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

January CycleGram: Completing the Schuylkill River Trail Forum

CycleGram
January 2009
Completing the Schuylkill River Trail
 
 Creating the Region's First Green Transportation Corridor

Thursday, February 26
6:30pm
 
Town Square Forum
Academy of Natural Sciences 

Take Action!

Philadelphia can be the "Greenest City in America" by starting a Bicycle Sharing Program 
 
Philadelphia Bicycle News

Ride of Silence 
 
Dreaming of a bike-friendly Spruce and Pine;
Tips for taking your bike on Regional Rail, Septa buses; 
Updates on the House version of the stimulus bill;
Summary of bicyclists who lost their lives in 2008;
PennDOT's one bike project among over 200 candidate projects for stimulus funding
 
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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 plan for a healthier, bikeable future for Delaware. Those interested in attending this event at the DelTech Terry Campus in Dover should contact John@bicyclecoalition.org.
 
Look for bike summit planning for Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania later this year.


Thank You!

A special thank you to everyone who has renewed their Bicycle Coalition membership for 2009.  
 
Dear ,

While questions swirl about the new stimulus package, with your support the Bicycle Coalition's green micro-economy is roaring along. Members donated the most in 2008 to the Bicycle Coalition in our 36-year history. By way of thanks, over 30 bike shops are offering discounts to 2009 members (see the list below).

We want the stimulus package to fund completing the Schuylkill River Trail (which you can support by coming to our forum!). We're making our own stimulus contribution by hiring six seasonal Bicycle Ambassadors, an event intern and the newly opened position of event director.

All of us at the Bicycle Coalition would like to thank Beth Mohan Resta for her dedicated work as the TD Bank Bike Philly event director. Beth has accepted a new position where she will still be working for green transportation at Zipcar.

If you misplaced that 2009 membership form, don't fret. You can
take four minutes to make your 2009 membership gift now
.

See you on the (ice-free) road!

Alex Doty
Executive Director


Bike Share Demonstration and
StreetFilms Movie Night

Despite severe cold temperatures, scores of passersby took out bicycles for a spin at the Bike Share Demonstration held at University City and Logan Square (see coverage in the Inquirer). Then over a hundred people attended the Streetfilms Movie Night at the Academy of Natural Sciences, including Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown, State Representative Babette Josephs, NE Philly Chamber of Commerce President Al Taubenberger, former Streets Dept Engineer/bike lane champion Tom Branigan and Philadelphia Pedestrian Bicycle Coordinator Charles Carmalt. 
 
We are grateful to the staff of Streetfilms and the Livable Streetfilms movie nightStreets Network who came to Philadelphia for the day to get to know Philadelphia bicycle issues and the advocacy efforts of the Bicycle Coalition, and for showing their films.  We've created PA Walks and Bikes, a virtual group on the Livable Streets Network.  Please join!

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We Are Hiring!

Want to work for something you believe in? Want a rewarding and challenging new job? Want to work outside? Apply to be a Bicycle Ambassador!

The Bicycle Ambassadors teach adult bicyclists and motorists to better share city streets by speaking face-to-face to members of the public. Teams of Ambassadors deliver bicycling expertise personally in demonstrations and conversations in public places, at community events and to local companies.
 
START DATE: May 4, 2009
LENGTH OF JOB: Through September 13, 2009
COMPENSATION: $10-$13 per hour, approximately 35 hours/week.

Preference will be given to applications received before 3/16/2009 at 5 PM. Six Bicycle Ambassadors will be hired for the 2009 season. Please direct all questions to Bicycle Ambassadors Coordinator Breen Goodwin.

Click here for the full Bicycle Ambassador Job Description.

 

SAVE THE DATE! 

National Bike Summit 2009 (March 12)
Bike to Work Day (May 15)
Bike Freedom Valley (June 21, 2009) 
 
Make Your Ride Better!
Bicycle Coalition 2009 Membership
 
It's the new "A list" for Delaware Valley bicycling: shops that offer discounts to Bicycle Coalition members. (Visit our shops web page for details on the discounts at each shop.) 
 
Participating shops include:
 
If you have not already renewed your membership, take four minutes to make your 2009 membership gift online.
 
If you represent a bike shop or local business and would like to participate in our Member Discount Program, please click here for an application.

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