August 2016

In this issue...

SRTS Grant - Downes Elementary School
First Friday Rides
2016–2017 Bike Basics Checkpoints
Bike Events at UD Welcome Days
Interested in Biking but Concerned? We can help!
Scene Around Town

Safe Routes To School Grant Awarded to Downes Elementary School

We’re pleased to announce that Downes Elementary School, working in partnership with the Newark Bicycle Committee and WILMAPCO, has been awarded a Safe Routes to School grant by DelDOT to improve bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure for students biking and walking to school.

A primary goal of the project will be to provide safe bicycle travel along Casho Mill Road between Barksdale Road and Nottingham Road by creating buffered or protected bike lanes on the road shoulders. In addition, the project will likely include some pedestrian crossing enhancements, sidewalk improvements and effective relocation of signage.

Conceptual design planning is underway with a goal of implementation during the 2017–2018 school year. Stay tuned for more details in upcoming months. Special thanks to PE teacher Sandy Hudson and Principal Patricia Prettyman for their efforts in securing this funding!

Example of a Buffered Bike Lane

Example of a Protected Bike Lane (shown here with green paint)

Announcing: First Friday Rides! 

Show your support of bicycling and our favorite downtown (that would be Newark in case you weren’t sure) by joining us on a casual ride through the center of town the first Friday of each month. We meet up at 6 p.m. at the Newark Shopping Center and ride as a group on a planned route with an après-ride gathering at one of Newark’s finest establishments! September’s post-party ride will take place at the Deer Park Tavern. The details of September's ride are below. We hope you can make it!

Date — Time — Meeting Place
Friday, September 2  —  6 p.m.  —  Newark Shopping Center


Other stuff you should know
Rides are led by members of the Newark bicycling community. We ride as a group at a casual pace. Following the rules of the road and engaging in civil encounters with motorists and pedestrians are what it’s all about. We ride 2x2 when in car travel lanes and single-file in bike lanes, and on shared bike paths we yield to pedestrians. We’ll make sure not to leave anyone behind by stopping occasionally to re-group.  

Why ride as a group?
Beside the fact that social riding is just plain fun, a group ride will best showcase some of the riding challenges we face on our local roads. Look smart and maybe we’ll make some converts too!

2016–2017 Bike Basics Checkpoints 

In partnership with UD, DelDOT, and the Newark Bike Project, we hold Bike Basics checkpoints four times a year. Primarily aimed at UD students, we’re opening up three of them to the Newark community! Stop by and we’ll put some air in your tires, check your brakes, and answer any questions you have about riding in and around Newark. Helmets and bike lights are available for a modest fee, but we’ll install your lights for free!  You’ll find us located adjacent to the East Delaware Avenue crosswalk at the UD Green. Take a minute to add the dates to your calendar and come check us out!

Tuesday, October 13, 1–3 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29, 1–3 p.m.
Thursday, April 13, 1­–3 p.m.

Bike Events at UD Welcome Days

As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a safer bicycling community, the NBC partnered with UD and the Newark Bike Project to provide bicycle education and bike safety checks to incoming students this year through two UD “1743 Welcome Day” events. On Move-In Day (Saturday, August 27), students will have a chance to register their bicycles, have their tires and brakes checked, pick up a helmet and bike lights, and get “schooled” in bicycling safely and legally around Newark and on campus. On Sunday, August 28, a “Welcome to Newark” ride will take interested new students on a spin around town, with an emphasis on biking safely, as they discover Newark’s special spots.  

Interested, But Concerned:
Is That You?

If so, you're not alone!  Studies indicate that only a small fraction of us consider ourselves “strong and fearless" riders, and a not much larger group, around 7 percent, are “enthused and confident.” Many of us (roughly one-third) will “no way no how" ride a bike. But the majority of people (around 60 percent) fall in the “interested but concerned" category! If this sounds like you, then take a look at the opportunities below - convenient and comfortable ways to learn more about bicycling that meets you where you are. Feel free to share with others!

Host a Community Conversation
Are you concerned about bicycling in your neighborhood? Cars too fast? Bicyclists too rude? Lousy infrastructure makes you feel unsafe? Or maybe you and your friends just want to talk about how to overcome your barriers to riding? Here is your chance to air your concerns, consider solutions, and have a good time while you’re at it. Invite your like-minded neighbors to your home for a community conversation around bicycling, and we’ll come listen to your thoughts, answer questions, and propose solutions where we can. Larger issues will be brought back to our committee to seek the benefit of committee consensus.

Register for a Personal Ride
Maybe you’re like some of us used to be—you love the idea of riding a bike for errands and recreation, but you feel awkward about riding in public or are terrified of pedaling next to a car? Or perhaps you are simply unsure of the rules of the road or need some advice on how to get started swapping your 4-wheeler for a 2-wheeler once in awhile. If this is you, then you’ll want to meet us! We vividly remember those days and can support your journey to a less car-dependent lifestyle. Let us help you free your inner child by registering with us for a one-on-one. We’ll find a convenient time to meet and start at square one!

Register for one or both of these fun, community-centered opportunities at NBC Bike Support Programs.

Scene Around Town 

Newly striped bike lanes! Check them out along South Chapel Street. Coming soon on Academy Street. Thank you, City of Newark and DelDOT!



  • September 2  First Friday Ride, Newark Shopping Center, 6 p.m.
  • September 15  Newark Bicycle Committee monthly meeting, WILMAPCO, 4 p.m. 
  • October 7  First Friday Ride, Newark Shopping Center, 6 p.m.
  • October 13  –  Bike Basics Checkpoint, E. Delaware at UD Green, 13 p.m.
  • October 20  Newark Bicycle Committee monthly meeting, WILMAPCO, 4 p.m. 
The Newark Bicycle Committee is a partnership of interested cyclists and agencies working to improve bicycling in Newark, Delaware.

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