Bicycles Welcome on Ben Franklin Bridge During Pope Visit, Just Plan on Walking

People crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge during the weekend of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia will be able to bring their bikes, but they'll have to walk them across.

The Delaware River Port Authority said Wednesday that the list of prohibited items on the bridge and high-speed train line is the same as the Secret Service's list of prohibited items for the papal visit sites, except bikes will be allowed on the bridge as long as people don't ride them.

“We feel that it is prudent and appropriate to apply the same standards for prohibited items as the Secret Service,” said DRPA CEO John Hanson.

Banned items include selfie sticks, hard-sided coolers, and anything made of glass.

“We’ve opted to deviate slightly and make the exception for bikes on the bridge to accommodate bicycle riders who wish to participate in events or patronize businesses outside of the Ben Franklin Parkway and Independence Hall secured perimeters," said Hanson.

The bridge will close to vehicle traffic on Friday, Sept. 25, at 10 p.m. It will reopen to vehicles around noon the following Monday.

PATCO trains will provide service between Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue and Broadway stations to the Center City station in Philly. Bikes won't be allowed on trains and people with children must collapse strollers to ensure there is room on trains, said the DRPA.

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