Cycle Philadelphia, Road Ride, West Chester Single Scoop
The West Chester Single Scoop bike ride starts in downtown West Chester and brings you through some of the surrounding suburbs. The roads are beautiful, and once you leave West Chester the traffic is generally mild. You are also certain to see plenty of other cyclists along the way.
The single scoop is mostly rolling hills with one good ascent around mile 12. The ride is all on-road.
Traffic will be a bit heavier as you ride through the center of West Chester, but much quieter once you leave town. Cars move pretty fast on these roads though – be sure to have a lot of reflective gear at the ready.
If driving, head west on Route 202 from Philadelphia – the Single Scoop and Double Scoop have some of the furthest start points from the city. Buses 92, 104, and 306 will bring you to West Chester.
Food and Drink
Most of the food and drink options for this ride are in downtown West Chester, though there are one or two outposts along the way. Be sure to save some room for ice cream at West Chester Scoops!
Check out The Note in West Chester. It’s a small music and comedy venue that occasionally has some decent acts come through, including concerts hosted by WXPN.
You’ll start off on Darlington Street by West Chester Scoops and take Gay and New streets out of the center of town. There are plenty of cyclists in this area, but the streets are narrow and not all of the stops are four-way (many a time has a driver with the right of way honked at me in West Chester!). Take your time leaving the center of town.
Soon enough you’ll find yourself on the residential roads of Sconnelltown, Barnhill, and St. Finnegan. These roads are very quiet, and they sneak up on you quickly. Be sure to keep an eye out for the next turn as you bike ride through this neighborhood. The bike ride picks up speed on Creek Road, becoming more scenic as well. Creek Road is an excellent road for bicycles, you’re sure to enjoy it! Next comes the intersection around Bridge Road/ Route 842, which can be confusing the first time. Be sure to follow the signs closely, and you’ll be on your way towards Wawaset.
You’ll continue along these beautiful, rural roads for the next few miles. The terrain will be quite varied here. Expansive landscapes with red barns, horses and green pastures provide an idyllic picture postcard backdrop. The two miles on Lucky Hill Road is very enjoyable, and you’ll be able to relax for a bit on your bike without having to worry about the next turn coming your way! After Miner, the turn for Price Street sneaks up. Take note: It’s a very hard right, the sign is small. If you miss Price, you’ll cross Bradford Avenue. Price will bring you back into West Chester (again, use caution while heading into town). You’ll arrive back at WC Scoops on Darlington Road ready for a scoop!
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