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Bike Month in Delaware 2019

Delaware is ranked the 7th most bike-friendly state in the nation, according to the League of American Bicyclists, thanks to state policies, dedicated funding to bicycle infrastructure and trails, safety campaigns, and strong advocacy. May is National Bike Month! Extensive events are happening throughout Delaware to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and to encourage more folks to give biking a try. National Bike to Work Week 2019 will be held on May 13–19. Bike to Work Day is May 17! Updates will be posted on WILMAPCO’s webpage.

Bike Month Events in Delaware

Statewide

May 2: Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit

The 2019 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit will take place on May 2, 2019, on Legislative Avenue in Dover. The goal of the summit is to learn directly from leading Dutch experts on cycling about practical ideas and solutions that we can use in Delaware. Registration is free for all Delaware residents.

May 8: Delaware Legislative Bike Ride

Supported by the Delaware Department of Transportation and Delaware Bicycle Council, the Legislative Bike Ride takes place on Wednesday, May 8. Riders from New Castle County begin at Newark's Polly Drummond Hill Shopping Center at 7:00 a.m. (approx. 55 miles). Riders can also start at Middletown Square to pick up the group (approx. 28 miles). Riders from the Sussex County begin at 7:45 a.m. in Milford Square at the Tractor Supply (total distance approx. 24 miles) or Halls Restaurant in Camden-Wyoming (total distance approx. 4 miles) to pick up the group. All rides end together at Legislative Mall in Dover at 11:45 a.m.

Sussex County

May 4: Trap Pond State Park Bike Rally

The 16th Annual “Get in Gear Family” Bike Rally begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, with a rain date of May 5. It's a great day to get outside and explore nature and the trails of Trap Pond State Park, in Laurel, Delaware. The events feature a wetlands celebration, puppet show, food, vendors, hands-on exhibits and more! For registration view the Bike Rally website.

May 4: Wheels for Meals

Ride up to 50 miles through scenic Delaware in support of Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth (MOWLR) and meal delivery to homebound seniors in Sussex County. All proceeds from Wheels for Meals directly benefit MOWLR and seniors in the community. Share this great experience with friends and family as the event is open to riders of all ages and abilities. There will be a post-ride party with music and surprises. Lunch is included and will be cooked on-site.

https://www.mealsonwheels-lr.org/event/wheels-for-meals-2019/

May 10: Lewes Bike to Work Day

Lewes Mayor Ted Becker has proclaimed May 10 as Bike to Work Day. Citizens are encouraged to ride bicycles to work, school, or errands and leave their cars in the garage. The ride will begin at 205 Second Street at 8:00 a.m. and all participants will receive a free T-shirt. For more information go to the City of Lewes website.

May 15: Ride of Silence

The eighteenth annual ride will start at 7:00 p.m. from the parking lot behind the Wawa on southbound Route One. Cyclists of all abilities are invited to ride in a free and silent cycling procession of about eight miles at a pace no faster than 12 mph. Helmets are mandatory and headlights and taillights are recommended. For more information go to the Sussex Cyclists website.

June 1: Broad Creek Bike and Brew Tour

The Broad Creek Bike and Brew Tour, featuring local Microbreweries, live music, and BBQ Chicken is sponsored by the Western Sussex Chamber of Commerce located in historic Laurel Delaware. The charitable giving event benefits Nanticoke Health Services. Choose from a 15-mile, 25-mile, 50-mile, Metric, or Century route.

New Castle County

May 3: BikeNewark First Friday Ride

On Friday May 3, BikeNewark will host its monthly First Friday Ride—a slow ride through Newark, ending at Deer Park. Participants should meet at the Newark Shopping Center in Newark by 5:45 p.m. The event provides an opportunity to learn from local experts about safe, low-stress routes for bike riding around Newark.

See: https://bikenewark.org/firstfridayrides/

May 6–10: Downes Elementary School Bike to School Week

The Downes Elementary School in Newark will celebrate Bike to School Week by encouraging children to bike to and from school during the week of May 6–10, 2019. The week features a Bike Train where groups of students, accompanied by adults, bike to school.

May 17: Newark Bike to Work Day

Several bike-guided rides will depart throughout Newark and meet up at the University of Delaware’s Mentors’ Circle to partake in Bike to Work Day festivities between 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. All rides meet at 7:25 a.m. and depart promptly at 7:30 a.m. All participants will receive a free T-shirt. For locations, times, and ride leaders go to BikeNewark’s event page.

