Bike to Work Day

National Bike to Work Day Celebration in Newark

Fri., May 19, 7:30–9:00 a.m. at Mentors’ Circle

National Bike to Work Day in Newark logoBike to Work Day - what will happen

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Get Involved

photo of bicyclesOn May 19, several “bike captain”-led rides will depart throughout Newark and meet up at Mentors’ Circle to partake in Bike to Work Day festivities. Meet-up locations, ride leaders, and meet-up times are listed below.

Find Your Bike Train

All “trains” meet at 7:15 a.m. and depart promptly at 7:20 a.m. (see  map)

A. Downes Elementary School (front parking lot)
Ride Leader Contact: Christine Schultz

bike train mapB. Fairfield Shopping Center
Ride Leader: Mike Shay

C. Curtis Mill Park
Ride Leader: Lauri Webber

D. Wyoming Road at Hall Trail trailhead
Ride Leader: Brian Bahnson

E. UD Field House
Ride Leader: Paul Moser

F. Chrysler Avenue at Elkton Road
Ride Leader: Barb Hughes

photo of two Bike to Work participantsJoin the Challenge

Motivate the First State is a campaign developed in collaboration with the Governor’s Council on Health Promotion and Disease prevention as part of its ongoing strategic efforts to improve health in Delaware. This program helps Delaware residents turn their activities into charitable contributions for wonderful Delaware community organizations.

Best of all, it’s FREE to join with the charitable contributions supported by Motivate the First State’s partners. By downloading and using the Plus3 Fitness App, users can track their healthy activities and earn “kudos,” which will be converted into charitable donations.

Motivate the First State logoParticipants are asked to download and use the Plus3 Fitness App during the month of May to record bike riding activities. Then join a team in the “Motive the First State” clubhouse to participate in Newark’s Bike to Work Challenge. During the week of May 15–19 team points will be tabulated and an overall winner will be announced at the Bike to Work Day event!

Join the Motivate the First State Community

  1. Visit Motivate the First State and click “Sign up for FREE.”
  2. Verify your email address by clicking on the confirmation link (if it isn’t there in a few minutes, check your spam folder.)
  3. Once the application has downloaded, click “Account Info” to log-in to your account.

Join a Newark Bike-to-Work Team

  1. Visit Motivate the First State and log-in to your account.
  2. Click “Join Your Delaware Charity Team!” and choose a team for which to start tracking points.
  3. You can join one of four teams for the challenge:

Sync to GPS Devices

You may also sync directly to Garmin Communicator and on Plus3 from the “Upload from a Device” button on your home page. If you currently sync with another website, you may also sync to Motivate the First via the Garmin and FitBit plugins. If your device is not supported, you may manually upload your device files as well from the “Upload from a Device” button.

You can also download a FREE app to track your activities via GPS by searching for “Fitness Plus 3” in the Google Play or Apple Store and download the app.

Additional Information

Bike to Work Day 2017 sponsor logosSponsors

BikeNewark thanks the following Bike to Work Day 2017 sponsors:

  • Ali Baba’s
  • Bagelmania
  • Bike Line
  • Brewed Awakenings
  • DelDOT
  • Duck Donuts
  • Fusion Fitness
  • Home Grown Café
  • Newark Deli and Bagels
  • The Perfect Blend
  • The Ski Bum
  • UD College of Health Sciences – STAR Health™
  • Wood Fired Pizza


  • UD Provost Domenico Grasso
  • New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer
  • State Senator Dave Sokola
  • State Representative Paul Baumbach
  • State Representative Ed Osienski
  • Newark City Manager Carol Houck

Good Reasons to Bike

  • Get Fit: According to the International Bicycle Fund, commuters who begin to ride their bicycles to and from work instead of driving lose an average of 13 pounds during their first year of bike commuting.
  • Save Money: According to the Sierra Club, riding a bike to work is 300 times cheaper than driving.
  • Improve Your Immune System: A recent study by Dutch economic think tank TNO found people who commuted to work by bike were less likely to call in sick.

photo of 2016 Bike to Work Day group