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Sat 5/18 - Joe Biden rally @ Eakins Oval

All- please read the info below about the Joe Biden presidential campaign rally. It doesn't seem like it will have a major impact to start the club run since they do report the art museum will be open, but it's tough to tell. It doesn't appear that the bike path will be blocked off, but I can't confirm. Gates open to the public at 11am and the event starts at 1pm. Road closures are 9am-4pm; be sure to look at the list if you are driving in.

If you normally stash your clothing, this might not be an option on the 18th.



Road Closures and No Parking issued for Biden Visit on Saturday

PHILADELPHIA — On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Joe Biden presidential campaign will host a rally on Eakins Oval (2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway). The event is open to the public.

To ensure the safety of participants and the public, road closures and parking restrictions will be implemented. Delays can be expected during the course of the event. Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes and allow for extra driving time in areas near the event. Double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal, will be strictly enforced.

Road Closures

The event will commence at 1:00 p.m., with gates opening to the public at 11:00 a.m. It is scheduled to conclude at 2:30 p.m.

The following streets will be closed starting at 9:00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18:

• Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and 22nd Street — center lanes only
• Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 22nd Street and Eakins Oval — all lanes
• 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
• Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
• Kelly Drive (outbound) from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
• Kelly Drive (inbound) between 25th Street and Fairmount Avenue — local access maintained to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive via 25th Street
• Martin Luther King Drive between Eakins Oval and Sweetbriar Drive
• Spring Garden Street Bridge at 31st Street — local access maintained to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive

Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, inbound (eastbound) traffic on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Benjamin Franklin Parkway cross traffic will be permitted on numbered streets as conditions allow.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art and other Parkway institutions will remain OPEN for business on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Visitors are encouraged to check individual websites for hours of operation.

Those wishing to access the west side of the Philadelphia Museum of Art must turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue from Fairmount Avenue, turn right on 25th Street and continue onto Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive. Those wishing to access the Barnes Foundation should follow Fairmount Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue and turn right, following Pennsylvania Avenue to 21st Street—then, turn right at 21st Street and make the first left onto Callowhill Street to access the Barnes Foundation parking lot.

Streets will be serviced and reopened as attendees disperse. It is expected that a number of the affected streets listed above will be opened to vehicular traffic prior to 4:00 p.m.

Attendees are advised to use caution when crossing streets, follow traffic signals, and obey instruction provided by the Philadelphia Police Department.

Parking Restrictions

The following streets will be posted as “Temporary No Parking” zones from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18:

• Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 22nd Street to Eakins Oval — all lanes, both sides
• 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street — both sides
• 2100-2200 Spring Garden Street — both sides

All “Temporary No Parking” signs must be obeyed. Vehicles parked in these locations during posted hours will be relocated.

Public Transportation

SEPTA bus routes will be detoured from their normal routes through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 through approximately 4:00 p.m. Detours will be posted, and specific route changes are available on the System Status page at

It is recommended that guests utilize public transportation options for travel to and from the event. If driving into Center City is necessary, commercial off-street parking lots and garages are conveniently located near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Eakins Oval. Attendees should contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at for a list of parking options.

Entry Information and ADA Drop-Offs

The general admission entry gate to the rally will be located on the north side of Eakins Ova

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Re: Sat 5/18 - Joe Biden rally @ Eakins Oval

Thanks, Kevin, for posting this.

If we are not at the regular meetup spot, just follow the Kelly Drive path towards the Rocky Statue, Anne d'Harnoncourt Drive and, eventually, Lloyd Hall until you find us. We'll be at the first available spot.

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