Would you like to bike through the heart of Philadelphia surrounded by bicyclists instead of cars? Check out the three loops that range from a laid-back family-friendly route on car-free streets to a challenging 35-mile option on shared roads (Download the outer loop Cue Sheet).
10 Mile Car-Free Route
Bike Philly starts at the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum and proceeds down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Riders are taken along a closed, car-free route through Center City Philadelphia that passes through Chinatown and Old City. Riders pass by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Gloria Dei "Old Swedes" Church, and The Shambles at Headhouse Square. Riders then return to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway before entering Fairmount Park and pass along the Philadelphia Zoo. Riders can then choose to continue on to 20 and 35 mile routes or return the the Finish Line Festival at the Art Museum Steps and Eakins Oval. Click here to check out the route!
20 Mile Car-Free Route
Riders who choose to do the longer route continue to enjoy car-free streets in Fairmount Park. Riders follow the Schuylkill River, cross the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and continue up to Mount Pleasant Mansion, where riders rest and enjoy refreshments. After leaving the Mount Pleasant rest stop, riders continue through Fairmount Park, until Strawberry Mansion Bridge where the 35 mile loops break off to explore the Main Line on shared roads. The 20 mile riders continue on MLK Drive, before joining the festivities at the Finish Line Festival. Click here to look at the route!
35 Mile Extension on Shared Roads
The 35 mile extension of Bike Philly takes you across the Strawberry Mansion Bridge, and through Overbrook and into Wynnewood, Ardmore, and Haverford. Along the way, you see the Chamounix Mansion, ride on City Line Avenue, and past the Barnes Foundation. The turnaround point, with rest stop, is at the Haverford School. On your return trip to Eakins Oval, riders will pass Saint Charles Seminary, the Please Touch Museum, and Memorial Hall. Thumbnail map below (larger version) or click here to check out the route!You can also download the cue sheet or pick it up at Eakins Oval Sunday morning).