One Trail, Four Ways: 4 Lovely Bike Rides Along the SRT (With Maps!)

Illustration by Sunny Eckerle

It’s no secret the Schuylkill River Trail is a local gem. In 2015, USA Today named the snaking path, with more than 60 miles of completed trail, the “Best Urban Trail in America.” And that was before two new bridges crossing the river—the Manayunk Trail Bridge and Sullivan’s Bridge—popped up alongside it, connecting it to even more trails in the area. Been a while since you explored? Here are four glorious bike routes along the SRT, all starting and ending at Boathouse Row’s Lloyd Hall. Time to dust off that Schwinn.

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The August Blues Are Real: 10 Outdoor Activities You Need to Tackle Before Summer Ends

Guys, we hate to break it to you, but we’ve only got one month left of summer (the last day of summer is September 22nd). But let’s be real: Summer really comes to a close for many of us around Labor Day. And as Science of Us reports, for some of us, August feels like a full month of the Sunday blues: If summer isn’t your jam, you’re anxiously waiting for the sweaty, long days to end, and if summer is your happy place, you’re getting bummed that this time is coming to a close. Either way, you likely feel guilty about not making the most of the past three months, because if there is any time when using the hashtag #livingmybestlife is acceptable, it’s summertime (and probably involves a floaty swan).

So, to help you avoid wallowing in the August blues, we’ve created a checklist of items that will keep your mind and body busy. Below, 10 activities you need to check off of your summertime bucket list before the season comes to a close.

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Cyclists, Rejoice: The Ben Franklin Bridge Is Getting a Major Upgrade

It’s been a good couple of years for pedestrian-and-bike bridges and walkways around these parts: We got the Manayunk Bridge, then Sullivan’s Bridge, both of which connect runners, pedestrians and cyclists to more trails across the Schuylkill. And the good news keeps coming: The folks at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia announced on their blog earlier this week that the Delaware River Port Authority has approved a contract for the construction of a new ramp for pedestrians and cyclists on the Camden end of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

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Delran Police Want Wheelie Kids to Stop “Swerving”

bikers, bikes, wheelies, wheelie kids

Photo by Andrey Marshak via Wikimedia Commons

You’ve probably seen kids popping wheelies as they cruise city roads, sometimes where they might not belong (like on I-676).

Maybe you like the so-called wheelie kids (who, in Philly, are often affiliated with a group called One Way). Maybe you find their tricks impressive and admire the way they claim the streets. Or maybe you think a bunch of kids biking in the road is just plain dangerous – especially if they’re swerving into traffic.

The Delran Township Police Department in South Jersey clearly falls into the last camp, having just announced that it will crack down on “the new fad of ‘swerving,'” i.e. bikers “intentionally swerving into the paths of vehicles and pedestrians.”
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Yes, Please: Bike the SRT to Camp, Do Yoga, Eat Farm-to-Table Food and Drink Beer By Campfire

Bikeout 2016 | Photo courtesy Bikeout 

Back in April, we told you all that the guys behind Philly’s “bike camping adventure” Bikeout, which debuted last year, had set a date for 2017: Saturday, September 9th to Sunday, September 10th. At the time, we just had a few details: Like last year, riders would start around the Art Museum, at Lloyd Hall, and bike the Schuylkill River Trail 38 miles out to the small farm Sankanac CSA at CampHill Village Kimberton Hills, outside of Phoenixville, for a night of camping and more fun. But now, we’ve got details on all the programming for the weekend — and it looks awesome.

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Disgruntled SRT User Hangs Comically Passive Aggressive Banner

You can see the fence poking out on the trail above | Photo via Flickr user tehshadowbat

There’s a sinkhole on the Schuylkill River Trail by the Chestnut Street Bridge that’s been fenced off for a good chunk of time now. This is annoying for a number of reasons, but mostly because it limits the trail available to runners, cyclists and walkers, causing congestion. And yesterday, a photo of a disgruntled trail user’s efforts to call out the claims that the hole is “under construction” and will be fixed, well, anytime soon, appeared on Reddit. It is impressively passive aggressive and also kind of hilarious.

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12 Reasons We Are So Stinkin’ Excited for Warm Weather in Philly

SUP Yoga at Spruce Street Harbor Park | Photo via Facebook

Springtime finally seems to have shown up, and we couldn’t be happier here in Be Well Philly Land. Below, 12 reasons we are so (so, so, SO) excited for warm weather in Philly. Read up, then start planning your delightful 70-degrees-and-sunny Saturday. Read more »

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