(It's the holidays, and we've snuggled up on the couch with some spiked eggnog and are feeling all lovey. "You're great. No, you're great. No, you are! Stop it! Come here!" *Big hug*)
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This post is to recap the Philadelphia bicycling highlights not covered by our other year-in-review posts. Here are some Philly bicycling-related events and milestones to be grateful for in the past year.
- Mayor Nutter committed to bringing a bikeshare system to Philadelphia by 2014.
- Philadelphia installed eight in-street bike corrals around the city, bringing new customers and better visibility to those forwarding-thinking businesses who requested them.
- Walnut Street was repaved and now contains a left-side buffered bike lane. The lane took some getting used to, but is worth the confusion for mitigating the bicycle-bus conflicts which had made Walnut an unpleasant street to bike.
- Our Safe Routes Philly program spent a long and productive year in Philadelphia public elementary schools. Over 32,000 students in 125 school received our bicycle and pedestrian safety lessons, 1,300 students participated in encouragement activities like bike rodeos and walk/bike to school days, and we helped place 191 bike racks at 33 different schools.
- Our Bicycle Ambassadors educational outreach taught 26 adults how to ride a bicycle, talked to 4,200 people at 92 events, and recruited volunteers who donated 800 hours of their time.
- In a little-reported victory, we helped obtain $400,000 to add protected a bikeway to Gray's Ferry Bridge.
- In the summer-long National Bike Challenge, over 1,000 Philadelphia-area bicyclists rode 352,000 miles, burning off the caloric equivalent of 27.5 million beers, and helping Pennsylvania place 7th nationally in the Challenge.
Let's raise our glasses to a 2013 filled with more reasons great and small why Philadelphia is a great city to ride a bicycle.