October 26, 2015 |
GORDON VANDERBURG was the type of guy who'd "give you the shirt off his back in February on the East Coast," his brother, Derrick McLaughlin, said recently. "He was selfless; he lived to help his family," McLaughlin told the Daily News . "I wish everyone in the world acted like him. " VanDerburg was killed Oct. 2, two weeks before his 56th birthday. He was run down as he rode a bike at the intersection of B and Ontario streets in Kensington, hit by a female driver, 53, who tried to flee the scene, police said.
June 9, 2015 |
For more than 250 competitors from around the globe, the brutal uphill climb to the finish line of Sunday's Philadelphia International Cycling Classic along Manayunk's Levering Street remained, quite simply, the Wall. But for four not-as-ambitious friends who live along the steep incline, Levering Street meant something else on a postcard-perfect late spring morning. The Sofa. Squeezing their large gray couch out of their narrow rowhouse and onto the sidewalk was their athletic event of the day. Now, they drank from plastic cups as the racers - their names and their position in the field a mystery to them - whizzed by. "I think everyone's jealous of us," said a male couch Olympian, before complying with his friend's order to cut the interview short and not give their names.
June 8, 2015 |
AT TOMORROW'S Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, women will get their first chance to lead the pack. For the first time in the event's 32-year history, the women's UCI Road World Cup will be headlining the day's races, beginning in the afternoon, while the men's UCI America Tour will start at 8 a.m. "This is generally known as the best one-day cycling race in the world," Mayor Nutter said yesterday during a news conference at City...
May 31, 2015 |
In 1965, to celebrate the end of their first year at St. Charles Seminary, Fran Dolan, Joe Fitzpatrick, Marty Costello, and Jim D'Angelo decided to undertake a physical challenge. "We would blow off a little steam by getting on our bikes and riding to Sea Isle City," says Dolan. The four seminarians made it, and so was born the OBA - Overbrook Bicycle Association. As years passed and word spread, the ride became more popular. On Saturday, those original four riders will be joined by at least 60 others for OBA's 50th trip to the Shore.
May 30, 2015
ISSUE | SAFETY Register bicycles An Inquirer photo on Sunday of cyclists riding on a ramp near the Schuylkill told a lot about cyclists. Despite signs clearly stating that cyclists should walk their bikes on the ramp, two of three bikers shown are riding and only one is walking. That is about the rate of compliance with rules throughout the city. When I ask bus, taxi, and truck drivers what's most annoying and dangerous about driving in the city, without exception they answer bicycles.
May 22, 2015 |
Christopher Haines, dressed in a tie and khakis, snapped the buckle on his helmet Tuesday afternoon. He uses Indego, the city's bike-sharing system, three days a week. The 46-year-old doctor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital loves taking the bikes for impromptu jaunts. "It's real good for the city," he said. "It's fantastic. " Less than a month into the program's existence, bike-share officials boast more than 40,000 rides and 3,000 monthly memberships. Anecdotally, people have enjoyed it - save for the occasional empty station.
May 2, 2015 |
Government planners fanned out along Spring Garden Street on Thursday to consider replacing its median with a bicycle pathway. Armed with clipboards and checklists, the federal, state, and local planners were taking the first step toward creating an $8 million, 2.2-mile-long "Spring Garden Greenway" that would connect to paths along the Schuylkill and the Delaware River. Thursday's assessment "will really help to lift this project and give it momentum," said Patrick Starr, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, which is seeking a $900,000 grant from the state to advance the project.
December 4, 2014 |
A group of Philadelphia bicycle-racing enthusiasts is speeding ahead with plans for an ambitious, Olympic-class arena that is intended to position the city as the leader of the nation's growing track-cycling culture, while also providing space for the public to learn and practice the sport. But to realize the $100 million velodrome, whose swooping form would echo the banked curves of a bicycle track, the city would have to give the organizers a four-acre parcel in South Philadelphia's historic FDR Park, the city's only green space designed by the famous firm founded by Frederick Law Olmsted.
July 20, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY - You've been there, stuck in traffic on the way to the Shore behind a car piled so high with bikes, trikes, and two-wheelers with training wheels that it looks like a Dr. Seuss sculpture. And you think: "That looks like fun. " Well, it is, because from the northern beaches down to Cape May, bicycling has long been a favorite summertime activity at the Shore. And there are a plethora of places to pedal with the entire family or soar with groups of veteran semi-pro cyclists on circuits that can give you a grand tour of the beach towns and the surrounding rural countryside.
December 2, 2013
Council chores first In a city with so many problems, I find it outrageous that Councilman David Oh and most of his peers are considering a charter change that would let them run for higher office while on Council ("Resign-to-run change gains in City Council," Nov. 23). Before they figuratively line up again at the trough, Council members should devote themselves to efforts that promote growth and prosperity in Philadelphia. They should rethink the business-killing tax structure that has robbed us of so many employers, buy down the staggering pension-fund deficit and rethink pensions for new hires, design a public education system that works, and streamline a government that has nearly as many employees as when 2 million people lived here.