Local Reads: Where to Bike Philadelphia

A new book is the perfect guide for our city's cyclists

Pick up a copy of Lorch's guide to Philly bike routes

Finding safe and varied cycling routes through the city can be tough, especially for beginners or those new to the urban-biking scene. Thankfully, Philly native and avid cyclist Julie Lorch leant her expertise to Where to Bike Philadelphia, her new book detailing over 70 rides in the area geared toward recreational bikers.

A launch party for the book will be held on September 8th at the Cadence Cycling and MultiSport Center in Manayunk, preceded by an easy 30-minute ride along the Schuylkill led by Lorch herself. Reps from local charitable groups Cadence Cycling Foundation,  Neighborhood Bike Works and Gearing Up—who all serve and empower Philly’s neediest citizens through cycling—will also be there to offer support.

To get a signed copy of the book (and some tasty finger food and drinks), hit up the party at 6 p.m. If you’re swept up with cycling fever, you can register on the spot for Bike Philly 2011, the city’s largest annual, family-friendly bike ride taking place just three days later!

Pre-party ride: September 8, 5:30 p.m., Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive.

Launch party: September 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Cadence Cycling and Multisport, 4323 Main Street, 215-508-4300.