Monday, May 24, 2010

Bike Month Week 3: Commuter Race and Greenworks Anniversary Celebration

Nope, Bike Month isn't over yet!

Wednesday, May 26, 8:00 am: Annual Bike Month Commuter Race
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will be staging a race between three commuters: a bicyclist, a car driver and a transit rider. The race will test the theory that a bicyclist who commutes four miles or less in Philadelphia will generally arrive before, or within a few minutes of, other commuters during rush hour. To give the car every chance to win the race, the driver will be in a convertible sports car provided by Zip Car.

Starting in North Philly at Frankford and Master Streets, the three racers will all compete to get to 15th and Market fastest. Join us at the finish line at 15th and Market to see who arrives first!

Wednesday, May 26, 10:00 am: Ride to First Annual Greenworks Party and Progress Report
It has been one year since Greenworks Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter's sustainability plan, was unveiled, and this Wednesday the city will unveil the program's First Annual Progress Report. Guests and celebrators will enjoy local food, a rumba band, a project from Mural Arts, planting demonstrations with PHS and a neighborhood tour led by the mayor.

The ride to the event will be led by the Bicycle Ambassadors and leave City Hall at 10am. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be held at The Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha (9th and Norris Streets).

Wednesday, May 26, 6:00 pm: Urban Riding Basics Class
Join the Bicycle Ambassadors at The Free Library Durham Branch (3320 Haverford Avenue) for a public class discussing everything you need to know to get on a bike for commuting or recreation. Bicycles are not needed for the class.

Above photo: The Evening Bulletin front page from the first Commuter Race organized by the Bicycle Coalition in May of 1972.

NOTE: I apologize for the earlier email that was sent out (I accidentally hit the enter key) and hope that it was not too much of an inconvenience.


Andrew J. Besold said...

You really need to do the commuter race with a cyclist in office cloths on a 3-speed who tries to never break a sweat.

I really don't think these commuter races all that convincing to the general public when the bicyclist winner does nothing but sprint in spandex or other athletic or older cloths and comes into the finish line panting like a dog in the summer heat.

You should at least have one fast and one slow cyclist.