With cars banned, Philadelphians biked, skated and walked through Philly Free Streets

Owen Boraz, 3, is photographed by his dad, Joshua, 36, of Columbia, Md., at Third and Chestnut Streets during Saturday’s Philly Free Streets.

Philadelphians got at least seven hours of car-free access to certain streets Saturday as part of the second Philly Free Streets, an initiative spawned by Pope Francis’ visit in September 2015 and its numerous security-based closures.

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Kevin Deal skates down Third Street during Philly Free Streets.

From 6 a.m. until at least 1 p.m. joggers, bikers, stroller-pushers, and just plain walkers had full run of portions of typically traffic-heavy arteries, including Chestnut, Third, Vine, and South Streets, as well as portions of Germantown Avenue.

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Bicycles ruled at Third and Chestnut Streets during Philly Free Streets around noon Saturday.

There was even room for games.

A few Pikachu made appearances on Third Street during a game of Pokemon Go.


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