Cycling in Philadelphia

Growing cycling infrastructure and a terrain composed of gentle rolling hills (offering brilliant views of the skyline for those cyclists that get to the top!) make Philadelphia a perfect city to discover from the seat of a bicycle. For nature-lovers, the Delaware River and Valley Forge both boast excellent bike trails.

Cycle Paths/Routes:

Philadelphia is beginning to install some highly anticipated protected bike lanes, with Chestnut St in West Philly serving as a pilot in 2017. In Spring 2018 the city is installing protected bike lanes on the busy parallel streets Market St and JFK Blvd in Center City (west of City Hall), making it easier for cyclists to get from West Philly or the Schuylkill River Trail to City Hall. The city continues to expand the Schuylkill River Trail, current flowing uninterrupted from Manayunk to South Philadelphia. In February 2018 the south end of the trail was extended several blocks past its previous terminus at the South Street Bridge. Connecting the trail to Bartram's Gardens and the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is still several years away, and represents a crucial piece of the East Coast Greenway project.

Attractions/sights accessible by bicycle from the city centre:

From Center City the Schuylkill River Trail can take you to the Art Museum, Fairmount Park, Manayunk, and eventually Valley Forge Historic Park (about 22 miles).

Traffic:

Medium

Landscape:

Some Hills

Bicycle theft:

Happens occasionally

Cycling at night:

Most streets are well lit

Read more about bicycles on public transport in Philadelphia

Take a guided bike tour in Philadelphia