Cycle Philadelphia, Road Ride, Jenkintown Train Station Loop
Want to get out of the city for a short bike ride? Try Jenkintown on for size! The bike ride begins and ends at the Jenkintown train station and brings you through quiet, residential streets on your way towards the center of town. In just a few blocks along West Avenue, you can stop for lunch, see a movie, eat a cupcake in the town square, visit a thrift shop, or take a yoga class. And, you’ll be finished in under four miles.
The quiet loop around Jenkintown mixes a few soft hills with calm, quiet streets and mostly flat terrain. You’ll be cycling on road for the full trip.
There is minimal traffic on most of these roads, with the exception of brief stints on Washington Lane and West Avenue. You’ll also cross the very busy Old York Road, but you will have the help of traffic lights to keep you on your way.
The ride log begins at the Jenkintown train station, so grab your bike and hop on any of the following Septa lines: Landale/Doylestown, Warminster, or West Trenton. Trains run very frequently out here, but be sure to time your ride to avoid peak hours! There is also parking at the station.
Food and Drink
You’ll ride right through the center of Jenkintown, which has a number of cafés and sandwich shops, including the West Avenue Grille. The challah French toast is the obvious, excellent choice here.
After downing said challah French toast, visit Shakti West for a drop in yoga session. Shakti, located at West Avenue and Cedar Street, offers a variety of classes every day – call ahead to time your ride and your breakfast accordingly!
The loop around Jenkintown is a quick vacation from the city, with quiet streets and relatively low traffic. This bike ride is also the perfect occasion to practice bringing your bicycle on Septa! Jenkintown is served by three different train lines, which means you’ll never have to wait too long for a ride out there or back home. Pick up a copy of the Glenside Combined Schedule for more details.
From the Jenkintown train station, follow West Avenue to Runnymede. The quiet, treelined streets are ideal for relaxed bike riding. You’ll cross Walnut Street at the light, which is a slightly busier intersection. A little farther down Runnymede and you’ll hit a high traffic intersection – the corner of Starbucks and Wawa on Old York Road. Be sure to follow the traffic patterns and cross at the light.
After Old York Road, you’ll climb around Rydal for a bit before coming out on Washington Lane. You won’t be on Washington for very long, but it is busier than most of the other streets you’ll be riding on. Make a turn back towards Jenkintown just before Abington Friends School on Vernon Road, and then a quick left onto West Avenue. The corner of West and Old York Road is the entrance to the center of town, which is very small and very adorable.
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