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Bicycle Coalition in the 2000s: A Seat at the Table

Remember the 2000s? Dane Cook? Razor scooters? Freedom Fries?

Well, we remember. And in the 2000s we weren’t really thinking about Bro Comedy and ways to clog-our-arteries-while-being-passive-aggressive-toward-an-entire-country so much as we were a citywide bicycle action plan.

At Mayor John Street’s request, we put our minds together for an official Philadelphia Bicycle Action Plan, which would call for the appointment of a bike coordinator, a bike network, a bike station at JFK Plaza, a bike parking program, and the promotion of more bike tourism in Philadelphia by 2005.

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Bike shops that rock: Kater Street Bicycles

Joe Lambros opened Kater Street Bicycles in 2011 as a repair-only bike shop catering specifically to city commuters. Located just off of South Street at 609 S. 16th Street, the shop serves as a valuable resource for the cyclists of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.

Since the shop does not sell bicycles, they instead focus on speedy turnaround on repairs and quality customer service, all with a low price tag. The no appointment needed shop attracts mostly working class cyclists who need a quick repair to get to work.

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Bike shops that rock: Bicycle Revolutions

Bicycle Revolutions takes a different approach with their shop by wanting first and foremost for everyone to feel comfortable walking into their shop, whether a professional cyclist or someone who’s never hopped on a bike.

The full sales and service stop recognizes the intensity and excitement of the cycling community in Philly that can sometimes be intimidating for first-time cyclists. Whether a pro racer, or someone who can’t remember the last time they rode a bike, Bicycle Revolutions at 756 S. 4th Street prides itself in creating a welcoming, friendly environment in their shop.

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Congress Should Save TIGER Grants

Federal funding is incredibly important to the city for transit, traffic control and signals, pavement resurfacing, safe routes to school and bicycle/pedestrian facilities and, honestly for the city and state’s tourism.

But the most recent federal budget “blueprint” proposal from the President would make massive cuts to transportation infrastructure spending, and completely do away with the TIGER grant program.  We urge Congress to put it back into the FY18 federal budget.

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Bike shops that rock: Barr’s Bikes and Boards

Barr’s Bikes and Boards opened in 2010 to service the cyclists and skateboarders of the Roxborough-Manayunk area. What the small Mom and Pop type shop lacks in size is compensated by their superb customer service, stock, and turnover time on services. Self-labeled as “the friendlier bike shop,” Barr’s truly services every person on wheels, whether it be a bicycle, skateboard, or e-bike, which can usually only be found at the sole e-bike shop in Philly, PHEW! (Philly Electric Wheels).

Located at 5548 Ridge Avenue, Barr’s provides full repair services, as well as selling a range of new and used bikes including the standard bike styles, as well as folding bikes, flyers for kids, retro styles, and e-assist bikes.

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Bike shops that rock: Wissahickon Cyclery

map of Wissahickon Creek

Wissahickon Cyclery has kept one goal in mind since they opened 20 years ago: help cyclists of any ability feel comfortable on a bike.  Whether it’s mothers looking for a gentle ride with their kids, or a professional cyclist looking for a top notch bike, Wissahickon Cycleryworks, works with all riders to accommodate their needs. The shop not only prides itself in its depth of knowledge and service abilities, but also their customer service department which remembers every customer and bike.

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Chestnut Street Protected Bike Lane Announced. How We Got Here

Perhaps the most breaking of news to come out of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Vision Zero Conference 2017 was Philadelphia’s Bike/Ped Coordinator Jeannette Brugger announcing a protected bike lane coming to West Chestnut Street.

This is a project the Bicycle Coalition has been working on for since 2011. And while it hasn’t actually been installed yet, it’s worth understanding how the city got the place where it would make a public announcement for such a parking-protected lane. It involved all sorts of moving parts.

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West Chester Dips Their Toes Into Bike Infrastructure

A sharrow on Church St in West Chester Borough

A sharrow on Church St in West Chester Borough

The Borough of West Chester took a small, small step to raise the awareness of bicycling by installing a sharrow on S. Church St, which runs parallel to the busy S. High St (Business 202). Both streets connect Downtown with the West Chester University South Campus.

Ironically, South High St. was the first challenge to the PENNDOT’s Bikeway Occupancy Permit (BOP). In 2005 PennDOT had set aside funding to design and install bike lanes on suburban roads. DVRPC Bicycle and Pedestrian department recommended bike lanes on a short stretch of S. High Street in adjacent West Goshen Township.

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Philly’s First Raised Protected Bike Lane Will Be on American Street

After lots of behind-the-scenes (and in front of the scenes) debate and bickering, American Street will finally get its protected bike lane, Plan Philly noted in a story published today.

As noted in the article by Jim Saksa,

The bike lane will be a raised lane with a sloping curb—the first such protected bike lane in the city. It will be six and a half feet wide, with a one and a half-foot-wide buffer curb.

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Johnny Brenda’s Fundraiser Featuring Waxahatchee is Tomorrow!

In case you haven’t heard yet: The Bicycle Coalition is hosting a benefit show at Johnny Brenda’s during our Member Drive that runs throughout March.

The benefit show, held at the Fishtown bar and restaurant, features Kate Crutchfield’s solo project Waxahatchee, along with Julie Byrne and Mary Lattimore opening up the gig.

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