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Note: This report originally appeared in our Members Only Email on 7/14

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce held a special briefing by the City of Philadelphia on the Democratic National Convention this morning—where members of the city government spoke about what people and businesses can expect from July 25-28. We were there and specifically asked what bicyclists should expect.

The biggest takeaway: Due to a heavy influx of people in our city (perhaps up to 100,000 visitors), the city government is encouraging more bicycle use during the DNC. They expect about 50,000 delegates and visitors to Philadelphia, likely beginning on July 22, and up until Friday, July 29. Between 35,000 and 50,000 protestors will also be arriving in the city for demonstrations throughout the week.

From Left to right: Emergency Manager Sam Phillips, First Deputy Managing Director Brian Apernathy, and Jordan Schwartz of the 2016 Host Committee at Chamber of Commerce on July 14

From Left to right: Emergency Management Director Sam Phillips, First Deputy Managing Director Brian Apernathy, and Jordan Schwartz of the 2016 Host Committee

The convention itself will take place at the Wells Fargo Center at night, with delegates holding meetings in the Convention Center throughout the day. Unlike the Pope Visit last fall, there is no space that will be completely free of motor vehicle traffic.

Additionally, organizers and the city is discouraging people from driving their cars in the city during that week, given the amount of people and demonstrations happening.

One thing to keep in mind: Delegates will be traveling by bus throughout the city, from their hotels to the Wells Fargo Center, all week. Be prepared for more buses than usual on the streets, making frequent stops.

There is an unofficial ride down Broad Street on Wednesday, July 27.

For more information, and where to find a bike share station near Broad Street, click here.

Stay tuned for more information about bicycling during the DNC…

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