The Pope is Coming – Ride Your Bike!

On the weekend of September 26th and 27th Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. The City of Philadelphia and the US Secret Service are working with numerous transportation agencies to coordinate plans to move with the projected crowds who will be attending the Pope’s public appearances.

With motorized traffic and transit access severely curtailed we believe that the bicycle will the best way to get around Central Philadelphia. Most streets within the traffic box will become “Open Streets” nearly free of automobile traffic, allowing people on foot and bicycle to enjoy cleaner air and a quieter urban environment.

We created the Papal Visit bike map to give you the information you need to travel to and through the City on bicycle.


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Information Details

Bike Rental

Fairmount Bicycles – Fairmount

Firth and Wilson – Fishtown

Human Zoom – Manayunk

PHEW (Philly Electric Wheels) – Mt. Airy

Zippy’s/Erlton Bikes (Online Rental Only) – Cherry Hill Pickup

Bike and Transit Access

SEPTA Buses: Bicycles allowed on Bus Racks (Bus Detour Info)

SEPTA Trains and Trolleys: No Bikes 9/26-9/27.

PATCO: No Bikes – 9/26-9/27

NJ TRANSIT Atlantic City Line and Buses to/from Camden: No Bikes 9/24-9/27

NJ TRANSIT RiverLINE: No Bikes 9/26-9/27

Riverlink Ferry: No Bikes 9/26-9/27

Bike to Train Stations – Link to Google Bike Directions by clicking on the train station icons.

SEPTA station maps with bike rack availability are located here.

Open Bike Shops

Coming Soon

Bike Share Info

Indego Station status is listed here. Some stations will be closed and a some will offer expanded corral service during certain hours.

Pedicab Services

Velo-Ride Pedicabs will service the non-secure areas of the Festival Zone.

Park and Bike Locations

Check the Park and Bike box in the map layers key

Suggested Bike Routes

To view check the Suggested On Road Bike Routes box in the map layers key

The Schuylkill River Trail will be closed between Brewery Hill Rd (Girard) and Chestnut St. Use suggested bike routes to get to Center City.

Crossing the Delaware

Ben Franklin Bridge – Bridge open to bicycles and pedestrians 6AM 9/26 to 6AM 9/28. 3 westbound lanes set aside for bikes and pedestrians, travel will be only one way during peak travel times. Walk your bicycle at all times.

New – Tacony Palmyra Bridge (Best Route) – North sidewalk is closed!

No Bikes on PATCO or the RiverLINK Ferry 9/26-9/27

If you would like to comment on the map or provide bike info for your business please email us.

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