Happy first day of April, Streeters! If you've been feeling cooped up the past few months, several Philly groups have events to help you get outside and harness the city's collective pedestrian (and cyclist) power as spring enters full bloom. We've put together a quick round up of events that pedestrian and bike advocates may be interested in.
Bike Coalition of Greater Philadelphia volunteer meeting, April 3rd
The Bike Coalition is calling all current and potential volunteers to its monthly volunteer meeting this week. The spring and summer months are the Bike Coalition's bussiest so they are encouraging anyone who has been wanting to get involved to do so now.
Walk to Work Day, April 12th
Feet First Philly, a pedestrian advocacy group sponsored by the Clean Air Council, is hosting Philly's first Walk to Work Day on Friday, April 12. Anyone who signs up online and pledges to walk at least 15 minutes of their commute will be eligible for discounts at participating retailers and 25% off of 5K Run for Clean Air registration.
Feet First Philly is encouraing everyone who participates in Walk to Work Day to share their experience on social media using the #WalktoWork hashtag.
Feet First Philly meeting, April 17th
After Walk to Work Day, Feet First Philly will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 17. The group will discuss the event, the City's new Complete Streets Handbook, sidewalk cafes and other upcoming pedestrian events. Can't make it? Feet First Philly hosts regular meetings the third Wednesday of each month at the Clean Air Council office, 135 South 19th Street, Suite 300.
3K Walk for Clean Air, April 20th
In celebration of Earth Day, the Clean Air Council is hosting the 32nd Annual 5K Run for Clean Air, with a 3K walk option. The event will include a Kids Fun Run (1/2 mile run for ages six to 12 and a 250 yard dash for runners 5-years-old and younger), free registration for runners and walkers 60-years-old or older and free registration for participants who switch to 100% PA Wind and Solar through Community Energy. The run also includes cash prizes for the top 5K runners in the male, female and masters divisions.
Philadelphia Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit, April 30th
All of these pedestrian events will culminate in the Greater Philadelphia Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit hosted by the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) in conjuction with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). The all day event will include sessions on the regional trail network, policies for protecting pedestrians, strategies for expanding the bicycle network, best practices and standards and community investments in active transportation. More information is available here, and registration is open here.
From 2012-2014 Christine covered transportation, writing about everything from pedestrian concerns to bicycle infrastructure, bridges, trail networks, public transit and more. Her favorite assignments sent her bushwhacking through Philadelphia’s yet-to-be-cleared bike trails, catching a glimpse of SEPTA’s inner workings or pounding the pavement to find out what pedestrians really think. Christine also covered community news for Eyes on the Street, where her work ranged from food sovereignty to public art and urban greening. She first joined PlanPhilly in fall 2011 as an intern through a partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods website.