RIDE IS CANCELLED! Our first ride of Spring is March 7th and will end at IKEA. Details to follow!
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our ride up 22nd. Everyone crushed that hill at the end too :)
Originally posted on The Philly Declaration:
By Kenneth Lipp
Today dozens of parents and children rode bikes, individually and with up to 3 in-tow, pedaled up 22nd Street from near Pine all the way to Brown, in Fairmount Park.
The purpose of the ride was to draw attention to the need for clearly marked bicylce lanes on a five-block stretch of North 22nd Street in the Fairmount area, a (somehow) long-contentious measure which has been blocked by City Councilman Bill Greenlee. Called Kidical Mass, the ride was the latest of a series, “part of nationwide movement seeking to promote family friendly bike rides and bring awareness in our cities that kids are traffic too,” according to the group website.
22nd Street currently has no lane markings whatsoever between Fairmount Avenue and Spring Garden, and is used for two-lane motorized traffic in a relatively free-for-all…
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Happy Autumn, Philly biking families!
Our next ride is October 25, 2014. We will ride from Fitler Square at 11 AM, up 22nd Street. Here is the facebook event to RSVP or ask questions. This ride is a little bit ‘costume party’ and a little bit ‘awareness ride’. We are inviting anyone from the Philly area that is interested in the 22nd Street bike lane situation to come ride with us. If you’re new to the drama, a local council person is trying to shut down the Streets Department and MOTU plan for a bike lane on 22nd Street between Spring Garden and Fairmount. His reasons are mainly that he thinks his bus ride home will be longer, that his constituents don’t want a bike lane, and that bike lanes don’t make pedestrians any safer. More information about the situation, and a petition you can sign, ARE HERE.
81% of 22nd St neighbors strongly approve a bike lane, bike lanes actually increase all mode speed, and bike lanes make streets safer. This report from the National US DOT proves to be interesting and we look forward to protected bike lanes being the standard ASAP.
On November 8, 2014, we will be doing a ride to the Philly Bike Expo. Meeting at Fitler Square again and riding a short trip to the Convention Center. This is a short ride that is great for younger, independent riders (no training wheels please). At 1:30 PM, Dena and Marni will be holding a Family Biking 101 forum at the expo. Tickets can be purchased at Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles or online.
Our favorite woman-owned bike shop is Fairmount Bicycles!
With a whole page dedicated to Kid Stuff on their website, Fairmount Bicycles is truly kid-friendly. They have Surly Big Dummys, Yuba Boda Boda and Mundos, Bullitts, and Xtracycles to choose from in the cargo/family bike section! You can rent the Big Dummy by the day or week as well!
We love their neighborhood vibe and that they are located on a bike lane! Their sister shop, Brewerytown Bikes is also pretty awesome!
Fairmount Bicycles will be on hand on the day of the event with their bikes and some gear to check out! Thanks, Fairmount!
We will meet at Fitler Square, starting around 10:30 AM. We will chat safety rules and fill out waivers and then roll out at 11:00 AM. We will take the Pine Street buffered bike lane all the way to Front Street, where we will take a left. When we get to Spruce Street, we are going to make a right up onto the sidewalk, dismount from our bikes, and walk to the park. There are cobblestones on Spruce Street so we will avoid any mishaps and make sure all of our riders make it to the park in one piece! It’s a 2.1 mile ride in total.
If you are driving to the starting spot, you can easily get back on to Spruce Street (with buffered bike lane once you get past the cobblestones at Dock Street).
A few notes on safety:
-Helmets are required.
-All children must be accompanied by an adult that is responsible for their riding and behavior during the ride.
-Training wheels are not recommended due to street conditions. Independent kid riders are great: make sure they know road safety basics and are ready to listen closely and obey the rules of the road.
-Dena and Marni will lead the route.
-When we encounter vehicles blocking the bike lane (and we will!), we will “take the lane” to go around, when it is safe to do so.
-In general, we will not block intersections to go through red lights (“corking“): if our group gets split up, the front pack will stop and wait. On rare occasions, we may cork a street if there is no traffic coming or a car has offered to stop.
A few notes on Spruce Street Harbor Park:
-There is one bike rack that is not designed to fit anything except road bikes. Please bring locks so that you can sufficiently lock your wheels and bikes to each other. We will create our own bike locking area.
-There are food and beer available but you can also bring outside food in.
-There are a few tables but not many places to sit on blankets.
-There is a fountain that kids are allowed to wade into. We recommend bringing a change of clothes/towel.
Thank you to the Bike Coalition of Greater Philadelphia for their support!