Sometimes Facebook, for all it's shortcomings and annoyances, has a way of spotlighting social attitudes on a subject and giving us some valuable insights. Such was the case when a friend of mine who used to live in Philly but now lives in Oakland posted a simple request of her friends. The exchange it created was telling:
Philadelphia routinely ranks highest of the 10 biggest US cities for bike commuting, and ridership in the neighborhoods around Center and South Philly is right up there with superstar bike cities like Portland and Minneapolis. But the city's bike friendliness has a lot more to do with the built environment we've inherited than anything modern day city leaders have done for cyclists.