Promoting bicycling as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation.

Bike Month Extends Into June

Bike Freedom Valley

Bike Freedom Valley is just around the corner! Join us on June 21st for a scenic ride on the Schuylkill River Trail. Make it a longer ride and go to Valley Forge National Historic Park and back.

Enjoy the rest stops and camaraderie of fellow bicyclists and finish the day with a post-ride festival at 1 Boathouse Row.

Register now and get a t-shirt (while supplies last). 8, 22, 44 routes on trails and 35, 50 or 60 mile routes on shared roads. 
Take Back the Drive
A  horrible crash in the MLK crosswalk that critically injured a father and young son on a bicycle is the latest example of the dangers of a beautiful park road that has been allowed to become a throughway. It is time to make MLK Drive safe for park users. 
 The Bicycle Ambassadors and Bicycle Coalition were out four times during the last week holding up signs reminding motorists to yield to pedestrians. 

We'll be out again every Thursday in June from 4-6pm. You are welcome to join us and please
send Mayor Nutter a letter asking him to make MLK Drive safe for park users. Over 500 letters have been sent so far!  
Be sure to tell a friend about this campaign.
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Take pleasure in a morning of bicycling on car-free streets in Philadelphia on September 13!
Ride for an hour or two through Old City and Fairmount Park. Extend your ride to 35 or 50 miles, if you like.
Join other participants at Eakins Oval for a post-ride family-friendly festival.
Register by June 30 for discounted rates
NJ Assembly Considers Quick Release Bill 

It's BAAACCCKKK! Assemblyman Paul Moriarty has introduced for the 4th time a bill (A. 1251) to prohibit the sale of quick release wheels on bicycles.  The bill has a hearing on June 4th in Trenton.  People are encouraged to testify against this wrongheaded bill.

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Dear Bicyclist,

Bike Month has been covered well in the press, especially on public radio. Listen to interviews on WXPN and WHYY's Radio Times for a sense of what we are doing to make your ride better in the Delaware Valley.

Expect to see more coverage of bicycling in Philadelphia as the League of American Bicyclist's Andy Clarke comes to town on Thursday to present the City with a Bicycle Friendly Community Award.

Please join me in welcoming two new staff members: Events Director Maria Dzeimbowska and TD Bank Bike Philly Intern Caroline Heffernan.

Alex Doty
Executive Director

PS  Please support our new Take Back the Drive campaign and make an online donation in only four minutes.
Philadelphia's Bicycle Friendly Community Award!

This Thursday at 11:00 am, the League of American Bicyclist's Andy Clarke will be at City Hall to present Mayor Michael Nutter with Philadelphia's
Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community Award.

We are proud that Philadelphia is being recognized for making key advancements since the 1990s. In 1999, Bicycling Magazine named Philadelphia as one of the 10 best cities for bicycling, and Philadelphia won an Honorable Mention as a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2006.
Bike Month: In Case You Missed It...  
  • Bicyclists from around the state convened in Harrisburg on May 5 for the Pennsylvania Bike Summit asking legislators for support of a 3 foot passing law and Safe Routes to School funding.  Bicycle Ambassador Launch
  • Over 75 bicyclists rode with Mayor Nutter to City Hall on May 15, National Bike to Work Day, where we were joined by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown to launch
  • the start of the Bicycle Ambassador's first season.
  • Philadelphia took another step toward sustainability when City Council passed a bike parking bill requiring new developments to install bike parking. 
  • When a SUV hit and critically injured a father and young son in a crosswalk on MLK Drive, we launched the Take Back the Drive campaign to make MLK safe for park users.
  • Demonstrating the convenience of a bicycle commute, Pat Cunnane of Fuji Bikes won the annual commuter race between a bicyclist, car and transit rider.
  • Gov. Rendell finally announced the winners of PA's Safe Routes to School funding, which resulted in Delaware Valley regional winners receiving $18.5 million. 
  • Delaware County Council formally adopted a Bicycle Plan on May 12 and will be forming a Delaware County Bicycling Committee.
Maria Dziembowska Joins the Staff

New Events Director Maria Dzeimbowska is ready to make this year's
TD Bank Bike Philly better than ever. Maria recently returned to Philadelphia from Los Angeles where she pursued a graduate degree in Sociology and helped organize the LA River Ride and numerous triathlon and running events.

Would you like to give Maria a hand? Volunteer at a Bicycle Coalition event!
Volunteer Night
Want to volunteer for the Bicyle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia? The first Wednesday of every month (that's this Wednesday!) is Volunteer Orientation.  You'll meet other bicyclists, eat pizza and learn how you can help our work to make bicycling better.

Wednesday, June 3
6:30 pm
100 S Broad St, Suite 1355

June 21-- Bike Freedom Valley
June 6--Get Ready Metric and Kelly's Ride 
June 7--Philadelphia International Cycling Championship
June 13--Revolutionary Rambler and Urban Bicycle Adventure
June 14--French Creek Iron Tour and Bike 4 Sight
June 21-30-- Peaks of Otter Wally Tour
June 27--Bikes for Mission Rally
July 5--ACS Bike-A-Thon and Delaware Double Cross
July 11-12--Eastern Tandem Rally and Iron Hill Criterium
July 18--National MS Society
July 19--MS 150
September 13-- TD Bank Bike Philly
Philly Fun Ride
Challenge yourself like the pros at the Philly Fun Ride where you can ride the same course (including the Manayunk Wall) as the International Cycing Race before the race begins.  7:15am on Sunday June 7th. Paid registration is required.  Register Now! 
Make Your Ride Better!
Bicycle Coalition 2009 Membership
Membership benefits include:
  • The monthly CycleGram e-newsletter
  • Discounts at over 30 bike shops in the region
  • Discounted registration at Commerce Bank Bike Philly and Bike Freedom Valley
  • An invitation to our annual meeting
  • A tax deduction

Not a member? Take four minutes to make your 2009 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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