by Janet Bressler-Bilenky
Yes, May is National Bike Month and National Bike-to-Work Week is happening now. Activities can be found across the country. Hosting Bike-to-Work Day here in our city is the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Sponsors this year include Allegra Allergy, Penn, Dero, Center City District, La Colombe, Snap Kitchen, The Last Drop Coffee, Zipcar, Indego Bike Share, Urban Stems, and of course, the Philly Bike Expo!
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia was established in 1972 . From community outreach, to Cadence Youth Cycling, to adult educational programs, to successfully "fighting city hall", Executive Director Sarah Clark Stuart and her dedicated team of staff and volunteers, make the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia the local resource for bicycle related issues.
BCGP Youth Coordinator Taylor Kuyk-White, is the one women Philly Bike Expo race team and serves as Expo ambassador. Seen throughout the region sporting the new Mondrian-inspired Team Philly Bike Expo kit, she’s racking up stellar performances and impressive stats. Taylor is a source of pride to all of us.
The Expo has grown considerably since its humble beginnings in the 23rd Street Armory. The BCGP was right there as an integral partner at the first Expo in 2010, and has participated each year since. The Coalition just might be the reason ”Advocates” is one-third of the Expo’s three word slogan!
More people in the Philadelphia region are finding bicycles to be a viable transportation alternative. Correlation may not be causation, but, alongside this new bike boom, the BCGP has expanded its influence as it promotes and improves cycling for everyone in and around Philadelphia.