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Bike Month in Delaware 2018

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 being carried throughout Delaware to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. National Bike to Work Week 2018 will be held on May 14 - 18. Bike to Work Day is May 18! Updates will be posted on WILMAPCO's webpage.

Bike Month Events in Delaware

Statewide

May 3: Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit

Register at: http://www.bikede.org/summit/

May 5: Trap Pond State Park Bike Rally

The 15th Annual "Get in Gear" Family Bike Rally begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 with a rain date of May 6. A great day to get outside and explore nature and the trails of Trap Pond, in Laurel, Delaware. Features a wetlands celebration, puppet show, food, vendors, hands-on exhibits and more!

Visit: www.TrapPondPartners.com

May 9: Delaware's Legislators Bike Ride

Supported by the Department of Transportation and Delaware Bicycle Council, Delaware's Legislators Bike Ride takes place on Wednesday, May 9. Riders from the 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. 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.

View: https://goo.gl/NigCvM or call DelDOT at 302-760-2453 (BIKE)

Newark

May 4: BikeNewark First Friday Ride

On Friday May 4, BikeNewark will host its monthly First Friday Ride—a slow ride through Newark. Participants should meet at the Newark Shopping Center in Newark by 5:15 p.m. The event provides an opportunity to learn from local experts about safe, low-stress routes for bike riding around Newark. Enjoy UDairy ice cream at the end of this ride!

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

May 7 - 11: Downes E.S. Bike to School Week

The Downes Elementary School in Newark, Del. will celebrate Bike to School Week by encouraging children to bike to and from school during the week of May 7–11, 2018. The week features a Bike Train where groups of students, accompanied by adults, bicycle to school.

May 18: Newark Bike to Work Day

See: https://bikenewark.org/events/b2wd/

Newark Bike to Work Day will be celebrated at Mentors’ Circle on the UD campus on May 18 from 7:45–9:00 a.m.

June 2: Mayor's Fun Ride

The Newark Mayor's Fun Ride will feature educational and safety information, raffles and prizes, children’s activities and the option of a 2.5 mile family fun bike ride or a scenic 8.5 mile bike ride around Newark. Register before the ride, which starts at 10 a.m. on June 2 at the Newark Shopping Center at 230 East Main Street. Proceeds from this event help support the bicycling community.

See: www.newarkde.gov/967/Mayors-Fun-Ride

Wilmington

May 13: World War I Heritage Bike Ride

Join the City of Wilmington, City Preservation Planners, the City Public Works Department, and event sponsor, Urban Bike Project of Wilmington on the World War I Heritage Bike Ride on May 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The ride begins at Urban Bike Project, 1500 N. Walnut Street, Wilmington. Twenty riders are invited to participate in this leisurely-paced event. This is an on-road route, but low stress roads were chosen, and traffic in the city on a Sunday is relatively low. There will be a ride leader, a sweep, and volunteers to assist. Helmets required to participate!

May 16: City of Wilmington Ride of Silence

The 6th annual City of Wilmington Ride of Silence, hosted by the White Clay Bicycle Club and Bike Wilmington, will be held Wednesday, May 16 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 pm from University of DE Goodstay & Arsht Hall *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 18 - 20: Wilmington Grand Prix

Wilmington Grand Prix starts Friday evening, May 18 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 19, criterium bike races and a street festival take over Market Street. Actvities includes course cafes, DJ, family expo on Rodney Square, live music, demonstrations, and sidewalk sale. Sunday, May 20, features the Governor’s Ride and Delaware Gran Fondo. Features 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.

http://wilmgrandprix.com/

May 19: 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, terminating 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 after work. Helmets required to participate!

The City of Wilmington is updating the Wilmington Bicycle Plan. The goals are to: 1) Design and implement a coordinated and safe bike network, 2) Facilitate access to bicycling safely, affordably, and conveniently, and 3) Foster a bike culture to improve the social and economic quality of life for everyone. Help #WilmDE become more Bike Friendly by taking a brief survey at bit.ly/BikeWilmDE.

Dover

May 16: Dover Bike to Work Day

Hosted by the City of Dover Recreation Department and Bicycle & Pedestrian Subcommittee, Dover's Bike to Work Day will take place from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. at the Dover Public Library. It's a great morning of give-a-ways, bike safety information, networking and informative speakers. Check out the unveiling of the bike fix-it station at the Library's bike-in social!

May 16: Ride of Silence

On May 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM, 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 remain silent until completion of the ride. View and download the map.

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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