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Eagles Parade Bicycle Detours, Explained

The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl on Sunday, and on Thursday the City of Philadelphia will hold a Victory Parade to celebrate the win.

The parade is planned from Broad and Pattison in South Philadelphia to the Art Museum in Center City.

With the Eagles Parade bringing throngs of revelers to Center City and South Philly on Thursday, SEPTA Regional Rail and PATCO will be running limited one-way services on Thursday. It sounds counterintuitive but the agencies have reasoned that restricting service is much better scenario than breaking down.

As part of those restrictions, bicycle access will be curtailed as well. No bikes on Regional Rail, Market Frankford El and the Broad Street Subway.

PATCO will not allow bikes until the parade crowds disperse and regular service resumes (projected to be around 7:30PM). Bikes are permitted on all SEPTA and NJ TRANSIT buses as well as the Atlantic City Line which is running extra train service.

It’s going to sunny but brisk, dress in layers, cover your ears and neck with a gaiter and you’re ready to go. Our map below will help you navigate around the City on a bike, click on the legend tab to activate the bike share layer.

And while the parade is going on, before it, and after it, there will be all sorts of road closures and transportation delays around Philadelphia. Here’s what’s going on, according to a recent email from the City:

BICYCLE LANE DETOURS: During the parade, several bicycle lanes along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Broad Street, and streets in the vicinity will be inaccessible. Cyclists are advised to use caution when traveling in the area.

There will be no access to the Schuylkill River Trail from the rear of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Thursday, February 8th. Westbound travel on the Schuylkill Trail will terminate at Paine Skate Park.

The Ben Franklin Bridge South Walkway will be open as usual from 6AM – 8PM

Numerous streets will also be closed to all traffic. Here is the information on that:

-Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 16th Street and 20th Street (including Logan Circle)
-17th Street between Arch Street and Vine Street
-18th Street between Arch Street and Vine Street
-19th Street between Arch Street and Vine Street
-Race Street between 20th Street and Logan Circle
-20th Street between Race Street and Callowhill Street
-Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval (all lanes)
-21st Street between Spring Garden Street and Winter Street
-Local access to Pennsylvania Avenue only (all traffic must turn left)
-22nd Street between Spring Garden Street and Race Street
-Local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)
-23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
-Local access only as conditions allow
-24th Street between Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Park Towne Place
-Park Towne Place between 22nd Street and 24th Street
-Local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)
-Pennsylvania Avenue/Callowhill Street between 20th Street and 21st Street
-Local access to Barnes Foundation driveway (westbound) only
-Eastbound open from 21st Street
-Spring Garden Street between 22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
-Local access only as conditions allow
-Spring Garden Tunnel
-Waterworks Drive
-I-676 westbound 22nd Street off-ramp
-2000 Winter Street
-Kelly Drive between Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Strawberry Mansion Drive
-Martin Luther King Drive between Eakins Oval and Montgomery Drive
-Spring Garden Street Bridge at 31st Street
-Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive
-25th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Kelly Drive

Several Regional Rail lines will be shut down for the parade.

Here’s the information SEPTA and PATCO have put out:

The following stations will be open, although additional closures are possible depending on crowds:

Market-Frankford Line: Frankford Transportation Center, Arrott Transportation Center, Erie-Torresdale, Allegheny, Huntingdon, Girard, 2nd Street, 8th Street, 13th Street, 30th Street, 40th Street, 46th Street, 52nd Street, 60th Street and 69th Street Transportation Center.

Broad Street Line: Fern Rock Transportation Center, Olney Transportation Center, Wyoming, Erie, North Philadelphia, Cecil B. Moore, Girard, Race-Vine, Walnut-Locust, Ellsworth-Federal, Snyder and AT&T.

