Monday, July 6, 2009

Thank You Bike Freedom Valley Volunteers

Thank You Freedom Valley Volunteers!

Although the sky was dreary and drizzly our Freedom Valley Volunteers make sunshine with their smiles and their efforts to make this Freedom Valley great. We couldn’t have Bike Freedom Valley without all our great volunteers.

Before the day event started we had volunteers preparing everything ahead of time.; Thanks to: Matt Anastasi, David Bennett, Paul Minick, Al Porter, Barry Wolff, and the Bicycle Coalition staff. Thanks to the Bicycle Ambassadors who did a myriad of tasks, from: setup and teardown, route direction and signage, hospitality and even mechanical support. The newest team at the Bicycle Coalition was a well oiled machine.

Our route markers persevered through endless days of rainy weather and numerous trips to finish because of the weather. There intrepid volunteers were: Charles Carmalt, Jeffrey Kochanowicz, Dominic Zuppo, Michael Broennle and Susan Dannenberg.

Our set up volunteers came very early and our cleanup volunteers stayed very late. Thank You: Noel Abejo, Jim Laurino, John Siemiarowski, Kimberly Murphy, Omar Sinanan, and Thomas Taggart.

Our registration volunteers were cheerful, accurate and speedy. Thanks to: Carol Nitzburg, Sue Shubert, Sarah Clark Stuart, Tom Benson, Patrick O’Bannon, Pat Perry, Barry Wolff, and Jeff Bakely.

Our rest stop and Finish Line Volunteers had really long days and served our riders welll and with good cheer. They are: David Bennett, Claudia Crane, Paul Droesch, Terry Myers, Dave Ryan, Donna Brown, Jerrilynn Donaldson, Nick Manta, Maureen Gartland, Pat Perry, Ron Stern, Jeff Hartman, Stacy Plattenberger.

Our traffic directors who were not limited to the Bicycle Ambassadors helped our riders go the right way: Mary Texidor, Dan Gold, D. Mike Smith, Ed Henckels, Christine Martha, Charlotte Chatfield.

Thanks to all the Stationary SAG, SAG Drivers, and SAG Bicyclists. In addition to Philly Car Share, Keswick Cycle, REI, Danzeisen and Quigley (D&Q), Guy’s Bicycles, Chariots of Philly, Neighborhood Bikeworks, and the Exton and West Chester Bicycle Center, we had volunteers: James Smith, Terry Myers, Paul Des Rocher, Barry Wolff, Jeffrey Kochanowicz, Frank Jackson, Paul Minick, and Woody Kotch.

You were all wonderful and if I missed anyone please let me know so I can thank you personally.

Jill Minick

Unclaimed Bike Freedom Valley Tees

Bike Freedom Valley T-Shirts

Thanks to all of you who pre-registered for Bike Freedom Valley. Pre-registration helps us plan better for you. We appreciate your faith and loyalty. However, we know the weather kept a number of you from riding this year.

So, in return for your good faith in pre-registering, we’re offering those of you who didn’t get your t-shirt a chance to pick it up next week.

Come to our new office, 1500 Walnut St, suite 1107, Philadelphia, PA 19102, between 10 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday the week of July 13 or come to the open house on Wednesday July 15 from 5-7PM.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Sponsor

Thank you Sabrina's and Sabrina's and Spencer's Too!

They donated all the water at Valley Forge and Spring Mill.

Stop in to one of their 2 locations: 1802 Callowhill or 910 Chestnut St, in Philadelphia, for some great food and thank the owner, Robert.

Thank You!

Thanks to all our great riders, volunteers and staff. There are too many of you to name you personally in this post. All of you made this a great event.

Despite the weather many people went out and rode and enjoyed a cool wonderful ride.

Now that you have this ride under your belt think about joining us for TDBank Bike Philly on September 13. Remember this a ride geared to all abilities so you can ride with those folks who may be faster or slower than you are. 20 miles of streets with only bicycles. Join us for a party on 2 wheels.

If you're not a member think about joining now so you get a discount on TDBank Bike Philly and conintue to make your ride better by contributing our advocacy work.

Keep the rubber side down.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cue Sheets Now Available online

You can print your cue sheets in advance. They reside below the rotating sponsors window on the right hand side.

All cue sheets are on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper this year.

