Neighborhood Bike Hubs

Come visit one of our Bike Hubs at Hunting Park and Bartram’s Garden

Lil' Safety Village

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 project was planned and managed by Stephanie Rivera Fenniri, the former Deputy Director of the Bicycle Coalition and a current Weitzman School of Design Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. 

The Bike Hub at the Lil’ Philly Safety Village  is open Saturdays 10-12 from April-October.  The Bike Hub offers free bike rentals and supported play.

For details about programming April-October at the Lil’ Philly Safety Village, see our Events Calendar.

Bartram's Garden Bike Hub

The Bartram’s Garden Bike Hub is operated 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 details about programming April-November at the Bartram’s Bike Hub, see the Bartram’s Garden Events Calendar.  

Offerings

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
  • Biking in the City Basics Classes
  • Beginner Group Bike Rides
  • Fix-A-Flat Classes
  • Bike Maps and Info about Bike Safety Materials in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Creole  & Vietnamese
  • Free Bike Lights 

Overview

What is a Bike Hub?

A Bike Hub has 3 key elements:  Bikes + Green Spaces + Community-Based Bicycle Education Programming.

Neighborhood Bike Hubs

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.  

In 2023, we engaged over 800  participants in bike education programming and plan to continue to grow our impact in the coming years.

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