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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.

No matter what reason you are in town for the unique traffic patterns for this event offer a great opportunity to try Indego bike share (no surge pricing here). You should have plenty of room to bike on parts of Kelly Drive, MLK Drive and JFK Boulevard as they will be closed to cars. There will be no cross town traffic between City Hall and Pattison although you will probably have to wait to cross Broad (consider going walking your bike in the concourse under Broad St between Chestnut and Locust).

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.

John Boyle


John has been a commuting cyclist for more than 20 years. In 1994 he began working as a volunteer for the Bicycle Coalition of the Delaware Valley after attending a volunteer night, and later served as a board member in 1997-98. In 1999 John left Philadelphia for Charlottesville, VA, where he helped establish the Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation (ACCT), a bicycle and walking advocacy group.

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