New in 2020! Join Urban Bike Project for monthly social rides. These rides are perfect for beginners, folks new to the area, or experienced riders interested in low-key opportunities to meet other cycling enthusiasts. Due to our insurance requirements, all riders must wear a helmet to participate, no exceptions (you can purchase one from us for as little as $5!)
Where: Start and end at Urban Bike Project, 1500 N. Walnut Street, Wilmington DE 19801, unless otherwise noted.
When: Sunday afternoons; Depending on distance and rider experience, rides will typically last 1 – 2 hours. See schedule below.
Who: All ages, unless otherwise noted.
Difficulty: Easy! These rides are designed for beginners and those who want a non-competitive opportunity to ride with others. Speed is relaxed and absolutely no one will be left behind or pressured to go faster!
March 29 – Family Ride – SELF-GUIDED ONLY
Bring the kids! Explore Brandywine Park and Alapocas Run State Park on this family friendly ride. Most of the route is on paved multi-use paths, with some low-stress neighborhood roads.
April 26 – Spring Gardens Tour – SELF-GUIDED ONLY
Visit some of Wilmington’s hidden gems, including Gibraltar, the Delaware Center for Horticulture, Jasper Crane Rose Garden and more. Local horticulturalist Sam Seo, the Community Arborist for Delaware Center for Horticulture, will be along for the ride to share some informal information.
May 10th – National Bike Week – SELF-GUIDED ONLY
1pm start; 4-5 miles
May 10 – 16 is National Bike to Work Week. Curious about riding in the city but not sure where to start? Join us for a beginner ride, complete with an ice cream stop, to get your toes wet in the wonderful world of biking! For this ride only, Urban Bike Project’s sale bikes will be available to borrow for the ride, free of charge. If you like your loaner bike, you can purchase it and make it yours after the ride!
June 21 – Glow Ride
8:30pm start; 8-10 miles
You do you, as long as you’re luminous. Get creative with glow sticks, spoke lights, and anything you can think of! Please keep in mind that a white headlight and red tail light is legally required for riding at night, so make sure to incorporate those into your glow. Masks required; you may remove your mask while riding if breathing is a problem, but you must have one with you for times when we may be stopped and gathered. Free glow stick bracelet for all participants! If you are interested in purchasing lights from UBP, plan on arriving 15 minutes early for the ride.
July 19 – Introduction to Country Roads
12pm start; 24 miles; Adults only please
Soak up the beautiful countryside surrounding Wilmington on this 24 mile route. Pack a picnic lunch/snack to enjoy when we stop at Yorklyn, a historic enclave tucked along the Red Clay Creek. Take a spin on the Auburn Valley Trail, or check out the Dew Point Brewing Company before returning to Wilmington. We’ll make one final stop at a splash park on the west side of town to cool off. This ride is not suitable for brand new riders. Recommended for riders with some comfort sharing the road with motor vehicles and experience riding several miles at a time.
August 23 – Custom Bike Parade
1pm start; 2-4 miles
Calling all custom bike builds! Whether you’ve built a one-of-a-kind bike from the ground up or you’ve tricked out your old Huffy with colorful accessories, bring your favorite custom riding machine. Don’t have one? We’ll have some accessories and decorations at the start for you to add to your bike.
September Date TBD – Wilmington Art Tour
12pm start; 8-10 miles
Did you know Wilmington is home to cutting edge contemporary art and world-class collections of 19th century paintings, all free to visit on Sundays? We’ll ride a circuit of Wilmington, stopping at the Delaware Contemporary, the Delaware Art Museum, and some boutique art galleries along the way. The Delaware Art Museum has a cafe, or pack a picnic lunch/snack. Admission to the museums is free, donations appreciated.
October 25 – Halloween Costume Ride
1pm start; 6-8 miles
Join us for some good old fashioned Halloween fun. Please keep safety in mind when choosing a costume and avoid outfits with lots of loose fabric that could get caught while riding.
November 22 – Cranksgiving Alley Cat Food Drive
1pm start; 6-8 miles
Inspired by the annual food drives first organized by “alley cat” bike messengers of New York City. We’ll ride to some local grocery stores, purchase food items from a list of needs, and deliver them to a local shelter. If you have a backpack or panniers and can help carry food, please bring it along. As with all of them this ride is free, but please come prepared to contribute toward the purchase of food items.
December 20 – Holiday Lights Ride
5pm start; 8-10 miles
Cruise the neighborhoods with us in search of Wilmington’s best holiday light displays. We’ll make a pit stop at a coffee shop for a warm up halfway through the ride. Holiday themed apparel/accessories encouraged! Please remember to dress for the weather. All riders must have a working headlight and taillight to participate.