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Double Dutch: Bicycling Jumps in Philadelphia

CycleGram
November 2008
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Ride of Silence 
 
 The Bicycle Coalition's blog  has posts on the East Coast Greenway coming through Philadelphia, an open letter to Councilman Green, a Trenton to Bordentown D&R Canal update, tie-downs on SEPTA's new traincars and more.
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Chester Valley Trail Gets Big Bucks

The region's Transportation Improvement Program has allocated $25 million for the Chester Valley Trail in Chester County and $6 million in Montgomery County. This wil ultimately result in a continuous path from Norristown to Exton, possibly completed by 2011. 
MLK Trail Repairs
MLK Repaired Path 
 
148 bicyclists have written to Mayor Nutter thanking him for repairing the MLK path for commuters and recreational cyclists. It's not too late to send Mayor Nutter your own thank you letter. Let's make it 200 letters!
Biketoberfest Fun! 
 
2008 Bikeoberfest

2008 Biketoberfest Raffle Prize winners

Thank you to our event sponsors for providing such great swag for the event!  Biketoberfest was a big hit and we cannot wait until 2009.  Check out event photos here.
 
 
Dear Bicycle Coalition,

As Thanksgiving approaches, I'd like to share with you how thankful I am for the talented staff at the Bicycle Coalition. We doubled our staff this year and the increase in our advocacy and education has been profound.

Thank you to Beth, Breen and Jill, to Sarah for going well beyond the duties of a consultant and, as he enters his second decade of paid and volunteer service, a special thank you to John.

This month we completed a report, based on our bicycle counts, which documents how bicycling has doubled in Philadelphia in the last three years. The statistic is impressive -- and so is the quality of the work done by your Bicycle Coalition staff.


None of this would be possible without the generous support of our members. Our plans for 2009 are even more ambitious -- but we can't keep up this high cadence without you. Please, if you haven't already,
take a moment to make your 2009 membership gift now.

Thank You!

Alex Doty
Executive Director

Philadelphia Bicycling Doubles in Three Years 

The 2008 bicycle counts, conducted by Bicycle Coalition volunteers at key intersections and the Schuylkill River bridges, found that bicycling increased 104% since 2005, or 35% per year.

Despite it's dilapidated condition, the South Street Bridge was the most heavily travelled by bicyclists. The Bicycle Coalition's new Bicycle Ambassadors program will be assisting with bicycle detours when the bridge closes for demolition (scheduled for December 8).
Walnut Street Bridge Bicycle Traffic
Bicycling jumped without any new transportation planning; just imagine what will happen when Philadelphia completes and implements its new bicycle plan. Read the complete report: "Double Dutch: Bicycling Jumps in Philadelphia."
Councilman Green Wants to Eliminate Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator Position

Philadelphia At-Large Councilman Bill Green recently called for the elimination of Philadelphia's Bike/Pedestrian Coordinator and Sustainability Office as a means to stave off budget cuts.  Alex's Letter to the Editor in the Daily News cited the need to keep this position in order to increase safety on the city's roads and sidewalks. 

You can send your own letter to Councilman Green asking him to support the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator and Sustainability Office.
Adopt a Rack 

On October 17th, Philadelphia started to install inverted U racks around the city as part of its long-awaited "Adopt-A-Rack"
Philadelphia's new bike racksprogram. The Coalition signed maintenance agreements for all racks to be installed in Center City and Old City. The first racks went in front of the Academy of Science and several were even placed in front of the Bicycle Coalition's offices at 100 S. Broad.

For more information on bike racks, check out the Bicycle Coalition's 
bike parking campaign page.
New Region-Wide Bike/Ped Group Kicks Off

At the urging of the Bicycle Coalition, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission formed its first official Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Group. On October 23rd, Dr. Joseph Hacker, Director of Transit, Pedestrian and Bicycle Programs at DVRPC, brought together stakeholders, including the BCGP and transportation planners from the counties, the City of Philadelphia, NJ Transit and SEPTA.

The advisory group will meet quarterly, and a top priority is to update DVRPC's Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Plans created for SE Pennsylvania and South Jersey in the Mid 1990's.
Fuji Bike ForumPhiladelphia Bike Forum hosted by Fuji Bikes and BCGP 

Nearly 60 people attended the Philadelphia Bike Forum on October 27th at ASI's headquarters (Fuji Bicycles parent company in Northeast Philadelphia. Speakers included U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz, League of American Bicyclists Advocacy Director Walter Finch, Bikes Belong President Tim Blumenthal, and Breezer Bikes/mountain bike icon Joe Breeze.
 
Many area bicycling organization were in attendance that evening including: Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association, Bicycle Club of Philadelphia, North Delaware Riverfront Development Corp., New Kensington CDC, Neighborhood Bike Works, Mayors Office of Transportation and the Streets Department, Pedal Co-Op, Greater Valley Forge TMA, Trophy Bikes, and the Penn Police Bicycle Patrol.
 
A special thanks to ASI President Pat Cunnane and his team for hosting such a fun and well-attended event.

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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