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Cyclegram: Bike Philly Rolls Sunday, Sept 11th

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UPCOMING EVENTS
 SEPTEMBER 11, 2011Bike Philly poster

August 27

Lake Nockamixon Century Ride

 

August 27

Shorefire Century Ride

 

August 31

Bicycle Coalition volunteer night

 

September 6

Brandywine Tour

 

September 6

Bike Delaware meeting

 

September 10

Safe Routes Philly's Family Fest

 

September 11

Bike Philly

 

September 18

Chester County Cycling meeting

 

September 19

Center City Parking Day

 

September 20

Philadelphia Cycling Committee meeting

 

September 23-25

YSC Tour de Pink

 

September 24-25

City To Shore

 

Full calendar with details

STAT O' THE MONTH

The Philadelphia-area commuters participating in our Commuter Challenge this summer have prevented 116,308.88 pounds of CO2 emissions. They accomplished this between mid-May and the end of July by walking or biking to work instead of driving.
BICYCLE COALITION IN THE NEWS
Bike Philly 2011 Is Set For September 11: Our Guide... (uwishunu)
  

Boat People Filmers Evaluate Bike-Lane Shortage (South Philly Review)

 

Find the full media list on our SpinZone page.

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Greetings!

 

In a little less than three weeks, Philadelphia will host a remarkable event: the 5th annual Bike Philly. This is one of my favorite days of the year. How great is it when you can show your support for bicycling, make bicycling better, and ride a bicycle, all at the same time?

 

Support bicycling: Bike Philly showcases the Philadelphia region's bicycling community. Thousands of riders, from young children to cycling teams, ride Bike Philly. It reminds us and the city just how many people spend time on two wheels.

 

Make bicycling better: Bike Philly is our biggest fundraiser. Your registration fee is a donation which supports our Complete the Schuylkill River Trail campaign. Some fundraisers give you a coffee mug for your donation. We give you the region's best family-friendly bike ride of the year.

 

Go for a ride: Bike Philly shows you the city as you cannot see it any other day of the year: Center City for a morning without cars! It's an experience you can't get anywhere else.

 

Sign up for Bike Philly, support bicycling in the Greater Philadelphia Region, and join us for an incredible Sunday morning of zero cars, eight thousand wheels. Have you registered for Bike Philly yet?

  

Alex Doty
Executive Director
BIKE PHILLY IS TWO WEEKS AWAY! 
Bike Philly is happening on Sunday, September 11th!  The community ride is a once-a-year opportunity to see a Philadelphia which places bicycles first. It is also the largest yearly demonstration of the Philadelphia area's popular support for bicycling. Your registration is a donation to us, supporting our work completing the regional trail network.  Some ride highlights:
  • Ten and twenty-mile rides through a car-free Philadelphia.
  • 35-mile ride to Haverford, PA on shared roads (see route below).
  • Family-friendly - a great ride for young, old, inexperienced and pro.
  • Supported ride with rest stops and mechanics.
  • A finish line festival of food, music, and bicycling.

Registration prices increase on September 1st! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW.

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Interested in volunteering for bicycling in Philadelphia?

 

We are looking for volunteers to help make Bike Philly a beautiful experience. Call Caroline at (215) 242-9253 ext. 307 or check out our volunteer page for information on the roles waiting to be filled.
COMPLETE THE TRAIL UPDATE
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The Forge to Refuge Trail is a concept trail that would link Valley Forge National Historic Park to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge through Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties. The trail would use streets within Tredyffrin Township, cross the Chester Valley Trail, and connect up to the Radnor Trail in Delaware County. The trail uses excess right-of-way from the SEPTA Route 100/Norristown High Speed Line to connect with trails within Cobbs Creek Park and Cobbs Creek Trail, down to the Heinz Refuge. A feasibility study is needed to determine the best alignment for the trail and identify obstacles and opportunities.

The Forge to Refuge Trail conceptual development is a joint project between the Bicycle Coalition, the Radnor Conservancy with the assistance of DCNR, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Clean Air Council, BCGP's Chester and Delaware County Cycling Committees, Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and Campbell Thomas & Co., and funded with a grant from Recreational Equipment Inc (REI).

Recently, the network of groups working to promote this trail has successfully secured commitments of support for a feasibility study from SEPTA, PECO, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Haverford Township, Upper Darby Township, Radnor Township, Millbourne Borough, and Tredyffrin Township. The goal is to apply for funding in fall 2011 for funding for a feasibility study.

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EDUCATION: FAMILY FEST - SATURDAY SEPT 10TH
Family_fest_flyer Give the school year a Healthy Jump Start at Safe Routes Philly Family Fest!

A free event designed with kids and families in mind:
  • Practice biking skills in the Bike Rodeo
  • Rev up your heart rate with free fitness classes
  • Clear your mind with calming yoga
  • Watch healthy cooking demonstrations from Whole Foods
  • Explore the Parkway on a treasure hunt
  • Collect resources from health and safety organizations

Saturday, September 10th 11:30 - 3 PM
Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

A FREE event of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, in partnership with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  More information here.
 
COMING TO CENTER CITY PHILLY: A NEW TAKE ON SPACE
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This 1.5 ton pre-recession throwback vehicle recently parked its bulk on the corner of Walnut and Sydenham St in Center City Philadelphia (right around the corner from our offices). The Hummer H2 carries 6 or 7 passengers, taking up at least 115 square feet of parking space to do so.

Hmmm. From a people-moving perspective, and a getting-shoppers-into-Center-City perspective, what else could we do with an 8 ft x 20 ft stretch of curbside concrete? Stay tuned to our blog for more information (and see if you can spot the foreshadowing in the photo above).

 

Make Your Ride Better!
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  • The monthly CycleGram e-newsletter
  • Discounts at over 30 bike-related retailers
  • Discounted registration at Bike Philly
  • An invitation to our annual meeting  
  • A tax deduction
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