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Philadelphia Bicycling Weekend: Bike Philly plus Mountain Biking, Scenic Schuylkill, Safe Routes Philly Family Phest

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AROUND THE REGION
The Valley Creek Boulevard to Phoenixville Pike segment of the Chester Valley Trail opened on August 17th. The Phoenixville Pike to Route 29 segment is slated for completion in early September.

First section of Brandywine Trail south of Downingtown in West and East Bradford Townships opened from Brandywine Meadows Preserve (322 and Bradford Ave) to Harmony Hill Rd near the covered bridge.

Delaware is the second state in the country to adopt a vulnerable user's law, signed by Governor Markell on August 12th.

Ride with Governor Markell and other officials in celebrating the new bike lanes on the St. Georges Bridge which provide a safe C&D canal crossing for bicyclists. Thursday, Aug. 26
at 2:00 at Commodore MacDonough School, 1701 S Dupont Hwy Saint Georges, DE (Map).

Lower Providence Supervisors adopted the Lower Providence Township Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvement Study.  A multi-use path is planned to connect the Valley Forge Corporate Center to the Audubon Loop Trail.

West Windsor Township is one of the first in the region to adopt a Complete Streets policy.

Susquehanna Road Bike route in Abington and Lower Dublin townships is nearing completion.

Friends of the Cresheim Trail
*Garnered support from Mt Airy USA, and East Mount Airy Neighborhood Association
*Being Studied by PennPraxis under direction of the Parks & Recreation Department's review of available additional park land to meet Mayor Nutter's goal of adding 500 acres of green public spaces by 2015
*Continuing negotiations with PECO & Parks and Recreation to foster the execution of a License Agreement for the PECO right of way
*Plan to schedule an "on-site" citizen orientation to the trail project this fall
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Chester Creek Rail Trail Annual Meeting, August 23

BCGP Volunteer Night, September 1

Chester County Cycling Coalition, September 20

Delaware County Cycling Committee, September 28
SPINZONE
Highlights from Greater Philadelphia Bicycle News

Is Bicycling Too Dangerous?

Fairmount Park's Schuylkill River Trail gets food and other new ameneties (including bike rentals) and not one but two new bike tour resources.

How to rent a bicycle in the Delaware Valley

Pennsylvania opens new round of Smart Transportation funding for applications.

Center City District's North South Streets report found that the 22nd St bike lane had more cyclists than any other N-S street, confirming that better facilities draw more cyclists. New bike lanes on Market Street in West Philly and the contemplated cycletracks on Market and JFK Boulevard should continue that trend.

Rails to Trails Sojourn features the Schuylkill River Trail and TIGER projects in Camden.

Green bike lanes will be easier to implement by PennDOT and counties if feds grant expected approval.

Finally, automatic bicycle counters hit the streets.
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A new guidebook, Where to Bike in Philadelphia  is holding a photo contest with prizes that include cash awards and publication in the 2011 book.  Deadline for entries is September 15th!
Dear Bicyclist,

The excitement for Bike Philly is building in the office. We have a new route -- and a beautiful new rest stop at Haverford College -- for the 35-mile extension that staff and volunteers have been riding and tweaking this week.

When it's too hot, it can be hard to look forward to a bike ride but, while I can't guarantee the weather, I can promise you that your ride at Bike Philly will:
*be full of happy, smiling bicyclists freed from the annoyances of cars,
*have as many cold drinks as you need at our four rest stops,
*include waves and cheers from over 200 marshals and volunteers, and
*give you a warm glow to know that your registration is supporting making biking better across the Delaware Valley.

Of course, even in the dog days of summer our advocacy and education work continues -- including assisting with the application for more federal funds for completing the Schuylkill River Trail and preparing for back to school at Safe Routes Philly.

Do you want to make your ride better?

*Sign up for Bike Philly before August 31, volunteer at Bike Philly or check out ten ways to help us promote Bike Philly!
Thanks for your support!

Alex Doty
Executive Director
BICYCLE COALITION EVENTS

PHILADELPHIA BICYCLING WEEKEND

September 10-12


MOUNTAIN BIKE PHILLY

September 10

Experience some of the best urban mountain biking in the country along the Wissahickon on your hybrid or mountain bike for free! Guided rides will leave from Pachella Field on Henry Avenue at Livezy Street between 4:30 and 5:30 PM on Friday, September 10. There is no cost but registration is required. Courtesy of the Philadelphia Mountain Biking Association.

