Where to Ride
There a dozens of fantastic places to ride in the greater Philadelphia region. Whether you prefer to bike along trails or streets, there is a place for you! If biking to and from work doesn't fit in your life, try biking on neighborhood errands or just take your bike out for a spin.
If you would rather bike along a more scenic route, Philadelphia has some spectacular places to ride. The Circuit Trails are a vast regional network of hundreds of miles of multi-use trails that is growing in size each year. The Circuit connects urban, suburban, and rural communities across the Greater Philadelphia Area and will eventually reach 750 miles in length.
On GoPhillyGo.org, you can explore the Circuit Trails as well as other bike lanes. GoPhillyGo.org is a mobile, multimodal trip planning website for the Greater Philadelphia Area. Developed with state-of-the-art open source mapping technology, this site makes it easy for users to plan their routes through multimodal methods — combining biking + walking + public transportation within one trip — to go anywhere within the greater Philadelphia area. GoPhillyGo provides detailed bike directions. Riders can opt for faster, safer, or flatter routes and augment their routes with the drag-and-drop feature.
Regardless of what kind of ride you're looking for, GoPhillyGo.org has you covered. New destinations are added all of the time, so check back often!
If you don't have a bike, find the nearest Indego station by downloading the free Indego app! The official Indego app allows you to check bike and dock availability, find Indego electric bikes, purchase a pass, and contact customer service for help in real-time.
For more ideas on where to ride, check out Indego’s new Neighborhood Ride Guides! These guides include information on bike routes, destinations, neighborhood resources, and more.
LOOKING FOR THE LEAST STRESSFUL BIKE ROUTE?
Sign up for Ruti the DVRPC's text-message based bike route planning tool. You text Ruti, with you start and end locations and they will text you back directions and a map using their knowledge of street stress to direct you to the least stressful bike route.
LOOKING FOR A CHALLENGE?
Try biking 23 miles on the Schuylkill River Trail from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Valley Forge National Historic Park. If one way is enough for you, you can return by SEPTA Regional Rail from the Norristown Train Station. Here is the trip planned for you on GoPhillyGo.org. There are dozens of other bike-accessible destinations listed there, too!
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SOCIAL?
We’re extremely fortunate to live in an area that has so much to offer, and when we get out of our cars and onto our bikes we experience them at a gentler pace and scale. There are so many social rides, of many skill levels, active now in our region. Here are a few places to start looking. Check out these websites, subscribe to their eNewsletters, or follow their social media to learn more and to stay up-to-date on rides.
The following organizations organize rides that are, generally for all levels, but geared more towards the leisurely pace and ensure no rider is left behind (no-drop):
The following are more loosely organized social cycling groups who regularly or occasionally organize rides. Many of the rides are free:
- Women Bike PHL
- Night Cycle Philly
- Philly Full Moon Bike Ride
- Open Ride PHL
- Philly Naked Bike Ride
Many bike shops organize shop rides, like Fairmount Bicycles and Human Zoom Bikes & Boards, offer weekly or monthly rides. Bike shops tend to focus on higher level riding. Here is a short list of bike shops provided by BCGP. Check out their websites and Facebook pages for rides and events
Bicycle clubs, like The Bicycle Club of Philadelphia and Pedal Posse Divas, regularly offer rides of varying levels and lengths. You can find an extensive list of Greater Philadelphia Area cycling clubs here. Peruse their websites, check out their social media accounts, and feel free to reach out to any club. Keep in mind that some bike clubs ask you to join after a certain number of rides.
WHERE TO GET MORE INFORMATION
For additional information on riding in and around Philadelphia, contact anyone on the Philly Love to Ride Team: