Get your bicycles ready! This Friday, 5/18, is Philadelphia's 23rd Bike to Work Day. Hosted by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, this annual event encourages commuters to switch up their normal routine and hop on their bikes to get to work or at least part way to work.
On Friday morning from 7:30a to 9:30a, the Bicycle Coalition will host several Energizer Stations around the city, offering free La Colombe coffee, snacks, and refreshments to keep the bikers going. Later in the morning, there will be a press conference at Philadelphia City Hall,where the Bicycle Coalition will be presenting their "Bike-Phriendly Business" award(s) to local companies and organizations that have made bicycling a priority in their workplace.
SEPTA will be joining the University of Pennsylvania, Ride Indego, and more at the Penn Museum Energizer Station. Stop by our table for information, exciting new giveaways, and any questions you may have about bringing your bike on SEPTA.
Penn Transit will have a bus on display at the Energizer Station, allowing riders to see how easy it is to attach their bike to a bus. Penn Transit buses have the same bike rack as SEPTA buses, so once you’ve mastered this one you’ve mastered them all!
In fact, did you know all of SEPTA’s buses and trackless trolleys are equipped with bike racks? And that by the end of the year, we anticipate having nearly 900 bike racks at stations throughout the Regional Rail system, the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines, as well as, along the Norristown High Speed Line and the Media-Sharon Hill Line? According to the League of American Bicyclists, 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles and from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62%. And in Philadelphia, since 2000, bicycle commuting has increased more than 300 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Community Survey.
Take the pledge to Bike to Work and register here. You'll be entered to win a brand new SE OM Bike!
If you're participating in the festivities on Friday, don't forget to use the hashtag #BikeToWorkPHL on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Happy riding!