Urban Bike Project supports Wilmington communities by providing access to bicycling as a healthy, affordable and practical means of transportation and recreation. Our work is guided by three core principles: open access for all Wilmington residents, opportunities for residents to build self-sufficiency, and community-driven programming that is responsive to resident needs.
Bicycles build stronger communities because they are…
Equitable: Bicycles provide reliable transportation for Wilmington residents, including those who can not afford a car or are unable to obtain a driver’s license. This is especially important in Wilmington, where over 20% of households do not own a personal vehicle, and transit services are limited.
Healthy: Bicycling helps Wilmington residents build physical fitness, relieve stress, have fun, and spend quality time with their families. There’s increasing evidence to suggest incorporating physical activity throughout a daily routine is more important for health outcomes than working out. Bicycling for transportation is an effective way to increase daily activity levels.
Sustainable: Did you know that the transportation sector accounts for the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States? Replacing car trips with walking, biking and transit trips helps combat climate change, improves air quality in urban areas, and reduces run-off pollutants that contaminate our water.
Community-building: Bicycling helps adults and youth spend time in nature, build confidence, explore their communities, and connect with their neighbors. Bicycling infrastructure like the Markell Trail on the Riverfront attracts new populations of people to an area and bolsters local businesses.