Monday, November 09, 2009

SEPTA Strike is Over - Keep On Riding

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Now that the strike is over please consider keeping bicycling in your commuting routine, you'll save some money and it will help keep you in shape year round.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Fuji Bicycles Offers Opportunity To Bike the Strike

In conjunction with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia bicycle manufacturer, Fuji, has responded to the strike quickly. In the campaign to “Bike the Strike,” Fuji is offering special deals on bicycles through its local dealer network giving SEPTA users a dependable way to get to work.

Fuji is offering discounts on three of its models starting at $239 through for more information go to

It's great that Fuji has stepped up to the plate, it would be very easy for bicycle dealers to raise prices due to the high demand for bicycles.

Strike Discounts on Electric Bicycles At PHEW!

Do the hills of Northwest Philadelphia or the endless ride from the Northeast keep you from biking to work? Then an electric assist bicycle might be the answer. Philly Electric Wheels opened in October in Mt. Airy across from Weaver's Way Co-op. Phew! carries five lines of electric bicycles and tricycles, plus conversion kits and is offering incentives for those stranded by the SEPTA strike.. The store has extended its hours for the duration of the strike, and will also open by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays. Prices for electric bicycles start at under $500 and for the duration of the Strike and at least through this weekend PHEW will offer regular SEPTA riders a $100 discount. (Show weekly or monthly transit pass.).

Philly Electric Wheels also offers:
· Free escorted trial rides (for 16 year olds, up, with proper I.D.)
· Free trial ride of a hybrid, or self-generating bicycle – Coasting downhill and braking actually sends energy back to the battery.

PHEW! is only a few blocks from the R8 Carpenter Station:
550 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(215) 821-9266

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A Guide To Biking In Philly

A Guide to Biking In Philly

Bicycle Ambassadors Website

Bike Safety Video On YouTube

Philadelphia Regional Bike Map

You can click and zoom in on this map, note that this map is about 2-3 years old so the bike lanes on Spruce and Pine in Center City are not included but little has changed elsewhere. Bike lanes are in red and preferred routes without bike lanes are in blue.

It's On! - Get Your Bike Ready Before You Leave

SEPTA workers walked out at 3AM this morning. Make sure you perform the ABC Quick Check on your bike before heading out. (A-Air, B-Brakes, C- Chain and Crankset, Quick Release)

And remember sunset is at 5 so make sure that you have lights for the trip home. Drug stores sell cheap LED lights that you can secure to your bike or body. Make sure you get one for the front and back. For better (safer) bike light sets try your local bike shop.

SEPTA Updates on Twitter -

Friday, October 30, 2009

City Preparing Bike Parking Plans

As the 12 Midnight strike deadline approaches City Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Charles Carmalt continues to prepare bike parking plans for Center City. Details are sketchy right now but a manned bike station will be set up at either City Hall or the Municipal Services Building on Monday. They are also looking into setting up temporary bike racks at key locations in Center City. And as always we encourage building managers and employers to let employees take their bikes up the freight elevator.

Taking your bike on SEPTA will be a challenge, Inbound to Center City you should have plenty of room on most trains after 10:30AM. Outbound plan to leave Center City Stations before 2pm or after 7:30 PM as SEPTA will be setting up queues for the long lines inside the stations to avoid crowding on platforms. A better option if possible is to lock your bike at the station. Many SEPTA stations inside the City now have bike racks, a change from 2005.

Getting to the Stadiums this weekend, right now there are no solid plans for valet bike parking for the World Series at Citizens Bank Park this weekend, although it remains a possibility. Regardless its only about 20-25 minute bike ride from 10th and Pine St down to 10th Street to get to the stadium. There are two bike racks, one at the first base entrance (Pattison and Darien St) and a smaller rack at the right field gates (Darien and Phillies Drive). There is also plenty of iron rail fences along Phillies Drive between the Left and Right Field gates.

There are no bike racks at Lincoln Financial Field or the Spectrum but the iron fences around the parking areas are plentiful.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

SEPTA Workers Authorize Strike

According to SEPTA workers have authorized to strike with the added pressure of the Phillies-Yankees World Series next weekend. TWU President Willie Brown was quoted as saying "This is the last week we're going to work without a contract."