BikeNewark-involved Events

First Friday Rides logoFirst Friday Rides

On the first Friday of a particular month, community members gather at Hillside Park in Newark to begin a slow ride through and around town and then get together afterward socially. First Friday Rides begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. (riders should have bike lights for dusk and after-dark rides during those times of year) after signing in at 5:45 p.m.

Next event: See First Friday Rides page.

Community Nights

BikeNewark Community Night logoBikeNewark occasionally hosts a social event with food and drink, during which community members can learn more about what BikeNewark does and some of the ongoing projects around town that either directly or indirectly involve bicycling. See Community Night page.

Bike Central

photo of partners pumping tires and installing lights for a UD studentEach semester at the University of Delaware, BikeNewark works with partners DelDOT, the Newark Bike Project, the University of Delaware, and WILMAPCO to offer quick bicycle check-ups and quick fixes, install free bike lights, register bikes, and handout safety literature. This event is primarily aimed at University of Delaware students and benefits the entire community.

National Bike to Work Day in Newark logoBike to Work Day

BikeNewark, along with partners UD, DelDOT, City of Newark, WILMAPCO, and the Newark Bike Project, organizes and presents a local celebration of National Bike to Work Day, the 3rd Friday morning in May. For more info on this event, see the Bike to Work Day event page.

The 2022 Bike to Work Day, the first since the Covid-19 pandemic, was a welcome success.

Bike to School Week at Newark Schools logoBike to School

BikeNewark supports Newark schools that participate in National Bike to School Day or a weeklong event.

Each year John R. Downes Elementary School holds a Bike to School event to encourage young riders to use their bicycles to get to and from school. Held during National Bike Month (May), the Downes event is always a big success. See the current Bike to School event page for more information.

BikeNewark members Caitlynn Coster and Mark Deshon talk to participants at 2017 Walkable Bikeable Delaware SummitCommunity Day

This local City of Newark event is held annually on The Green at the University of Delaware, usually the 3rd Sunday in September from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. BikeNewark typically operates a booth and interacts with the community during this event, handing out material and soliciting feedback.

photo taken during 2017 guided tourNewark Historic Buildings Bicycle Tour

This five-mile bike tour, administered and co-sponsored by the Newark Bike Project, featured 20 of Newark’s historic buildings. Community tour guides discussed the histories of Newark and of each building, as well as the buildings’ architectural features. For more details, see the event page.