike to Work Day in Philly: With the forecast calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms tomorrow, the National Bike to Work Day ride, organized by The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department, has been moved to Monday, May 19th.
If you want to join in on the ride, all you’ve got to do is head over to Lloyd Hall at 1 Boathouse Row on Monday morning with your bike and helmet. Riders will begin gathering at 7:30 a.m. and the short, police-escorted ride from Boathouse Row to LOVE Park will leave at 8:15. You can find more info on the ride here. Happy pedaling, folks!