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AROUND THE REGION
The Chester Creek Trail took a significant step forward: the Delaware County Planning Department and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) secured the remaining funds needed to complete design. 

We submitted a letter with comments on specific projects and general comments (more bike and ped projects!) for the 2011 to 2014 Transportation Improvement Plan for Pennsylvania.
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Friends of Cresheim Trail, July 27 at Wall House Museum, Elkins Park 7pm

Bucks County Task Force, July 26

I-95 Design meeting, July 29

Philadelphia Cycling Committee, August 24

Chester County Cycling Coalition, September 20
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Dear Bicyclist,

When I come into the office these days, I am never sure what surprises await me. The education team may report on the latest campaign the Ambassadors thought up (see the Walnut Street bridge below) or the advocacy team may report on the excellent trail planning being done by the Chester County Planning Commission or buffered bike lanes being proposed for Market Street and JFK west of City Hall.

But the best reports are of all the new members -- and Bike Philly riders -- who want to support the work of our talented staff and devoted volunteers.

Would you do me a favor? Ask a friend to become a member. We've even teamed up with Nodding Head Brewery to reward your good deed (see New Member Happy Hour below).

Alex Doty
Executive Director

PS: There are eight days left to get the best price on Bike Philly registration!
BICYCLE COALITION EVENTS
September 12
Join us for a family-friendly bike tour celebrating the freedom of car-free Philadelphia streets. Ride through historic neighborhoods and explore hidden corners of Fairmount Park.  Bicyclists of all skill levels are welcome. Ride 10 or 20 miles. Extend your ride to 35 miles on shared roads. Pre-Registration Ends July 31

PHILADELPHIA BIKE EXPO
October 30-31
A two-day festival of everything bicycle with over 32 exhibitors featuring clothing, accessories, bicycle and component companies from across the country. Richard Schwinn of Waterford Cycles will be presenting a special seminar on the history of the Parmount racing bike. We will be capping Saturday's show with a cocktail hour, fashion show, and costume ball. For more information, visit www.philabikeexpo.com
 
NEW MEMBER HAPPY HOUR @ Nodding Head Brewery
Thursday, August 5th 4-7pm 
Sign up for a membership with the Bicycle Coalition during our happy hour and receive a FREE drink and an "I Bike PHL" T-shirt! 
Already a member?  Bring a friend and you get a free T-shirt and drink too!!
 
Outreach Volunteers Needed!
Want to help make biking better in Philadelphia?  Sign up as an Outreach Volunteer and you can make a difference!  Outreach volunteers work with our Bicycle Ambassadors at local farmers markets, earth fairs, music festivals, happy hours, and other events. Send an email to Joshua Willis, call him at 215-242-9253, x8 or attend the next Volunteer Night on Wednesday, August 4th at 6:30pm at our office (1500 Walnut St.)
CAMPAIGNS
Ben Franklin Bridge Walkway Ramp in 2012!
On June 16th, Matt Anastasi, Chair of BCGP's Ben Franklin Bridge Committee presented the findings of the report Crossing the Delaware for Transportation Independence to the Delaware River Port Authority Board of Commissioners. Anastasi asked the Board to commit funds in 2011 to begin the design of a new ramp for the South Walkway on the Camden side.  DRPA's Chief Executive Officer responded here and here that he would find the funds to begin design so that the construction of the ramp could begin in 2012. Matt and the Bicycle Coalition's John Boyle deserve our heartfelt thanks for the years of advocacy that got this result!

Gray's Ferry Crescent featured at Complete the Schuylkill River Trail Walk
75 people came out for the June 19th Walk from Bartram's Garden to the new Gray's Ferry Crescent in South Philly.  This free event was organized by BCGP and Complete the Trail Coalition.  The Gray's Ferry Crescent (between University Avenue Bridge and Wharton Street) is being constructed by Schuylkill River Development Corp and is part of the Schuylkill River Trail. See photos of the Crescent and Walk here.

EDUCATION
Bicycle Ambassadors
The Bicycle Ambassadors launched a new campaign on the Walnut Street Bridge during the month of June.  With signs raised and literature in hand, Ambassadors raise motorist awareness of their need to yield before crossing the painted blue bike lane for a right turn.  Ambassadors are also taking the time to talk to sidewalk riders about switching over to riding on the road.  For dates on this campaign and other outreach visit bikephl.org.
 
If you would like the Bicycle Ambassadors to come to your next event please complete an Event Request Form. Ambassadors work in teams of 2-4 and can tailor the presentation to the needs of your organization. More information here.
 
Safe Routes Philly is hosting Family Phest
Join us on the day before Bike Philly for Family Phest, a family day celebration sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition's Safe Routes Philly program. On September 11th, bring your kids out for a fun day of activities, games, and an exciting bike rodeo course. Discover community resources promoting an active lifestyle and healthy living. Pre-registered riders for Bike Philly can pick up their packet and get their bicycle and helmet checked.
 
Safe Routes Philly Family Phest will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 10am - 2pm at Eakins Oval (parking lot in front of the Art Museum on Ben Franklin Blvd).  KIDS - Bring your helmet and bicycle! Cold drinks and snacks will be provided.
FEATURED REGIONAL EVENTS

For details visit our Calendar

 

July

·          MS 150 PA Dutch Ride - 7/24

·          Harlem Valley Rail Ride - 7/25

 

August

·          Dog Daze Century - 8/7

·          Granfando - 8/8

·          Green Branch Park Century - 8/14

·          3rd Annual Mike Clark Memorial Ride - 8/14

·          Livestrong Challenge - 8/22

·          Discover Hudson Valley Ride - 8/22

 

September 

·          Scenic Schuylkill Century- 9/11

·          BIKE PHILLY  - 9/12

·          End Duchenne Bike Tour - 9/19

·          MS City to Shore Ride - 9/25-9/26

·          Hub on Wheels - 9/26

·          Twin Lights Ride - 9/26


Make Your Ride Better!
Bicycle CoalitionMake a Donation and Ride with Pride! 
 
Membership benefits include:
  • The monthly CycleGram e-newsletter
  • Discounts at over 30 bike-related retailers
  • Discounted registration at Bike Philly and Bike Freedom Valley
  • An invitation to our annual meeting
  • A tax deduction
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