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F A LL 20 0 4

INS ID E TH IS I SSU E:

Alex Doty Named Executive Director


By Dennis Winters, President

Pothole Patrol
Bicyclists Baltimore Pike
SEPTA Bus Bike Racks

I am pleased to announce
that Alex Doty was the
unanimous choice of the
Bicycle Coalition board of
directors to be the Coalitions next Executive
Director. Alex has
been an employee of
the Coalition for
about three years, first
as a fundraising contractor and then as
Office Manager.
He brings valuable
membership building and
fundraising talent and experience to the ED position,
something that has always
been lacking to one degree
or another.
Alex restored the Coalitions
membership base to over
1,500 after it had dropped to
only 400 members and he
has worked with Coalition
past-president Parker Snowe
to raise over $17,000 in the
Campaign for Leadership.
The Campaign was designed
to actually raise money for
the Executive Directors
position.
Alex has also
managed the last two Freedom Valley Bike Rides and
has coordinated the Coalitions participation in numerous bicycle-related
events in the metropolitan
area.
Alex has also proven to be a
quick study in the area most
important to the Coalitions
membershipadvoca cy.
He has already become active in the Thunderhead
Alliance, the national group

representing cycling organization executive directors.


John Boyle was also chosen
to fill the part-time post of
Advocacy Coordinator to
assist the Executive Director and
the Board in pressing the issues important to area
cyclists.
In the
past John was key
to the production
of the Regional
Bike Map as well as to the
success of the Coalitions
Bicycle Education and Enhancement Program (BEEP)
with the Philadelphia School
District.
IN
STAYING
HELP
IN
PRED ICATBLE
T RAF F IC

fronted by utility cuts, unfilled potholes, and depressed manhole covers and
storm drains, shouldnt have
to place their lives on the
line to avoid damaging their
bicycles, leaving flesh and
bone on the street, or worse.
Check out the Coalitions
Pothole Patrol website at
bicycle coalition. or g/
pothole.htm. You will find
important numbers on the
website for reporting hazards. Fill out the form on
the site to list street hazards
you encounter in your daily
trip to work, school, or for
groceries. Monitor the site
from time to time to see the
reports of others and
whether the system responds by actually fixing
these cyclist traps.

The Bicycle Coalition has


taken an important step in
helping Philadelphia area
cyclists obey one of the
tenets of urban cycling,
riding predictably.
By
establishing the bicycle road
hazard reporting program
and the Bicycle Coalitions
Pothole Patrol, the Coalition is attempting to highlight those dangerous breaks
and irregularities in the
roadway surface that make
us swerve and dodge our
way through traffic.

M EM BER A P P RECI AT IO N
R ID E

Many cycling fatalities


around the nation can probably trace their causes to such
necessary evasive maneuvers. Cyclists, when con-

Dennis Winters, BCGP


President, can be reached at
dennis.winters@verizon.net.

Please join me for the Light


of the Moving Bikes ride on
Friday, October 1st. In
thanks for the Coalitions
remarkable membership
growth, weve made this
years Light of the Moving
Bikes ride free for members.
More details are on the back
page.

Penn Bike Parking


Finding Manayunk
Campaign Update
Light of the Moving Bikes

B IC Y CLE FA CTS
30,000 Philadelphians
use the bicycle as their
primary means of commuting
Bicycle commuting in
Center City increased
60% in the last ten years
Cyclists and pedestrians
account for 12% of all
traffic deaths in PA and
23% in NJ.
In PA, 0.4% of federal
money dedicated to traffic safety is spent on bicycle and pedestrian safety
improvements. In NJ, its
0.5%

See you on the road!


Promoting the bicycle as an
environmentally friendly,
healthy and economical form
of transportation and
recreation through advocacy
and education.

F ALL 2 0 04

P AG E 2

County Advocacy Report


ACTION POSTCARDS
PennDOT Bicycle Checklist
PennDOT has created a Bicycle Pedestrian Checklist to meet federal mandates
that bicyclists and pedestrians be included in planning for all road improvements. Unfortunately, not all project
managers are using this required checklist. Remind PennDOT to follow their
own planning checklist by sending in
the enclosed postcard.
Scudder Falls Bridge
Ask the Bridge Authority to include a
walkway on the new Scudder Falls
Bridge. (See Bucks/Mercer County
below.)

