Philly Cycling this week

With Bike to Work Month in full swing and the many hangovers from the Maypril fools race still wearing off, we are into another week of riding in our wonderful city.

Tonight you can get a chance to see a congressmen who is probably  best known for his positive stance on cycling. Rep. Blumenauer of Oregon will join our favorite bike champion, Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania at the Academy of natural Science tonight for the Liveable Communites forum. I have been to a few of these forums and they are a great way to really get charged up about doing something about your community. It is free and open to the public, although they would like you to register so go here to do so.

On Wednesday, the annual Ride of Silence will happen world wide. Meet at the Art Museum around 6:30 or so for the ride that begins at 7. There will be a brief ceremony for the 6 people who have died on local roads in the last year. The 5th annual ride will start at 7. With police escort and rolling street closures, the ride will proceed down the Parkway, circle City Hall, continue to Independence Hall, and head over to West Philly via Spruce Street and the Walnut St. Bridge. The ride will return to the front of the Art Museum over the Market Street Bridge.

Philadelphia organizers are Ray Scheinfeld, erayben@bellatlantic.net , 215-327-8315; John Siemiarowski, tandemdad@comcast.net, 215-837-0101. Please contact them with any questions you may have.

On Thursday, you can check out the urban riding basics class at Wooden Shoe Bookstore so that you can get ready for Friday’s Bike to Work Day. There will be an army of folks out at different stations throughout the city helping to make sure that this day is bigger than ever. Our cycling Mayor will let you ride along with him….and a few body guards from the Art Museum.

If you need some support for bike to work day, there will be folks at these locations with a good blend of technical, nutritional, and motivational services.

21st and Chestnut 9am-6pm

1636 Walnut st. 8-12

Frankford and Master 7-9

Manyuk Brew Pub 7-9.

If you are a bit more dirt oriented, head out to the park to help the good folks at the Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association rescue some trails. The May trail matinence day is going to happen Saturday from 10-2 at “The Golf Course Climb”. You can ride into the location from many points in the park, or even just walk across the golf course if you choose to drive up there. They are going to do a bit of a reroute to try to make this climb a bit more sustainable. The GPS location of the climb is 40° 1′ 40.0044″ N, 75° 12′ 1.3896″ W. Contact Tom for more info.

Our trails are tough and I love them, but we have to admit that they are going to be hard to maintain for future generations if they are chutes for water to flow down. Step up and give back to your park.

As always if you have any more cycling stuff going on in Philadelphia or the surrounding area, let me know!

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