The semester is gearing up, and we all lament the end of the holiday season spent with friends, family and loved ones. As we scramble to prepare for a busy spring semester ('spring' in name only) we tend to
forget the vehicles we relied on during the warmer parts of the year to get
around. I don’t mean our cars.
No, the noble steeds to which I refer are the bicycles.
Over a year ago in response to the on going
problems with bike theft in Philadelphia a Facebook page was created
where people could post stolen bikes in the hopes of recovering them, Philadelphia Stolen Bikes.
Reading through many of the posts it seems that they have had success
in recovering stolen bicycles, where the thefts have been happening,
stolen bicycles that have been sighted, and the possible neighborhoods
bicycle thieves live in.
Experiencing my first bike wipeout (no worries, it was very minor) and
just being plum out of luck with no bandages in my bag, I decided it
might be a good idea to post on the Bike Temple website some
suggestions about what to carry in your biking bag, in case of
emergency. The article below, written by Jane at Cycling Sisters gives a
great list of items you may want to think about carrying with you on a
"RESIDENTS and business owners gathered under Chinatown's iconic arch
yesterday to petition against plans to place bike lanes in the heart of
the commercial district in September.
A temporary bike lane is
slated for the left curb of 10th Street from Spring Garden to Lombard
Street as part of the city's effort to improve two-wheel traffic; a
portion south of Market street already is in place. The bike lanes will
be in place for three to six months while they are evaluated.
Imagine how a a love of cycling
might be combined with a British version of the great American drive-in
cinema screening. . Welcome to the outdoor cycle-in cinema, where
people rock up on their bikes, and connect them to a generator that
powers the show.
It's tough to say exactly how much greenhouse gas making a bicycle requires, since none of the major manufacturers has released data on their energy consumption. Independent analysts have used a couple of different measures. Shreya Dave, a graduate student at MIT, recently estimated that manufacturing an average bicycle results in the emission of approximately 530 pounds of greenhouse gases (PDF). Umbra Fisk, a research associate at Grist, came up with a total carbon footprint of one ton of carbon dioxide-equivalents for every $1,000 of manufacturing cost.
If you travel along Spruce and Pine East of Broad St you may have seen some new signs: We wrote about the Green Wave for bicycles back in January. The term 'Green Wave' applies to any road where signals are synchronized for traffic to flow during the green phase at a set speed.
Cyclists Justin Murphy and Greg Johnson, both 24, openly admit that they regularly break traffic laws while biking in the city.
"I never obey a single law," Murphy said flippantly, balancing his black Schwinn fixed-gear near 16th and Walnut streets. "I'm not worried."
Maybe he should be.
As bike lanes spread around Center City, the Give Respect, Get Respect campaign aimed at promoting and enforcing the peaceful coexistence of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians has started cracking down on rogue bikers.