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

Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer

Updated: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 11:21 AM

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.

Kevin Deal skates down Third Street during Philly Free Streets. DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer
Bicycles ruled at Third and Chestnut Streets during Philly Free Streets around noon Saturday. DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer
A few Pikachu(s) made appearances on Third Street during a game of Pokemon Go. DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer DAVID SWANSON
Photo Gallery: With cars banned, Philadelphians biked, skated and walked through 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.

There was even room for games.

Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer

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