Philadelphia is known for many things – American history, Rocky and cheese steaks, but one thing that often goes overlooked is Philadelphia as a cycling city. With the arrival of a (very successful) bike sharing program, the expansion of multi-use trails in parks, and the development of bike lanes on city streets has come a growing and enthusiastic community of cyclists in Philadelphia. I’ve been living in Philadelphia for about ten years and have been biking in Philly for six of those years. Once I started riding, I quickly realized all of the reasons why Philadelphia is such an awesome place to ride your bike – it’s a relatively flat city, there are great bike lanes on the streets and trails in the parks, plus there are so many amazing places to bike to and explore.
In Bianca’s Bike Tours I’m passing along some of what I’ve learned about urban cycling and riding to some of my favorite places in Philly. With the magic of a GoPro attached to my bike and helmet, you’ll get to see a little of what it’s like to ride a bike through Philadelphia.
If you decide to set out on your own “bike tour” through Philadelphia, here are the top five things I recommend packing for your ride:
2. Plenty of water
3. A reliable bike lock
4. Bicycle lights (front, back, and tire spokes)