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Press Release: Families For Safe Streets to Remember All Traffic Victims, Rally for State Legislation on Sunday

Families for Safe Streets Greater Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia and advocates for safer streets will gather on the North Apron of City Hall on November 17th to participate in the international World Day of Remembrance for victims of traffic violence.

This is an international event, and Philadelphia’s first time partaking.

Scheduled to take place from 2pm-4pm, the event will include Philadelphia officials and community leaders. While there, we will call upon the Pennsylvania Legislature to pass House Bill 792, which would make it easier for cities and towns across the Commonwealth to install pedestrian plazas and parking-protected bike lanes—tools which are proven to make streets safer.

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Report From Our 11th Street Outreach

Members of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia spent last Friday afternoon staked out at 11th and Federal Streets in South Philadelphia with three missions.

First of all, we wanted to get cyclists’ and pedestrians’ impressions of the work-in-progress 2-way protected bike lane.

Second, we wanted to give cyclists a heads up on where the project stands, and some tips on cycling in the area while we wait for the rest of the protection and infrastructure to be installed.

Third, we had candy left over from Halloween. We wanted to give some of it out.

We spoke to about 15 people bicycling and walking on 11th Street, and, for the most part, their rants and raves about the bike lane were the same: Most people liked the lane and appreciated what the city was doing along the corridor. About half of all respondents thought the bike lane, as is, was complete, and all except one said they’d experienced illegal motor vehicle parking in the bike lane.

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Don’t Miss Philly’s Ninth Annual Cranksgiving

By Alex Demko-McDonough

Image courtesy of Cranksgiving Philadelphia

On Saturday, November 16th, the Annual Cranksgiving Ride charity event will return to Philadelphia for its ninth consecutive year. Starting at Penn Treaty Park and wrapping up at the venerable Tattooed Mom, the 9th Annual Cranksgiving Ride will see riders travel from store to store purchasing food, and racking up points.This event is free to register and you can choose your own pace. If you aren’t in a racing mood, feel free to leisurely bike your way to the finish line. Working with Philabundance, a Philadelphia-based hunger relief organization that serves over 90,000 in the region each week, riders will be collecting enough food to provide a Thanksgiving meal for those who wouldn’t otherwise receive one. 

Free registration begins at 11:00 AM, with riders starting their journeys at noon. Upon reaching Tattooed Mom, riders can expect a warm reception with a small Awards and Thank You ceremony starting at 4:30 PM. Riders are asked to bring the following; a bicycle, bike helmet, a bike lock, a way to carry groceries, money to purchase groceries, and of course, a charitable attitude. This event has been an incredible success story having raised close to 15,000 pounds of food and over $10,000 in monetary donations directly benefiting Philabundance’s relief efforts.

If you aren’t in Philadelphia, don’t worry! Berks, Bucks, and Lancaster Counties will be hosting just a few of the many Cranksgiving events in Pennsylvania this year, giving those outside the city the chance to pitch in to combat hunger. 

Visit the official Cranksgiving website for more information on the local and nationwide Cranksgiving events.

Check out the Official Cranksgiving Philadelphia Facebook page for more information.

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Join Us To Get Protected Bike Lane Bill Through the Senate This Fall

Children and adult biking along the temporary protected bike lane during day of demonstration.

West Chester demos what a protected bike lane could look like, if HB 792 passes.

The Pennsylvania Senate is in session for seven more days in 2019, and if we want to get House Bill 792 passed before the end of the year, it’s imperative we keep the pressure on our legislators.

House Bill 792 would allow for more protected bike lanes to be built in Pennsylvania and is one of the contributing factors behind cities and towns—from Philadelphia, to West Chester, to Lancaster, to Harrisburg, to Pittsburgh—not being able to protect their people who ride bikes and people who travel via a mode other than private motor vehicle.

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Bike Pittsburgh, and numerous organizations all over Pennsylvania have been advocating for this legislation since January. (In the previous session, the bill passed in the House, but died in the Senate in 2018).  In the Spring, after a positive House Transportation Committee vote, the legislation passed the full House, 200 votes to 1.

Then, it moved to the Senate Transportation Committee, where it’s been stalled.

