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PennDOT Sustainable Action Committee to Bring Changes to I-95 Corridor

On March 20th, PennDOT kicked off a new Sustainable Action Committee concerning changes to I-95 through Philadelphia.

The first meeting discussed Sector B of I-95, which runs from Spring Garden Street to the Girard Point Bridge and Broad Street (via 676).

Such a project is being considered now because of Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget proposal to cap I-95 at Penn’s Landing to create a new waterfront park, and because of new funding to create the Central Delaware Trail, a new bicycle trail along Delaware Avenue and Columbus Boulevard for which the Bicycle Coalition has been advocating.

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New podcast: On Bicyclist Behavior

On the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s newest podcast, hosts Waffiyyah Murray and Randy LoBasso speak with Cadence Youth Cycling coach Krystal Philson about bicyclist behavior, and the negative perceptions of cyclists supposedly breaking the law at higher rates than other road users.

The conversation was initiated by a recent survey which seems to show that cyclists, motor vehicle users, and pedestrians, all break laws at the same rate, which we first saw reported in StreetsBlog.

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Chester Creek Trail Opening Ceremony

The Chester Creek Trail in Delaware County is opening!

The opening announcement will be made at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the 1.5-mile marker on the Chester Creek Trail, with an access point to the ceremony located adjacent to the Mills at Glen Riddle (300 Pennell Road, Media, PA 19063).

Parking for the ribbon cutting ceremony will be available in the parking lot located behind the Mills at Glen Riddle. The parking lot is just a short walk to the trail however appropriate walking shoes are encouraged.

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10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup

The 10th annual Philly Spring Cleanup is less than two weeks away. From 9am to 2pm on Saturday, April 8th, hundreds of volunteer groups will take to the streets of Philadelphia for a day dedicated to clearing the trash and litter off the streets and beautifying the city.

Mayor Kenney spoke at the one-month cleanup countdown, held at Hunting Park Recreation Center in March, stating that “trash and litter does not fall from the sky,” and emphasizing the importance of Philly Spring Cleanup in keeping unwanted litter out of our neighborhoods. More

Circuit Trails Opening Day: Break a World Record

The Circuit Trails need your help breaking a world record.

Trail season opens next Saturday April 8, and the Circuit Trails are celebrating by attempting to break the Guinness World Record’s title for the longest fist-bump relay. The Circuit Trails are asking cyclists to come out to Penn Treaty Park from 2-3:30, and bring as many friends as you can to break the 300-person record.

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Explore the Circuits: Season kick-off

Come join the Bicycle Coalition for its kick-off to the start of trail season, an Explore the Circuits group ride held on Saturday, April 8.

The 18-mile, Triple Play ride will hit three different trails, the Schuylkill, Audubon, and the Perkiomen Trails.

The ride will also visit Sullivan’s Bridge, the newest crossing of the Schuylkill River opened in 2016.

After years of delay, the bridge marks the restoration of a safe route between Valley Forge and the Schuylkill River Trail.

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Over 70 People Attend First Bike Chester County Public Meeting

Note: This article is cross-posted from Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia affiliate group Bike Chester County.

On Thursday evening, March 23rd, over 70 people attended Bike Chester County’s first public meeting to hear about bicycle and pedestrian projects in Chester County.

 Greg Krykewycz, Associate Director of Transportation, and Sarah Moran, Transportation Planner, at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) kicked-off the meeting to discuss regional on-street bike facilities and low-stress network project.

Greg explained to guests that the current problem with bike lanes and facilities on suburban streets is the Bicycle Occupancy Permit. The Bicycle Occupancy Permit is a PennDOT policy applicable to state roads; “before any municipality can allow the installation of a bike lane on a state road, PennDOT requires the municipality to assume the maintenance and liability responsibility for the bike lane portion of a state road by signing on to this BOP.” 

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Bike Shops That Rock: Cadence Cycling and Mulitsport

Cadence Cycling and Multisport welcomes beginning cyclists, serious triathletes, and every bike enthusiast no matter their ability. Focused on customer service that goes beyond expectations, Cadence provides its members with a full training setup, including a range of personal coaching, physiological testing, and mechanical services.

Devoted to the biking community, Cadence sets itself apart with world class services and staff. Opened in 2004 at 5000 Ridge Avenue, the Manayunk shop provides indoor training sessions, as well as an array of seasonal camps and clinics that cover any cyclist’s needs, including road racing basics, maintenance skills, mountain biking, and cyclocross clinics. More

Bike Shops That Rock: Breakaway Bikes

Breakaway Bikes and Fitness believes that helping the local cycling community thrive will in turn help their own shop thrive.

Glenn Krotick began selling branded Breakaway socks from the back of his Ford Probe over a decade ago, but he knew the cycling community needed more. With a background as a spin class instructor, Krotick brought the practice to Pennsylvania with Breakaway Bikes and Fitness at 1923 Chestnut Street.
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Bicycle Coalition in the 2010s: Openings

The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk was constructed in the 2010s, after long efforts by the Bicycle Coalition and others.

With the momentum gained in the 2000s, the Bicycle Coalition has forged ahead the past 7 years to achieve great milestones for the biking community. Finally recognized as a major player in city transportation, biking has increased by 260% between 2005 and 2013 thanks to the efforts of the Coalition and the support from the city’s ever-expanding biking community.

Increased ridership has helped label Philadelphia as an “urban outdoor oasis,” according to a New York Times article that placed Philadelphia as the 3rd best place to go in 2015.

The 2010s have so far seen an explosion of bike interest throughout the city and the surrounding ‘burbs, backed by the creation of several Coalition initiatives dedicated to the under served community, like Women Bike PHL and Cadence Youth Cycling, as well as the expansion of the city’s Circuit Trail network. And Philadelphia now has more bike commuters than any other big city in the country (2.2 percent in 2015).

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