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Bike to Work Day
Bike to Work Day has become a popular annual event on the campus. Here, participants at the 2017 event gather on the steps of Hullihen Hall.

May 21: Bike to Work Day rescheduled

Photo by Kathy F. Atkinson

Morning activities scheduled at Mentors’ Circle

Editor's note: Because of predicted rain on Friday, May 18, this year's Bike to Work Day in Newark has been rescheduled for Monday, May 21.

Monday, May 21, is Bike to Work Day in Newark.

BikeNewark is organizing this year’s Bike to Work Day event in Newark, in partnership with the city of Newark, the University of Delaware, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and the Newark Bike Project.

The event will be held from 7:45–9 a.m., May 21, at Mentors’ Circle on the University campus, just east of the intersection of South College Avenue and Kent Way. All participants will be asked to register at the event.

Featured will be speakers from UD, New Castle County government and the city of Newark. In addition, BikeNewark and the city will co-­present a special service award to a state resident who has done the most during the past year through advocacy to support bicycling in this community and statewide. There also will be an official announcement regarding a new designation for the city of Newark by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB).

Light breakfast fare will be provided for participants to enjoy at the event. DelDOT will be giving away event T-shirts while they last. Partner and sponsor organization representatives will be on hand to help BikeNewark ensure the success of this event as a means of drawing attention to bicycling as clean transportation, a healthy lifestyle choice and a source of economic development in this community. Registrants will be eligible for random prizes, including the grand prize of a Trek commuter bicycle.

Bicycle commuters are encouraged to ride with others to the event and take advantage of one of six captain-led “bike trains,” which will depart from the following locations promptly at 7:30 a.m.:

  • New London Road at the Fairfield Shopping Center
  • Newark Reservoir Park off Old Paper Mill Road
  • Wyoming Road at Delaware Technology Park near the James F. Hall Trail trailhead
  • University of Delaware Field House
  • Chrysler Avenue just off the Elkton Road intersection
  • John R. Downes Elementary School on Casho Mill Road

Bike to Work Day is intended to highlight National Bike Week (May 14-18) in Newark — currently designated a bronze-­level “Bicycle Friendly Community” by LAB.

BikeNewark is a partnership of interested cyclists and organizations working to improve bicycling in Newark, Delaware.

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