March 18, 2016
It's time to spring forward, Philadelphia. Sunday, March 20, marks the changing of the seasons, and with temperatures already hitting record highs, the city is already starting to feel like winter is behind us. If the rising mercury isn't enough to whet your springtime whistle, here are four reasons to get excited for the upcoming season:
Warm weather means taking your love of alcohol out from the bar and living room and into beer gardens and outdoor patios. This year, Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation plans on opening even more pop-up gardens — but you'll have to wait until June for that. Until then, you'll be just fine at the bars with outdoor seating. A sampling: El Bar, Frankford Hall, Graffiti Bar, Independence Beer Garden (opens April 22), Kite & Key, Manayunk Brewing Company and so much more.
The reality is Philly's old and complex infrastructure and sometimes reckless drivers occasionally make things difficult for the city's bikers. The video above shows drivers blatantly blowing through a red light, putting cyclists in the parallel bike lane in potential danger. But the city is taking steps, with Mayor Jim Kenney calling for improved safety conditions for both cyclists and pedestrians. And what better time to go out and take advantage of the bike lanes already in place, the brand new pedestrian and bicyclist-only Manayunk Bridge Trail or the city's Indego program than during the warm springtime months?
Are they supposed to be good this year? No, most experts predict. But there's a serious aura of hope in the air for a team finally rebuilding after the golden age of Chase and Jimmy and Cole and Ryan. Home run-masher? Check. Potential ace? Check. J-Roll's heir apparent? Check. We've got hiiiggghhh hopesss, and, of course, PhillyVoice's own Ryan Lawrence is here to guide you along this season.