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Safe Routes Philly Gets Stimulus Boost

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      AROUND THE REGION
Moorestown Bicycle Planning Kicks Off

Philadelphia rolls out
Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan for Public Comment

Chester County is halfway through construction on the Chester Valley Trail and about to begin construction of the Schuylkill River Trail from Cromby to Parkers Ford.

Bike Summits Galore -- New Jersey's in February drew 130 bicyclists; Pennsylvania's is planned for May 4th and Delaware's is scheduled for May 21st.

Shifting Gears: Take the Regional Bicycle Survey

Montgomery Co's Cynwyd Heritage Trail Workdays 

VOLUNTEER NIGHT

Volunteer Night
Wed April 7 @ 6:30pm

 Outreach Training &
Envelope Stuffing
 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 1107
 
Click here for more info
FEATURED LOCAL EVENTS
For details visit our Calendar

Sat Apr 10 
Philadelphia Courteous Mass!
 - Start at Locust and the Schuylkill River Trail at 10am 

Thu Apr 15 
Urban Sustainability Gubernatorial Forum

Sat Apr 17 
Philadelphia Mountain Biking Association Rally in the Valley

Academy of Natural Sciences Earth Day Festival

Sun Apr 18
Girls with Gears
 

Southern Ocean County Hospital Bike and Run Event

Academy of Natural Sciences Earth Day Festival

Thu Apr 22 
EPA Earth Day at the Philadelphia Zoo

Fri Apr 23
EMS Club Day - EMS University City

EPA Earth Day at the Philadelphia Zoo

Sat Apr 24
EMS Club Day - EMS University City

EPA Earth Day at the Philadelphia Zoo  

Fishtown Shadfest

Sun Apr 25 
Jenkintown Greenfest 

Click here to view the full calendar of events.

NBW in North Philly
NBW North Philly

At the beginning of 2010, Neighborhood Bike Works opened up a spacious new workshop (converted from a barbershop) in North Philadelphia, right off Broad St. on Susquehanna Ave.

The North Philly location offers Youth Earn-A-Bike classes for neighborhood students, an adult bike-repair salon in the evenings, and will be opening a bike-repair shop, too! To learn more, contact Cat Bergeron, the shop manager at215-873-6665, or check out NBW's Blog!
 
Dear Bicyclist,

Have you been keeping up with all the announcements coming from the Bicycle Coalition? Following last month's award of $23 million for construction of missing segments of the Schuylkill River Trail and East Coast Greenway, this month saw a stimulus award from the CDC for Phase 2 of the Philadelphia Bike Plan and a $680,000 expansion of the Bicycle Coalition's Safe Routes Philly education program.

Then there was the national recognition the Bicycle Coalition received when the Alliance for Biking and Walking named us Bicycle Advocacy Organization of the Year!
 
Your financial support is an investment that paid big dividends in the stimulus awards the region has received. We continue to invest in the successful advocacy that brings in the money needed to build trails, improve streets for bicycling and teach people how to bike safely. Donate today and ride with pride!

Alex Doty
Executive Director


CAMPAIGNS
Complete the Schuylkill River Trail -- Presentations on the Complete the Trail Campaign will be made in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester counties during April and May. 

Help Complete the Schuylkill River Trail! Send your Congressman (and Congresswoman) and Senators
a letter asking them to support appropriations requests for missing trail segments, including the Wissahickon Gateway, Manayunk Bridge and the Spring Garden Greenway.  Send your letter now.

National Bicycle Summit Wrap Up
-- Over 30 Bicycle Coalition members attended the Summit and Capitol Hill Day and got to see us named "Advocacy Organization of the Year" by the Alliance for Biking and Walking and then receive a $20,000 grant from Bikes Belong/REI to improve Philadelphia's Bicycle Friendly Community ranking. A big thank you to all the volunteers who made the trip to DC! 

Philadelphia Bike Parking Is Growing
-- Using stimulus funds, Philadelphia is taking requests for places to put 500 sidewalk inverted U racks (deadline is April 7), and soon will begin converting 1600 parking meter poles into bike racks using rings from Creative Metal Works.  


MORE CAMPAIGNS
EVENTS
Bike Freedom Valley
June 20, 2010
  
Ride Bike Freedom Valley and support the Complete the Schuylkill River Trail Campaign!
 
After 30 years, Bike Freedom Valley returns to its roots - to celebrate the progress of the Schuylkill River Trail (and support completing the trail) as the premier transportation and recreation greenway connecting neighborhoods across the Delaware Valley.
 
Registration includes a map designed by renowned bicycle cartographer Steve Spindler highlighting historic sites, popular shops and eateries (including tomato pie source Conshohocken Bakery) and other places that lie just off the Schuylkill River Trail. On your next ride, take the map and go exploring! 

Registration opens Monday!

Would you like to join the Freedom Valley team?
We are looking for a dedicated individual to fill the position of Volunteer Coordinator for Bike Freedom Valley. Small stipend available. For more information, email maria@bicyclecoalition.org.

ANNUAL MEETING
Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 2! Vote for your board of directors at the meeting. Read the nominee profiles.

MORE EVENTS
EDUCATION
Safe Routes PhillyPlease help us welcome our newest staff member - Cy Maramangalam will be taking the reins as the new Safe Routes Philly Instructor.  For more information on Cy (and all of our staff) visit bicyclecoalition.org/staffbios.

New Stimulus funds for Safe Routes Philly -
Although our Safe Routes Philly program is only a month old we are already expanding.  With the City of Philadelphia's new stimulus award, Safe Routes Philly will be expanding to include a pedestrian safety class as well as bringing our program to all elementary school in the School District of Philadelphia.  More information on the stimulus award is available on our blog.

Summer Scheduling for the Bicycle Ambassadors!
Would you like Bicycle Ambassadors to attend your next event?  Or come to your office and teach our Urban Riding Basics class?  Check out our website for more information on our program, classes and scheduling details.

Courteous Mass - Saturday, April 10th @ 10am
Join your fellow cyclists for a fun, semi-organized and casual ride on Philadelphia streets celebrating the tremendous growth of bicycle culture of all kinds in our great city!  Details on our blog and Facebook page (RSVP's welcome via Facebook).

MORE EDUCATION
SPINZONE
Highlights from our blog & Bicycle Coalition in the News

+ City gets big money to trim waistlines, smoking (Inquirer)
+ Google launches biking directions with Bicycle Coalition data (Technically Philly)
+ US Transportation Secretary Announces Major Policy Shift for Bikes/Peds
(blog)
+ Schuylkill River Trail Reconstruction Finally Begins between East Falls and Ridge
Ave--Detour Details (Blog)
+ Pedal Power Possible (Inquirer Editorial)
+ Delaware Valley cities and towns receive planning money for bike/ped projects (Blog)


MORE SPINZONE
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Follow the Bicycle Ambassadors on Twitter, Facebook, and the BIKEPHL blog.  Education Fellow Max Rosen-Long does an awesome job keeping the Ambassadors social media updated on a daily basis.

Make Your Ride Better!
Bicycle Coalition Make a Donation and Ride with Pride! 
 
Membership benefits include:
  • The monthly CycleGram e-newsletter
  • Discounts at over 30 bike-related retailers
  • Discounted registration at Bike Philly and Bike Freedom Valley
  • An invitation to our annual meeting on May 2, 2010
  • A tax deduction
Not a member? Take four minutes to make your membership gift online.

If you represent a bike shop or local business and would like to participate in our Member Discount Program, please click here for an application.
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