Free Coffee AND Free Tune-Ups: 3 Things Every Philly Cyclist Should Do This Week

Ride of Silence | Photo via Facebook

Ride of Silence | Photo via Facebook

’Tis National Bike to Work Week, friends! And there is a whole lot of (free!) stuff on the agenda this week, some of it somber — the Ride of Silence is tomorrow — and some of it oh-so-sweet. I’m lookin’ at you, free bike tune-ups at Hotel Monaco. Then there’s Bike to Work Day, which is always a blast and a half. I mean, you get free breakfast en route to work — like a dream come true. Below, all the details for the cycling-centric events you should have on your calendar this week.

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Drumroll, Please: This Is When SoulCycle’s First Philly-Area Studio Opens

Photo courtesy SoulCycle

Photo courtesy SoulCycle

Back in January, SoulCycle announced that they’d be setting up shop in the Philly area (finally!) — in Ardmore’s Suburban Square, to be exact. Well, it’s almost time for them to open their doors, friends: We just got word from the folks at SoulCycle that the studio’s Ardmore location will be opening Friday, May 27th. Let the countdown begin! Read more »

Workouts Plus Wine: The Winery Fitness Events You Should Have on Your Calendar

Crossing Vineyards and Winery | Photo via Facebook

Crossing Vineyards and Winery | Photo via Facebook

If your idea of the perfect post-workout drink is a glass of wine, the folks at Newtown’s Crossing Vineyards and Winery are on the same page. This spring and summer, the winery is hosting a slew of fitness events, all of which end with wine. And cheese, too! Talk about dreams coming true.  Read more »

Indego to Embrace Fairmount Park This Year

Photo | Indego Facebook

Photo | Indego Facebook

The Indego bike share network turns one this April, and while the folks who run it are pleased with how well it’s done so far, it still has plenty of growing to do. Its expansion plans for the next year will both promote bike riding in Philadelphia’s biggest park and advance its mission of increasing bike ridership in the city’s disadvantaged communities.

Aaron Ritz, complete streets implementation manager in the city’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, said that in the year ahead, 24 bike share stations would be added, most of them in neighborhoods bordering East and West Fairmount Park, including Brewerytown, Strawberry Mansion, Parkside, Mantua and Belmont.
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Update: The Latest Community Effort to Make the Schuylkill River Trail Safer

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Back in December, after stories of cyclists and runners being harassed by teenagers on the Schuylkill River Trail began to circulate, Jon Lyons, founder of Run215 and a stakeholder on the Schuylkill River Trail Steering Committee, wrote a piece for us breaking down how, exactly, the committee, with the help of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and the city, was working to make the SRT safer.

The efforts he talked about then included increased patrol, repairs to lighting along the trail, and the improvement of mile markers and trail signage, among other pushes to make sure people feel safe using the trail. Now, after three new incidents of people being harassed on the trail were reported this week, the steering committee, along with Johnson, has added another effort, this one community-based, to the mix in order to make the trail safer for all users: Meet the Schuylkill River Trail Community Watch, a volunteer program consisting of trained members of the community who will be tasked with patrolling the trail and promoting a positive, safe environment for all users. Read more »

Are Biking Desks the New Treadmill Desks?

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

The news keeps telling us that we’re sitting too much, particularly at work, and that it’s really hurting our health. As word has spread, solutions to our sedentary sickness have popped up, namely the treadmill desk. But according to ScienceDaily, there’s a new device out there that could change the active-desk game: How would you feel about pedaling — like bike pedaling — at your desk?
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SEPTA, City Eliminate Trolley Track Dangers for Cyclists at 18 Intersections

Paved over tracks

The Streets Department recently paved over trolley tracks at 15 intersections to make things safer for bicyclists. One of those intersections was 11th and Pine. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

Just in time for Indego’s rollout, bicycling in Philadelphia has gotten a bit safer.

Last year, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Katie Monroe was injured when she fell at 11th and Reed streets. Her bicycle tire was caught in an unused track from the old 23 trolley. She fell off her bike, breaking her jaw. The accident led to a plan to cover the trolley tracks at several high-trafficked locations. “It had just gotten rocky at those particular locations,” SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.

SEPTA removed trolley tracks at five locations in 2014. And, in the past 2 to 3 weeks, the Streets Department has completed paving over 13 more intersections, plus additional paving at two locations SEPTA said it worked at last year. Read more »

This New Women Bike PHL Cycling Team’s Story Will Convince You to Find a Workout Buddy, Stat

Women Bike PHL Devo Team | Photo via Annie Monjar

Women Bike PHL Devo Team | Photo via Annie Monjar

This winter, two Philly ladies, Elisabeth Reinkordt and Michelle Lee, started a new cycling team for beginners called Women Bike PHL Devo, with the goal of getting women who’d never completed a bike race in their lives race-day ready. Yesterday, cycling blog Ella featured a piece highlighting the highs, lows, and triumphs of training season from the perspective of two of the team’s seven members, one of them through the eyes of co-founder Lee, and the other from teammate Anjali Chainani’s point of view. And, along with being seriously inspiring, both stories are basically PSAs telling everyone to go get a workout buddy, like, now.
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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 »

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