2018 proved a challenging year for BikeNewark, as a number of issues began to compete for our attention. Though we know that there is so much more work ahead, there were a lot of things we accomplished last year with our partners’ support.
Let’s take a look at what we did.
Bicycle-advocacy work involved
- consulting with and providing input to Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson on the Delaware Avenue two-way protected bike-lane project.
- further refining Newark low-stress bicycle network concept and map in advance of initial production and application of signage on a “Central Loop.”
- several members attending a series of UD-led Newark Futures workshops.
- presence on behalf of the bicycling community at various City Council and city Traffic Committee meetings.
In terms of helping the City of Newark promote itself nationally, BikeNewark
- submitted LAB Bicycle Friendly Community application on behalf of the City of Newark. Newark received its third consecutive bronze-level designation, this time for 2018-2022.
- submitted Places for Bikes application on behalf of the City of Newark. According to the data gathered by People For Bikes, Newark ranked 39th overall nationwide and 7th among cities with a population of 100,000 or less in terms of bikeability.
BikeNewark-organized or -supported events held during 2018 included
- the annual Bike to Work Day on University of Delaware campus on May 21 (successfully rescheduled due to poor weather). Keynote speaker was New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer. More than 70 participants came to the event, which was supported by 6 corporate sponsors. During the event, the annual Bicycle Friendly Community Leader Award was presented, and a Trek hybrid bicycle was given out as a random prize.
- nine First Friday Rides (January and March events were cancelled due to poor weather). These social slow rides through Newark averaged about 25 participants.
- two Newark Historical Buildings Bicycle Tours in the fall, in cooperation with Newark Bike Project. Each event drew between 10-20 participants.
- a Bike Lights Night event on October 25 at the corner of North College Avenue and Main Street, during which 25 sets of lights, courtesy of UD, were installed free of charge.
- four Bike Centrals in cooperation with the University of Delaware, Newark Bike Project, and DelDOT:
- Spring event, during which 10 sets of bike lights were installed free of charge.
- August 25, in coordination with UD’s 1743 Welcome Days, during which 6 sets of lights were installed free of charge.
- September 12, during which 20 sets of lights were installed and 6 helmets were given out free of charge.
- October 25, during which about 20 sets of lights were installed free of charge.
- two BikeNewark Community Nights—June 21 at Handloff Park and October 26 at Wooden Wheels, attended by 31 and 50 participants, respectively.
- the annual Mayor’s Fun Ride on June 2, which was a big success in terms of funding raised for bicycle-related projects.
Our public service involvement included
- distributing bike-safety flyers in four languages—English, Spanish, Chinese, and French—to the English Language Institute. These were based on the “4 Safety Tips for Bicyclists” cards that were printed in January 2018 for use by partner organizations.
- executing and posting results of a City Council candidates survey in advance of the April municipal election.
- volunteering at the Walkable/Bikeable Delaware Summit in May, which was organized by Bike Delaware, one of BikeNewark’s partners.
- hosting an information table during Newark Community Day (September 16).