Philadelphia by bike
The best bicycle adventures and vacations in Philadelphia
Philadelphia is located between New York City and Washington DC, in the state of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania came out on top of the list of best US city to travel to in the year of 2016 thanks to its rich history, beautiful architectures, unique attractions, expanding food and drink scene, and roster of events for the year. Philadelphia is a vibrant modern city offering a wealth of waterways, museums, abundant food offerings, and so much more. The city is famous for its Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Remember to check it when you come to Philly.
And the best ways to explore them all is on bikes. Philadelphia is quickly becoming one of the most bike-friendly big cities in the country with dedicated bike lanes on city streets, hundreds of miles of trails and a growing number of bicycle commuters. In fact, Philadelphia has more than 435 miles of bike lanes. With the April 2015 launch of Indego, the city’s first bike-sharing program, Philadelphia’s love of cycling is going to grow fast. Riders have plenty of scenic trails to enjoy, including the gorgeous 26-mile Schuylkill River Trail along the waterfront, and there is even a boardwalk that lets you ride over the Schuylkill River. Of the ten biggest cities in the nation, Philadelphia has the largest number of bicycle commuters per capita.
Philadelphia is waiting for your next ride. Let’s explore the city with your best bicycle.
When to go
In Philadelphia, you can acutely experience four seasons. While winter is blistering cool, summer is boiling, and spring and fall are may be the best time of the year in the city.
If you are planning to visit Philadelphia, we recommend you should avoid traveling during summer since this is the peak time when attractions are filled with crowds of visitors, families with kids looking for educational places while the youngsters are off school. Also, the accommodation's price rates are high during this time of year.
The weather in winter is not so good for cycling either unless you love the bitter. But if you patiently wait a little longer till spring and fall, you can save more money and gain more chances to see amazing views. With stunning sights of the cherry blossom in spring and beautiful changing-color leaves in fall, together with fine weather and reasonable accommodation's price rate, not to mention fewer crowds, your bike trip in Philadelphia can never be better!
All the info
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Where to stay
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Bike Stores and rental
Getting there and away
SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority)
- Regional Rail: Bikes are prohibited on weekday trains arriving at 30th Street, Market East, or Suburban Stations between 6 – 9:30 AM, and prohibited on weekday trains departing those Philadelphia stations between 4 - 6:30 PM.
- Subway-Elevated and Rt. 100: No bikes between 6-9 AM and 3-6 PM.
- Bus: All buses have bike racks. Full-size bicycles are not allowed inside buses.
- Trolleys: No full-size bicycles permitted at any time.
*Note: folding bikes are permitted on all vehicles, but crowding may restrict their acceptance.
- Rail: 2 bikes per car. Bikes are allowed at all times on the Atlantic City Line and the RiverLINE. There are time and holiday restrictions on the Northeast Corridor Line. Folding bikes allowed at all times.
- Bus: Local buses have bike racks, while long-distance buses store bikes in the luggage compartment. No bikes, including folding bikes, are allowed inside buses.
- 2 bikes per car, no time restrictions except during times of special construction projects.
- Hold bikes in doorways on the non-platform side of the train.
- Folding bikes allowed at all times
- Amtrak has a program that allows unboxed bicycles on select Amtrak Trains for a fee. We expect that additional trains will allow bikes in the future, as new Amtrak equipment is designed & purchased.
- Folding bikes are allowed in lieu of one piece of luggage.
- Many rail transit stations have bicycle parking of varying quality. Contact the appropriate transit agency for details, or ask the community on our Biking the Suburbs Facebook group.
Ben Franklin Bridge
- Walkway open to bicycles and pedestrians 6 AM – 8 PM; open until 9 PM from May-September.
- During inclement weather, the bridge walkway may be closed.
Tacony Palmyra Bridge
- The sidewalk is open 24 hours weather permitting.
- You are required to walk your bicycle across.
Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (Trenton and farther north)
- Most bridges require you to walk across.
- Bicycles and pedestrians not allowed on Lower Trenton (US-1), Scudder Falls (I-95) and US 202 Bridges.