Albert Einstein, the most famous cycling enthusiast of them all could have been describing biking trends on our City's streets when he stated: "Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must move forward." The 2014 Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia report shows that the presence of bikes on our streets has been moving forward dramatically (click here for report). Rush hour bike usage across the major Schuylkill Bridges soared 260% over 8 years. Of those cyclists, 44% chose the South Street Bridge. That Bridge's popularity is presumably due, in part, to its bike friendly design implemented through the efforts of CCRA, SOSNA and others, who, in 2008, convinced Penn DOT to discard the original off the shelf plans calling for a high speed off ramp in favor of the more community friendly thoroughfare that we see today . Relatively speaking, as Albert would say, Philadelphia biking stats compare favorably to those of other cities. Among the ten largest cities, Philadelphia is tops - 2.3 % of our working population commutes by bike compared with 1% in New York and 1.6% in Chicago. Women comprise 32% of our biking population whereas the national average is 24%. Which is the most bike reliant Philly neighborhood? South Philly where 5.5% of the residents commute to work BUT we are a close second, 5.3% of Center City (river to river) dwellers commute to work.
CCRA MERCHANT MEMBERS DISCOUNT PROGRAM
Support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount (described here) to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card (Di Bruno Bros. has its own CCRA card) and personal identification.
Uber - Limo service Uber provides a 10% discount for CCRA Members using code CCRA14.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CCRA'S 56TH ANNUAL FALL HOUSE TOUR, SUN, 10/19
Hosts/Hostesses are stationed in beautiful homes and condos from 1:00PM until 3:00PM or from 3:00PM until 5:00PM. Duties include greeting tour goers, protecting household items, and encouraging a safe flow of foot traffic. In thanks for your gift of time, you will receive a free ticket to use either before or after your volunteer assignment to tour other homes. If you wish to volunteer, email us at
"FAREWELL TO SUMMER" AWARDS PRESENTATION, SUN, 9/21, 4PM, SRPCG, 25TH & SPRUCE ST
Come see who will take home the award for our inaugural Street Scene Urban Garden Competition. The ceremony and party will be held at 4:00 pm in the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden. For further information, contact the CCRA office, 215-546-6719.
DOG WALKER NEIGHBORHOOD SECURITY TRAINING, MON, 10/6, TANEY PARK, 7PM
The Center City Residents Association and Rittenhouse Square Pet Supply (at 135 S. 20th St.; 215 569 2355) invite dog owners (and others who walk dogs) to a free training session to learn how better to observe the environment in which you walk your dog - and to know when, what, and how to report any suspicious activity you observe or hazards you encounter. Because space is limited, register ahead and, alas, no room for dogs. Click here to register or call 215-546-6749.
56TH ANNUAL HOUSE TOUR, SUN, 10/19, 1-5PM
The 56th Annual House Tour features 11 spectacular homes in Rittenhouse Square. Tour tickets purchased before Oct. 17 are $25 each. Click here to register, call (215) 546-6719, or mail a check to CCRA (1600 Market St., Suite 2500, Phila. 19103). Beginning Oct. 1 tickets will be available in person at the following locations:
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St
Jomici Apothecary, 272 S. 15th Street
Pure Florist Designs, 500 S. 22nd St
Maxx's Produce 255 S. 20th St
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS AND EVENTS
NEW CENTRAL BLOCK WELLNESS FESTIVAL, SAT, 9/13, 12PM - 4PM, 2100 BLK OF LOMBARD
The New Central Baptist Church is sponsoring a Wellness Festival featuring a DJ, line dancing, tai chi, moon bounce, a juggler, face painting, together with free health and fitness screenings and flu shots. For details,click here.
The JMB Foundation invites you to attend a benefit concert to support young women who are transitioning out of an AIDs orphanage and are in their second year at Daystar University in Kenya. For more information, click here.
PENN'S 5K FOR THE INSTITUTE ON AGING, SUN, 9/21, 8AM, PENN PARK, 33RD & WALNUT ST
Support Alzheimer's and aging-related research and care at Penn's Institute on Aging (IOA). Raise vital research dollars and invite your friends to support your run. For more information and to register, click here.
TEEN PROGRAM SERIES AT THE INST. BRANCH LIBRARY, 1905 LOCUST ST FROM 9/22 - 12/15
Calling all teens! The Philadelphia City Institute Branch Library will hold a series of teen programs this fall and early winter. For a list of events, click here.
ROSH HASHANAH IN RITTENHOUSE, WED, 9/24, 5-7PM, RITTENHOUSE SQ.
Celebrate the High Holy Days in the Square with Temple Beth Zion Beth Isreal. It's free and open to the public. A concert will be held followed by a traditional service. Dress comfy, bring a lawn chair, grab a blanket, and pack a picnic.
You can bring your unwanted prescriptions to Trinity for safe disposal.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT THE PHS POP-UP GARDEN UNTIL 10/3, 1438 SOUTH STREET
Help the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society while enjoying summer in the Pop Up Garden.
