Security measures caused Philadelphia’s Center City to shut down several hours before any papal activity started. Thousands of people took advantage of the so-called “traffic box,” the downtown zone emptied of all vehicular traffic, to take a bike ride.
Originally planned months in advance as little more than a lark among a small group of friends, the ride avalanched through word and mouth and Facebook. An estimated three thousand people started at 30th Street station and wound a 7-mile course through eerily empty streets.
WHYY’s Peter Crimmins strapped on a GoPro camera for the ride.