Philadelphia. They were impressed with


the number of postcards sent in. Unfortunately, given the intense struggle over
the budget this year, Mr. Goldsmith did
not feel able to add a staff position in
the current budget when others were
being laid off in the
Streets Department.
We will continue to
press for a Bicycle
Coordinator and
keep you updated on
our progress.
Schuylkill
River
Trail Connector

The
S chu yl kill
River Trail is the
signature trail of the
REGION
region but Philadelphia seems intent on
East Coast Greenway Road Route
keeping it a secret. There is no signage
to indicate that a trail extends past Falls
The East Coast Greenways PennsylBridge to Valley Forge or even Manavania route, part of a network of trails
yunk. We now have a beautiful extenextending from Maine to Florida, has
sion of the trail to Center City but the
been signed in Bucks and Delaware
connection between Kelly Drive and
County as PA Bicycle Route E. The
Manayunk is an awful mess. The BCGP
route runs parallel to I-95 from Morrisrecently met with the Manayunk Develville to Marcus Hook, including five
opment Council, the East Falls Immiles of bike lanes newly installed on
prove ment
Torresdale Avenue in PhilaDistrict and
delphia. Route E, which you
Thanks to over 150 BCGP
the Roxborcan also find on the BCGPs
ough
ImRegional Bike Map, is part of
members who sent in the last
prove ment
the current on-road version of
District
to
the Greenway. The off-road CycleGrams Action Postcard, it
discuss how
version will include the Ken- appears that SEPTA is installing
we can supsington and Tacony trail. The
port long-term
Greenway hopes to be 80% bus bike racks depot-by-depot in
plans to imoff-road by 2010.
a timely manner.
prove
that
SEPTA Bus Bike Racks
connection
SEPTA has started their massive bike
and short-term plans to guide cyclists to
bus rack retrofit. The plan is to install
Manayunk and the trail to Valley Forge.
655 bike racks and make the system
If you have any ideas for signing the
100% bike accessible by 2006. Thanks
route, contact us.
to over 150 BCGP members who sent in
Penn Bicycle Parking
the last CycleGrams Action Postcard, it
Wharton School contracted with BCGP
appears that SEPTA is installing the
and Neighborhood Bike Works to proracks depot-by-depot in a timely manvide valet bike parking to new students
ner. More than 240 new buses with bike
from August 9th to September 10th. The
racks have been delivered this year and,
program radically reduced bike thefts
with 50% of the fleet now bike accession campus last summer. The service is
ble, you can expect to see many more
open to anyone behind Hunstman Hall
buses with bike racks throughout the
at 38th and Walnut Streets. Thanks to
region.
MBNA America for sponsoring the
PHILADELPHIA
service this year.
Thanks to all of you who sent postcards
Do you know an event that could use
to Managing Director Phil Goldsmith
bike parking? Contact Alex for details.
asking for a Bicycle Coordinator for

The success of the bike parking program at Wharton has prompted the Penn
School of Design to draft a bike parking
plan for the campus. The design team is
evaluating bike parking needs and
working on innovative and attractive
bike parking
designs and
will submit a
final
report
with recommendations by
the end of the
year.
Kensington
and Tacony
Trail
The
first
physical sign of progress was achieved
recently with the demolition of the
Tacony Army Depot. The trail is scheduled to be open in 2008.
CHESTER COUNTY
The county recently completed a twomonth, $158,055 project along a halfmile section of the Chester Valley Trail.
The path runs along Commerce Drive
from Iron Lake Drive to the rear of
Wal-Mart in Exton. The Bicycle Coalition will be encouraging PENNDOT to
complete a small section of the trail
between Phoenixville Pike and Church
Road in East Whiteland Township during reconstruction of US 202.
The Chester County Cycling Committee
has identified a bike route along roads
parallel to US 202 between West Chester and the Delaware State Line. We are
urging PennDOT to include improvements to these roads in the plans for
reconstruction of this stretch of US 202
in 2010.
DELAWARE COUNTY
The construction of the long-awaited
Radnor Trail has begun. Although only
2.5 miles long, this scenic path will be
state of the art with separate bicycle and
pedestrian tracks and, through the use of
historic RR bridges, no grade crossings.
PennDOT and Radnor Township expect
to open this trail in November.
Bicyclists Baltimore Pike
Improvements have been proposed to an
unsigned but popular bike route between Swarthmore and the Philadelphia

C YCLE G R AM

P AG E 3

Campaign for Leadership Continues!


As we reported in the last issue of the
Cyclegram, the fundraising campaign to
raise money to hire a full-time executive
director, the Campaign for Leadership,
had reached the halfway point. Based
on the strength of this effort, Alex Doty
was brought on as permanent executive
director in July.
Despite its success, the campaign is still
short of its final goal of $30,000. To
meet this objective, members of the
Bicycle Coalition and the community at
large are being contacted to make dona-

tions. To give potential donors a chance


to meet our new director, a series of
fundraisers throughout the Greater
Philadelphia area are being organized.
The first of these house parties will be
held on November 13 in the home of
Campaign Chair Parker Snowe. If you
live in the western suburbs, look for an
invitation to meet Alex and hear about
the good work of the Coalition at this
event.
Other receptions are being
planned for Bucks County and University City.

