Chinese Friendship Gate (13 min)
The colorful, 40-foot Chinese Friendship Gate marks the entrance to the Chinatown neighborhood. Chinatown features eclectic shops, festivals and events and wide selection of authentic Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai and Burmese cuisine. The brightly painted arch follows the traditional Qing Dynasty style, and was created in part with engineers and artisans from China using tiles from Philadelphia’s sister city, Tianjin.
Follow this route down 12th Street - there’s a bike lane!
Eastern State Penitentiary (12 min)
Eastern State Penitentiary’s soaring, castle-like Gothic architecture and reputation for solitary confinement are iconic. Tours of the prison include a look at life inside the prison’s historic cell blocks, Al Capone’s restored 19th-century cell, stories of escapes, and incredible art installations. Don’t forget to check out the Halloween favorite “Terror Behind the Walls” tours too! Fun fact: The 11-acre prison had central heat, running water and flush toilets before the White House!
This route takes you down 15th Street, with sharrows on the road, and then onto Fairmount Ave., which has a bike lane!
Greensgrow Urban Farm (14 min)
Greensgrow is an urban farm, nursery, and farm stand. Whether you’re looking for some new plants to liven up your apartment, searching for your next dinner ingredient, or simply looking for a green oasis in the big city, Greensgrow is worth the trip. The farm has proven that abandoned urban land can not only be reclaimed, but can also be returned to the neighborhood as a valuable asset. Find your fruits and veggies, naturally raised eggs and poultry, locally baked breads and baked goods, artisanal cheeses and other items produced locally by local farms, from which Greensgrow regularly buys.
This route takes you straight down Berks street - with a bike lane most of the way!