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Three cyclists explore an urban farm

Photo courtesy of Food Moxie

If you’re interested in exploring Philadelphia’s vibrant urban farms and gardens, we have the perfect ride for you! The 14th annual Urban Farm Bike Ride will be traveling through Philly on Saturday, October 5th.

The Bicycle Coalition is serving as a Community Sponsor of the ride this year and will be along for the ride. We’ll be visiting some of Philadelphia’s beautiful and rich urban farms and gardens, focusing on those that have been endangered of being lost and have found innovative ways of securing their land. Each route will visit different farms and gardens.

The Urban Farm Bike Ride was started 14 years ago as a way to bring together people who are interested in healthy eating, healthy physical activity, and being outdoors, as well as building community.

This ride offers two length options: one route is about 17 miles, while the other is about 21 miles. Both routes ride on Philly’s streets, and in bike lanes or on trails when possible. As you can experience on this ride, quality bike infrastructure and food access are issues that are linked. You should feel confident riding in city traffic on roads shared with cars, although riding in a visible large group on a less-busy Saturday morning should make for a pleasant ride.

Check-in for the ride is at 7:45 a.m. at the Philadelphia Brewing Company (2440 Frankford Avenue), with rides starting at 8:15 a.m. Rides end by 2 pm, with a free beer and pizza afterwards. Please say hello to us at the after-party!

The ride benefits the nonprofit organization founded by the Weavers Way Co-op, FOOD MOXIE. We’re excited to be partnering with another organization that works to improve the health of Philadelphia’s communities. To learn more about the ride and register, click here.

Ashley Vogel


After graduating from Swarthmore College, Ashley moved to Philadelphia to work in nonprofit development and communications as a Philly Fellow. She was introduced to the Bicycle Coalition’s work in her first week of the fellowship through an Urban Riding Basics class. She did not take up bicycling in the city until getting involved with the Women Bike PHL community, which catalyzed her to shed her fear of riding in traffic and get on a bike. Ashley’s bike has served as a powerful tool, and she is excited to share the healing and empowering nature of bicycling with others. You can find Ashley riding her blue Breezer to the Headhouse farmer’s market, or her Fuji Sportif when she’s road racing as an alum of the Women Bike PHL Racing Development program.

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