PHS needs volunteers to work from 11am to 2pm in the Pop UP Garden. Your duties will be to welcome visitors and provide information about PHS and the City Harvest Program. PHS will provide all the information you need. If you would like to help PHS, please contact Jessica Wong, PHS Volunteer Coordinator at: email@example.com
CRIMES REPORT, 7/21-8/17
Robbery Other ♦ 131 S. 17th Highway (7/28-12:08am) (Garden Shears) MON ARREST Complainant B/M 36yrs states, while he was sitting in his car an unknown male walked up with a pair of garden shears and told him to get out of the car, the Complainant pulled away and called police. The offender was stopped and the garden shears recovered. ♦ 1600 Chestnut Highway (8/08-2:30pm) (Strong Arm) FRI Complainant W/M 35yrs states, used the PNC ATM at 19th & Walnut then started walking E/B on 1600 Chestnut St. when the 2 offenders approached him and demanded everything in his pockets. He gave them his debit card and males fled E/B on Chestnut. Bank informed Compl. the ATM card was used 2 times for over $800 in charges. B/M, 26-30yrs, Short and heavy build, Black T-shirt, Blue jeans B/M, Unk yrs, White striped polo shirt, Bown khakis pants ♦ 1500 Market Septa M/F platform (7/24-4:50am) (Strong Arm) THURS ARREST Complainant H/M 18yrs states, he was approached by the offenders who threatened him and demanded his wallet. He gave then his wallet, they then fled. They were arrested at 1600 JFK after being id'd by the compl, his wallet was recovered. ♦ 1500 Market Septa Broad St Subway (8/08-5:05pm) (Strong Arm) FRI Complainant B/M 49yrs states, a man named "Jericho" asked him for money. Offender then pushed Complainant down the steps, punched him in the face, and attempt to take his wallet. Complainant was transported to Hahneman Hosp. B/M, "Jericho", No further information ♦ 1500 Market Highway (8/17-5:40am) (Knife) SUN Complainant W/F 28yrs states Offender approached her and put a knife against her side and ordered her to give him her purse. Complainant complied, the offender fled on foot. W/M, 5'5", 140lbs, Gray Hoodie, No further information.
Aggravated Assault/Non-gun ♦ 2400 Chestnut Highway (7/30-9:04pm) (Razor Knife) WED ARREST Complainant W/F 20yrs homeless states, the offender sliced her with a razor knife then threw it into the river. She was transported to Hahnemann Hospital for a cut to her chest. ♦ 1800 Walnut Highway (8/9-2:55am) (Fist & Feet) SAT Complainant W/M 39yrs states, the offender was harassing females when Complainant told offender to stop the offender hit him causing him to fall and hit his head on the ground. The Complainant was transported to Hahnemann Hospital and treated for head injury. Unk/M, driving a black Nissan w/ Delaware tags. ♦ 1635 Market Turf Club (7/31-10:29pm) (Fist & Feet) THURS Complainant W/M 52yrs states, he was in an argument with the two offenders, then then began to punch and kick him causing him to receive a broken ankle. The males fled the location. W/M, Known offender W/M, No further information ♦ 1600 JFKSepta Subway (8/17-11am) (Fist) SUN ARREST Complainant Septa P/O - W/M 50yrs states, he was responding to a disturbance by below offender when offender started to hit him with fist in the back of his head. Offender had to be restrained and tried to flee but was arrested by Septa Police.
Residential Burglary ♦ 21xx Delancey House/Garage (7/20-10pm & 7/21-6am) (Bicycle) MON Complainant states she left her garage door open overnight, an unknown person took her bike. ♦ 1xx S. 18thApt (7/24-11:30pm & 7/25-10:30am) (Laptops) FRI Complainant states while he was home asleep an unknown person forced the front door open and removed items. ♦ 1xx S. 23rdApt (7/28-8am & 7:30pm) (Electronics) MON Complainant states an unknown person broke the security bars covering her rear window and removed items. ♦ 15xx Spruce Apt (8/2-8:30am & 8/3-12pm) (Clothes/Jewelry) UNK Complainant states an unknown person entered her apartment in an unknown manner and removed items. ♦ 2xx S. 21stApt (8/6-6:45am & 6:45pm) (Credit Card) WED Complainant states an unknown person forced open the front door and removed a credit card. ♦ 1xx S. 21stApt (8/6-7:30am & 11:45pm) (Laptop/Suitcase) WED Complainant states an unknown person forced open the front door and removed several items. ♦ 1xx S. 21stApt (8/6-6:45am & 11:00pm) (Electronics/Jewelry) WED Complainant states an unknown person forced open the front door and removed several items. ♦ 20xx Walnut Apt (8/6-7:30am & 4:45pm) (Laptop/Phone) WED Complainant states an unknown person forced open the front door and removed several items. ♦ 20xx Spruce Apt (8/14-2pm) (Unknown) UNK Witness observed damage to two (2) apartment doors. Unknown if anything was taken at this time. ♦ 20xx Spruce Apt (8/14-2pm) (Unknown) UNK Witness observed damage to two (2) apartment doors. Unknown if anything was taken at this time.