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For pope's visit, bikes allowed on bridge, if you walk them

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 9, 2015 4:59 PM
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A city worker removes an abandoned bike, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. The two-day sweep of abandoned bikes ending Thursday afternoon is an annual cleanup that's also part of the city's preparations for the pope's scheduled visit. A spokeswoman for the mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities says 143 bikes are slated for removal.

(Camden, NJ) -- People crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge during the weekend of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia will be able to bring their bikes, but they'll have to walk them across.

The Delaware River Port Authority says the list of prohibited items on the bridge and high-speed train line is the same as the Secret Service's list of prohibited items for the papal visit sites, except bikes will be allowed on the bridge as long as people don't ride them.

Banned items include selfie sticks, hard-sided coolers, and anything made of glass.

The bridge will close to vehicle traffic on Friday, Sept. 25, at 10 p.m. It will reopen to vehicles around noon the following Monday.

PATCO trains will provide service between Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue and Broadway stations to the Center City station in Philly.

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