 

SCENIC SCHUYLKILL CENTURY

September 11

The Bicycle Club of Philadelphia hosts their 14th annual Scenic Schuylkill Century -- choose from four routes ranging from 25 to 100 miles. For more information and to register, click here.


SAFE ROUTES PHILLY FAMILY PHEST

Saturday, September 11 from 10am - 2pm

Join us at Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum for a day of fun biking for kids, a chance to learn about healthy living and how biking and walking can fit into an active lifestyle for your family. KIDS - Bring your helmet and bicycle! Cold drinks and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP here.

 

BIKE PHILLY

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. Late Registration ends August 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. For more information, visit www.philabikeexpo.com

CAMPAIGNS
Complete the Schuylkill River Trail Progress Report

Construction of the trail at Gray's Ferry Crescent is moving ahead and landscaping should begin this fall. Across the river from the Crescent, the former National Heat and Power property owned by Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation gets a forward thinking vision for how it can be developed to accommodate a portion of the Schuylkill River Trail.

The construction project to improve the long-suffering section of trail between East Falls Bridge and Ridge Avenue finally got advertised (which means all plans, permits and funding are in place and all that remains is to select a contractor).

Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources submitted a preliminary application for a TIGER II grant to plan/build 30 different trail projects; several of which are on the Schuylkill River Trail in Montgomery and Schuylkill County and on the East Coast Greenway in Bucks, Philadelphia, Delco and the State of Delaware. Included in this mix is building a trail on the Manayunk Bridge, to link the Cynwyd Trail to the Schuylkill River Trail.

EDUCATION
Bicycle Ambassadors
Have you noticed the many different ways people get around by bicycle in the City of Philadelphia?  Well, we have too!  During the month of August the Bicycle Ambassadors will be taking pictures of as many different bikes as we can find throughout I Bike PHL photo campaignPhiladelphia.  The next time you see the Ambassadors - STOP - and have your photo taken!  Check out our blog for more information.

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 P2008 Annual Meetinghilly 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. The first 50 people to participate will score a free Family Phest water bottle at the event!
 
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. Please RSVP here. If you are interested in volunteering for this event please contact Joshua Willis.
FEATURED REGIONAL EVENTS

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Tour the Monmouth Countryside: Twin Lights Ride

Date: September 26th, 2010

 

Head to Monmouth County, New Jersey, for the ninth annual Twin Lights Ride on Sunday, September 26. Hosted by Bike New York (producers of the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour), this fun one-day event takes place on beautiful back roads complete with landmark lighthouse views, a post-ride Festival featuring local seafood, and a great souvenir T-shirt. Choose from 4 different routes: 30, 50, 75, or 100 miles. Sign up by September 3 for the lowest price! Get there on your own--less than two hours' drive from Philadelphia--or take a charter ferry from New York City. http://www.bikenewyork.org/rides/tlr

 

Tour du Port - Baltimore's Premier Bicycle Event

Date: October 3rd, 2010

 

Route lengths: 12, 26, 40, 50 and 63-mile options

 

Join thousands of bicyclists for the 17th Annual Tour du Port! A super cool bicycle event for a terrific cause! The Tour travels through 12+ historic neighborhoods, waterfront areas and scenic parks. The Tour includes rest stops with food, interesting exhibits, sag support and a celebration featuring lunch and live music!  All proceeds support One Less Car, a non-profit organization dedicated to walking, bicycling and mass transit alternatives. Your support helped us pass the 3 foot law and makes it possible for us to focus on bicycling safety legislation and infrastructure! http://www.onelesscar.org.

 

The Ellen Moran Save the Girls Tour of Long Beach Island

Date: October 16th, 2010

 

Join us for a 10, 20, 30 or 40 mile bicycle ride, to benefit the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

This is a family friendly event for riders of all ages and levels. All are welcomed and encouraged to participate in this inaugural event. The ride will be held on Long Beach Island, NJ, a beautiful and picturesque coastal area (barrier island) near Atlantic City, NJ. Check it out!!! Until August 1st!! Early Registration Fee: $25 for adults ($150 Donation required to ride) Children Ride for $10 (no donation required for children to ride if between the ages of 1-10 yrs old). WWW.SAVETHEGIRLSLBI.COM.

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