Bike Race on Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Historical Images of Philadelphia Philadelphiana
Bike Race on Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Item Info

Item No: pdcp01000
Title: Bike Race on Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Additional Title: Starting lap CoreStates race
Historic Street Address: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

The CoreStates bike race, also nicknamed the Manayunk race (and after numerous renamings, it is now called the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic), is a 12.3-mile circuit that winds through Manayunk, East Falls, Fairmount Park, and Kelly Drive.  The race has been run for varying numbers of laps, but is one of the longest single-day races in the U.S. 

From its beginning in 1985 until 1998, it was sponsored by CoreStates Bank, and this photograph was taken during that period.  The participants are cycling on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with City Hall in the background.

Facsimile of image used in the exhibition, Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Parkway Central Library West Gallery, September 2017-November 2018.

Creation Year: ca. 1990
Creator Name: Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. - Photographer