Here are some key times and locations for Saturday’s Philly Free Streets — the City of Philadelphia’s people-powered initiative that creates 10 car-free miles for people to walk, bike and play.
8am: Press Conference/Ribbon Cutting: Second and South Streets
After ribbon cutting, Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis will officially open Philly Free Streets by leading a bike ride.
8:45am: Photo Shoots with City Representative Sheila Hess and Ben Franklin, at 2nd and South Streets
9am: Mayor Kenney leads a mile-long power walk from 2nd and South Streets.
9am: Group Run with November Project: Meet at the Art Museum steps for 2-mile run to the Philly Free Streets programming in West Fairmount Park.
9am: High-energy Strength, Conditioning, & Cardio Boot Camp, a 45-minute fully interactive, high-energy strength, conditioning and cardio boot camp. Meet on the MLK Drive and just south of Strawberry Mansion Bridge.
10:30am Join the stroll and roll to the Rec Fest, Carousel House Recreation Center, 4300 Avenue of the Republic
11am: Group Bike Ride with Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. Meet at Falls Bridge for a group bike ride to the Philly Free Streets’ community programs in West Fairmount Park (Sweet Briar Field).
11:30am: Group Bike Ride description – Meet the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia at Front & South for a group bike ride that takes you along the entire Philly Free Streets route, all the way to West Fairmount Park and back.
12 noon: Celebrity Stroll with Patti Jackson (WDAS Radio). Join Miss Patti Jackson, a stroke survivor, to stroll from the Philadelphia Museum of Art in celebration of Philly Free Streets.
Participants have a chance to win over 7,500 prizes and discounts by completing challenges, participating in activities, or exploring the City through our scavenger hunt. They can even get lost in the colorful chalk Mural Maze on MLK Drive, presented by Mural Arts, in the first parking lot south of Strawberry Mansion Bridge
There’s alsoyoga, Zumba dancing and even trampoline jumping. Go to phillyfreestreets.com for the full schedule on an interactive map. Attendees can download and participate using the Vea Fitness app, or by using a paper Prize Passport available at any info station along the Philly Free Streets route.
Led by the Managing Director’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS), Philly Free Streets temporarily creates a car-free environment, inviting people to walk, bike, and play. Philly Free Streets highlights the positive impacts that such active transportation has on public health, the environment, business, and the community. Snap Kitchen, Vea Fitness, AARP Pennsylvania, and Open Streets PHL are sponsors of the event.
The inaugural route will run from Front & South to the South Street Bridge, then on to the Schuylkill River Trail, into W. Fairmount Park and Parkside, then continuing on to MLK Drive to the Falls Bridge. In addition, streets in West Fairmount Park will be closed for activities.