Discover Wilmington’s hidden gems. Explore quiet corners of the city. Learn from our guest ride leaders as they share their expertise in art, history, and more! There’s no better way to get to know a place than by bike. Bike tours are free, but we kindly request that you pre-register. Registration is capped at 20 on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow the links in the tour descriptions to register. Due to insurance requirements, all riders must wear a helmet, no exceptions (you can purchase one from us for as little as $5!) Families are encouraged to participate so long as children are capable of completing the advertised distance.
Schedule of Bike Tours:
June 4 – Pedals, Pewees, and Peregrines
5:30pm start time; 5.5 miles
Start/End: Urban Bike Project (1500 N. Walnut Street)
Birds fly, feed, and raise young alongside humans in the city, and this ride will discover what’s living along the Brandywine and in downtown Wilmington. Delaware Ornithological Society is teaming up with UBP to help riders find some of the birds living close to us – from the ducks in the Brandywine to the small birds singing from the tree tops to the raptors that nest in Downtown Wilmington. Binoculars will be provided, but supplies are limited so please bring your own if you have them. This ride will focus on using your eyes and ears as you ride, rather than speed, and is a family-friendly program.
Registration for Pedals, Pewees and Peregrines is now closed.
June 13 – River to River Art Ride
11am start; 7-9 miles
Start/End: Delaware Contemporary (200 S. Madison Street)
Discover public art installations and community art projects in Wilmington! Join Urban Bike Project from 11 AM – 12:30 PM for a bicycle tour through the city, stopping along the way to learn about the art and artists that beautify our communities. Participants receive a free water bottle and swag bag courtesy Delaware Contemporary and Urban Bike Project! This ride is part of the Delaware Contemporary’s West Street Festival. To learn more about other festival offerings, visit https://www.decontemporary.org/west-street-art-festival-2021
Click Here to register for River to River Art Ride
June 19 – Delaware Freedom Ride: A Juneteenth Celebration
8:30am start; 8.5 miles or 15 mile round trip
Start: New Castle Courthouse Museum (211 Delaware Ave, New Castle DE 19720)
End: Frawley Stadium (801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington DE 19801)
Optional Return Trip: Leaves Frawley Stadium at 10:45 to return to New Castle
Join Urban Bike Project, Delaware Greenways, local riders and special guest Erick “The Bicycle Nomad” Cedeno for a 15 mile bicycle ride as we retrace the path of the Underground Railroad through New Castle County along a portion of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. The ride will follow the Jack Markell Trail to Wilmington, stopping along the way to hear stories of key individuals in the historic fight for Black liberation in Delaware. These stories are shared through a virtual Story Map that is available on the Delaware Greenways website by visiting https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/7b96c00d8ffc44d5862dc5a281fba1c7.
The ride ends at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, where riders are encouraged to join the Delaware Juneteenth Association’s Freedom Festival and Parade. An optional return trip to New Castle leaves the stadium at 10:45am; those who join the parade should plan on completing their return trip independently.
This ride is free and open to all ages. The route follows a paved multi-use path, with short stretches on low traffic roads. Please no training wheels or strider bikes. Young people who are not comfortable riding on their own or who can not maintain a consistent pace should be attached to a parent or guardian (via child trailer, tag-along bike, or child seat).
Click Here to register for The Delaware Freedom Ride
About Special Guest Erick “The Bicycle Nomad” Cedeno:
Joining the 2021 inaugural Delaware Freedom Ride will be Erick Cedeño, aka “Bicycle Nomad,” a world-famous long-distance cyclist whose passion is to promote diversity and inclusivity through the physical and spiritual journey of riding. Over the past ten years, Cedeño has traveled further than he’d ever imagined on his bicycle: from Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico; from St. Augustine, Fla., to New York City, NY. His most notorious ride to date stands as The Underground Railroad, where he pedaled from New Orleans, LA to Niagara Falls, NY. Trailblazing through rough terrain often alone for long periods of time, and encountering hundreds of new lives in towns in between, Cedeño followed The Drinking Gourd through a maze of tunnels and safe houses in a journey to experience what it was like for slaves to find liberation