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Ride Bike Freedom Valley, Bicycle Ambassador Hired (June 2008)

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
CycleGram June 2008
Bike Freedom Valley
Sunday, June 15
 
Limited number of T-shirts left! 
Register Now!

 
For more information about the different routes, check out the
Bike Freedom Valley Blog
 
We need volunteers! If you don't want to ride, please contribute a few hours to help make Bike Freedom Valley a success.
Contact Jill at
 
Bike Philly
Commerce Bank Bike Philly 2008 Early Bird Registration is now open!!

Join us on Sunday, September 14th for the Second Annual Commerce Bank Bike Philly, a family-friendly bike tour celebrating car-free streets of Philadelphia.  Ride through Philadelphia's historic neighborhoods and explore hidden corners of Fairmount Park. Distances of 10, 20, 35 and 50 miles will please all riders. The 10 mile route is appropriate for all ages and all skill levels, and kids 17 and under ride for just $5.
Take Action!

Join a County Committee Listserv
 
Attend a County Committee Meeting
 
Philadelphia: 6/17
Bike Delaware: 7/7
 
 
All interested bicyclists welcome to attend meetings
Bike Share Philadelphia
 
 
 
Read the Philadelphia Inquirer's Pedal Power
endorsement of Bike Sharing
 
Ask Mayor Nutter to support
Bike Sharing!
 
 
Dear (Contact First Name),

Over the years I've spoken to many of you for whom, like me, Bike Freedom Valley was your first organized bicycle ride. Whether it's your first Bike Freedom Valley or you have ridden all 28, please join me this Sunday for a great ride that celebrates the freedom you feel on two wheels and supports our work to make your ride better.
 
Alex Doty, Executive Director
 
Biggest Bike Week Ever
 
Facing $4/gallon gas, the interest in Bike Week this year was intense and we organized an unprecedented number of events to bring home the message about how bicycling is the most enjoyable way to save money, your waistline and the planet. The hard work paid off and the Coalition got incredible coverage from radio, print and television.
 
 Pat Cunnane Wins 2008 Commuter Race by Tom Gralish, Philadelphia Inquirer       Mayor Nutter on Bike to Work Day 
We kicked off the week with a "commuter race" between a cyclist, transit rider and car, and of course, the bicylist--Pat Cunnane of Fuji Bikes--won the four mile race through morning traffic.  Other highlights included the release of a Coalition report on Philadelphia's Bicycle Parking shortage (pdf)
; a film night to screen Breaking Away; a Bike to the Ballpark to see the Phillies cream the Braves; and a very wet but successful Bike to Work day with Mayor Nutter.  He persevered through driving rain to lead over 60 bicyclists along MLK Drive and down the Parkway to City Hall.  Photos of all of these events are here.  Other events capping off the month were the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and a well-attended Ride of Silence
 
 
Bicycle Ambassador Coordinator Hired!
 
After a long search, BCGP is proud to announce that Breen Goodwin, who recently relocated from Portland, Oregon, is the new Bicycle Ambassador Coordinator.  Breen will get the program off the ground this summer, and hire additional ambassadors for a full launch in Spring 2009.  The Bicycle Ambassador program is an on-street education program to inform bicyclists about rules of the road and bicycle safety and is modeled on a successful Chicago program. 
 
Breen was a loan officer with Rose City Mortgage (a socially responsible mortgage company) and has a wealth of experience to bring to her new job.  She started a Bike Commuting 101 class in Portland, which she brought to major corporations, was involved in npGreenway, a local advocacy group for multi-use trails, and on the planning committee of GreenDrinks, an international social networking group.
 
Blog Highlights 
Philadelphia Bicycle News, the Coalition's blog, featured many posts this past month on subjects as varied as opposition to the Berks County Trail, BCGP staff attending the Urban Bike Caucus meeting in Urban Bike Caucus on ChicagoChicago, departure of DVRPC's bike/ped coordinator, Montco's new Cross County Trail segment, Bike/Ped Shuttle Service on the Milford-Montegue Bridge, Philadelphia's #1 spot for bike thefts, the FY09 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for PA and NJ and much more.
Make Your Ride Better!
Are you a member of the Bike Coalition?

 
Membership gets you discounts at the Bike Coalition's feature rides Bike Freedom Valley and Bike Philly 

It only takes
four minutes to join or renew your membership in the fastest growing bicycle advocacy group in the country! 
 
If you're not sure if your membership is up to date, contact Jill@bicyclecoalition.org  

 
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Dates!
Bike Freedom Valley.............................................June 15
French Creek Iron Tour.............................................June 22
Tour of Pennsylvania................................................June 24
Delaware Double Cross..............................................June 29
Iron Hill Twighlight Criterium.......................................July 5
ACS Bike-a-thon......................................................July 13
MS 150 PA Dutch Bike Tour........................................July 19/20
Commerce Bank Bike Philly.....................................Sept 14
More rides and all links listed on the BCGP Ride Calendar
For more info, contact Jill Minick at jill@bicyclecoalition.org  or (215) 242-9253 ext 3#.
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