In a city built well before the advent of the automobile, what better way to learn about the ways preservation and adaptive reuse of neighborhood buildings and landmarks can positively impact communities than via bicycle? With our flat streetscape, scenic neighborhoods, and narrow and navigable streets, Philly is becoming a stellar cycling city.
The tour will visit three sites where our guides and hosts will explain the factors that led to their rehabilitation, their continued benefits to the neighborhood, and what can be done to encourage preservation-based development.
The group will meet at the Indego bike share station at Welcome Park (191 South 2nd Street). We'll cruise through Society Hill - a neighborhood largely saved from traditional urban renewal in the mid 20th century through grassroots campaigning and public-private partnerships.
We'll then head down to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bok Technical High School - an awesome 8-story Art Deco former high school that is currently being repurposed for collaborative working space. Talk with the developers about the new space and the challenges they've faced with community support.
The tour will finish with a ride up Passyunk Avenue - where small commercial square-footage has been instrumental to neighborhood revival. We'll end at Triangle Tavern where conversation about all the reasons we love our Philly buildings can continue - with a drink in hand. And for our Indego riders, there is a docking station one block from the bar!
We encourage all riders to wear a helmet and we will be following all traffic laws as we make our way through the city. Not an experienced rider? No worries - we'll briefly review some urban riding basics when we get started and we'll take an easy pace so we can all comfortably ride as a group.
Society Hill; Bok Technical School; Passyunk Avenue
South Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA