Philadelphia’s annual Bike To Work Day is Friday, May 18—rain or shine—and cyclists around Philadelphia will be greeted by fellow riders at “Energizer Stations,” where they will get free La Colombe coffee, Zipcar bike lights, ABUS commuter wipes, Capital One café cards, Powercrunch bars and more. We’ll also have friends from some of our partner bike shops present with air and other tools for quick repairs.
The Energizer Stations will be at the following locations from 7:30am to 9am:
- Penn Museum (33rd and South Streets) ft. Neighborhood Bike Works
- 13th and Spruce (in front of the William Way Center) ft. Performance Bicycles
- 25th and Fairmount (in front of Berkshire Hathaway Office) ft. Kayuh Bicycles and Fairmount Bicycles
- 12th and Cecil B. Moore Sts. ft. Cycles PHL
- Cadence Cycling and Multisport Center (5000 Ridge Ave)
Those looking to ride are encouraged to register for Bike To Work Day. Doing so will enter them into a raffle for a brand new SE Bike donated by Advanced Sports Enterprises/Performance Bicycles.
At 8:30am, a large group ride will leave from the Penn Museum to Dilworth Park. Then, at 9am, we will begin a short press conference, featuring civic leaders and a presentation from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Our annual “Bike Phriendly Business” awards will be presented by this year’s Queen of Pride, Mistress M., our special guest and ‘Queen of the Commute.’
The following civic leaders will speak at Dilworth Park:
- Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis
- Health Commissioner Tom Farley
- State Sen. Larry Farnese
- State Rep. Donna Bullock
- Councilman Al Taubenberger
- Councilman Mark Squilla
- Councilwoman Helen Gym
- Councilman Curtis Jones
- Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
Bike To Work Day is a way to celebrate people who ride their bicycles—whether for work commuting, school, or wherever they need to go.
This year, the Bicycle Coalition recognizes that the City’s efforts to achieve safety for all road users is challenging but critically important.
Within the last week, a beloved bike messenger was killed while riding on Spring Garden Street, one of Philadelphia’s most-used bike lanes. This past winter, Philadelphia pastry chef Emily Fredricks was killed on Spruce Street, among the most used bike lanes in the city. They were two of 11 people throughout the Delaware Valley who lost their lives while riding a bicycle over the past twelve months.
Bicycling is the best way and commute through Philadelphia, but more work is ahead for Philadelphia to realize its full potential as a bicycling city that is safe for everyone.
WHO: Philadelphia cyclists, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
WHAT: Bike to Work Day
WHEN: Friday, May 18, 7:30am-9:30am
WHY: To recognize cycling as the best way to commute around Philadelphia, and encourage more people to ride