Community Bike Days

The Basic Info on the Sept. 3–7 Event

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> View CBD Flyer (PDF)
> Community Fun Ride
> Weekday Events & Quizzes
> Full Daily Schedule
> Sponsors and In-Kind Contributors

BikeNewark has teamed up with the University of Delaware and the City of Newark to present Community Bike Days—a weeklong event to promote bicycling health, safety, and encouragement in Newark. It involves late-weekday activities at area outdoor venues and culminates with a Saturday morning event called the Community Fun Ride. Each of the weekday activities will include food, demos, and information and conclude with a short low-stress group ride. The Community Fun Ride comprises two separate rides—the Family Fun Ride and the Newark Loop Ride (see below).

Community Fun Ride

Community Fun Ride course mapOn Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10:15 a.m., the Family Fun Ride heads south on a 2.25-mile out-and-back course along the Pomeroy and Hall Trails and is meant to get parents and children out bicycling together. The Newark Loop Ride begins at 11:00 a.m. by heading north along the Pomeroy and is a fun, yet more challenging, 8.25-mile course on trails and through quiet neighborhoods. It is limited to participants 11 years of age and older. Check-in and on-site registration (cash or check only on event day) for each ride begins at 9:45 a.m.

The Newark Loop Ride will feature the newly opened “Pomeroy Connector” trail that bridges Creek Road and western neighborhoods in Newark as well as portions of BikeNewark’s proposed Newark Bikeways low-stress network.

Each registrant receives a quality cinch bag that includes a water-bottle compartment, a ticket for one free scoop of UDairy ice cream (at the event site only), bicycling information, and a bicycle seat cover. Plus, there will be free giveaways before and after the Family Fun Ride, including a Trek bicycle.

Vendors, food, face painting, and music all make the Community Fun Ride a nice way to cap off a week of community-oriented fun that centers on bicycle education, civility, and safety, as well as promoting bicycling as a healthy lifestyle choice.

Weekday Events

Each weekday, there was a sponsored event at a local park or gathering place (see full schedule below) that included announcement of prize winners (see Quizzes below), food, demos, and bicycle-related information giveaways. Each event concluded with a very short, low-stress group ride, perfect for families, that included a portion of Saturday’s Newark Loop Ride course.

Daily Online Quizzes

Congratulations to Friday’s online quiz winner, Jo Anne Deshon.
Congratulations to Thursday’s online quiz winner David Schultz.
Congratulations to Wednesday’s online quiz winner, Anne-Claire Frank, and cycle RPM winner, Shawn Alexander.
Congratulations to Tuesday’s online quiz winner, Rachel Mroz, and kids’ on-site quiz winner, Magnolia Kneavel.

In keeping with the Community Bike Days focus on bicycling health, safety, and encouragement, each weekday during the week, there was an online quiz announced on social media (Facebook – /BikeNewark and Twitter – @BikeNewark)—#bikedays2019. The entrant with the most correct answers who submitted earliest was eligible to win a prize, which was given out at each day’s late-day event. For kids under 16, there was also an on-site quiz opportunity each day and a chance for them to win a prize.

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2019 Community Bike Days Full Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 6:00–7:30 p.m., Handloff Park

Ride to the park for the CBD kickoff event at Norma B. Handloff Park on Barksdale Road, west of the city center, sponsored by Wooden Wheels Service & Repair. Schedule includes:

  • Wooden Wheels logoOn-site registration (free)
  • Online quiz award; On-site kids’ quiz award
  • DelDOT’s “Coneman” mascot
  • Pat’s Pizza
  • Brief demonstration by Wooden Wheels
  • Info from BikeNewark
  • Info on local Safe Routes to School grant plans
  • Short low-stress group ride (optional) comprising part of Community Fun Ride route

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 4:30–6:00 p.m., UD Mentors’ Circle

Round out your day on campus by attending the 2nd CBD weekday event, which begins at 4:30 p.m. at Mentors’ Circle on the University of Delaware’s central campus, near the intersection of South College Avenue and Kent Way. Schedule includes:

  • Exercise is Medicine logoUD Police shield logoOn-site registration (free)
  • Online quiz award; On-site kids’ quiz award
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Brief safety and health presentations
  • Info from BikeNewark
  • Short low-stress group ride (optional) comprising part of Community Fun Ride route

Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:00–7:30 p.m., Olan Thomas Park

Ride to the park for the 3rd CBD event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. at Olan Thomas Park along the Pomeroy Trail near the Cleveland Avenue–Paper Mill Road intersection, sponsored by Trek Bicycle. Schedule includes:

  • Trek logoOn-site registration (free)
  • Online quiz award; On-site kids’ quiz award
  • Wood Fired Pizza
  • Brief demonstration by Trek Bicycle
  • Info from BikeNewark
  • Short low-stress group ride (optional) comprising part of Community Fun Ride route

Friday, Sept. 6, 6:00–7:30 p.m., Kells Park

Ride to the park for the 4th CBD event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. at Kells Park, between Kells Avenue and the James F. Hall Trail, sponsored by Newark Bike Project. Schedule includes:

  • Newark Bike Project logoOn-site registration (free)
  • Delaware Greenways logoOnline quiz award; On-site kids’ quiz award
  • Seasons Pizza
  • Brief demonstration by Newark Bike Project
  • Brief presentation by Delaware Greenways
  • Info from BikeNewark
  • Short low-stress group ride (optional) comprising part of Community Fun Ride route

Saturday, Sept. 7, 9:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Newark Shopping Center, Community Fun Ride

Community Fun Ride logo$5 per person 18 and over, under 18 FREE, Check-in and event-day registration* begins at 9:45 a.m., Family Fun Ride begins at 10:15 a.m., Newark Loop Ride begins at 11:00 a.m.
Rides begin and end at the Newark Shopping Center on East Main Street. For your safety and everyone else’s, please make sure you wear a bike helmet and that your bicycle is in good working order. Stick around after the ride and enjoy the fun. This is a rain-or-shine event. Features:

  • Giveaways, including a Trek bicycle
  • UDairy ice cream (free on-site with registration)
  • Quality cinch bag with water-bottle compartment
  • Bicycle seat cover
  • Local bicycling–related information
  • Newly completed “Pomeroy Connector” trail on course (Newark Loop Ride only), portions of Hall Trail and Pomeroy Trail
  • Music
  • Face painting
  • Bicycle skills course

*cash or check only on day of event

> View CBD Flyer (PDF)
> Volunteer to help at the event

Event Sponsors

Atlantic Realty logo

Polly Sierer

Bloom Energy logo

The Danneman Foundation

In-Kind Contributors

City of Newark Department of Parks & Recreation
Delaware Greenways
Newark Bike Project
People For Bikes
Red Robin
Trek Bicycle Newark
University of Delaware (several departments)
Velo Amis
Wooden Wheels Service & Repair