Much has been made of the timing of Urban Velo ceasing publication and Spoke Magazine starting publication in Philadelphia. The question that has to be asked is, will Spoke Magazine provide the same quality as Urban Velo. Having had the chance to read their Premiere Issue I would say that the answer is, yes.
There were two articles that really stood out for me. The first “The Citizen’s Guide to Philadelphia Bike Laws” was a wonderful tongue in cheek explanation of the various bicycle laws on the books in the state of Pennsylvania. How many times have you seen a cycling advocacy group quote a cycling regulation and then explain it in such a way that it still does not make sense? Not in this article. With each regulation listed there was a translated reply that explained things in clear english, often with a sense of humor.
The second , “How Many Governments Does it Take to Build a Bike Lane”. We’ve all seen triumphal announcements when shiny new bike lanes are installed. This article explores how and where the money for a bike lane comes from. At the Federal, State, and local government levels. If you really want to see what it takes to build a bike lane then this is the article for you.
The writers and editors of Spoke Magazine created a collection of well written and topical articles. That were interesting, informative, and diverse. Without getting bogged down in jargon or the minutia of cycling subcultures that become a turnoff for average readers. I look forward to future publications of Spoke Magazine and hope there will be many to come.