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Philadelphia Politicians Join In For ‘Bike to Work Day’ Event On Parkway

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter (second from left and US congressmen Chaka Fattah (center of phot0) and Bob Brady (not shown) put on helmets today, then hopped on bicycles with other enthusiasts for a ceremonial ride from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, to City Hall for “National Bike to Work Day.”

Mayor Nutter had appointments right after the bike ride so he wore a suit and necktie, but Congressman Fattah, who rides with his wife and kids for recreation, and Congressman Brady, who admits he doesn’t ride too much, were dressed more casually.

Rep. Brady (D-Pa.) said he does hop on a bike once in a while, “down the shore,” on the boardwalk.

“Next time you fit me I need a fatter seat and a bigger helmet,” he told ride organizers with a smile.  “I got a lot of wide parts to me.”

Alex Doty, executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, set up the event. His group also helped make Philadelphia more bike friendly by getting dedicated bike lanes installed on Spruce and Pine Streets through center city.

Doty says that in the past year there has been a 46-percent reduction in major crashes on those routes.

“This helps safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists on that street,” Doty says.  “We’re making the streets safer by putting in those buffered bike lanes.”

And the mayor says the city is nearly ready to go with even more options for bike commuters:

“In June, 10th and 13th Streets — the north-south connection — will happen.”

Those dedicated north-south bike lanes will connect South Street to Spring Garden Street.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • People say you know Im an idiot

    Any fatty type cruiser bikes out there?

  • I Wanna Know NOW!

    Buffered bike lanes? The bike lanes actually put you that much closer into traffic and gives those who generally feel apprenhensive riding in the street a false sense of safety. Accidents happen, bike lanes or no bike lanes. If you feel unsure of yourself about the streets of Philly where there is a stop sign at every block then maybe you shouldnt be riding. Its funny how this ‘event’ , the Prkwy gets blocked off with no traffic and they get a police escort. Cycling is not dangerous where you must where a helmet and ride bike lanes all the time. People in the coalition and on this event make cycling appear dangeous with helmets and bike lanes.

  • I Want the Entire Pool Scrubbed, Disinfected, and Sterilized

    The Bicycle Coalition teaches it’s members those stupid hand signals and to enforce made-up bike laws. I like those people that call you out for not signalling when passing even at 9 mph. or the guy in front of you who points out every condition perceived as a hazzard. Does nothing but make things more confusing.

    If you need to take a class on how to ride a bike, then I feel bad for you.

  • Spaulding, NO!

    I like how they say Alex Doty and his coalition did this, that and everything else to popularize and make cycling fun and safe when in reality the general public started taking cycling seriously. It’s like those people saying Rendell did so much for the city blah blah blah, but it was because overall economic times were good.

  • Billy Batts

    They had to burn Bob brady’s seat afterwards.

  • Marvin Gay

    Puffer on the Parkway

  • Carl Spackler

    Were they on their Cervelos and stopping by Starbucks to have a latte afterwards?

  • Mr Gaye Jr

    Wow. Dorks and sycophants who make the false appearance that they are cyclists by riding a bike once out of the year like Fat Bob Brady. Atleast John Street ACTUALLY did ride weekly, if not daily. Glad I didn’t ride to work today down the Prkwy. Didn’t want to look like I was part of this.

  • andy

    hmm, i guess relevant issues related to bike safety get deleted. i was hoping to bring attention to the city’s disregard for cyclists in its kelly drive detour.

    i also, like daddyo, cycle year round and have been put in harm’s way by the city and penndot

  • Daddyo

    i’ve been cycling all year round in all types of weather for several years. part of my route is the parkway. Glad I had the day off. don’t wanna look like I’m part of this event.

    Marvine Gaye

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