Center City to Johnny Brenda’s

CYCLE PHILADELPHIA, ROAD RIDE, CENTER CITY TO JOHNNY BRENDA'S This bike ride starts off in glorious Rittenhouse Square, the largest greenspace in Center City and one of the best places in town for reading on a blanket, people-watching, and playing foursquare. From Rittenhouse, you’ll hop on Locust and pedal east, making a right on 17th Street to pick up the Pine Street bicycle lanes. After about 10 blocks on Pine, you’ll shimmy up Seventh Street and bike ride a few blocks on Market on your way to the Fifth Street bicycle lanes. When on Market Street, please use caution and try to get in the left turning lane as soon as possible. Sure this appears to be a roundabout way to get to Fifth Street, but it’s the best approach to avoid the grid of cobblestone streets in this part of town. Once on Fifth, you’re in for a delight – the traffic moves quickly but the bicycle lane gives you a good buffer. You’ll hit the Fifth Street tunnel soon after the Constitution Center; it is very wide and there’s a little downhill for added speed. You’ll take Fifth to Spring Garden, and then Third Street up through Northern Liberties (there’s a turn signal at the light) all the way up to Girard. Take note: Girard has trolley tracks!! On your way home, you take Second Street through Northern Liberties, see a little more Spring Garden action, and then you’ll be treated to 19th Street. There’s a slight downhill here, adding to the buzz. Stay to the right as you wind around Logan Circle, taking short advantage of the Ben Franklin bike lanes, and then peel off to pick up 19th Street again, which will take you back to Rittenhouse. Enjoy! FOOD AND DRINK There are places to stop on nearly every block of this route, with a number of great spots on Second and Third in Northern Liberties. ACCESS The ride begins in Rittenhouse Square, which is located on 18th and Walnut in Center City. If on bike, it’s a short ride from the top of Schuylkill Banks Park. If coming from afar, your best bet is to hop on the train to Suburban station and make your way to Rittenhouse.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Medium
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): 11.74
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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