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.

Terrain

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.

Traffic

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.

Access

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.

Side Trip

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!

 

More Details

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.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start on West Ave (the side where incoming trains from the city depart) and head north. You’ll make a quick bend by the stop sign.
  • 0.3 Left on Runnymede, follow the bend.
  • 0.7 Cross Walnut St.
  • 1.2 Follow the traffic laws around the circle to make your way across Old York Rd. Use caution here. Pick up Rodman Ave after you cross.
  • 1.5 Right on Noble Rd.
  • 1.6 Bear left at the fork on Pepper Rd.
  • 1.9 Right on Worrell.
  • 2.0 Left on Fairhill Rd.
  • 2.2 Right on Gregory Rd, followed by quick right on Red Rambler Rd.
  • 2.4 Left on Washington Ln – busier than the other roads along this route.
  • 2.7 Right on Vernon Rd, just before Abington Friends School.
  • 2.8 Quick left onto West Ave. Pedal through the heart of Jenkintown.
  • 3.0 Left on Leedom St.
  • 3.1 Right on Summit Ave.
  • 3.6 Pop out on West Ave, make a right towards the train station.
  • 3.8 Back to the train!
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    6.473 km / 4.022 mi

    Total Distance

    94 m / 308 ft

    Total Ascent

    84 m / 277 ft

    Total Descent

    105 m / 344 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    Fitness Level: All
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Trail Signage: Good
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 3.8
    Elevation Gain: 340
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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