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Women Leading the Bike Movement Panel Wows at the 10th Annual Philly Bike Expo

Left to Right: Bike Gloucester County’s Rebecca Kreck, Alexandria Schneider, and Moderator Anne Gordon. Image courtesy of Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY

This weekend, amidst the excitement at the tenth annual Philly Bike Expo, an all-women panel of bike advocates presented on their grassroots efforts to make cycling accessible for all in the region. WHYY was on hand to cover the panel, organized by the Bicycle Coalition. Among the panelists was the founder of the Narberth Cycling Club Kimberley Bezak, founder of Bike Kennett Josie Marsh, Rebecca Kreck of Bike Gloucester County, Hammonton Kickstand Crew’s Alicia Fields-Murphy, and former regional chair of Bike Montgomery County, Alexandria Schneider. The panel was moderated by long-time Bicycle Coalition supporter Anne Gordon. 

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More Reasons To Get In On The Bike Expo Fun

Courtesy of Motherload

We’ve already covered rides that end at the Philly Bike Expo, don’t-miss workshops and panels, and a cool community conversation around equity in cycling.

Here are two other highlights of this weekend’s Philly Bike Expo:

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Take Action: Bicyclists Should Be Allowed to Ride at Penns Landing

The City of Philadelphia and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation recently unveiled plans for a new park over I-95 in Old City.

This new piece of infrastructure will create 12 acres of green space that will become “The Park at Penn’s Landing.”  As part of this project, Penn’s Landing will be completely re-imagined, in addition, the Delaware River Trail, a new multi-purpose trail will be built from Washington Avenue to Spring Garden Street, and the South Street Bridge (not the other one over the Schuylkill) will be extended.

DRWC has released its preliminary design for bicycle access to and in the park and the South Street Bridge.  On October 17th, they presented an initial concept for bicycle access, based on existing precedent and policy at the Waterfront and in City parks.  They are looking for feedback from the public!

To give feedback, go to the bottom of the survey page and add your comment to the last open-ended box. Keep scrolling for our feedback recommendations.

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3 Community Workshops in the Philadelphia Region

This was a busy season for our work in the region. Recently, our Regional Planner Leonard Bonarek completed his third community workshop in the Philadelphia region in the past two months. These workshops, part of our TASCC program (Technical Assistance for Suburban Circuit Communities), focus on empowering everyday citizens to take action to make their communities safer to travel in, and to make better connections to their nearby Circuit Trails.

Each community he worked with had different challenges and interests. Here’s a brief rundown of the workshops:  More

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West Chester Creates a Temporary Protected Bike Lane. Help Us Make It Permanent!

Children and adult biking along the temporary protected bike lane during day of demonstration.

On a weekend in October, the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) partnered with the Borough of West Chester to create a “pop up” protected bike lane. The facility was created in the morning with volunteers placing barriers and signage, and painting the roadway. Bicycle Coalition Chester County Chair Bob Dredge was among the volunteers.
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Join Philadelphia’s ‘World Day of Remembrance’ Demonstration on Nov. 17

Families for Safe Streets Greater Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia and advocates for safer streets will gather on the North Apron of City Hall on November 17th to participate in the international World Day of Remembrance for victims of traffic violence.

Scheduled to take place from 2pm-4pm, the event will include Philadelphia officials and community leaders. RSVP Here.

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected. It is also a day on which we thank the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families, communities, and countries, and on ways to halt it. 

Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent, traumatic events. Their impact is long-lasting, often permanent. Each year, millions of newly injured and bereaved people from every corner of the world are added to the countless millions who already suffer. The cumulative toll is truly tremendous. 

This special Remembrance Day is intended to respond to the great need of road crash victims for public recognition of their loss and suffering. It has also become an important tool for governments and those who work to prevent crashes or respond to the aftermath since it offers the opportunity to demonstrate the enormous scale and impact of road deaths and injuries and the urgent need for action. 

When: November 17, 2019 Where: City Hall, North Apron (1400 John F Kennedy Blvd)

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Confirmed Speakers: Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilman Mark Squilla, Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram, State Sen. Larry Farnese

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