Philadelphia’s Transit Strike: Use Your Bike
Given the Lehigh Valley’s close proximity to Philadelphia, many of our readers are following the news from the Greater Philadelphia area. For this reason, many of you are aware that the transit workers from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) went on strike early Tuesday morning (negotiations are in process between members of the Transport Workers Union Local 234 and the authority). Understandably, this has affected commuting schedules for thousands of workers, students, and residents. But one organization has been proactive during this time.
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has set up additional bicycle corrals and service stations in the city. (Just like RenewLV, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is a partner organization in the T4PA coalition.) The Coalition is leading the Bike the Strike Campaign to encourage bicycle use during this strike, rather than turning to vehicle use. Free coffee, bike maps, and safety handouts are being distributed by City Hall. Check out their blog for more information about the campaign and to see some Philadelphia cycling pictures. Given the tremendous impact that the strike is having, the Coalition’s resources (read: staff time) is being used to capacity, and they are currently looking for volunteers to help out with the campaign. If you are near the city and can offer a little bit of your time, contact Max Rosen-Long firstname.lastname@example.org.