May 23: Mountain Bike Skills Series

Join mountain biker Radley Miller for a small group mountain bike clinic, followed by a short ride at White Clay Creek State Park. Must be 18 years or older. Space is limited, advanced registration with payment is required by the preceding Wednesday at noon. The event is $5 per person. Meet at Chambers House Nature Center includes 2.5 mile ride. Go to the White Clay Creek State Park website for more information.

May 18: 2019 Castle Cruise

The Castle Cruise is a great ride for people of all ages and cycling skill levels. Registration fee helps Bike Delaware advocate for safe, convenient, and fun cycling and walking for everyone in Delaware. Have some fun, ride with your family and/or your favorite cyclist friends and enjoy some great vibes afterward on the beautiful deck of Grain H20. Registration opens at 8 a.m. at 3006 Summit Harbour Pl, Bear, DE. The ride starts between 8:30 to 10 a.m.

New Castle County

May 15: City of Wilmington Ride of Silence

The 7th annual City of Wilmington Ride of Silence hosted by the White Clay Bicycle Club and Bike Wilmington, will be held Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. This event joins cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 10 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. Ride departs IN SILENCE at 7 p.m. from University of Delaware Goodstay & Arsht Hall in a new start location (follow the signs to upper parking lot). City of Wilmington’s Police Bike and Motorcycle Patrols will escort bicyclists through the city and surrounding areas.

http://whiteclaybicycleclub.org/events/ride-of-silence/

May 17–19: Wilmington Grand Prix

Wilmington Grand Prix starts Friday evening, May 17, at 5 p.m., with the Monkey Hill Time Trial, a 3.2-mile race against the clock through Wilmington’s Brandywine Park. Features live music, BBQ, free admission. On Saturday May 18, Criterium Bike Races and Street Festival take over Market Street. Activities includes course cafes, DJ, family expo on Rodney Square, live music, demonstrations, and sidewalk sale. Sunday, May 19, features the Governor’s Ride and Grand Fondo. Includes a mass start with professional racers, amateurs, and recreational riders all departing at 8 a.m. from the Delaware Art Museum on Wilmington’s Kentmere Parkway.

May 17: Wilmington Bike to Work Day

Join Wilmington Bike to Work Day! Beginning at 7:45 a.m., there are five guided rides into the city, ending at H.B. DuPont Plaza for the Bike to Work Reception. All registered participants will receive free refreshments and a free t-shirt plus a complementary drink ticket to be redeemed at the Wilmington Grand Prix Monkey Hill Time Trial in Brandywine Park at 5pm. Helmets required to participate!

May 25 – Pedal through the Parks, Alapocas Run State Park

Join the naturalists from Alapocas Run and Bellevue State Parks and partner Delaware Greenways for a leisurely bike ride from the Blue Ball Barn, Alapocas Run State Park to Bellevue State Park using the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail. The ride will start and end at the Blue Ball Barn. Participants must bring their own bike, helmet and lunch. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, May 23. $5 per person/$15 per family of 4. View the Alapocas Run State Park website for more information.

Kent County

May 15: Ride of Silence

On May 15, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., the Ride of Silence in Dover will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. The scenic ride begins at Silver Lake Park (Washington Street entrance), traverses through the Capital Complex, then returns to the Park. The ride is approximately 3 miles and open to families. Participants are to remain silent until the end of the ride.

May 17: Dover Bike to Work Day

Working with partners at the Delaware Department of Transportation and the Dover/Kent County MPO, the City of Dover Recreation Department’s Bicycle and Pedestrian subcommittee is hosting Dover’s Bike to Work Day. It will take place from 7:30–9:00 a.m. at the Dover Public Library. The Bike-In Social begins at 7:30 a.m. with guest speakers starting at 8:00 a.m. At 7:30 a.m., two groups will be leaving from the DelDOT bike shelter and the parking lot of John W. Pitts Recreational Center at Schutte Park. It’s a great morning of give-a-ways, bike safety information, networking and informative speakers.

Other Information and Resources

Low-Stress Cycling

Low-Stress Cycling (LSC) refers to the idea that a network may be established to ensure that there are ways in which cyclist can easily access areas throughout a city without being an extremely confident rider. View the summary page and download the Low-Stress Bikeability Assessment Tool, developed for use by Delaware local governments.

View at: https://goo.gl/bgdR1M
Download the Tool at: https://goo.gl/kYwZgw

Motivate the First State  helps Delaware residents turn their activities into charitable contributions that help their community.

RideShare Delaware informs residents about bicycle commuting and tax benefits, sign up for the Emergency Ride Home program or find a Bicycle Buddy commuting partner.

All DART First State buses have bike racks and most Park & Ride locations have secure bike parking spaces and/or lockers.

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