Easy City Street Skating
The Casual Cruise features unique routes from week-to-week.
It ranges from 8 to 10 miles of inline street skating through the streets of Philadelphia.
Join the Casual Cruise for a healthy exercise oriented non-competitive skate that avoids hills where it can.
Are you having trouble choosing between the Casual Cruise and JV Skate? While neither are high-impact, the Casual Cruise is at a slower pace and less strenuous than the JV Skate. Don’t let a 10 mile distance intimidate you! No competent skater should be worried they can’t finish a 10 mile skate.
Sunday’s at 10:00 AM between April and October.
There are two skate groups on Sunday’s that both meet up at 10 AM. You’ll have until the last moment to decide which one you want to skate with. See our calendar for details such as departure time, etc…
FINAL OFFICIAL SKATE OF SEASON
Where We Meet
The foot of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps near the Rocky Statue. 39°57’53.3″N 75°10’46.4″W
If an event is taking place that prohibits access, the Landskaters Email Group your source for constant updates and last minute alterations.
Where To Park
If you are travelling by car you’ll find the most nearby parking is on Pennsylvania Avenue and side streets to the adjacent north of the Art Museum.
Where We Skate
The CASUAL CRUISE generally skates around South Philly with the half-way break point at Head House Square or 2nd and South Street. All skates end back at the Art Museum.
Intermediate skaters will have a great time city street inline skating. You need to be able to stop at any speed, drop in from curbs, jump or swerve around pot-holes, manage wet pavement during sudden rain storms or other wet surfaces, etc…
All skate disciplines are welcome and you’ll find they are all well represented! Rec skaters, aggressive skaters, freestyle skaters, dance skaters, speed skaters, hockey skaters, urban skaters of all types come out to simply enjoy a casual skate to enjoy the local color.
Wear any skate you like. At 10+ miles a mid-cuff or high-cuff skate of any type is the most efficient for stamina.
Bikes may join us but are expected to stay to the rear and to also be very careful to mind how skaters stride (kick out) and should you pass a skater, stay far wide of them for safety.
Helmets and pads are expected. You’ll find our members wear no less than a helmet and wrist guards. Elbow and knee pads are a advised.
We stop for water at the halfway point and sometimes find a fountain along some routes. It is a good idea to bring your own hydration otherwise there’s a Wholefoods within a few blocks if you forget to bring hydration.
Abilities & Skills You Need To City Street Inline Skate
It’s a casual cruise through the city but it’s NOT intended for beginner skaters. You need confident intermediate skate skills to reliably handle city street skating.
Average lung stamina to handle short durations. In addition, stoplights provide a pause in skating. otherwise expect as much as a mile of straight steady exertion of inline skating.
Basic leg and ankle skate stamina to handle an overall distance of 8 to 10 miles of skating.
The CASUAL CRUISE is not intended to to be a difficult or high-impact skate. Come out to skate a good pace, but with plenty of stops and never at high-intensity.
While this may be the shortest distance of all our skates, with the same 10:20 AM start time, we still arrive back at the Art Museum around noon.
Skates are from 8 to 10 miles total.
Sometimes members meet up after skates for a drink or lunch somewhere within a few blocks of the Art Museum. Some include Bishop’s Collar, Kite and Key, or other local skater-friendly bar/restaurant.
City Street Skating FAQs
Do I need a helmet?
Helmets are STRONGLY recommended. Pads and gloves are also advised. We skate amidst traffic. Consider the helmet protection against others - even if you are an expert skater.
Do you skate year round?
Actually, we do. Core members skate every week unless snow or rain stops us. We stay in touch through our email list serv, and we welcome you to join!
What if I can't finish?
We ask that you always prepare for the worst. Have the means to get a ride from any point in a skate. Generally this means have payment with you for rideshare, cab or public transportation.
What is the age limit?
We have no age limit, but if you are under 16, please have an adult attend with you.
What's the youngest age to finish?
In 2010 a 6 year old completed a 12 mile Philly Food Skate event. He attended with his parent. Some parents have brought infants in baby exercise carts.
Do you have beginner skates?
No. We don't have beginner skates. City street skating is for intermediate skaters. A key ability you should exhibit is the ability to stop with control at any speed.
Can bikes join along?
Yes. We do ask that all bikes remain to the back with the sweep for safety reasons. Skater's kick out when striding. If you must pass, be sure to pass far wide of all skaters.
What's the culture of the group?
Landskaters are from every age group. Many are legacy skaters who have skated 20+ years. They are fun loving but serious about skating. Don't get us wrong, we are definitely social, and everyone is easy to talk to. Many talk while skating, while others talk at stop lights or breaks. The group welcomes you to take photos just don't expect a lot of Instagram moments.
Our skates feature a lead and sweep. Do not pass the lead skater as matter of respect. The sweep is a skater who assists in keeping trailing skaters or struggling skaters from losing the group. If the skate group is stretched out or broken into parts temporarily for example by a stoplight, simply skate forward and expect to find the group ahead. When we turn corners we mark them with a skater who remains there to signal the turn to all trailing skaters.
We stop for injured skaters, but we don’t end skates entirely due to an injury. We stop skates for skate repairs too. We don’t leave skaters to fend for themselves but as adults you should be prepared for the unexpected such as injury or an unrepairable skate. As mentioned in our FAQs above, a standard expectation of all skaters is to bring payment for any rideshare or public transportation in case you are unable to finish.
LANDSKATERS EMAIL GROUP
Landskaters stay informed of every skate through our Landskaters Email Group
Skate leaders notify the group in the event of last minute changes such as rain or nearby events
The official skate season is April-October, get in on ad-hoc off-season skates
Request to join our Landskaters Email Group
Do you skate in the winter? Not on ice, but on the streets. It’s not easy. In fact, you have to ease into it. You need to adapt to more than the cold air cutting through your skin. It takes time to build up lung stamina with the thin air.
Skating in winter seems backwards to most inline skaters because, let’s face it, inline skating was created for ice-skaters who wanted to skate in the summer.
It happens. Sometimes we get caught in the rain, or happen upon wet pavement with no other choice but to skate across it. When this happens you have to change your skate form.
The solution is simple. Shorten your strides. While this seems only common sense, the issue is that many will start with short, compact strides, they eventually begin to kick out.