It’s May and that means it’s time to get riding for National Bike Month. Enjoying the benefits and excitement of cycling on trails or just around your neighborhood is easy with GoPhillyGo and our team wants to help you celebrate the joy of biking this month. Use the GoPhillyGo mobile site and Android app for easy biking, walking, and transit directions to parks, trails, and more!
Our friends at Love to Ride are celebrating Bike Month with their own month long challenge. Sign up for the Love to Ride Bike Month Challenge and log your rides for a chance to win cool prizes. In addition to the global Bike Month Challenge take part in weekly Philly specific challenges and share your biking adventures on social media with #BikeMonthPHL! This week’s challenge is to ride in one of the city's protected bike lanes. You can add the bike routes layer on GoPhillyGo to see all the bike lanes around the city and visit the Bicycle Coalition’s page to figure out which ones are protected. Don’t have a bike? Indego has 130 stations around the city, and is offering a discount monthly pass for $5. Click here to get an Indego pass.
Every time you ride, you help to reduce carbon emissions from transportation, so show your commitment to sustainability and take a ride this May. We made a list of some of our favorite places to ride, but visit GoPhillyGo to find even more exciting destinations across the region. Happy National Bike Month from GoPhillyGo.
John Heinz NWR
Looking for a diverse natural habitat to explore by bike? John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge has miles of unpaved trails leading through tidal marshland, meadows, forests, and around a lake. This enormous wildlife refuge straddles Delaware County and Southwest Philadelphia, and is home to a wide range of native and migratory species so bring your binoculars and look for birds like Great Egrets visiting from Florida.
Schuylkill and Perkiomen Confluence
Explore this trail crossing and nearby destinations including Valley Forge National Historical Park, John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, and others along the Schuylkill and Perkiomen Trails in Montgomery County. Use SEPTA bus route 125 to travel from Center City to Valley Forge Park to access the Schuylkill River Trail via the Sullivan Pedestrian Bridge.
Tacony Creek Trail
Ride through this amazing urban park in North Philadelphia and experience a natural habitat in one of the densest areas of the city. Enjoy 3.2 miles of paved greenway as you wind along the picturesque creek. Keep an eye out for hawks, herons, and other wildlife living in this important greenspace.
Cobbs Creek Trail
The new Cobbs Creek Trail extension between Island and Woodland Avenues pushes the total paved trail length to over 4 miles, including a safe passage through a narrow underpass. Ride above the creek and along the forest through West and Southwest Philadelphia.
Cooper River Trail
This 3.6 mile paved trail loops around the Cooper River and is also minutes from the Camden Waterfront and Ben Franklin Bridge. The Ferry Avenue, Collingswood, and Westmont PATCO stations are also nearby. Enjoy great skyline views from the Cuthbert Boulevard Bridge and use the trail to visit Gateway Park and Maria Barnaby-Pennypacker Park.