Swap gas pedal for a foot pedal: It's Bike to Work Day

Mike DeNardo
May 18, 2018 - 8:56 am
Bike to Work Day

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — You may notice more two-wheeled commuters on the streets Friday: It's National Bike to Work Day.  

But for commuters like Keegan Brown, every day is Bike to Work Day. He rides his bike daily to his job in Old City from West Philadelphia.

"I like not being trapped inside of the trolley or the bus," he said. "So it's mostly the freedom, the independence, and it's really fun to ride bikes."

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia said tens of thousands of locals commute by bike each day.

The national day encourages a healthy, stress-free alternative to getting to work, with the goal of increasing the per capita cycling share. 

For Brian Powell of Chestnut Hill, riding his electric bike beats driving.

"It's faster and it's certainly less expensive," he said. "There's just way too much congestion on the streets in Philadelphia — $30, $40 to park now. It doesn't make sense anymore."

The coalition offered energizer stations around Center City with free La Colombe lattes, bike lights and other swag.

The importance of sharing the road safely is on the minds of many riders this week, following the annual Ride of Silence. The solemn bike ride throughout the city, which honors cyclists killed within the past year, took place less than a week after the death of bike courier Pablo Avendano at 10th and Spring Garden streets.

The coalition also hopes the event will bring attention to the need for more protected bike lanes and more cooperation among riders, drivers and walkers who need to share the roads.