Parents and Kids Take to 22nd Street on Cycles in Support of Bike Lane in Fairmount


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.

Riders gather at F park Riders gather at Fitler Square for the ride north up 22nd Street.

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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October and November 2014 Ride Details

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.

image c/o Philly Bike Expo

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.

Sponsor Highlight: Fairmount Bicycles

Our favorite woman-owned bike shop is Fairmount Bicycles!

image c/o 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!

rent or buy a Big Dummy at Fairmount! image c/o Surly and Fairmount Bicycles

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!