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Getting To Philly Free Streets Car-Free

By Sam Klugherz

Bicyclists and skateboarders at Philly Free Streets

Photo courtesy of the City of Philadelphia’s Managing Director’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems.

Philly Free Streets is this Saturday, August 3rd from 8am to 1pm along North Broad Street. No cars will be allowed on the 4 mile stretch of the road from Arch Street up to Erie Avenue, allowing for cycling, running, walking, playing, and more activities on the road. The Bicycle Coalition will be hosting a station where you can learn about bike safety in the Vision Zero Safety Zone near Glenwood Avenue. To read more about our programming, in addition to other programming along Broad Street, check out our blog post from last week

Thanks to the extensive public transit network throughout the Philadelphia area, and the central location of the event, accessing Philly Free Streets is easy and this public transit guide will help you get there. Because there is no formal start or stop point, Philly Free Streets can be reached at any point on the car-free North Broad segment. There are also Indego bike corrals at multiple points, which are mentioned below. (Use code INDESPIN19 to purchase one month of an Indego30 pass for only $10 or $4 for an Indego Access Pass.)

Subway

The Broad Street Subway Line is your direct connection to Philly Free Streets. Bikes are allowed on all subways on Saturday, and these are the stations on North Broad with elevator access to easily bring your bike to the street level:

  • Race-Vine (Indego Bike Corral at Broad/Arch St)
  • Spring Garden
  • Girard (Indego Bike Corral)
  • Cecil B. Moore/Temple (Indego Bike Corral at Broad/Oxford St)
  • North Philadelphia
  • Allegheny

You can reach the event from the Market-Frankford Line as well. 13th St Station has elevator access to Market Street and is one block from Philly Free Streets. 

SEPTA Frequent Service Bus Routes

There are many bus routes that connect to Broad Street. Of those, four of them are SEPTA “15 MAX” Routes with service every 15 minutes or less that cross Broad Street:

  • Route 23 parallels Broad St along Germantown Ave
  • Route 3 on CB Moore
  • Route 56 on Erie Ave
  • Route 60 on Allegheny Ave

Each bus can hold two bikes at a time. Check out the SEPTA Website for information on loading a bike onto a bus bike rack.

PATCO High Speed Line

Bikes are allowed at all times. There is elevator access at the 15th/16th and Locust Station. If you want to use Indego, get off at 12/13th Locust where an Indego Station is located at the corner of 13th and Locust.

SEPTA Regional Rail

You can take any Regional Rail train to Jefferson Station. Two bikes are allowed per car (most trains on weekends are two car trains). Jefferson Station has easier elevator access to the street, and is only four blocks from Philly Free Streets.

NJ TRANSIT

Atlantic City Line – Two bikes per car are allowed on the Atlantic City Line to 30th Street Station (most trains are 3 or 4 car trains). The Indego Station closest to 30th Street Station is at 29th and Market St. Tickets can be purchased on your smartphone with the NJ Transit App.

RiverLINE – If you live in New Jersey and want to cross over the Ben Franklin Bridge on your bike, take the RiverLINE to Cooper St/Rutgers Station in Camden which is two blocks from the bridge ramp.

Amtrak 

Folding bikes allowed on all trains. Full size bikes on certain trains for a $20 fee. Take any train to 30th St and pick up an Indego Bike at 29th and Market.

BIKE

And then you can bike! Check out our on-street bike map below, and the Indego bike corrals at multiple points.

(Use code INDESPIN19 to purchase one month of an Indego30 pass for only $10 or $4 for an Indego Access Pass.)

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