Kristin’s Mega Loop

CYCLE PHILADELPHIA, ROAD RIDE, KRISTIN'S MEGA LOOP Thanks to Kristin Sullivan, who biked from Fairbanks, Alaska to Ushuala, Argentina in 2005. Kristin now works for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, but remains an avid outdoorswoman. This loop is Kristin’s take on the city as her playground, and it’s neverending! You’ll bike from Fairmount Park to FDR Park in one giant loop, hopefully taking in views of the city you’ve never seen and trekking down paths you didn’t know existed. This ride begins on 16th and Arch, just below the headquarters of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. You’ll hit the bike lanes along Benjamin Franklin Parkway and head towards the Art Museum. For the most part, you’ll stay off the SRT, instead picking up a road that will take you over the Girard Bridge and into West Fairmount Park. Once across the bridge, you’ll be treated to a network of bike lanes as you pass the Please Touch Museum, the Horticulture Center, the Whispering Bench, and Belmont Plateau, among other unique sites. This area has some strong hills and a few weird intersections – you might lose your way the first few times you come up here but it’s a great place to ride your bike. Make sure to take in the view from Belmont Plateau – it will be an instant favorite. After Fairmount, you’ll head through West Philadelphia via Lancaster Avenue. Watch for the trolley tracks here! You’ll pedal inside bike lanes on 38th Street and Spruce Street over the new South Street Bridge, which is beautiful, and then head South on 15th Street. Be sure to take it slow if you’re not used to riding on narrow streets with parked cars. Need a coffee break? Stop into Ultimo on 15th and Mifflin. Need a beer? Visit South Philly Tap Room on the same corner. Eventually you’ll make your way to FDR Park - a big park in South Philly. After riding around the loop here, you’ll pop out at Broad and Pattison – a busy intersection. You’ll follow Pattison past the stadiums and through an industrial landscape before reaching Columbus Boulevard. If interested you can pick up the short Delaware River/Pier 70 Trail. You’ll then continue north on Columbus Boulevard, which has steady traffic but whose bike lanes provide a good north-south cycling option, until you reach Spring Garden, which also has bike lanes. Hang a left on Spring Garden and head back towards 16th and Arch to finish your ride. Side Trip The Please Touch Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden, the Horticulture Center, The Mann, South Street, the Naval Yard, the Stadiums, Love Park… you’ll pass them all! FOOD AND DRINK You’ll pass many, many spots for a bite on this route. ACCESS The ride log starts smack in the middle of Center City on 16th and Arch. There are unlimited choices for buses, trains, and subways to bring you here.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
Fitness Level: High
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): 40.87
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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