Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
This organization promotes the health and safety of cyclists and the environment. At its Web site, www.bikecoalition.org, visitors can find anything from bike maps and safety tips to legal news on cyclists’ rights.
This is a weekly event in which cyclists meet at the “Rocky Steps” of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at midnight Tuesday evenings. From there, they ride in a group to Seventh and Washington streets in South Philly for some fresh-out-of-the-oven Philly pretzels – three for a $1 (mustard and soda cost extra).
Philly Naked Bike Ride
The World Naked Bike Ride began in 2004 to promote cycling and healthy body image. On, Sept. 6, cyclists from all over the city participated in Philadelphia’s own nude bike ride. PNBR invites bikers to ride again next September, but leave the clothes at home!
Bike Temple Maintenance Trailer
Staffed by Breakaway Bikes & Training Center, this trailer on 13th Street, between Berks and Norris streets, offers cheap repairs and accessories. Temple students can also order discounted bicycles at this location or by visiting www.breakawaybikes.com/goto/biketemple.
This establishment, located on Penn’s campus at 3916 Locust Walk, is run by the non-profit Neighborhood Bike Works in order to provide an autonomous space for riders to work on their bikes, with the aid of experienced NBW volunteers. For those who aren’t so handy, check out the cellar, which contains hundreds of used frames and complete builds.
Not only does Fairmount Park have the extensive, paved Schuylkill River Trail for road cyclists, but there are more than 40 miles of mountain bike terrain in the Wissahickon Valley Park. For more information, maps and directions, visit www.fairmountpark.org.
Kathryn López and Sarah Sanders