Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Funnies - Tour de France Dance Party

With the Tour de France in full swing now is the time to invite your friends over for a Tour de France Dance Party. Sure you could play Queen's "I want to ride my bicycle" or Kraftwerk's "Tour de France".

But now you can add a song that comes with it own dance moves; Robin Moore's "Le Velo.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday Funnies - Crash Test Dummy

Watch what happens when an experienced mountain bike rider takes a “trail rated” Huffy mountain bike purchased from Walmart. For a downhill ride on a real mountain bike trail.  


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hidden Secrets - Wife, lover, friend, stoker

One of the great things about riding a bike is that you have time to see things that people in cars may

Many of the trails in Philadelphia have benches that are dedicated to the memory of someone who has passed away. However none is more touching that one bench on the Perkiomen Trail. A loving tribute to a wife and cyclist.




We should all be so fortunate to have a love like this and be remembered in this way. 




Thursday, June 9, 2016

Mañana, mañana




Last spring assaults on the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia reached a point where they were being posted on Facebook. Most them fit a standard profile, groups of black children on BMX bikes harassing and groping women runners.


The Philadelphia Police Department appeared mystified as to why these incidents went largely unreported. This was often due to a number of factors; 911 operators who were unable to locate the SRT within their system to dispatch the police, the incidents happened so fast that victims did not know what to do, and the police who have crimes with higher priority. This culminated in the winter when a series of armed robberies on the trail occurred and resulted in arrests.


In a moment of inspiration John Lyons from the Facebook page RUN215 came up with a unique solution. Create a neighborhood watch to provide coverage to supplement the police, a trail watch. Announced at a press event in February 2016 the SRT Watch garnered the support of eleven local groups and non-for profits. Then nothing and problems continue along the trail.


June 2 - Homeless man threatens and chases female jogger.


May 21 - Two flashers on the trail
April 13 - Kids throw rocks at cyclist


April 8 - 12 year old child attempts to punch female runner


April 5 - Group of youths on BMX bikes grope and harass female runner


Some problems along the SRT have been addressed. Broken lights are being repaired, 911 has added the SRT to their maps, and markers have been placed along the trail to help people determine their location if they call 911.


Although the SRT Watch has held four training sessions there has been no indication when they are going to start patrolling. You would have thought the membership of RUN215 alone would have been enough to fill out the roll call for the SRT Watch. Let alone all of the people who help support the organizations are backing the SRT Watch.


I had high hopes that patrols would start in the spring, giving the SRT Watch time to work out the kinks of running this type of operation. Unfortunately there have been no informative updates from the SRT Watch since its press event.


Given the lack of updates the SRT Watch is becoming another example of the “Philly Shrug” (http://bit.ly/1U4nJOt). The Philly Shrug is a phrase that is used to embody a number of behaviors that relinquish self responsibility or reinforce apathy in the face of obstacles (cultural, political, etc.) and are specific to the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (http://bit.ly/1WHpDVp). It’s the antipathy that Philly residents take towards corrupt politicians, crime, a failing school system, and the pervasive litter in the streets that no one wants to take responsibility for.


I fear that in the end the SRT Watch will be yet another Philly Shrug. Unable to sustain itself for any length of time to make any kind of a difference because not enough people to care to make a difference.


Footnote: After I finished writing this post a woman was attacked and had her face slashed by an assailant (http://bit.ly/22WXF8c). At this point Councilman Kenyatta Johnson announced that the start of the SRT Watch would be accelerated to start this month (June 2016). What is really tragic is that someone had to get hurt for this to happen. It also makes me question how much longer the delay would have been had this not happened. Yet another example of the Philly Shrug.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ride DNC - Broad St. Ride



Looking for something to do to escape the hustle, bustle, and traffic jams of the Democratic National Convention? Then save Wednesday, July 27 at 6:30pm for the Ride DNC - Broad St. Ride. Created by Alexandria Schneider, the organizer of the 2015 PopeRide and Maria Serrahima of the Philly Naked Bike Ride.


Departing from from the intersection of Broad St and Cheltenham Ave., in Elkins Park. The route is very simple, ride the length of Broad St. to FDR Park for an after party. If you can’t make it to the start of the ride there will be designated meetups along Broad St. so you can join in at any point along the route.


What makes this ride unique from all of the activities happening at and near the DNC, it’s apolitical. The ride has no affiliation with any candidate, political party, or viewpoint. Instead the organizers have proclaimed; “This ride is a peaceful event to celebrate the political process, and the role the people play in that. It is not a political protest. Neither the organizers nor the ride are officially affiliated with any parties, candidates, platforms, or issues.”

So if you are looking for a break from all of the madness and excitement surrounding the Democratic National Convention. Take a moment to enjoy the simple things in life, like a bike ride through Philadelphia.

For more information follow this link to rides Facebook page.