Love Note #27: Nicholas Mirra loves the bike-ridden fence on Rittenhouse Square

Nicholas Mirra
Favorite Spot: The bike-filled fence on the east side of Rittenhouse Square below Walnut Street
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Address: 18th St between Walnut and Chancellor

I am: communications guy for the Bicycle Coalition; ultimate frisbee player; Pacific Northwest born and raised
Years in Philly: 6 years
Current Home: Grad Hospital area

My love note: The bike-ridden fence on the edge of Rittenhouse Square is a wall of graffiti. There are loud voices in Philly, voices accustomed to influential audiences, which say bicycles are for children and contemptuous hipsters; a frivolous activity taking vital space away from cars. Yet look at this fence! It sits in the heart of a famously well-heeled neighborhood, surrounded by some of Philly’s most inhospitable streets for bicycling. Despite the obstacles, bicyclists pour into Center City and make room for themselves.

This fence has been tagged with bikes. Like other important graffiti, it is an early sign of an approaching change. Slowly but surely, Philly will accommodate bicycling because bicyclists are accommodating themselves to Philly. Today, the bicycles are locked to the fence. Tomorrow, they will be locked to new racks on the sidewalk. Eventually, some of those riders will live in towers looking down on Rittenhouse Square, and they’ll enjoy a mischievous nostalgia for the days when they were ahead of the curve.
 
(Note: These pics were all taken on the same day along the same fence line)

Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Rittenhouse Square 4 Comments

4 Responses to Love Note #27: Nicholas Mirra loves the bike-ridden fence on Rittenhouse Square

  1. Alex

    Nice photos! I did a Northeast U.S. bike tour last summer, and I don’t remember Philly being particularly bad for cycling, but maybe I was just lucky?

     
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