2016 International Festival of Arts and Idea Bike Tours

New Haven

All rides begin at the Information Booth on the Green
Open to all / Helmets required

Saturday 11 June
9 am East Coast Greenway/Farmington Canal Trail North

Travel north on the trail to the Lock 12 Museum and Station Master’s House.  Tour lead by a representative from the East Coast Greenway.


2 pm Back to School
There is a place for everyone in New Haven’s school system. This ride will take you from public, private, charter, regional, to home schooling programs.

Sunday 12 June
9 am Climate Change

Scary or Healthy? Climate Change Threats and Opportunities…
Ride to visit sites where climate adaptation and mitigation is on-going in the form of green infrastructure and use of solar panels. Review areas threatened by climate changes due to the rise in sea level.  See how climate change impacts low income neighborhoods. Finally, where mitigation could happen and plans to implement soil carbon capture, school based climate education, and instituting more climate friendly infrastructure.

2 pm Maker Haven

Get your hands dirty with local business that encourage you to explore your creative impulses.


Wednesday 15 June
5:30 pm New Haven Picnic Basket

Bring your appetite for a bike tour picnic extravaganza. Visit local food suppliers and see where your food originates and collect your perfect meal.  A picnic in a local park concludes the ride.  Did we mention ice cream?

Saturday 18 June
9 am East Coast Greenway South
To Silver Sands Beach in Milford. Tour lead by a representative from the East Coast Greenway.


2 pm Strawberry Festival

Ride to Hindinger Farm in Hamden for the annual festival of strawberries.  Events include family hayrides, fun clowns, lots of food and entertainment.



Sunday 19 June
9 am Junteenth

Celebrate the end of slavery and visit New Haven’s sites on the Freedom Trail.


2 pm Parks & Waterways
The Mill River provides sustenance, commerce, and recreation for its residents. Learn how current initiatives planned for the river will enhance daily life in New Haven.

Wednesday 22 June
5:30 pm Puzzle Haven

Part scavenger hunt part clue fest, decipher clues and collect pieces of the puzzle hidden throughout New Haven.  Prize awarded.


Saturday 25 June
9 am Wheelmen, 150 Years of Cycling in America

It all started here 150 years ago.  Travel back in time and trace the history of bicycling.  The Wheelmen will demonstrate their antique bicycles and provide a robust cycling experience for all to enjoy.


3 pm Lallement Ride to the Valley, the celebration continues
Ride to the Valley for bicycling celebrations in Derby and Ansonia.  It all started here!



BONUS 13th Ride and 150 Years of Cycling in America events

Sunday 26 June
10 am Wheelmen, 150 Years of Cycling in America
Ride with the Wheelmen and explore bicycling history in New Haven.

1:00 pm Exhibit 150 years of bicycling in America opens at the conference room
Best Western Hotel, 201 Washington Avenue (Route 5) North Haven, CT.

2:00 -5:00pm Lectures open to the public covering bicycling in America: Hobby Horse era, Velocipede era, High Wheel era, early safeties,  and contemporary.


New Haven Gran Prix coming in September!

Elm City Cycling welcomes the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program in bringing the New Haven Gran Prix to New Haven on September 18th. The New Haven Gran Prix is a race on the National Racing Criterium Calendar and will coincide with a pizza and food truck festival and a street fair including live music and a beer garden.

ECC has an opportunity to partner with CCAP and raise funds to support our mission to make greater New Haven safer, friendlier, and more accessible to people on bikes and on foot by organizing local volunteers to help with the race on Friday evening and a Gran Fondo ride from New Haven to Harford to be held the next day. We need your help to support this great event! Please consider joining our team and fill out the form below to let us know your possible availability on that weekend.