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July 1, 2015

I used to hate my morning commute.

I wouldn’t wish I-76 at 8 AM on my worst enemy. But now my commute is the best part of my day. That’s because I recently joined the 2 percent of Philadelphiansthe second highest of any U.S. city — who bike to work regularly.

But despite more people like myself biking all over the city, including the success of ride-share programs like Indego, motorists and cyclists seem to be at war with each other over who really owns the roads. Personally, I think motorists could take a chill pill. But there’s more to it than one-sided aggression.

The frustration stems from a misconception that cyclists are road-bound vigilantes who follow no code but their own. But once those rules are clearly defined for everyone, we’ll all sleep sounder knowing that cyclists are held to equal standards.

That’s why cyclists in Philadelphia need to keep pushing for more protected bike lanes, and updated bicycle laws, we can bring our bike infrastructure on par with Montreal or ever Amsterdam.

But I know how hard it can be to scroll through Twitter while pedaling down Broad Street (I’m kidding, jeez). That’s why I scoured the web for all the bike-focused news and social influencers to keep you connected to the pulse of biking in Philly. These are the movers and shakers who fight for safer solutions for biking in this great city.

They’re also a fun bunch to engage with online, so I encourage you to tweet at them for more tips and advice. Here are a few of my favorites.

Bike Advocates

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (@bcgp)

If you’re hearing news about biking in Philadelphia, chances are it’s coming from The Bike Coalition. Their passion is to make bicycling a safe and fun way to get around for anyone in Philadelphia. They’re a bunch of cyclists too, so they get where you’re coming from. Give them a follow and get your bike advocacy on,  y’all. 

Philly Pedals (@phillypedals)

Philly Pedals covers all things on two wheels in the City of Brotherly Love. Usually tweeting about cycling news and events, give them a follow if you’re looking for a central biking hub in Philly.

Randy LoBasso (@RandyLoBasso)

Randy is a member of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and avid tweeter of bicycle and transportation issues in the city. He’s a must-follow if you want to stay up to date on what’s happening to the bicycle infrastructure online casino in Philly. Aside from cycling news, he has a few snappy one-liners up his sleeve and he likes Clickhole, so give him a follow.

Gearing Up Philadelphia (@gearingupphila)

I love it when a cycling organization thinks outside the box! Gearing up is a voluntary program for women who are recovering from drug addiction, incarceration, or abuse. The program empowers women to meet goals they set for themselves and work towards financial and emotional independence.

Bicycle Club of Philadelphia

If you’re looking to get out for a friendly ride, look no farther than the BCP. All levels of cycling skill are welcome, and they host reoccurring weekly rides you can register for. If you’ve ever wanted to get more connected to the cycling community in Philadelphia, this is the group for you.

Bike Tours

Philly Bike Tours

If you’re looking to get out and bike Philly, but you’re unsure where to even start, be sure to check out Bike Philly Tour Co. They have three different tours that explore every facet of Philly, from art to tourist attractions. And they’re reasonably priced to boot!

The Circuit (@circuittrails)

If you’re the more adventurous type and want to blaze a trail of your own (literally), look no further than The Circuit. Their network of 750 miles of pedestrian and biking trails connects the entire city and the suburbs. Definitely check them out before you plan your next ride.

Bike Law

Philly Bike Lawyer

Accidents happen. But just because you’re on a bike doesn’t mean you’re immediately at fault. Philly Bike Lawyer has some handy tips on what to do if you’re involved in a bike-related accident, as well as an overview of some PA bike laws.

Philadelphia Stolen Bikes (@stolenbikesphl)

Sometimes when life gives you lemons, some jerk cuts your lock and steals your lemons. Philadelphia Stolen Bikes is a Facebook group designed to teach proper locking and safety techniques for biking, as well as support anyone who’s had their bike recently lost or stolen. It’s a depressing, yet necessary, part of biking culture in Philly. And while we’re on the subject, register your bikes, people.

Those are a few of my favorites cycling advocates I like to follow. But if you know of any I missed, feel free to tweet at me (@TheAngryGents) to let me know.

With the Pope’s visit and the DNC right around the corner, now is the perfect time to show off to the world the blossoming bike scene in Philly and push for more infrastructure improvements to make it even better.

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Justin Lehmann

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