Point Breeze: Bikes See Rise in Commuting Usage, Though Cars Remain Dominant

Point Breeze: Bikes See Rise in Commuting Usage, Though Cars Remain Dominant

“The neighborhood is changing where we’re seeing more people use bikes,” said John Dietterle, about what those in the neighborhood have noticed as of late. The uptick in bicycle usage in Philadelphia in the last few years has not gone unnoticed. Especially by those such as Dietterle, a manager at VAC Auto Repair located at 25th and […]

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East Passyunk: South Philly Bikes Keeps Things Moving

East Passyunk: South Philly Bikes Keeps Things Moving

At first glance, South Philly Bikes may seem like just a typical bike shop. But to Dan Oettinger (pictured above, left), owner for the past three years, his shop is much more. As the owner, repairman, mechanic and salesman of South Philly Bikes, located at the corner of 13th and Mifflin streets, Oettinger is proud of […]

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Mantua: Neighborhood Bike Works Provides Mobility and Independence

Mantua: Neighborhood Bike Works Provides Mobility and Independence

Neighborhood Bike Works’ Summer Camp has grown significantly since its humble beginnings in 1996, now providing both kids and adults practical mechanical skills, development opportunities and the empowerment and ownership of a bicycle. The nonprofit bike education program, located at 3939 Lancaster Ave., is in a unique location in that it sits at the intersection of several distinct neighborhoods […]

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Manayunk: Along the Schuylkill River, Kay Sykora Always Finds A Way

Manayunk: Along the Schuylkill River, Kay Sykora Always Finds A Way

Just off of Main Street, the section of Lock Street stretching onto Venice Island bears a sign, which dubs it as “Kay Sykora Way.” Jane Lipton, executive director of Manayunk Development Corporation, petitioned to have the section renamed in Sykora’s honor, and said the word “way” holds a special significance. “It was really appropriate. She […]

 

Mantua: Community Plans Outreach to Help Residents Use Philly Bike Share

Mantua: Community Plans Outreach to Help Residents Use Philly Bike Share

Philadelphia is finally hopping aboard the bike share train. Residents and tourists can look forward to more than 60 bike share stations that will begin to blossom all across the city this spring. Sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, the bike share will hit the streets with more than 600 bikes available 24/7, 365 days a […]

 

Waterfront: Five Outdoor Activities to Experience

Waterfront: Five Outdoor Activities to Experience

When William Penn first laid out his plan for Philadelphia, the famous founder realized the importance of parks to not only flee to in case of emergency, but also to escape from the rigors of city life – even for just an afternoon. Today, the waterfronts along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers boast some of the […]

 

Amateur Sports: Five Places To Stay In Shape No Matter Your Schedule

Amateur Sports: Five Places To Stay In Shape No Matter Your Schedule

While people tend to correlate a daily gym routine as tedious and lackluster, many Philadelphian’s choose to spruce up their regime with an extensive number of unconventional and innovative ways. So take a break from the treadmill and weight machines and experience unique ways to stay fit. Philly Pumptrack 53rd Street and Parkside Avenue Pumptracks […]

 By Emily Heller and Dan Koob

Germantown: Former Addict Receives Bicycle Ambassador Award

Germantown: Former Addict Receives Bicycle Ambassador Award

Gwen Hardeman, a former drug addict, received the Gearing Up Bicycle Ambassador award this weekend and a brand new Fuji mountain bike at the 2011 TD Bank Philadelphia International Liberty Classic bike race, in recognition of her dedication to biking and helping others. As she rides her shiny trophy around Philadelphia, she said she feels […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin and Amanda Carden

Queen Village: Making Biking Look Good

Queen Village: Making Biking Look Good

For many individuals living in the city, biking is more than just exercise or a convenient way around town—it is a lifestyle. Thusly, it is important that there are shops around town that cater accordingly to these individuals. This is where Bryan VanArsdale stepped in. Realizing that there was a huge market and need for […]