First Friday Rides
Community members gather at the Newark Shopping Center to begin a slow ride through and around town and then get together afterward at one of the local restaurants on the first Friday of each month (except in Dec., Jan., and Feb.). First Friday Rides begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. (must have bike lights for dusk and after-dark rides during those times of year).
Next event: See First Friday Rides page.
Twice a year, usually in the summer and fall, Bike Newark hosts an evening 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.
Each semester and during UD’s 1743 Welcome Days, 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.
Bike Lights Night
The idea is that several volunteers stake out a downtown location and watch for bicyclists who don’t have lights, flag them down, do a quick bike-light installation, and then send them on their legal way.
Bike 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, from 7:45–9:00 a.m.
Bike to Work Day next year will be held on Friday, May 15.
The 2019 Bike to Work Day was a big success.
Bike 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 2017 Downes Bike to School Week event was a big success. See the Bike to School Week page for more information.
We invite other local Newark schools interested in developing National Bike to School programming to contact us for support.
Community Bike Days
Partnering with the University of Delaware and the City of Newark, BikeNewark helps promote bicycle education, civility, and safety, as well as general health and wellness through bicycling through a week-long series of events and contests. The event culminates with a Community Fun Ride, comprising a 2.25-mile Family Fun Ride and a longer, 8.25-mile Newark Loop Ride (for those 10 and older). See Community Bike Days for details.
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.
This five-mile bike tour, administered and co-sponsored by the Newark Bike Project, features 20 of Newark’s historic buildings. Community tour guides discuss the histories of Newark and of each building, as well as the buildings’ architectural features. For more details, see the event page.