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

Schuylkill River Trail Petition and Red Bowl Invitation

March 2009
Complete the Schuylkill River Trail:
February Forum on Completing the SRT
320 people packed the Academy of Natural Sciences in late February to hear about the trail segments that will complete Greater Philadelphia's Schuylkill River Trail. Over 1000 people have already signed the online petition!
Do you want the Schuylkill River Trail extended southward to Bartram's Garden and beyond?  Do you want to safely ride from East Falls to Manayunk? Do you want to finally use the Cynwyd Trail?  
You can also download the "Complete the Schuylkill River Trail" presentation and a map of the trail.
Philadelphia Bicycle News

Ride of Silence 
This past month featured blog posts on
Philadelphia Streets Department's new  Stop Bar Policy; Snippets from the National Bike Summit; 
Philadelphia applies to the League of American Bicyclists to be a Bicycle Friendly Community
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Dear ,
It's been a long winter. The Bicycle Coalition is ready to take on spring with our Bicycle Ambassadors, an expanded Bike Month in May and our campaign to Complete the Schuylkill River Trail (see sidebar).
What better way to greet spring than with bikes and bowling? I hope you can join me at Red Bowl, our newest all ages Bicycle Coalition event. You'll have even more fun knowing that you are benefiting our work to make your ride better.

Alex Doty

Executive Director
Lee Rogers and Brian present check from 2008 Red Bowl Biking, Bowling and Beer at Red Bowl
Keswick Bicycle and Bicycle Therapy are presenting this year's RED BOWL, a fundraiser to benefit the Bicycle Coalition. It will be held at North Bowl Lounge (both floors open for more room and more fun) on Sunday, March 29th from 1-4pm.  Tickets are $11 until Friday and $20 day of.  More information on our events page. 
This year we have added a silent auction: come to bid on bikes from Cannondale, Fuji and Specialized, wheels from Mavic and Zipp, autographed Pro Tour Jerseys, Free Overhauls, season pass to all local centuries, spa passes, restuarants meals and much more! 
2008 Annual Meeting2009 Annual Meeting
on April 26
All BCGP members are invited to come to the Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 26th from 6-9pm at International House at the University of Pennsylvania.  We're bringing back the free buffet dinner for the first 100 who RSVP to
This year's theme is Connecting to the Rivers and our guest speaker will be Charles Carmalt, Philadelphia's Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator.
Bicycle Coalition Hits the Capitol
Bicycle Coalition meets Congressman Chaka Fattah
Over twenty BCGP members and fellow  bicyclists from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware converged on Capitol Hill on March 12th to visit 15 congressional offices.  We spoke to Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-2), as documented in the photo with BCGP members, as well as Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6), Senator Arlen Specter, and many other Congressional staff about funding Schuylkill River Trail projects, the Complete Streets and CLEAN-TEA bills and the America Bikes platform for the upcoming federal transportation bill.  The day on Capitol Hill capped off a very full week spent at the National Bicycle Summit put on by the League of American Bicyclists.
Red Bowl Benefit (March 29)
 Icycle Metric Century (March 28)
Taxing Metric (April 18)
Girls with Gears (April 19)
Delaware Bike Summit (April 24)
4th Annual SOCH Great Causeway Challenge (April 25)
State Police Ride (April 25)
Annual Meeting (April 26) 
BCP Cycle n2 Spring (May 1-3) 
Bike Month (May)
Bike Freedom Valley (June 21, 2009)
Make Your Ride Better!
Bicycle Coalition 2009 Membership
Membership benefits include:
The monthly CycleGram e-newsletter
Discounts at over 30 bike shops in the region
Discounted registration at Commerce Bank Bike Philly and Bike Freedom Valley
An invitation to our annual meeting
A tax deduction
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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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