Cycle Philadelphia, Road Ride, Cheesesteak Ride #1: John’s Roast Pork
You’ll start the bike ride in Old City and head south. Walnut and Fourth Street can be busy and a little on the narrow side, so take your time here if you’re new to street riding. The corner of Fourth and South can be particularly congested. It’s also a great spot to consider getting your first tattoo. Pedaling farther south, you’ll ride through Southwark and Fabric Row. This is definitely one of my favourite streets in Philadelphia. Soak it all in! There is a lot to look at in the windows.
You’ll cut over to Sixth via Catharine and then head farther south. Use caution around Sixth and Washington - Washington has faster traffic than other roads on this bike ride. There are bike lanes here. The lanes end around Fourth, but you’ll move into the right lane (separated from the main traffic on Washington Avenue), and turn down Moyamensing for more bicycle lanes. The Moyamensing lanes also disappear from time to time, but you’ll see plenty of bikers out here.
The bus sometimes enjoys the bike lanes as well, so just be aware that you are likely to share some space with them as you travel through Pennsport. From Moyamensing, you’ll make a left on Snyder and wait with baited breath until you reach the smiling pig!
The route features a few good bicycle lanes mixed in with your standard Philadelphia fare. It’s a totally flat ride, and you will encounter the usual city obstacles such as broken glass and potholes.
Traffic is heavy around Fourth and South, which also happen to be slightly narrower than some roads along the way. There’s steady traffic on Moyamensing and Snyder, but you will have a hand with the bike lanes.
Both the 21 and 31 buses drop you directly at Penns Landing. You can also bike on over – Center City Bike Lane Heaven Ride will bring you close to the starting point on Front and Chestnut. There’s also plenty of street parking in the area.
Food and Drink
This is obvious – you’re going to want a cheesesteak or roast pork sandwich from John’s. If for some confusing reason you do not want to try one of these delicious items, then you could stop at one of the many cafés along Fourth Street.
Jim’s Steaks! There is always a line around the block. It’s located atFourth and South. Also, Tony Luke’s is a little farther down Moyamensing on Snyder.
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