National Bike Month Local Events

League of American Bicyclists National Bike Month logoMay is National Bike Month. BikeNewark is involved in several events to help celebrate Bike Month locally. Take a look at the following events and see how you can participate and show your support for bicycling in Newark.

May 1–5
UD Bike Days events occur all week, as a partnership with UD’s Student Government Association.

May 3
The second spring Bike Central on The Green will be held from 1:00–3:00 p.m.

May 5
This month’s First Friday Ride will be a critical mass event in conjunction with UD Bike Days. Gather on The Green at Delaware Avenue at 5:15 p.m.

May 8
City Council reads resolution proclaiming National Bike Month in Newark during its event meeting.

May 8–12
Bike to School Week at John R. Downes School will encourage bicycle participation and emphasize bicycle safety throughout the week.

May 19
Newark celebrates National Bike to Work Day at Mentors’ Circle on the UD campus from 7:30–9:00 a.m.

Event Sponsors

BikeNewark thanks Bike Month event sponsors:

  • Bagelmania
  • Barnes & Noble UD Bookstore
  • Bike Line
  • DelDOT
  • Fusion Fitness
  • Lieberman’s
  • Main Street Movies
  • Newark Deli and Bagels
  • Saxby’s
  • The Ski Bum
  • UD College of Health Sciences – STAR Health
  • WILMAPCO
  • Wooden Wheels

In addition to the above local events, check out the following:

May 4
The annual Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit will take place all day in Dover.

May 10
The annual Delaware Legislators Ride—a 58-mile ride from Pike Creek Valley that will end on the Legislative Mall in Dover—will be led by Newark’s own Sen. Dave Sokola beginning at 7 a.m.

May 17
The annual memorial Ride of Silence will take place in Wilmington at 7:00 p.m., hosted by the White Clay Bicycle Club and Bike Wilmington.

May 19
Wilmington will hold its Bike to Work Day festivities downtown at H.B. du Pont plaza from 8:00-9:30 a.m.

May 19–21
Bike Month will again see the three-day event known as the Wilmington Grand Prix, which features the Monkey Hill Time Trial, Criterium Races & Festival, and the Governor’s Ride and Gran Fondo.

Community Feedback Needed

illustration of pencil and paperBikeNewark would like to get some feedback from the community on a few items. This is an opportunity for you to do your part to help advance bicycling in Newark.

First, BikeNewark is supporting the City of Newark with its application for a Places for Bikes grant, a PeopleForBikes program. It involves sort of an information crowd-sourcing effort. Please take about 10 minutes and rate bicycling in Newark.

Second, BikeNewark is in need of a Secretary, a BikeNewark volunteer Board position. We are looking for an organized, detail-oriented individual who is enthusiastic about biking and community development. The time commitment is roughly a few hours a month (see full position description). Contact BikeNewark if interested.

Third, the State of Delaware and other organizations are working on a bicycle policy plan to support the development of a safe, connected, and equitable network of bicycle facilities throughout the state! Your input will help planners better understand where people want to bike as well as problematic locations and corridors for people trying to bike. Your responses to the Blueprint for a Bicycle-Friendly Delaware–A Statewide Policy Plan survey will help DelDOT set priorities for this plan.

Last, but not least, whether you walk your dog on trails each day, or would like to find an off-road option for commuting to work or going shopping, you are an important part of the trail-development process in northern Delaware. Delaware Greenways wants your ideas and suggestions for developing trails and pathways that will serve your needs and will become a valuable resource to your community.

Thanks, bicycling community!

Let Your Voice Be Heard

We often feel we don’t get to directly affect decisions that are made in our society. On Monday, March 6, though, there is an important opportunity to do just that with regard to improving conditions for bicycling.

public meeting notice from the City of NewarkThis public meeting will take place on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at the Newark Senior Center, off Marrows Road. This meeting will be the final chance for the bicycling community to vocally support the recommendations made by the Cleveland Avenue Improvements Task Force before City Council deliberates, votes, and forwards its wishes to DelDOT ahead of DelDOT’s pave and rehab work along the length of this busy east-west corridor.

In addition to the task force recommendations, DelDOT’s suggestion of implementing a “Florida-T” configuration at the intersection of Cleveland Ave. and Kirkwood Highway will also be discussed.

BikeNewark is in favor of this use of the Florida-T and each of the recommended improvements along Cleveland Avenue.


logo for Blueprint for a Bicycle-Friendly DelawareIn addition to the aforementioned meeting, initial meetings were held recently regarding bicycling in Delaware.

Four statewide public-input sessions have already occurred in advance of the initial drafting of a statewide bicycle policy document—the Delaware Bicycle Plan.

> More info on the Blueprint for a Bicycle-Friendly Delaware

Newark Not Chosen for The Big Jump

logo of The Big Jump a PeopleForBikes ProjectThis past fall, the City of Newark, with assistance from BikeNewark, applied for an ambitious new program offered by PeopleForBikes—The Big Jump project. The Big Jump is a strategic three-year effort to help show that quickly connecting good bicycle networks and encouraging use can result in a big jump in bicycling, even doubling or tripling the number of trips. Newark was one of 80 cities nationwide that applied with the hope of being one of the ten cities to benefit from The Big Jump project.

Awardees were announced on January 24. Unfortunately, Newark was not one of the ten cities chosen:

  • Austin, Tex.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • New Orleans, La.
  • New York City, N.Y.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Providence, R.I.
  • and Tuscon, Ariz.

While we’re disappointed that Newark wasn’t selected, BikeNewark still looks forward to working with interested bicyclists and partner organizations to see expanded bicycling facilities and programs that result in less congestion and air pollution, greater comfort and safety, and enhanced health and economy.

Want to share innovative ideas for expanding our bicycling network? Do you have artistic, social media, or marketing skills to help market more and safer cycling to our community? Would you enjoy building some demonstrations to show how neighborhood bikeways might function? Like to organize rides? We encourage you to get involved with BikeNewark, joining one of our subcommittees or helping with events.

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.