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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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