Bike Tours

Presented in association with Elm City Cycling

Working toward a more bicycle friendly community. Elm City Cycling's bike tours are always a popular part of the Festival: see the sights, explore trails and paths, and experience a piece of local history!

A few important notes

  • Properly fitted helmets are required to ride.
  • There are rides for all skill and experience levels. Check each tour listing for a difficulty level.
  • Bring a bike, properly fitted helmet, water, food, and sunscreen.
  • All participants must sign a release form before participating on the tour. Fill it out now >
  • Click the tour listing below for more information about each tour and meeting locations.

East Coast Greenway South

presented with Elm City Cycling

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. A representative of ECG will lead the ride and provide information and background on the trails.

Bike Share New Haven: Rent, Ride, Return

presented with Elm City Cycling

Shake hands with New Haven’s Bike Share. Learn how to sign up, saddle up, and hitch up. You’ll learn key bike handling skills along the way. You may either use your own bike or Bike Share bikes which will be available at no charge.

Bicycle Culture in New Haven

presented with Elm City Cycling

New Haven’s bike scene today is a varied and vibrant reflection of our overall population. Join us as we visit some of the people and places that contribute to the richness of our city’s bicycle culture.

1779 British Invasion

presented with Elm City Cycling

Retrace the steps of New Haven's defenders during the two-pronged offensive by the British. Ride to Lighthouse Point and Bradley Point, West Haven where the British landed and attempted to take our city.

Cultural Identity

presented with Elm City Cycling

Experience the New Haven Cultural Heritage Tour by bike. The tour tells the pre-1970 stories of the experiences, contributions and hardships faced in New Haven by five of the cultural and ethnic groups that have enriched our community.

Strawberry Festival / Hindinger Farm

presented with Elm City Cycling

Ride to Hindinger Farm in Hamden for the annual Strawberry Festival. Events include family hayrides, clowns, lots of food and entertainment, and of course, beautiful, delicious red juicy strawberries!

Historic Bridges of New Haven

presented with Elm City Cycling

New Haven is home to a wide range of fascinating and historic bridges. We’ll get an inside perspective of some of these often overlooked, important structures that carry our roadways and bikeways over rivers and other barriers. A great ride for dads and their loved ones.

Bloomsday Ride

presented with Elm City Cycling

Turn on your inner James Joyce with open mic poetry and storytelling. Bring your original or favorite poem/story to tell. New Haven literary backdrops add ambiance to this shared experience.

Prepare for International Make Music Day

presented with Elm City Cycling

Got rhythm? Don’t worry, every one is invited to International Make Music Day. Ride to locations throughout New Haven where music reigns, and is often free.

East Coast Greenway / Farmington Canal Trail North

presented by Elm City Cycling

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.

The Games People Play

presented with Elm City Cycling

Do you know how to escape from a locked room? Ever wonder how to play bocce? Oh, the games New Havener’s play will challenge and entertain you.