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December CycleGram

December 2008

Take Action!
 Support Funding for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects in the Economic Stimulus Bill

Transportation projects in the new stimulus package need to include bicycle and pedestrian projects by maintaining established transportation funding allocations, including the Transportation Enhancement set aside.
Philadelphia Bicycle News

Ride of Silence 
 The Bicycle Coalition's blog  has posts on  riding through the holidays,  getting a good light for winter biking in the suburbs, Obama's new DOT secretary, efforts to make riding safer in Moorestown, and Streetfilms coming to Philadelphia in January. 
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Delaware Bike Summit
April 24, 2009 
The first Delaware Bicycle Summit will bring together bicycle advocates, advocates for healthy communities, and others to network and to plan a healthier, bikeable future for Delaware at the DelTech Terry Campus in Dover.  Those interested in attending this event should contact
Having a bike summit is a great way for stakeholders to create a vision and set priorities. Look for bike summit planning for Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania in 2009.

Thank You!
A special thank you to everyone who has renewed their Bicycle Coalition membership for 2009.  We are working with a number of shops and other business who will offer specials to our members.  Stay tuned for a complete list in January! 
It's not too late to renew or join!  Click here to make your ride better by supporting the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. 
Dear ,

Gas goes up, gas goes down, car companies are begging for bailouts and the economy is on shaky footings. It's time to go for a bike ride.

You and I know why: it saves you money, it saves the planet from more greenhouse gasses, it reduces not only your waistline but also your risk for a long list of diseases and it's fun. With over 40 press citations of Bicycle Coalition reports and events in 2008, we have been able to spread the word to many others.

The past year was tough on the economy but great for bicycling. Without making any predictions about the economy in 2009, I will predict that it will be a great year to get more people bicycling more often in the Delaware Valley.

From bridging gaps in the Schuylkill River Trail to the Delaware Bike Summit, from bike sharing to improving PennDOT's dangerous chip and tar repaving policy, the Bicycle Coalition is ready to make your ride better in 2009.

But we can't do it without your help. If you have already sent in your 2009 dues, thank you! If you haven't already,
please take a moment to make your 2009 membership gift now.

Thank You!

Alex Doty
Executive Director
South Street Bridge Renovation BeginsRide of Silence
December 8, 2008 marked the end of the South Street Bridge as we know it. The Streets Department and their contractors shut the bridge down around 10:30 am, starting with the two "death" highway ramps. 
The Bicycle Coalition joined members of the South Street Bridge Coalition for a last ride (and walk) across the bridge and even down the ramps. The last vehicle across the South Street Bridge was a bicycle (ridden by the Bicycle Coalition's own John Boyle). When the first bicyclist crosses the new South Street Bridge, in about two years, there will be bike lanes and a mid-block crosswalk at a ramp leading to a new extension of the Schuylkill River Trail (on a boardwalk!). 
During construction, many cyclists will have to alter their normal traffic patterns.  With the increase in all traffic using alternate routes, we are asking all cyclists to be model vehicles and abide by basic rules of the road, especially by not riding on sidewalks. We have also been working with the Streets Department to implement recommendations that we proposed to improve the detour for bicyclists; one recommendation (to remove parking on 33rd between Walnut and Chestnut) has already been carried out.

NJ Considering a Three Foot Safe Passage Bill
The NJ Department of Transportation and the NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council have been working on a 3 foot safe passage bill. The bill has been drafted but not introduced. With bicycle crash deaths doubling in NJ in 2008, this bill is an important step towards ensuring the safety of New Jersey bicyclists.

Safe passage laws are a tough sell because skeptics point out that the law is hard to enforce. However, safe passing laws are useful when a cyclist is hit by a motorist passing too close and as education for motorists. Look for details about a campaign to get a bill introduced into the State Legislature early next year.

Breen talking to media at the closure of the South Street Bridge Bicycle Ambassadors
On the first two evenings after the South Street Bridge was closed, the Bicycle Ambassadors launched our first large scale coordinated event.  We were very concerned cyclists would start using the sidewalks on the Walnut Street Bridge to head into Center City rather than riding down to Chestnut Street. With the number of cyclists needing to detour, we were looking at a potentially big problem. 

Bicycle Coalition staff and volunteers took to the streets as Bicycle Ambassadors. We stationed ourselves on the northeast and southeast corners of 33rd and Walnut Street. We were able to stop and talk to over 65 cyclists who were riding on the sidewalk up to the Walnut Street Bridge. Of those 65, we were able to redirect over half back onto the road, using the Chestnut Bridge as a detour.

It was great to see how much of a difference a few people on the sidewalk can make; the success of this event bodes well for the success of the Ambassador program as a whole. Bicycle Ambassadors will continue to be stationed on this corner as the weather warms up and more cyclists take to the streets.  If you see us, please wave and say hi!
Make Your Ride Better!
Bicycle Coalition 2009 Membership

Please take four minutes now to make your 2009 membership gift online.
Your 2009 membership supports:
  • The work of our 8 local advocacy committees
  • Our new bicycling ambassadors program - next summer we will have 6 bicycling ambassadors encouraging biking and teaching bike safety
  • Our campaign to have Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware adopt statewide complete streets policies to ensure bicyclists are planned for in all road and transportation projects
  • Making Philadelphia's new bike plan a blueprint for Mayor Nutter's goal of creating the "Greenest City in America"
  • Hosting Philadelphia's Bike Month in May with events like Bike to Work Day and Bike to the Ballpark
  • The Delaware Valley's presence at the National Bike Summit to make sure biking is an important part of next year's federal transportation bill
  • Bringing bike sharing to Philadelphia
  • Making Bike Philly bigger and better in 2009
Membership benefits include:
  • The monthly electronic CycleGram newsletter
  • Discounts at over 30 bike shops plus a new discount program at local retailers that launches January 1
  • Discounted registration at next year's Commerce Bank Bike Philly and Bike Freedom Valley in June
  • An invitation to our annual meeting in April
  • Your membership dues are tax deductible for 2008 if you donate before December 31

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