Philly Free Streets Lands On North Broad Street This August

The busy thoroughfare closes to vehicular traffic and opens to walkers, runners and bikers for this giant event...

Lace up those sneakers, Philadelphia.

Philly Free Streets returns on Saturday, August 11 to provide walkers, runners and bikers with five vehicle-free hours on North Broad Street between City Hall and Erie Avenue.


  • Philly Free Streets takes place on Saturday, August 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • The eight-mile round trip route stretches between City Hall and Erie Avenue on North Broad Street.
  • The route is closed to vehicular traffic to allow walkers, runners and bikers to move about freely.
  • The event is free and open to the public.

Celebrating its third year in 2018, Philly Free Streets highlights Philadelphia’s walkability and promotes active transportation alternatives by shutting down major roadways to vehicular traffic and encouraging residents and visitors to walk, run and bike along the temporarily car-free thoroughfares.

Family biking during Philly Free Streets
(Photo by Visit Philadelphia)
This year, the Philly Free Streets route connects Center City to the heart of North Philadelphia via North Broad Street.

With a round-trip route that covers eight miles, this year’s event is even bigger than ever before. There is no formal starting point or finish line, so attendees can enter or exit at any point along the event footprint.

Participants can explore the vibrant neighborhoods the route runs through and easily check out local shops and businesses along the way. Organizers are partnering with community organizations and historic sites along North Broad Street to showcase the rich history of the area at the event as well.

In addition to empowering Philadelphia residents and visitors to engage in healthy activities, Philly Free Streets features programming for families and educational programming that explains how good street design promotes healthy communities and neighborhood livability.

Volunteering is a great way to get out there and experience Philly Free Streets! Interested volunteers can learn more here.

Make plans now to check out this awesome annual event!

Philly Free Streets 2018

When:Saturday, August 11, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where:N. Broad Street between City Hall and Erie Avenue



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