PATCO High Speed Line; Special Ticketing Paid in Advance
Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Ave, Broadway, 9th-10th Locust (No Bicycles allowed on trains until 7:3o PM)

Regional Rail Service to Select Stations Only; Passes Required 

Regional Rail service will operate to-and-from selected stations. Service to Center City will be available via Jefferson and 30th Street Stations, which are a short walk from the parade route. There will be no service at Suburban, University City or Temple University stations. Below are the outlying stations that will be open on each line:

-Airport Line: Eastwick, Terminals A, B, C/D and E/F. Hourly service throughout the day.
-Chestnut Hill East Line: Chestnut Hill East and Wyndmoor.
-Chestnut Hill West Line: No train service. Customers can use Chestnut Hill East.

-Cynwyd Line: No train service.
-Fox Chase Line: Fox Chase Station.
-Lansdale/Doylestown Line: Doylestown, Lansdale, Pennbrook, Ambler, Fort Washington and Jenkintown-Wyncote.
-Manayunk/Norristown Line: Elm Street, Norristown Transportation Center, Conshohocken.
-Media/Elwyn Line: Elwyn, Media and Primos.
-Paoli/Thorndale Line: Thorndale, Whitford, Exton, Paoli and Ardmore.
-Trenton Line: Trenton, Croydon and Cornwells Heights.
-Warminster Line: Warminster and Jenkintown-Wyncote.
-West Trenton Line: West Trenton, Woodbourne, Langhorne, Philmont and Jenkintown-Wyncote.
-Wilmington/Newark Line: Wilmington, Marcus Hook and Ridley Park.

There you go. If you’re riding a bicycle to the parade on Thursday, be sure to know beforehand which streets will be open, and which closed. It could save you a headache. Additionally, if you live in Northwest Philadelphia, or anywhere along the Schuylkill River Trail, your best bet is definitely to ride your bicycle into the City for the parade.

Since the Schuylkill River Trail is closed behind the Art Museum, your best bet will be to lock up along the Trail (perhaps near Boathouse Row), or get off the and become a pedestrian at Fairmount Avenue.

The Regional Rail trains that are actually running will likely be slow, delayed, and crowded, and, nevertheless, bicycles are not allowed on SEPTA or PATCO trains on Thursday.

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10 comments on “Eagles Parade Bicycle Detours, Explained

  1. Brian Reply

    kelly dr will be closed thursday from strawberry mansion to art museum, but will it be open to bike traffic?

  2. Pat Reply

    I’m confused it says SRT will be closed behind museum what’s best way to ride in from say Manayunk

  3. Eric Reply

    Hopefully someone with info can reply to these comments. I was also thinking of finding parking somewhere below Manayunk and take the trail in. I understand it will be closed to a point behind the museum but where and does that mean it will be closed to foot traffic? Figure you could lock up bike and still walk in on trail through Boathouse Row.

  4. Randy LoBasso Reply

    Brian: Per the blog, the Schuylkill River Trail will be closed beginning at the Art Museum. Best route may be Fairmount Avenue bike lanes.

    Pat: You can still ride in from Manayunk. Maybe check out Fairmount Avenue bike lanes.

    Eric: Yes, the Schuylkill River Trail’s closing means it will be closed to bike and foot traffic. If you want to park in Manayunk, you should take the trail as far as the Art Museum, then get off and ride on the streets. You could also lock up on Boathouse Row, for sure.

  5. Jackie Reply

    Does anyone know will there be extra bike racks at Boathouse Row or anywhere else in the city?

    • Randy LoBasso Reply

      As far as we know, there won’t be extra bike racks. We will try to confirm though.

  6. Dave Brindley Reply

    Will pedestrians be able to cross the Spring Garden Bridge? Can we walk our bikes? Thanks!

  7. Becca Reply

    Wait it says MLK Dr. and Kelly Dr. will be closed to cars *and* bike traffic? That can’t be right. I really wish they would give a better description for cyclists since a LOT of people will probably choose to ride in from Northwest Philly. Will we be able to ride/walk our bikes over the MLK bridge and access the SRT at the skatepark? Can someone (anyone) please give us some more details? Thanks!

    • Randy LoBasso Reply

      The streets will be closed. You will be able to ride your bike on the sidepath. Honestly, not sure if you will be able to access the skatepark. The trail behind the PMA is closed and the SRT is closed completely beyond the skatepark.

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