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 »

Need a Bike? There’s a Huge Bike Swap This Weekend


Photo by Jeff Fusco

As cost-effective (and environmentally friendly) as bikes are, buying one certainly isn’t cheap. If you’re in the market for a bike, or looking to upgrade your current one, Danzeisen & Quigley will be hosting their 18th annual bike swap this Saturday and Sunday in Cherry Hill. Bikes, bike frames, wheel sets, car racks, jogging strollers and lots more will be available at this consignment sale. In short: This is basically a cyclist’s dream. Even better, a portion of all sales will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Free Bike Tune-Ups at Hotel Monaco Tomorrow



If you’re cruising through the city tomorrow, be sure to give your bike a little TLC and stop by Hotel Monaco for their second annual Cycle Check-up event. The Kimpton Hotel is partnering with Keswick Cycle for a pop-up bike shop, where mechanics will perform on-the-spot wheel and tire inspections, express tune-ups, and adjustments on front and rear derailleurs and brakes—all for free. There will even be snacks, courtesy of Red Owl Tavern, and the chance to enter a raffle for a free Fuji bike. Holler!

The pop-up shop will be located in front of Hotel Monaco (433 Chestnut Street), from 7 to 9 a.m., noon to 2 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m. First come, first served.

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To Do: Sufferfest at Inner Drive Studio This Sunday


Photo via Inner Drive Studio

Photo via Inner Drive Studio

This might just be the workout of all workouts: This Sunday, Newtown Square’s Inner Drive Studio is hosting A Worthy Quest Through Sufferfest — an all-day indoor cycling marathon, where participants will pedal to the beat of 10 hour-long interactive biking videos, taking them through various terrain, like steep mountain climbs and downhill rides.

It’s sounds…hard, right? I mean, they don’t call it Sufferfest for nothin’. But all that suffering is for a good cause: Proceeds from the event will go toward the Tony Snow & Betty Jo Caregiver Support Fund, a charity supporting those affected by colon cancer.

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