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Cyclegram: The Commuter Challenge is Back and it's National

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Cyclegram 40th anniv header
March 29, 2012
Introducing the 2012 Commuter Challenge
Endomondo screenshot
Screenshot of the new website
Our Commuter Challenge is returning this summer, and this year we're going national!

We are joining the National Bike Challenge! Running from May 1st to August 31st, this free challenge will allow you to create or join teams of up to 10 riders and log all the miles you bike this summer!

Miles start counting on May 1st, but registration is open! Stay tuned to our blog for more information about the Challenge and Philadelphia-region events, teams, and news.
Safe Routes Philly Helps Restore A School's Bike Fleet
Ludlow fleet bikes
part of Ludlow's restored bike fleet
As our Safe Routes Philly Community Representatives work with schools and educators, relationships naturally develop. These interpersonal relationships allow for a collaboration that would not come about if our program was merely a series of downloadable PDFs (although we make those available for educators as well).

One such example of the benefit of working closely with educators happened at Ludlow Elementary in Kensington. PE and Health teacher Sally Moore told our Community Rep Megan about a fleet of bikes she had obtained years ago through a grant program. The ravages of time, use, and vandalism had rendered them inoperable.

Recognizing the bikes as a valuable asset, Megan contacted a nearby Mennonite Church which advertised bicycle repair and arranged an inspection of the bike fleet. The damages were not as bad as presumed and for only $75 in parts the Sixth Street Mennonite Church folks fixed up the bikes with no extra charge for their labor. 

Today, Sally puts the bikes on trainers and uses them as fitness stations; she also uses the bikes to demonstrate concepts while teaching our bicycle safety lessons. Just some of the benefits of investing in our educators and giving them the tools and resources to bring bicycle and pedestrian safety into the classroom.
Introducing Urban Riding Classes For The Interested But Concerned Bicyclist
Biking and walking Philly
Are you or a friend interested in urban bike riding but nervous about safety or rules? Let our Bicycle Ambassadors guide you through a free workshop on getting comfortable and safe on a bike in the city!
Our urban riding basics class will cover topics like:
  • Buying the right bike
  • Locking it up
  • Helmets and clothing 
  • Rules of the road 
  • Sharing the road with vehicles and pedestrians

Classes are free but limited to 30 participants. To secure your spot, contact Thomas Jefferson Univ. by calling 215-503-7201. You do not need to bring a bike to the class. Date and location of the next class below:

Thursday, April 12th
Thomas Jefferson University
Hamilton Building (10th & Locust, Philadelphia PA)
Room 224
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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