Bike Month in Delaware

In 2015, the League of American Bicyclists named Delaware the 3rd most bike-friendly state in the nation 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.

Bike Month Events in Delaware

Statewide

May 4: Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit

Visit: http://www.bikede.org/

May 6: Trap Pond State Park Bike Rally

The 14th Annual "Get in Gear" Family Bike Rally begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 with a Sunday, May 7 Rain date. Features a wetlands celebration with boat tours, wetland walks, food, vendors, hands-on exhibits and more!

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May 10: Delaware's Legislators Bike Ride

Supported by the Department of Transportation and Delaware Bicycle Council, Delaware's Legislators Bike Ride begins at Newark's Polly Drummond Hill Shopping Center at 7:00 AM (approx. 56 miles) and ends the Legislative Mall in Dover. Riders can also start at Middletown Square to pick up the group (approx. 30 miles).

Newark

May 1 - 5: UD Bike Days

BikeNewark and the University of Delaware Student Government Association (SGA) are hosting UD Bike Days to promote safety and civility on UD and Newark’s roads and paths. UD Bike Days will feature a First Friday Critical Mass Ride on May 5 at 5:15 p.m.

May 6: Mayor's Fun Ride

Visit: http://www.newarkde.gov/967/Mayors-Fun-Ride

May 8 - 12: Downes Bike to School Week

Downes Elementary School Bike to School Week features a  Bike Train on May 8 where groups of students, accompanied by adults, bicycle to school. Community members may provide survey and GIS Story Map feedback on a pop-up buffered bike lane demonstration project on Casho Mill Rd.

Attend a community meeting on May 10 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. to learn more about the pop-up bike lane improvement demo.

May 19: Newark Bike to Work Day

Newark Bike to Work Day will be celebrated at Mentors’ Circle on the UD campus from 7:30–9:00 a.m. Visit https://bikenewark.org/events/

Wilmington

May 6: Creek to Tap 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 Creek to Tap Heritage Bike Ride Ride. The ten-mile loop, stopping at eight locations around the city to learn about Wilmington history and how water travels.

May 17: National Ride of Silence

The annual memorial Ride of Silence is hosted by the White Clay Bicycle Club and Bike Wilmington. Join 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 7:00 pm from University of DE Goodstay & Arsht Hall *NEW Start Location* (follow the signs to upper parking lot).

May 19: Wilmington Bike to Work Day

Join Wilmington Bike to Work Day! Beginning at 7:45 a.m., there are three 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.

May 19 - 21: Wilmington Grand Prix

Wilmington Grand Prix starts Friday evening, May 19, with the Monkey Hill Time Trial, a 3.2-mile race against the clock through Wilmington’s Brandywine Park. On Saturday, May 20, bike races and a street festival take over Market Street. Amateur races are in the morning, while the Women’s and Men’s Pro races are in the afternoon. Sunday, May 21, features the 7th Annual Governor’s Ride and the 6th Annual Delaware Gran Fondo. Last year’s Gran Fondo attracted cyclists from 15 states.

Dover

May 17: Dover Bike to Work Day

National Bike to Work Day Hosted by the City of Dover Recreation Department, Dover's Bike to Work Day will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Dover Public Library. It's a great morning of give-a-ways, bike safety information, networking and informative speakers.

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.

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 many Park and Rides have secure bike lockers

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