Newark’s New Contraflow Bike Lane

photo of contraflow laneThe City of Newark has a new feature on East Main Street for bicyclists—a pocket contraflow bike lane. Unique in Delaware, this trial project was a result of a partnership among BikeNewark, the City of Newark, the University of Delaware (UD), and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

DelDOT completed the work of striping and signing this contraflow lane in July, and, now that UD students are back on campus, the lane will get its first big test. BikeNewark created an educational video and a one-page flyer to help show how this contraflow bike lane can be used safely and legally.

BikeNewark will be evaluating the success of this trial project, which will run through the 2017-18 academic year.

Download the flyer (PDF).

 

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Bike to Work Day 2017

Bike to Work Day 2017 group photo

Bike to Work Day 2017 sponsor logosNewark’s celebration of National Bike to Work Day, by all estimates, was a big success, drawing nearly 120 riders to Mentors’ Circle on the University of Delaware campus for the early morning event.

The warm, sunny weather definitely helped increase the participation in this event from previous years, as did the great support in terms of sponsorship from the business community, which furnished the food and prizes for the random giveaways.

Several of the featured speakers rode in, each with one of several area “bike trains.” The largest and most impressive bike train was that of Bloom Energy. As University of Delaware Provost Domenico Grasso was beginning to officially welcome everyone, a group of 30+ riders from Bloom arrived, making their corporate presence known with team T-shirts.

The morning featured wonderfully encouraging bicycle-centric messages from New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer, state Sen. Dave Sokola, state Rep. Paul Baumbach, state Rep. Ed Osienski, and retiring Newark City Manager Carol Houck.

photo of Markell family with Mike Fortner and Mark Deshon
Event coordinator Mike Fortner (left) and BikeNewark chair Mark Deshon (right) presented the 2017 Bicycle Friendly Community Leader Award to former Gov. Jack Markell. Markell’s mother, Leni, and children, Michael (with award) and Molly, accepted the award on his behalf.

The City of Newark and BikeNewark presented the annual Bicycle Friendly Community Leader Award to former Gov. Jack Markell. Markell was in Italy on a bicycle trip, so his mother and children were there to accept the award on his behalf. Son Michael spoke glowingly about the influence his dad has had on him in terms of bicycling and giving back to the community.

A large group photo was organized, and then event coordinator Mike Fortner, one of BikeNewark’s liaisons from the City of Newark, made the morning especially happy for many who had stayed for the random giveaways as a formal conclusion to the morning’s festivities.

2018’s Bike to Work Day event in Newark will take place on Friday, May 18. BikeNewark looks forward to seeing you there.

First Friday Ride in June!

Are you looking for a great way to spend this sunny first Friday in June? Well, look no further, because you have found the First Friday Ride organized by BikeNewark!

Join BikeNewark and Newark Bike Project (NBP) for a special First Friday Ride and after-party at NBP! First Friday Rides are free, slow rolls around downtown Newark, open to all ages and abilities. We’re gathering at the Newark Shopping Center on East Main Street at 5:15 p.m. and plan to cruise around downtown Newark, before meeting up at NBP at around 6:30 p.m. 18519442_1748825865151435_2264949953290685591_n

Our NBP party will feature:

  • Sushi and pizza, with vegetarian/vegan options
  • Soft drinks and BYOB (purchase in same building available)
  • Children’s scavenger hunt
  • Live music

First Friday Ride is free. After-party suggested donation is $10 for adults, with kids 12 and younger free.

Park for free courtesy of Newark Shopping Center. Helmets are strongly encouraged. A friendly reminder that riders agree to ride at their own risk. Cycling, as with any type of transportation or sport, has some risk. These are informal community rides, and the information provided here is as a public service to those interested in participating in First Friday Rides. It does not reflect any responsibility for the care or safety of those participating. Ride organizers and helpers are not responsible if you or your dependents get lost or hurt while riding your bike. You ride at your own risk and assume all responsibility for yourself, your children if attending, and your equipment.

Check out the route below!

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We’ve put up the kickstand…

graphic of online interest survey…, so to speak, and off we go. OK, as of today, we’ve officially launched BikeNewark.org. We’ve notified our valued partners—the City of Newark, University of Delaware, DelDOT, Newark Bike Project, WILMAPCO, Bike Delaware, and the Downtown Newark Partnership—in a brief press release that today’s the day we’ve made our new website official.

We especially want our supporters and potential supporters to take our new survey, which will help us greatly as we continue Moving Bicycling Forward in Newark, Delaware, and grow as a nonprofit coalition.

With respect to the website, we couldn’t have gotten to this point without the help of BikeDelaware’s James Wilson, in helping “flip the switch,” and WILMAPCO’s Heather Dunigan, who had maintained our former organization’s web presence for so long. This was a project of BikeNewark’s Communications subcommittee, chaired by Karen Rosenberg.