Tomorrow is 2019 Philly Free Streets #RunWithRadio1045Johnny

Hello runners! Here’s a special Friday edition of the #RunWithRadio1045Johnny Blog (normally, I post on Sunday morning, but I have to help my sister move this weekend, so planning ahead). Also, it would be kind of silly for me to post about 2019 Philly Free Streets on Sunday, as it is happening tomorrow (Saturday, August 3, 2019) from 8am to 1pm.

For the uninitiated, the City of Philadelphia will temporarily close streets to cars, which opens the streets to runners (and walkers and cyclists).

This year’s closure route covers North Broad Street (an 8 miles round trip from Arch to Butler), with no formal start or stop.If you’re looking to access, you are encouraged to join the route by taking SEPTA’s Broad Street Line anywhere between City Hall and Erie stations, or by getting off the Market-Frankford El at 15th Street.

Get more info at or follow ‘em on Twitter @PhillyFreeSts on Twitter.

Additionally, whether you’re participating or trying to avoid, here are the associated Road Closures & Impacts (directly from the official Press Release)

  • The 2019 Philly Free Streets North Broad Street route will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019. North Broad Street will be closed from John F. Kennedy Boulevard to Butler Street.
  • Select east-west streets will be open to vehicular traffic to cross North Broad Street. These streets are:
  • John F. Kennedy Boulevard
  • Arch Street
  • Vine Street (Eastbound Only)
  • Spring Garden Street
  • Ridge Avenue
  • Girard Avenue
  • Diamond Street
  • Lehigh Avenue
  • Allegheny Avenue
  • Erie Avenue
  • Butler Street
  • One-way streets that feed into the Philly Free Streets route will be controlled by Philadelphia Police and designated local access only. Additional closures may be implemented if needed in the interest of public safety.
  • North Broad Street and adjacent closures will be opened post-event as they are serviced and cleaned. All event-related road closures will be lifted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
  • Traffic delays can be expected during the course of event setup and on the date of the event. Some cross streets may be closed and detoured prior to 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019 due to public safety considerations. Motorists should avoid the area by using alternate routes, allow for extra driving time in areas near the event, and refrain from double-parking—which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.

Parking Restrictions

  • Parking restrictions on the Philly Free Streets route will begin at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Parking will be prohibited on both sides of North Broad Street between John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Butler Street. Additional parking restrictions include:
  • Arch Street from Juniper to Broad
  • Vine Street (Westbound) from 13th to 15th
  • Brandywine Street from 15th to Broad
  • Mount Vernon Street from Watts to Broad
  • Wallace Street from Watts to Broad
  • Fairmount Avenue from Broad to Ridge
  • Brown Street from Broad to Carlisle
  • Poplar Street from Watts to Carlisle
  • Stiles Street from Broad to Carlisle
  • Oxford Avenue from Park to Broad
  • Cecil B. Moore Avenue from Park to Broad
  • Montgomery Avenue from 13th to Broad
  • Susquehanna Avenue from Watts to Broad
  • Huntingdon Street from Broad to Carlisle
  • Glenwood Avenue from Cambria to Broad
  • Westmoreland Street from Park to Broad
  • Rising Sun Avenue from Watts to Broad
  • Germantown Avenue from Erie to Butler
  • Accommodations will be made for established loading and valet zones along the route.
  • All event-related parking restrictions will be lifted at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
  • Temporary No Parking Signs will be posted along the Philly Free Streets route beginning on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Vehicles parked in restricted locations after 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3 will be towed. If you believe that your vehicle has been towed in connection with Philly Free Streets, please contact the local police district for confirmation.

Public Transportation

  • SEPTA is a convenient, affordable way for event-goers to get to and from the Philly Free Streets route. All SEPTA service changes, alerts and detours can be found online.
  • Broad Street and Market Frankford Line service will operate on a normal weekend schedule on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
  • Regional Rail parking lot location information is available online at:
  • SEPTA can be reached at 215-580-7800 and on Twitter @septa_social. For more information on SEPTA and NJ Transit routes and schedules, visit and
  • Venue Details & Public Safety Information

The following items and activities are not permitted on the Philly Free Streets route:

  • Motorized transportation (excluding motorized wheelchairs or similar equipment)
  • Unauthorized solicitation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Narcotics or illegal drugs
  • Bathing in pools or fountains
  • Damage to property
  • Feeding animals
  • Firecrackers or explosives
  • Firearms
  • Open flame
  • Littering (including pet waste)
  • Public intoxication
  • Unauthorized driving or parking
  • Unauthorized vending
  • Unleashed animals
  • Weapons of any kind

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