Security Barriers Make Moving Around Difficult in Pope Zone

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Fencing constructed out of metal bike racks for security purposes along the parade route Pope Francis is expected to take Saturday evening in Philadelphia made movement difficult in some areas.

Bike-rack barricades restricted people to sidewalks on either side of 16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, making it near impossible to cross the street at any point along the route.

Following the pontiff's morning Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, security barriers on 16th Street south of the Parkway created a bottleneck for about an hour, where hordes of people were at a near-standstill trying to make their way south.


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A family with a child in a wheelchair got stuck in the crowd and begged a bartender at an outdoor tent outside Tir Na Nog to let them through the tent so they could get out of the crowd.

"She's going to get hurt," a woman said. The bartender obliged and slid aside one of the beer coolers to accommodate the family.

Difficulty moving has been a common struggle for disabled residents and visitors to the city due to security measures taken for the papal visit.

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