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Released: 7/5/2006 

Ben Franklin Bridge Closes Sunday, July 9 From 6:30 AM To 7:30 AM For Bike-A-Thon

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic from approximately 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 9, for the 34th Annual American Cancer Society Bike-A-Thon. The race begins on 5th Street in Philadelphia and will proceed over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge into South Jersey. Race officials expect more than 4,500 cyclists to participate. The American Cancer Society Bike-A-Thon is open to riders of all skill levels. Officials hope to raise $1.6 million for cancer research. For more information on the Bike-A-Thon, please call the American Cancer Society at 215-985-5401 or visit its website at www.acsbike.org. The PATCO High Speed Line will not be affected by the race. The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation and development agency. DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges, and the PATCO High Speed Line, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier 1 and the RiverLink Ferry System.

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