International Festival of Arts and Ideas 2022 Bike Tours

All rides are free and begin promptly on the New Haven Green. Insurance waiver, bicycle and helmet required for every rider (yup, even the kiddies in the trailer need to have a waiver and helmet).

Saturday 11 June

9:00 am – Noon
Library Tour
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2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Adopted Flavors of New Haven
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Sunday 12 June

9:00 am – Noon
Shoreline Greenway Trail
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2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sports New Haven Style
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Wednesday 15 June

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Historic Bridges of New Haven
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Saturday 18 June

9:00 am – Noon
Farmington Canal Trail/East Coast Greenway North
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2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Celluloid New Haven

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Sunday 19 June

9:00 am – Noon
Riding Mixed Surfaces

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Wednesday 22 June

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Passport to City Parks
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Saturday 25 June

9:00 am – Noon
East Coast Greenway South
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2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wheel of Fortune

International Festival of Arts and Ideas Bike Tours 2021

All rides are free. Helmets are required.

East Coast Greenway / Farmington Canal Trail North
Saturday 19 June / 9 am – Noon

Travel North from New Haven to Cheshire and learn about plans to connect the former rail trail to Northampton, MA. Visit historic Locks 12 and 14 before returning to New Haven. A representative of ECG will lead the ride and provide information and background on the trail.

New Haven’s Historic Districts
Sunday 20 June / 9 am – Noon

What are local historic districts? How do they help preserve New Haven’s unique character? Join New Haven Historic District Commissioner and preservation specialist Doug Royalty for a tour of the city’s three local districts. Discover the rich history and architecture of Wooster Square, City Point, and the Quinnipiac River section of Fair Haven.

New Haven Bike / Walk Present and Future
Sunday 20 June / 2 – 5 pm

Tables and ballards are cropping up on city streets everywhere. Find out what it all means for walkers and bikers now and what is in store for the future. Discover the answer to “what’s a sharrow?”

New Haven Smorgasbord Ride
Wednesday 23 June / 5:30 – 7 pm

Developed for the East Coast Greenway to entice bicyclists into New Haven, tour around the city and visit both popular and unknown sites alike. Finish with ice cream, of course.

East Coast Greenway South
Saturday 26 June / 9 am – Noon

Travel South on the East Coast Greenway to Silver Sands State Park in Milford. This section of the ECG incorporates the Vision Trail, the Harbor side trail, the Long Wharf Nature Preserve, and the Savin Rock Trail. representative of ECG will lead the ride and provide information and background on the trails.

Planes, Trains, and Trolleys
Saturday 26 June / 2 – 5 pm

Travel back to New Haven’s not too distant past and discover the development of transportation in the city.

Riding Mixed Surfaces
Sunday 27 June / 9 am – Noon

New Haven has it’s share of mixed surfaces often creating a challenge for even the most seasoned rider. Learn techniques from one of New Haven’s most prolific riders and skilled educators on the subject.

Stony Creek along the Shoreline Greenway Trail
Sunday 27 June / 9 am – 3 pm

Saddle up for this full day excursion to the enchanting Stony Creek. Travel along the existing portions of the Shoreline Greenway Trail and discover how easy and beautiful it is to get to shoreline destinations. We will lunch at Stony Creek, either brown bag or there will be cafe options as well. Bring spare tubes.

Pet Friendly Businesses

In support of the Pet Friendly Bike tour, we present

Pet Friendly Businesses in New Haven

Ashley’s Ice Cream (all locations)
Free ice cream for your dog.
280 York Street
 New Haven, CT
(203) 776-7744
Mon-Sat 11am – 11pm
Sun 12 pm – 11 pm

City Seed Farmers’ Market
Hours and Location
Saturdays, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Russo Park, corner of Chapel Street and DePalma Court
Bus: F, G, M, or O to Wooster Square
Sundays, 10am – 1pm

Edgewood Park
Whalley and West Rock Avenues
Wednesdays, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Church Street, in front of City Hall

Fair Haven
Thursdays, 3pm – 6pm
Quinnipiac River Park (corner of Front Street & Grand Avenue)

Shake Shack
Pooch-Ini and Bag of Bones
986 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
 11AM – 10PM, Sunday – Thursday
11AM – 11PM, Friday & Saturday

Nica’s Market
Address: 603 Orange St., New Haven, CT 06511
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Contact: 203-787-5919

One 6 Three
Address: 163 Foster St., New Haven, CT 06511
Hours: Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, noon – 10 p.m.
Sunday, noon – 9 p.m.
Contact: 203-777-5141

Cedarhurst Café
44 Crown St., New Haven, CT 06510
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Contact: 203-773-0590

Claire’s Corner Copia
Address: 1000 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06510
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Contact: 203-562-3888

