Thank you to everyone who participated in Bike to Breakfast! You braved the rainy weather to commit to sustainable travel, and we couldn't be more pleased with the number of bikers who came out. It was a fun event, and we hope to see more of you at the next Bike to Breakfast event in the spring!
Thanks to all who came out to Bike Temple's tent during Campus Sustainability Day. Many of you decorated a bike (given to Neighborhood Bike Works), participated in the raffle for a new helmet, and enjoyed the bike tube ring toss around our Bike Messenger Jonathan. Fun had by all! Stay tuned for some pictures coming soon.
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
Thanks to all those who participated in the 2011 Commuter
Challenge, sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. The Challenge
was a success with 18,485 commutes logged for a total of 149,281 commuting
miles! That is equivalent to 7,314,800 calories burned and a reduction of
146,296 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
When interviewing Temple medical residency candidates, one of the first questions that Deputy Program Director Sue Gersh asks is, "Are you a cyclist?"
The way they answer doesn’t sway her decision, but the question does offer future internal medicine doctors insight into the culture of the Temple department. More than half the doctors in the General Internal Medicine division are cyclists; those who don't bike are avid exercisers.
To help kick off the fall semester Bike Temple will be
holding an Urban Riding Basics course at the Bell Tower on September 7, 2011
from 11:00am until 11:45am. All attendee’s receive a biodegradable Bike
Temple water bottle. Please be sure to
attend and help spread the word!
Starting on Monday August 29, 2011 Bike Temple will be
teaming up with Campus Safety to offer students free kryptonite bike locks. All you have to do is show up at Campus
Safety, located between 11th and 12th street on
Montgomery Ave, with your bike and TU id card. Campus Safety will write down the
serial code on the bottom of your bike and in exchange you will get a bike lock
voucher. Take the voucher to the breakaway bikes trailer, located at 13th
street just north of Polette Walk, to receive your free lock.
As the semester gets closer and closer every day we at Bike
Temple are prepping our Urban Riding Basics courses to be offered throughout
the University including Main, Ambler, and Health Science Campuses. The Urban
Riding Basic Course is a 45 minute educational information session on how to
ride safely and efficiently on the roads surrounding your neighborhood. Learn how
to properly fit equipment, the laws cyclist need to abide by, and much more.
Each attendee will receive a biodegrable Bike Temple water bottle to help you
stay hydrated on those long commutes.
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.