Cycle Philadelphia, Road Ride, Yards to Dock Street

From one brewery to another, Yards to Dock Street is the quintessential Saturday afternoon bike posse ride. This route is very social, the bike lanes on Spring Garden and Baltimore Avenue invite riding side by side and good conversation, as does the portion in Schuylkill Banks Park. After a short 6.5 mile ride, you’ll be at the doorstep of Dock Street Brewery in West Philadelphia, ready to share a pizza and a beer with pals.

Terrain

This is a super flat, east –west ride that takes advantage of the Spring Garden and Baltimore Avenue bike lanes, in addition to the Schuylkill Banks Park Ride.

Traffic

You’ll be in bicycle lanes for most of the route, but traffic will be heavy in three areas: Spring Garden and Columbus Boulevard, Spring Garden and Broad Street, and along Ben Franklin Parkway in front of the Art Museum.

Access

Yards is located at 901 N. Delaware Avenue, very close to Spring Garden. There’s plenty of parking outside the brewery, and Septa buses 43 and 25 will drop you very close by.

Food and Drink

Save up for the “stone ground, hand thrown, beautifully dressed, and hardwood fired” pizza at Dock Street – it’s delicious and a great accompaniment to the beer you’ll drink upon arrival. If you’re starving mid-way, stop by the amazing Tyson Bee’s food truck on 33rd and Spruce.

Side Trip

Two other Philadelphia breweries you might like are Nodding Head Brewery on 15th and Sansom and, up a little farther north, the Philadelphia Brewing Company at 2439 Amber Street. There are tours and tastings at Philly Brewing every Saturday afternoon, if interested.

 

More Details

Hop on your bike outside of Yards Brewing on North Delaware Avenue. You’ll want to head south towards Spring Garden Street and make a right. There is high traffic here, so please be patient for the light and wait for an opening to cross. Once on Spring Garden, you’ll enjoy the bike lanes and the company of many other cyclists. Spring Garden is an excellent east-west bike route – it’s a bit faster than Pine and Spruce and it stretches all the way across the top edge of Center City.

You’ll cross Broad Street and then find yourself in the Art Museum/Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Depending on your enjoyment of riding side by side with cars, you may or may not like what’s to come after 23rd Street: you’ll be merging with the traffic on Ben Franklin Parkway. There are a lot of bicycle lanes marked here to attempt to get everyone where they should be, but if it’s your first time, you might not love it.

Stay to the right, as close to the museum as possible, and head under the Spring Garden overpass towards the Schuylkill River Trail connector. You’ll pick up the path at Schuylkill Banks Park along the river and make a left to head south – car free! You’ll pop out of Schuylkill Banks and make your way over South Street Bridge via the Lombard and South Street bicycle lanes. The Spruce Street bicycle lanes (trolley tracks here!) will take you through the Penn campus before you turn on 40th, where you’ll find the lovely Clark Park.

There is a farmer’s market here in season, as well as a series of awesome flea markets throughout the year. Just 10 blocks on the Baltimore Avenue bike lanes (more trolley tracks!) and you’ll reach your final destination. Baltimore isn’t as well paved as other sections of this ride, but it is chock full of interesting little shops and galleries, so be sure to ride slowly and take it all in. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start off at Yards Brewing on Delaware Ave/Columbus Blvd and head south towards Spring Garden (Yards is on the northbound side of the street, so, you’ll have to cross Columbus).
  • 0.2 Make a right on Spring Garden to pick up bike lanes
  • 1.4 Cross Broad St. Heavy traffic area – use caution. Continue in the bike lanes.
  • 2.3 Merge with Ben Franklin Pkwy and pick up the bicycle lanes. You’ll ride just in front the Art Museum and then make a right to head down towards the SRT.
  • 2.6 Cross Ben Franklin Pkwy at the light and enter Schuylkill Banks Park. Make a left at the entrance to Schuylkill Banks Park, and take the trail to Locust St.
  • 3.6 Exit Schuylkill Banks on Locust. Cross train tracks and take Locust to 24th St. Make a right on 24th.
  • 3.9 Right on Lombard – pick up bicycle lanes and follow the curves around to the South St Bridge.
  • 4.2 Make a right over South St Bridge to cross the river – more awesome bike lanes for you!
  • 4.4 Keep straight on Spruce St bike lanes through Penn Campus.
  • 5.3 Take a left on 40th St.
  • 5.5 Make a right on Baltimore Ave bicycle lanes. You’ll pedal for 10 blocks on Baltimore (watch for trolley tracks!).
  • 6.5 Arrive at Dock St Brewing. When ready to return, you can head back towards Center City via Baltimore, Spruce and the South, or you can pick up one of the many links for a second destination. My suggested option would be to get creative with your post Dock Street route and extend your posse into the evening.
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    10.533 km / 6.545 mi

    Total Distance

    112 m / 367 ft

    Total Ascent

    85 m / 280 ft

    Total Descent

    32 m / 104 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    Fitness Level: Low
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 6.5
    Elevation Gain: 153
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber

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