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File #: 170520    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/18/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/18/2017
Title: Recognizing the month of May as National Bike Month in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Henon
Attachments: 1. Signature17052000.pdf
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Recognizing the month of May as National Bike Month in the City of Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, Established in 1956 and sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists ("League"), National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encouraging communities to give biking a try; and

WHEREAS, National Bike to Work Week 2017 will be held on May 15-19, 2017 and National Bike to Work Day is May 19, 2017; and

WHEREAS, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of bicycles and an opportunity to come together with diverse stakeholders to raise awareness and inspire new riders; and

WHEREAS, The number of bicyclists is growing rapidly from coast to coast. The National Household Travel Survey showed that the number of trips made by bicycle in the U.S. more than doubled from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009; and

WHEREAS, From the years 2000 to 2013, bicycle commuting rates in large Bicycle Friendly Communities ("BFC") have increased 105%, which is far above the national average of 62% and more than double the rate in non-BFC's at 31%; and

WHEREAS, More than two-thirds of the U.S. adult population is overweight or obese, costing the United States more than $68 billion in health care and personal costs annually. More than one in four children are also overweight. Researchers found that bicycle commuting is a great way to incorporate regular exercise into a hectic schedule; and

WHEREAS, Bicycle commuting saves on parking fees, parking tickets, fuel costs, auto maintenance costs, and transit fares. According to a 2012 analysis by the League, Americans saved more than $4.6 billion by bicycling instead of driving. The average annual operating expense of a bicycle is $308, compared to the average annual operating expense of a car at more than $8,000; and

WHEREAS, In 2014, the League ranked the City of Philadelphia as 13th among 70 other U.S. cities that have improved the percentage of the...

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