Philadelphia is embracing its reputation as "one of America's last great walking cities" this weekend by making South Street and other roads car-free.
Cars are banned and pedestrians and cyclists will get to take over the length of Front and South streets, along with a large chunk of West Fairmount Park, during Philly Free Streets, a pro-fitness city initiative that will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Philadelphia was ranked 4th most walkable city by the national Walk Score poll and it recently gave citizens a taste of open streets during the World Meeting of Families. Security measures for Pope Francis' visit shut down virtually all of Center City to vehicular traffic.
Hundreds of cyclists enjoyed the situation during the "PopeRide," pedaling along roads usually filled with automobiles. Some locals took advantage of this unexpected benefit to enhance their ordinary city walks. Filmmaker Cory J. Popp even made a short film, entitled Philly Without Cars.