Center City Bike Lane Heaven

CYCLE PHILADELPHIA, ROAD RIDE, CENTER CITY BIKE LANE HEAVEN This simple loop takes you through the heart of Philadelphia. We start off at the Schuylkill River Park, which features a playground, community garden, and a dog run. The park offers a lovely green for a picnic either before or after your bike ride. Riding east on Pine Street, you’ll notice that the bike lanes do not begin until 22nd Street. The four or so blocks preceding the lanes are mixed use but fairly quiet. After you cross Broad Street, you’ll ride through Historic Antique Row on Pine between Broad and Nineth Street. Before the turn around, you’ll bike ride through the distinctive Society Hill section of Philadelphia. Simply choosing between the museums, historic buildings, and walking tours in this area could take the entire afternoon! Please note: if you go exploring some of the more historic blocks, you may encounter a Philadelphia (and Tour de France) favorite: cobblestones. After the turn on Third Street, you’ll pick up the bicycle lane on Spruce to head back to the Schuylkill River Park. The next 20 blocks between you and the end of the bike ride are urban and gorgeous. Side Trip There are dozens of historical sites along this ride, including St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Powel House, and the Independence Living History Center (an open archeology laboratory with artifacts from recent Philadelphia digs on display). The Headhouse Square Farmers Market takes place on Sundays during the summer under the shambles on 2nd and Lombard, or if you’re looking for more passive entertainment, the three Ritz Theaters in Old City feature independent and foreign films. FOOD AND DRINK Nearly every block boasts fine options for food and drink! ACCESS From the ‘burbs, take Regional Rail to 30th Street station. Cross the Market Street Bridge to Center City and take the ramp down to the Schuylkill River Trail. Head south on the trail and cross the train tracks to exit on Locust Street. Buses 7, 12, and 40 will drop you nearby.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: All
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 6.27
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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