The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is growing our community-based bicycle safety education programming through Neighborhood Bike Hubs. We currently operate 2 Neighborhood Bike Hubs, one in partnership with Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philadelphia and the other at the Lil’ Philly Safety Village in Hunting Park. We hope to expand our Bike Hubs in the coming years.
What is a Bike Hub? A Bike Hub is Bikes + Green Spaces + Community-Based Bicycle Education Programming.
At our Bike Hubs we offer a combination of the following:
- Free Bike Rentals to use at the park
- Learn to Ride Classes for Kids and Adults
- Urban Riding Basics Classes
- Beginner Bike Rides
- Fix-A-Flat Classes
- Bike Maps and Info about Bike Safety Materials in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Creole & Vietnamese
- Free Bike Lights
Lil’ Philly Safety Village, Hunting Park
Located at W Hunting Park Drive & W Cayuga Street in North Philly, Lil’ Philly Safety Village is a space for kids and adults alike to practice biking, rolling and walking in a colorful, playful area completely free of motor vehicle traffic. The miniature bike lanes, crosswalks, stop signs and other traffic markers help Lil’ Philly Safety Villagers learn to move through urban street space. From there, they can test their new skills on the sidewalks (for kids 12 and under) and street loops of the surrounding park.
Lil’ Philly Safety Village, the first traffic park in the Greater Philadelphia region, opened in 2021 with the support of Kaboom!, the William Penn Foundation, the McLean Contributionship, the Ron Jaworski Foundation, Mimi Sheller, Piscitello Law, and 130+ other individuals whose funding turned this long-held dream of the Bicycle Coalition into a reality. Philly Parks and Recreation also made this project possible by helping with project management and making the ~4,568 sq ft. parcel available for Lil’ Philly’s construction.
Lil’ Philly Safety Village was designed with input from Hunting Park United, the Hunting Park Recreation Center, Hunting Park Community Garden, Hunting Park Connected and community members attending the Hunting Park Farmers Market. Studio Ludo is the design firm and ThinkGreen the contractor.
The Bike Hub at the Lil’ Philly Safety Village is open 2 days a week from April-November. The Bike Hub offers free bike rentals and learn to ride classes for kids and adults as well as beginner group rides.
Bartram’s Garden, Southwest Philadelphia
The Bike Hub is possible through a partnership with Bartram’s Garden and seeks to increase access to bikes in Southwest Philadelphia in anticipation of the Swing Bridge opening in the coming years. The goal of the Bike Hub is to increase usage of the trail and future access to Center City by Southwest residents once the Swing Bridge connection is complete.
The Bike Hub at Bartram’s Garden is open 2 days a week from April-November and offers free bike rentals and learn to ride classes for kids and adults as well as beginner group rides.
For more information or to sponsor a Bike Hub, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org