Enjoy your ride!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Plan Your Ride with rest stop times

When you get to a decision point, Villanova, Wayne's Woods at Valley Forge or Spring Mill on the trail, look at the rest stop closing times. Make sure you have enough time to get there before you continue on a longer segment.

Rest stops have firm closing times so our volunteers will want to come back and serve you next year so please respect that.

The closing times are below:

Lloyd Hall 7AM - 3PM
Spring Mill 8AM - 1:30 PM
Villanova 8:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Valley Forge 8:30 AM - 3 PM

Enjoy your ride and plan so you have rest stops available.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

T-Shirt Pickup

All t-shirts, except for volunteers, can be picked up at the end of the ride. We will also have a limited number of shirts for sale for a $10 donation to the Bicycle Coalition.

E-Mail Confirmations

E-mail confirmations should be in your mailbox during the week before the ride in the meantime if you registered online you will have a receipt from . Don't forget to print your email confrimation from us to speed up your check-in at the event.

Time is Running Out...

And so are the numbers of complimentary t-shirts. Register Now! Visit:

Don't delay, our t-shirts are a hot item and this is our best design yet.

Where do I sign in on June 21

If you are familiar with the are we will be on the East side of Lloyd Hall, behind the Philadelphia Museum or Art.

If you're not familiar with the area search for 1 Boathouse Row, Philadlephia, PA on your favorite map program.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Registration Confirmations

When you registered online you should have gotten an email confirmation. If you didn't or you missed it you can get a copy at this link:

Everyone will get an email confirmation from us just before the ride. Either one will work at registration but the one from us will contain addtional helpful information.

Look for it on Bike Freedom Valley Weekend.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Final Route Distances

Now that the cue sheets are finalized and the detours accounted for the final route distances are:

Trail: 8, 22, and 44 miles. There are no changes here.

Shared Roads: 32, 45, and 72 miles.

Both the 45 and 73 mile routes are using park road and not the trail to arrive at Wayne's Woods and to exit Wayne's Woods for the final leg returning to the Finish at Lloyd Hall.

You asked for longer distances so when we rerouted the longest ride to account for the missing 252 Bridge we really extended it. It is a beautiful loop in Chester County. There is a stretch of 5.4 miles on Yellow Spring Rd with no turns at all and of course the beautiful covered bridge.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Check out our sponsors

Check out the new slide show with pictures from last year's Bike Freedom Valley and the logos of our current sponsors.

Expanded Valley Forge Loop Map

The map for the New Valley Forge loop will be posted soon. Check back in the FAQ's in a few days for the new map

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pre-Registration for Freedom Valley closes May 30th!

If you want to receive a Freedom Valley T-shirt and receive a discount on registration, please sign up before May 30th. Children age 12 and under can still register for only $5 and we have a special Student Registration fee of $15 with Valid ID, but will not receive a T-Shirt after the May 30 cutoff.

You can register online by going to signmeup.

You may also download the registration form here.

See you at the start!

Got a Question we haven't answered?

For answers to more specific questions contact:


215 BICYCLE ext 3#

New from Valley Forge

You asked for it and we were able to make it happen this year!

More roads and much less use of the multiuse paths!

You will be riding on the roads in Valley Forge National Historic Park, except where one way roads make it impossible. You can ride on North Outer Line Drive, North Inner Line Dr., Valley Creek Rd., Valley Park Rd, and Valley Forge Rd.

You will need to use the path to leave the rest stop for the Chester County Extension Loop and to return to the rest stop before leaving the park to return to Philadelphia. Both are short distances compared to what you did in past years.

When you see the folks at Valley Forge, thank them.

As always ride carefully and with courtsey, these are narrow, busy roads that we need to share well.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Make it a Weekend Hotel Deal

New this year a hotel package with Embassy Suites:

Stay at Embassy Suites and ride your bike to the start/finish line. The hotel is at: 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Pa, 19103.

The room rate for a single or double is $159. To book your room, please click here.

Monday, April 27, 2009

New This Year-Team Registrations

If you would like to enter as a group/team please contact

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Early Bird Registration Extended

Early Bird Registration for Bike Freedom Valley has been extended through April 30, 2009.

Take advantage of the cost savings by planning ahead and register now!

Our 30th year promises to be the best yet. Watch here for more details.

Friday, March 13, 2009

30th Annual Bike Freedom Valley

Sunday June 21, 2009 is our 30th event. We hope to make it bigger and better than ever.

Keep watching this blog for updates.

You can go online to register at