The Art Museum to Manayunk

CYCLE PHILADELPHIA, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, THE ART MUSEUM TO MANAYUNK This bike ride is a decent choice for confident beginners who want to start riding in traffic. If you are an experienced cyclist looking for more miles, this route will connect you to Valley Forge and the path out to Perkiomenville. You’ll start along the river, heading away from the city. This part of the Schuylkill River Trail will become very familiar to you if you take up cycling in Philadelphia! You’ll pass the Girard, Columbia and Strawberry Mansion bridges. But, rather than cross Falls Bridge to MLK Drive as in the Loop, you’ll go straight across Calumet Street and head towards Ridge Avenue. This section is more like a sidewalk than a path, and sometimes cyclists play chicken. It won’t look like the rest of the SRT, but rest assured, you are heading in the correct direction. Once you hit Ridge Avenue, you’ll have to make a left turn to head towards Main Street (The Septa Wissahickon Transfer Center will be on the corner). You’ll have two options here – take the hard left, which will put you on the path towards Main Street, Manayunk (you will see an enormous sign beckoning you towards Manayunk). There are a couple of bus lanes that you can abuse to make your way over to Main Street. If you make a mistake and take the soft left, you will find yourself heading up the very long, and very steep Ridge Avenue Hill. You will pass a movie theater to your right and then a few revitalized warehouses. The shops, restaurants and cafés that line Main Street are just ahead. The streets get more congested along this strip and there are also quite a few stoplights. If you haven’t cycled in traffic before, take it slow. If you feel like riding farther, you’ll find an entrance to the gravel towpath just off Lock Street. Or just lock up your bikes and walk around town. FOOD AND DRINK There are restaurants and cafés all along Main Street, many with outdoor seating. ACCESS The starting point for this ride is just behind the Art Museum - Septa bus routes 7, 32, 38, 43 and 48 serve the museum area. If driving, you’ll find ample parking behind the Art Museum and Boathouse Row.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
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): 8.69
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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