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

Cyclegram: Getting Your Trash Inspector On A Bike

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April 26, 2012
Represent Our Region In The National Bike Challenge
2012 I Bike PHL Challenge posterThe I Bike PHL Challenge begins May 1st!
This year, we are measuring ourselves against the rest of the nation as part of the National Bike Challenge.

Use the Endomondo website or free app to log the miles you ride this summer. See how you and your team measure up to the rest of the region, and how our city and state perform nationally.

Create your account before May 1st and you'll be entered to win prizes on the national level.

When registering, check the box to receive info from us and you'll be eligible for local drawings including new Fuji bicycles.

The I Bike PHL Challenge runs from May 1st to August 31st. More information available on our blog.
Helping The Philadelphia Sanitation Dept. Bike At Work
This February we were approached by the Philadelphia Department of Sanitation with an interesting request. Their Streets & Walkways Education and Enforcement Program (SWEEP) enforces the Sanitation Code through street patrols. A small number of SWEEP officers use bikes in the course of their work, but the Dept. of Sanitation wanted to encourage more employees to bike. Could we provide bicycle training to their litter enforcement officers? We said of course.
SWEEP training 1
Our Safe Routes Philly staff ran two four-hour trainings, one in late March and the other in early April. With the assistance of a volunteer, Steve and Diana ran 21 participants through an urban riding basics classroom training and on-bike drills.

Of the SWEEP employees, only one said he had biked regularly in the past ten years. But the truism was reinforced: everyone remembered how to ride once the training moved outside to the parking lot.

Roughly seven women participated, and they were much more enthusiastic about the possibility of incorporating bicycling into their workdays. The men were less openly interested, although the subset who opted to participate in an on-street ride through the neighborhood had a good time.
SWEEP training 2It was an educational experience for us as well. Hearing the participants' reasons why they were, or were not, interested in bicycling was invaluable data for our efforts to increase Philadelphia's bicycling mode share. The workshops also served as a quiet launch of our summer Bicycle Ambassadors season.

The Department of Sanitation's reach out to us tells us something else: that bicycling as a viable transportation option is continuing to gain purchase in Philadelphia. For years we have championed bicycling as a widely-applicable mode of transit for our region. The City of Philadelphia is increasingly buying into that vision, and with such stakeholders' actions will come a steady shift in perceptions.

In short: when you get a ticket for inappropriately stored trash from a city worker on a bike, you know that your city is a bicycling city.

You can see more photos of the workshop on our Flickr site.

In Which We Touch On Volunteering And Fish
May 2nd - Bicycle Coalition Volunteer Night
Looking for a way to get out of the house, meet new people, and do some good this spring? Volunteer with the Bicycle Coalition!
Our next volunteer training night is Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:30 pm. Contact Steve at for questions or to RSVP. As always, there will be pizza. 
Trained volunteers help us represent the Bicycle Coalition at events such as Shadfest!
2012 Shad Fest logo
April 28th - Shadfest in Penn Treaty Park
A unique event featuring music, craft vendors, food, and organizations like us! The event raises funds for Penn Treaty Park and celebrates the under-appreciated shad fish. A fun, local, family-friendly event running all Saturday. Stop by our booth and say hi!
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