The Wilmington Bicycle Advisory Committee (WBAC) was created to advise and coordinate bike-related initiatives in the city as well as advocate for bicycle transportation and recreation opportunities. WBAC welcomes bike enthusiasts of all skill levels to get involved. Committee members actively participate in events like the Wilmington Grand Prix, Bike-to-Work Day, bike surveys, bike infrastructure installation, the Bike Summit as well as supporting various local bike charity and non-profit organizations.
The strength of our committee comes from strong citizen participation. The committee also has the support of numerous City departments including Parks and Recreation, Planning, Police, Public Works, and the Office of the Mayor. Additionally, we have representation from WILMAPCO, Bike Delaware, the Delaware Bike Council, DART and DNREC – all of whom we see as partners in advancing bike initiatives.
Please contact Mike Leventry at bikewilmington@WilmingtonDE.gov for more information on getting involved and/or to receive meeting notices.
2014 Bike Wilmington Event & Ride Schedule
Bike Wilmington hosts multiple rides for every rider – from beginners thru advanced. There are also advocacy and advisory sub-committees (supporting biking in the City of Wilmington) for which we are always looking to stock with new talent. Please consider getting involved!
All rides are one hour long. Email us at BikeWilmington@WilmingtonDE.gov for more information.
Friday, August 1 - Art Loop (start point/locations TBD). Start time: 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 13 - Bike Wilmington meeting. Time: 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 13 - Parkway Cruise starting at Rocco’s in Little Italy. Start time: 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 27 – Growler from Twin Lakes Brewery. Start time: 5:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5 - Meet and Greet from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Urban Bike Project, 1500 N. Walnut Street (enter at the corner of 15th and Walnut). The bike ride will leave from the Urban Bike Project at 6:00 for a 1 hour tour of downtown Art Loop venues. Refreshments and music will be provided. See www.urbanbikeproject.com for more information.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about bike advocacy in the City. This special event is hosted by the Urban Bike Project at their new facility on Walnut Street – so it’s also a great opportunity to see the new shop. Additionally, the shop will be a stop on the Art Loop featuring a gallery installation and music by the New Wilmington Art Association. The scheduled 1 hour Art Loop bike ride will be departing from/returning to the celebration.
Feedback Wanted! Bike Wilmington will have a “Thinking Out-of-the-Box About Biking”-themed suggestion box (pun intended) at the event for everyone to voice their ideas about how Wilmington can be a more bike friendly city.
Wednesday, September 10 - Bike Wilmington meeting. Time: 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 10 – Northern Delaware Greenway Cruise starting at the Bellefonte Café. Start time: 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 24 - Growler from Twin Lakes Brewery. Start time: 5:30 p.m.
Friday, October 3 - Art Loop (start point/locations TBD). Start time: 5:30 p.m.
Bike Wilmington Events & Activities
Wilmington Bike Advisory Committee Meeting
Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 12 noon. The next scheduled meeting are:
Wednesday, June 11
Wednesday, July 9
Wednesday, August 13
Wednesday, September 10
2nd Wednesday After Work Meeting
The committee’s business meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month intermittently throughout the year (the schedule is impacted by the holiday seasons and weather). To receive meeting notices, please email bikewilmington@WilmingtonDE.gov
4th Wednesday “Bike Cruise”
Anyone can join us to ride (cruise) at an extremely relaxed (slow) pace to various places of interest in and around the greater Wilmington area. We typically socialize afterwards at a local eatery. Families are welcome!
Cruises are after work from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Socializing is immediately after the cruise.
To receive cruise information, please email bikewilmington@WilmingtonDE.gov and type "cruise" in the subject line.
Take a look at some of the events sponsored by Bike Wilmington and the Wilmington Bicycle Advisory Committee.
The Wilmington Bicycle Advisory Committee, also known as Bike Wilmington, again had a presence during Wilmington’s 2013 Bike Week. Festivities included several group public riding events, a BBQ and racing.
Transportation Enhancement Grant:
WBAC/Bike Wilmington has successfully attained a $200,000 DelDOT Transportation Enhancement grant to implement bike infrastructure improvements within the City of Wilmington. The effort will address four (4) primary corridors that will serve to connect the City’s neighborhoods to the downtown commercial district. Additionally, the Committee will be working with its consultant McCormick Taylor, DART, Wilmington Initiatives and the Challenge Program to develop a cutting edge, multi-modal bus shelter prototype that will serve the needs of transit riders and bicyclists.
Bike Loops and Cruises:
These rides are modeled after similar community rides that occur frequently in Portland, Oregon. The cruises involve meeting up with other bike enthusiasts and riding as a group in a roving fashion to different locations in and around Wilmington. The bike loops, which happen on Art Loop Fridays, are organized groups of riders that visit various Wilmington art galleries to check out their offerings. For more information, email bikewilmington@WilmingtonDE.gov
Bike Parking and Sharrows:
WBAC/Bike Wilmington has been coordinating and assisting the Department of Public Works to determine logical and safe locations for bike parking (racks) throughout the City. Phase I of a City-wide rack install effort is complete; phase II is under research and development; and a final phase is set to occur next Spring. Sharrows have been installed on Market Street with more sharrows to follow in the near future. If you are aware of a location that is in need of bike parking, please contact Mike Leventry at mleventry@WilmingtonDE.gov.
Brandywine to Christina Trail Connector:
NREC Secretary Collin O'Mara has declared that connecting the Brandywine and Christina waterfront trail systems is a priority. The WBAC/Bike Wilmington concept has a multi-use trail following the Brandywine Creek down from the Brandywine Park and around the 7th Street peninsula and connecting with the Christina River waterfront trail. WBAC/Bike Wilmington is on board coordinating with WILMAPCO, DNREC, DELDOT and Bike Delaware to support planning and development.
Under development is a Pedal Perks program which will partner with bike friendly businesses to offer and advertise incentives to bicyclists that ride to their establishments. It is meant to incentivize biking while supporting the local economy. More information will follow as the program is more fully developed.
Contact Bike Wilmington
Phone: (302) 576-3102