Wentworth’s Homemade Ice Cream
Address: 3697 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06518
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Contact: 203-281-7429

Latin American, Seafood, Tapas Bars
220 College St
New Haven, CT 06510

J.P. Dempsey’s
American (Traditional), Pubs, Sandwiches
974 State St
New Haven, CT 06511

Christopher Martins
860 State St, New Haven, CT, US, 06511
Or call (203) 776-8835 f

1006 Chapel St, New Haven, CT, US, 06510
Or call (203) 772-1715

Temple Grill
152 Temple St, New Haven, CT, US, 06510
Or call (203) 773-1111

Christy’s Irish Pub
261 Orange St, New Haven, CT, US, 06510
Or call (203) 624-0811

Mory’s Association
306 York St, New Haven, CT, US, 06511-3645
Or call (203) 562-3157

Maison Mathis
304 Elm St, New Haven, CT, US, 06511-4708
Or call (203) 752-9779

The Regal Beagle – New Haven
422 State St, New Haven, CT, US, 06510-2018
Or call (203) 752-9899

Da Legna
858 State St, New Haven, CT, US, 06511-3924
Or call (203) 495-9999

Chap’s Grille
1174 Chapel St, New Haven, CT, US, 06511-8922
Or call (203) 562-3966

170 Temple St, New Haven, CT, US, 06510-2616
Or call (203) 773-5000

Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea
 258 Church St, New Haven, CT, US, 06510-1711
Or call (203) 777-7400
194 York St, New Haven, CT, US, 06511-4804
Or call (203) 789-8400

TRE Scalini Restaurant
100 Wooster St, New Haven, CT, US, 06511-5719
Or call (203) 777-3373

937 State St, New Haven, CT, US, 06511-3926
Or call (203) 562-1414

P & M
721 Orange St, New Haven, CT, US, 06511-2528
Or call (203) 865-1147

Tikkaway Grill
135 Orange St, New Haven, CT, US, 06510-3111
Or call (203) 562-1299

Chestnut Fine Foods
1012 State St, New Haven, CT, US, 06511-3944
Or call (203) 782-6767

Dairy Queen
254 1/2 Kimberly Ave, New Haven, CT, US, 06519
Or call (203) 776-5052

Mamoun’s Falafel
85 Howe St, New Haven, CT, US, 06511-4603
Or call (203) 562-8444

Pet Friendly National Chains
*Note: Many stores leave it up to the manager to decide whether their store allows dogs or not, not all of these stores will allow dogs. The best way to ensure you can bring your pooch inside is to call ahead and find out the specific store’s policy.
Home Depot
Pottery Barn
Bass Pro Shops
Barnes and Noble
LUSH Cosmetics
Restoration Hardware
Urban Outfitters
Free People
Foot Locker
Old Navy
Saks Fifth Avenue
Tractor Supply Co.

Join Our Team!

The annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride is coming up on April 28th, 2018. Rock to Rock is a fundraising event benefiting more than two dozen local organizations focused on environmental sustainability in various forms. Elm City Cycling has been an integral part of Rock to Rock from the beginning. In addition to helping organize the ride guides, we are proud to step up to be a ‘Rock Solid’ sponsor.

For its tenth edition, Rock to Rock has some new plans in store including:

  • A new 5-mile family parade route, complete with banners, floats, and more.
  • A special 10th Anniversary Bonus Fund — created by MFUNd with support from Faxon Law Group — adding $10 for every $50 donated or raised.
  • Better-than-ever rest stops, routes, and support for the riders.
  • A call to action to create a just & healthy climate, from Rock to Rock.

Please consider joining the Elm City Cycling team, as either a rider or a volunteer, and directing a portion of your pledged funds to help support our mission to make greater New Haven friendlier, safer, and more accessible to pedestrians and people on bikes.

Smart Cycling Class February 14 & 16

This two day TS 101 course includes: classroom lectures, bike handling skills on a closed course, a written test, and a road ride that will allow participants to practice their cycling skills. Topics to cover including proper bike type and selection, starting, stopping, shifting and scanning, learn how to ride in traffic, proper lane and intersection positioning, and crash avoidance techniques.
This course will go rain or shine, and will be offered by the City of New Haven’s League of American Bicyclists certified instructors
Upon successful completion of the written and skill-testing portions, participants will receive a Certificate.

This class meets the prerequisite for taking a League Certified Instructor course.


New Haven Parks Recreation and Trees headquarters
720 Edgewood Avenue
New Haven CT 06515

Date: February 14 & 16, 2018
Time: 3:00PM to 7:00PM

Cost: Class usually costs $100 per person but it is offered for just $20 to New Haven residents. $20 includes the Manual and Certificate.
A fully functional bike and a certified bike helmet are required to participate in this course. Loaner bikes, lights, and helmets will be available for those in need.

For more information please contact the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator at