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    "The Philadelphia Bike Story"

    Another shout out to Philadelphia, which apparently has the highest bike commuter rate of any city with population over 1M in the US. Who knew?

    Streetfilms | The Philadelphia Bike Story

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    Big grin, here.

    I moved to Philly from north Jersey. Where I used to live, it was about 10 miles from my house to where I worked. I tried it once -- the path was bisected by an interstate highway, and I needed to deal with a very frightening combination of bridges and highway on/off ramps. The only bike paths nearby were in places I would need to trailer my bike to get to.

    Then I came to Philly. There's a wonderful multi-user path about 2/10 of a mile from my house that gets me most of the way to work, and there are bike lanes and shoulders on the road for the last little bit. I started out needing to pull over on the 8 mile ride to catch my breath, and was delighted to learn where the public water fountains were on the trail.

    That Schuylkill River Trail has been the starting point for many adventures, towards the city and towards the 'burbs.

    I wouldn't have started bike touring or bike commuting if I hadn't moved to Philadelphia.
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    I am not surprised. Getting a late start this morning. I will probably have a hard time finding bike parking around my office in the heart of the city's downtown business district. The only blessing is that it's Friday. Maybe some people are off.

    Oh geez! I think it's actually bike to work day. Maybe I can catch them! Got to run!
    "I've wanted you to succeed, but watching you find excuse after excuse after excuse and then laugh it off as the loveable, quirky, chubby guy is getting old."--Ill.Clyde

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    Well it is today, but they moved the start of the group ride from the Art Museum area to West Philly. Still, during my 1.754 mile commute I must have seen at least a dozen people who appeared to be riding to work or school. The large university student population certainly contributes to the number of bike commuters.

    Back in the late 90s I did volunteer work for the local bike advocacy group. That was around the time bike lanes were being introduced. One day I was sent to take photographs for a letter supporting the bike lane project. The advocacy group was looking for photos of people riding in bike lanes and photos of people intermingled in tight traffic on streets without bike lanes. One weekday morning I stood on the median at 20th & Ben Franklin Parkway where there was a bike lane. I stood there for about 30 min. and shot maybe five people. There just weren't that many commuters. If I did the same thing today I would have the shots I needed in 5 min., if not less. The crowded rider photo used was great. It was of a young woman waiting at a light, sandwiched between the curb and a SEPTA bus.

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    Very cool. I'm originally from the Main Line but have lived in NJ for 20 years. My son lives in Willow Grove and we've been talking about getting together for a hike some place in Philly.

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    From NJ here I always find myself in Philly rather than NY. It really is a great city!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeneralist View Post
    Then I came to Philly.
    Did I see you on MLK right at the start of the closure at the Falls Bridge on Sunday afternoon?
    "I've wanted you to succeed, but watching you find excuse after excuse after excuse and then laugh it off as the loveable, quirky, chubby guy is getting old."--Ill.Clyde

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    Did I see you on MLK right at the start of the closure at the Falls Bridge on Sunday afternoon?
    Must have been someone else. My Sunday ride was from Manayunk to Bryn Mawr on my commuter bike, with a trailer; hill practice plus trip to organic grocer. (They have Phil's favorite "facon" at MOM's Organic Market.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeneralist View Post
    Must have been someone else. My Sunday ride was from Manayunk to Bryn Mawr on my commuter bike, with a trailer; hill practice plus trip to organic grocer. (They have Phil's favorite "facon" at MOM's Organic Market.)
    That's why I didn't stop. It sorta looked like you but something told me that it very well might not be. If you had been wearing "those" shorts I would hae known for sure.

    If you see someone riding this it's either me or someone has stolen my bike:

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post

    If you see someone riding this it's either me or someone has stolen my bike:

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    OOoooh! Pretty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeneralist View Post
    OOoooh! Pretty!

    Thanks. Drew of Wissahickon Cyclery in Chestnut Hill.
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    my brother and I took my parents' Suburbans out on the Schuylkill trail last year:


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    I'm back visiting my parents this week. They live right by Valley Forge Park. Today I rode out to Phoenixville & back, along the Schuylkill River Trail. Grand fun. One bit of news: I get onto the trail by crossing the river along Rte. 422. They're building a whole new bridge over the river, just for walkers and bikers. That rickety wooden path along 422 will be replaced by something that looks like it will be really nice! It's a big project though, so I can't see it getting done too fast. They've got triple I-beams out to the middle of the river... I didn't see how they're going to get to the other side! But I am sure they have a plan!

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