Advocacy (cont.)
city line. All the preliminary engineering and design work has been done and
the project only needs to be constructed.

If you think the Bicycle Coalition is a


worthwhile organization and you want
to make Philly a better place to ride,
please consider giving to the Campaign.
By providing a cushion of money, we
will allow the new director the freedom
to focus on advocacy, public relations
and internal management.
If you would like more information on
the Campaign for Leadership, please
feel free to contact Parker Snowe at
bike2work2000@yahoo.com.

Pothole Patrol
accommodate bike/pedestrian traffic
because there is no access on I-95.
Please send in the enclosed postcard or
go to scudderfallsbridge.com and tell
them that bicycle and pedestrian access
is important and that DRJTBC should
be a good neighbor by Completing the
Street.

Opposition to the project has surfaced


and the project is now on hold. Upper
Darby, Ridley Township and Aldan
Borough are formally opposed to the
project. The Bicycle Coalition strongly
urges bicyclists in those communities to
BURLINGTON/CAMDEN COUNTY
speak in support of the
The RiverLINE is
project at council
turning out to be a
meetings. Contact
big hit with cyclists:
The Schuylkill River Trail is the
John Boyle if you need
an informal weekday
signature trail of the region but
more information.
count yielded 20
bikes on 13 select
Council Meetings:
Philadelphia seems intent on
trains, the equivalent
Aldan Borough meets
keeping it a secret. There is no
of 135 bikes per day.
2nd Wednesday of
signage to indicate that a trail
Cyclists account for
each month @ 8:00
2 to 3 percent of the
PM (610-626-3554);
extends past Falls Bridge to
daily ridership,
Upper Darby Townwhich makes the
ship meets 1st and 3rd Valley Forge or even Manayunk.
Wednesday of the
nominal costs for the
Month: 7:00 PM (610racks well worth the
investment. To put this into perspective,
352-4100); Ridley Township meets 4th
Wednesday of each month @ 7:30 PM
if cyclists made up two percent of
(610-534-4800)
SEPTA Regional Rail system ridership
the trains would be carrying 2000 bikes
BUCKS/MERCER COUNTY
a day.
A bicycle pedestrian walkway for the
GLOUCESTER COUNTY
new Scudder Falls Bridge (I-95) continues to be talked about but the Bridge
The Gloucester County Bike Path is
Authority has not committed to includunder construction along the abandoned
ing one. A walkway would provide
Williamstown Branch of the Pennsylanother connection between the Delavania RR. The trail will link with the 3ware Canal in PA with the D&R Canal
mile Monroe Township Bike Path and
in NJ as well as creating a commuter
connect Williamstown with the Glassroute between Yardley and West Trenboro Wildlife Management Area, Scotton. The Delaware River Joint Toll
land Run Park, and the Clayton Trails
Bridge Authority is under no mandate to
Network.

You see them on your ride why dont


they fix that pothole! Chances are that
the department that maintains the road
doesnt know about the problem. Report it yourself and youll feel a burst
of civic pride when you see that its
fixed the next time you ride by.
Or, perhaps, youll growl in frustration
when you ride by that dangerous spot
day after day. So report it to us and
well add it to our bi-monthly report of
top bicycle hazards in the region and
fax a copy to your local municipality.
Report that pothole. It's as easy as 1,
2, 3!
1. Describe the hazard and its location.
If you find a hazardous condition on a
road, make a note of the type of hazard
and try to be exact about the location.
If you have a digital camera handy,
snap a picture.
2. Figure out who to report it to.
Unfortunately, this can be the most
challenging part. The road in question
may be maintained by the state or city
and, in New Jersey, even the county.
For Pennsylvania roads, first try PennDOTs 800 FIX ROAD. In Philadelphia, call 215 686-5560. For more
contact information, visit bicyclecoalition.org.
3. Tell us about it by filling out our
online form at bicyclecoalition.org.

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CALENDAR
Light of the Moving Bikes
October 1, 2004
Volunteer Night
September 14, October 12,
November 9, December 14
(6:00 PM at the office)
Annual Meeting
March 19, 2005

Light of the Moving Bikes


bicyclecoalition.org
(215) BICYCLE

MEMBER APPRECIATION RIDE


Friday, October 1
7:00 PM 9:30 PM
39th St and Locust Walk
(on the UPenn campus)
Rain Date: October 2
FREE for Members!
Join us for this charming, relaxed
ride through Fairmount Park. Well
use the new Schuylkill River Park
behind the Art Museum and head for
a rest stop at Chamounix Mansion.
The ride is about 15 miles, all on-road and
no rider will be left behind.
The ride is free for BCGP members. Bring a
friend and they can join at the ride for $15
and also ride for free.