Film: ‘The Philadelphia (Bike) Story’

Philadelphia isn’t widely known as a “bicycle town,” and it can’t boast the kind of bicycle-friendly infrastructure that is popping up in larger cities like New York or Los Angeles. But according to Census figures it also has the highest percentage of bike use of any large U.S. city. So why is that? This short film from Streetfilms takes a look:

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On a spontaneous bike ride and need a helmet? There’s an app for that

Philadelphia launched its new bike share program today and all across the city residents will realize just how easy it is to get from A to B by bicycle. But what if you’re suddenly inspired to hop on board but you don’t have a helmet? Nutcase Helmets has partnered with the Uber driver service to provided delivered, on-demand helmets via the Uber app.

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Each rider who requests one of the new Nutcase Metroride helmets today will make a donation of $10 to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, with Uber kicking in a matching $10 donation. The Metroride is Nutcase’s new commuter helmet with a nifty Fidlock closure, removable visor, reflective straps and a super adjustable, one-size-fits-all closure. It’s available in a huge array of colors and designs, though only the classic grey and black version will be available via Uber. It retails for $80.

Requests are limited to two helmets per request and will be available until 4 p.m. or as supplies last.

 

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Join us at the Philly Bike Expo

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What has become one of our favorite events of the year, the Philly Bike Expo returns for its fifth year on November 8 and 9. The premier East Coast bicycling event will once again be held at Philadelphia’s premier event venue.

“Since moving to the Pennsylvania Convention Center last year we exceeded all our previous records of attendance, buzz, and participation,” says show organizer Bina Bilenky Trahan. “The 2014 Expo is shaping up to be even bigger and better.”

The Philly Bike Expo is designed to interest, inspire, and inform bicycle aficionados, weekend enthusiasts and those merely curious about the fun and fitness awaiting on two wheels. Artisans and manufacturers of bicycles, accessories and apparel display their latest products. Although many exhibitors have been at the Expo since the beginning, new ones keep coming on board. The Philly Bike Expo has also become the place for young companies to showcase for the first time anywhere.

The show features more than 125 exhibitors, bike fitting seminars, presentations, how-to’s and family-friendly activities, repair and maintenance clinics, food and drink, indoor test rides, races and after-parties round out this two-day festival of bicycle culture.

One special session will be a presentation by Erick Cedeno, the “Bicycle Nomad”, who toured by bike via the Underground Railroad route from New Orleans to Niagra Falls, New York.  Cedeno based his course on a trip developed by the Adventure Cycling Association, that maps directions from a slave song, “Follow the Drinking Gourd.”

Bicycle Times will also be on hand with booth offering merchandise, subscriptions and a chance to meet some of the staff. We have some awesome Continental tires to give away too. For each year of new or renewing subscription, you’ll get a Super Sport or Touring Plus tire. Supplies are limited so get there early!

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