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

Bike Plan Meetings; Dine at the Annual Meeting; Bicycle Parking Ordinance

CycleGram
April 2009
Help Reach 3000 Signatures!
 

Over 1300 people have signed a petition asking that the Schuylkill River Trail be extended and its critical gaps closed.  Please join them and help us reach our 3000 signatures goal  
You can also support this campaign by giving to our Complete the Schuylkill River Trail Campaign.
 
Download the "Complete the Schuylkill River Trail" power point presentation and a map of the trail.
Early Bird Rates for Bike Freedom Valley
2008 Annual Meeting
Register before April 30 and take advantage of the early bird rate for this wonderful ride along the Schuylkill River Trail.  8, 22, 44 routes on trails and 35, 50 or 60 mile routes on shared roads. 
 
More details about the BFV route are found on BCGP's event page.
Bicycle Ambassadors logo

Congratulations to the 2009 Bicycle Ambassadors! Edward Mage, Shanisha Mitchell, Diana Owens, Ben Scheinfeld, Chrystal Smith and Joshua Willis join the BCGP staff in May to encorage adults to ride more often and ride more safely.
Invite the Ambassadors to your next event!
We are currently accepting requests for appearances on and after May 18th.  Click here for more information or a request form.
Philadelphia Bicycle News

Ride of Silence 
This past month featured blog posts on the Planning Commission considering a decision that could make riverfront greenways in Philadelphia possible,
 the upcoming Harrisburg Bike Rally,
Senator Specter's leadership on CLEAN-TEA and Complete Streets legislation, and
 
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Dear Bicyclist,
 
It's that time of year when we all start spending more time on our bikes -- and when you can start spending more time at Bicycle Coalition events. Come out to one of the public meetings for the Philadelphia Bike Plan (plus fill out the online questionnaire), join me at our annual meeting and register now for the early bird discount for Bike Freedom Valley.

A quick but heartfelt thank you goes out to Brian Hackford at Keswick Cycle and Lee Rogers at Bicycle Therapy and the other bike shops that helped to make the Red Bowl such a success. Over two hundred people had a great time and we raised over $5,000 for the Coalition!

Alex Doty

Executive Director
Philadelphia Bike Plan Public Meetings!
 
Philadelphia's City Planning Commission (PCPC) is preparing a new pedestrian/bicycle plan to find ways to make it easier, safer and more appealing to walk and bike around the City. The study area includes Center City, North, South and Northwest Philadelphia.  The Bicycle Coalition is actively participating on the Steering Committe, as described in this Plan Philly story.
 
Now is your chance to voice your opinions, ideas, concerns, and dreams for a more bicycle-friendly Philadelphia. Attend a community meeting to share with PCPC your thoughts about walking and biking in Philadelphia and fill out this
online questionnaire.

South Philadelphia--TOMORROW -- Thursday, April 16th 6:30-8:30 PM--Fels Community Center Auditorium
2407 S. Broad St.
Center City--TUESDAY, April 21st 6:30-8:30 PM--Municipal Services Building 16th Floor 1401 JFK Boulevard. 

(North and Northwest meetings will be held in May.)
2008 Annual MeetingDon't Miss the 2009 Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 26
 
All BCGP members are invited to come to the Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 26th from 6-9pm at International House at the University of Pennsylvania.  We're bringing back the free buffet dinner for the first 100 who RSVP  Don't wait! Dinner seats are limited and going fast!
 
This year's theme is Connecting to the Rivers and our guest speaker will be Charles Carmalt, Philadelphia's Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator.  Senator Arlen Specter will be honored with a Bicycle Leadership award (although he's not expected to attend in person).
Philly Introduces Bike Parking Ordinance 
 
In an effort to make Philadelphia more sustainable, green and meet the needs of bicyclists, Philadelphia is joining the ranks of other bicycle friendly cities by proposing an ordinance to require bicycle parking to be installed for all new non-residential uses, multiple-dwelling facilities, public parking lots and low-occupancy facilities.  The bicycle parking bill, developed by the Nutter Administration with assistance from the Bicycle Coalition was introduced on March 12th by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Councilman James Kenney and Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. Read the Bicycle Coalition's factsheet about the bill.
 
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission will review the ordinance at its April 21st monthly meeting at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor at 1pm.  City Council will hear the bill on May 13th.  Please come to either hearing to show your support.  For more information, contact Sarah at scspa@comcast.net
Human Powered Vehicle Competition (April 18-20)
Taxing Metric (April 18)
Rally in the Valley (April 18)
Cynwyd Trail Work Day (April 18-19) 
4th Annual SOCH Great Causeway Challenge (April 25)
Fishtown Shad Fest (April 25) 
State Police Ride (April 25)
BCP Cycle n2 Spring (May 1-3) 
Bike Legislation Harrisburg Rally (May 5)
Valley Forge Bike to Work Competition (May 7)
 East Coast Greenway Summit (May 8)
Quad County Metric (May 9)
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
 
Newest Participating shops include:
Volpe Cycles  2559 E Dauphin St., Philadelphia, PA 19125 - 15% off bicycle purchase & 10% of service and components.  15% student & unemployment discount - 267.259.1321  SPRING SPECIAL: $35(+tax) tune up through June 1st.

Special Spring Member Benefit!
Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) is hosting their bi-annual Club Day weekend. On April 17th & 18th you can visit your local EMS, present your 2009 Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia Member card, and receive 20% off the original price for everything in the store.

If you have not already renewed your membership, 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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