Philadelphia’s weather forecast for Sunday, April 17, is sunny and warm. After a long, dreary winter, why not take advantage of the beautiful spring day and join the Chestnut Hill Business District, Friends of the Wissahickon, Chestnut Hill Historical Society and SEPTA to “Bike the Hill”?
Two bike tours are available at 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Participants and their bikes can board SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West (CHW) Line at Jefferson Station and travel to the tour starting points at Chestnut Hill West Station. SEPTA is adding cars to two of its regular CHW trains to accommodate up to 40 bikes per train – space for bikes is first come, first served. Those trains are scheduled to leave Jefferson Station at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. To better accommodate expected participants, please RSVP via the SEPTA Pass Perks Facebook Page.
Friends of the Wissahickon will lead the Forbidden Drive Bike Ride at 10:30 a.m. The Chestnut Hill Historical Society will lead the Mid-Century Architecture Guided Bike Tour beginning at noon. Tickets for the tours are required and cost $10 each. To purchase tickets, click here. To ride the train, participants must have a valid TrailPass, TransPass, One Day Independence Pass or ticket (round trip from Jefferson to Chestnut Hill West is $7.50).
Tour participants can complete their day with a stroll along Germantown Avenue and lunch at one of the Hill’s many great restaurants. Return trains with additional cars are scheduled to leave Chestnut Hill West at 1:43 p.m. and 3:21 p.m. Bikers can board another scheduled train from Chestnut Hill West or Chestnut Hill East Station, but those trains can only accommodate two bikes per train car.
The first 50 bikers get a SEPTA “Ride It” t-shirt. For more information, click here.