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

The Strike is Over: Long Live the Bike Commute

Take Back the Drive
Crosswalk Signal Installed
Earlier this week, the Philadelphia Streets Department completed installation of  new traffic signals at the MLK Crosswalk between Schuylkill River Park and the Art Museum.

In April 2009, a  horrible 
crash in the MLK crosswalk critically injured a father and young son on a bicycle -- the latest example of the dangers of a beautiful park road that had been allowed to become a throughway. The Bicycle Coalition immediately launched a campaign calling for improvements to the crosswalk and measures to calm motor speeds.

MLK Crossing with signals  
Please send Mayor Nutter a letter thanking him for taking these measures to make MLK Drive safe for park users and urging him to take other action to reduce motor vehicle speeds. 
Be sure to tell a friend about this campaign.
Thanks to Firehouse Bicycles and Dock Street Beer for helping us put on a fabulous Biketoberfest. The October 25th weather was perfect and over 150 people came out to support the Bicycle Coalition, drink the seasonal Pumpkin Ale and listen to four local bands.
Congratulations to Brittany Maslowsky who won our raffle's top prize, a brand new SE Lager Single Speed bike, compliments of Advanced Sports Incorporated. 

Philadelphia Magazine named the Bicycle Coalition Best Of Philly '09 for Volunteering.

Would you like to get involved? The first step is to come to a volunteer training on the first Wednesday of every month.  (If you are not a member yet, please join and volunteer simultaneously!) 

Wednesday, December 2nd
at 6:30pm

1500 Walnut St., Suite 1107
Click to watch two education videos produced by the 2009 Bicycle Ambassadors

sidewalk still
Sidewalk riding is illegal!

Pledge video

Take the I BIKE PHL Pledge
I Bike PHL tshirt
Do you have your own "I Bike PHL" t-shirt? Get one for only $10!  Available at our offices at 1500 Walnut Street (Suite 1107) or at the EMS store at 34th & Chestnut.  (Available in green and baby blue)
Dear Bicyclist,

The SEPTA strike saw a lot of new bicyclists in the street, many frustrated drivers and, as a consequence, the flouting of most of the vehicle laws on the books. The resulting chaos was a reminder of how important it is for bikes, drivers and pedestrians to follow the rules of the road.

Unfortunately, prior to the strike a bicyclist failed to follow the most basic rule of the road and fled the scene in a fatal hit-and-run of pedestrian Andre Steed.
As bicyclists grow in number, and as our "right" to the road increases with more bike lanes and trails, we need to take our responsibilities more seriously. I am asking you to give respect to get respect and send a clear message that we take our responsibilities as vehicles seriously by following the rules of the road.

Beyond our individual actions, Philadelphia needs a concerted education and enforcement campaign, enforced equitably on motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, to calm our city's streets and make them safe for everyone.

To help me make your ride better, please take a moment to make your 2010 membership gift to the Bicycle Coalition online or send in the renewal notice you recently received in the mail.

Thank You!
Alex Doty
, Executive Director
Bike the Strike                                             
Making lemonade out of the lemon of a SEPTA strike, we launched our second
Bike the Strike Campaign within hours of the transit shutdown. The campaign was covered by every media outlet in the city. Education Director Breen Goodwin had a busy week: she gave Mayor Nutter a tour of our "service station" on Day 1, talked with Police Commissioner Ramsey on Day 2 and briefed City Council on our campaign on Day 3Bike the Strike.

Our efforts paid off: Coalition staff and volunteers counte
d bicyclists on the Walnut Street Bridge and the new Spruce and Pine bike lanes and found 38% more bicyclists than a few weeks ago.

Complete the Schuylkill River Trail
Following up on a $36 million dollar application for stimulus funds to pay for missing segments in the Schuylkill River Trail (as well as other trail building across the Delaware Valley), over 200 people have sent Governor Rendell letters of support (you can, too!).
You can also vote early and often to put the Schuylkill River Trail on Google Street View.

Would you like to learn more? Come out to a presentation on the Complete the Schuylkill River Trail campaign in Lower Merion on November 30th.
Bicycle Coalition in the News

Highlights from the Coalition's blog
Safe Routes to School Comes to Philadelphia
The Bicycle Coalition, in partnership with Neighborhood Bike Works, is launching a new Philadelphia Safe Routes to School program (previously known as BEEP). Funded through the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and PennDOT, the program offers bicycle safety classes for 4th and 5th grade students in school and after-school. If you are a school employee, parent, or know someone who would be interested in bicycle safety classes please contact
Diana Owens.

Please Welcome Diana Owens
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is pleased to welcome Diana Owens as our new Assistant Director of Education. Diana worked as a Bicycle Ambassador over the summer, served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia and is a 10-year-resident of Philadelphia with a masters degree from Drexel. Diana is particularly passionate about outreach to the Spanish-speaking bicycling community.

I Bike PHL
Make Your Ride Better!
Bicycle Coalition Make Your Membership Gift for 2010 
Membership benefits include:
  • The monthly CycleGram e-newsletter
  • Discounts at over 30 bike shops in the region; including BikeSport and Swarthmore Cycles.
  • Discounted registration at TD Bank Bike Philly and Bike Freedom Valley
  • An invitation to our annual meeting
  • A tax deduction

Not a member? Take four minutes to make your 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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