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The Ultimate Guide to Biking in New Haven (Best Routes + Tips!)

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Biking was always the most energy-efficient form of transportation and now with the cost of gas skyrocketing, it’s even more tempting! Plus, it’s good exercise, so it’s a win-win all-around. 

Before you get your pedal power on, you should know what routes are more favorable for biking around the city of New Haven. Some routes provide a stand-alone path while others are next to mixed traffic. Don’t forget about the fun places you can explore by bike during your downtime. We’ve got you covered here as we start pedaling through New Haven!

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Biking Through New Haven

If you’re biking through the city to get to school, work, or appointments, you may not always want to be following paths that are near traffic. It makes some people uncomfortable which is why they opt for routes that stand alone or are separated from traffic. Another thing to consider is that some routes have no dedicated bike space, so you may want to recalculate your route to find a more bike-friendly path. Over the past few years, the city of New Haven has constructed miles of bike lanes and cycle tracks with more on the horizon. 

Some stand-alone paths or ones that are separated from traffic include:

  • Long Wharf Drive
  • Hobart St. (Near Edgewood Park)

Many streets around the Elm City have bike lanes that create enough comfort for people to bike in New Haven. These include:

  • Elm St.
  • Webster St.
  • Howard Ave.
  • Church St. 
  • South Orange St.
  • Cedar St.
  • South Frontage Rd.
  • College St.

While New Haven has plenty of bike-friendly routes, some areas have no dedicated bike space. This is not to say that you can’t bike there, but it may be a little tricky with traffic, so you should take extra caution.

Areas with no dedicated bike space in New Haven include:

  • Sherman Ave.
  • Olive St.
  • Marginal Dr.
  • Orange Ave.
  • Davenport Ave.

You can always check out the New Haven Bike Routes Map to see what areas may have been updated and may include more bike-friendly paths in the future.

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Bike Safety Tips

Whether you’re traveling on a dedicated bike path or one that is shared with traffic, you always want to take the proper safety precautions. Here are some of the rules you’ll want to follow to ensure a safe ride.

  • Bikes must have lights and reflectors for riding at night.
  • No biking on sidewalks.
  • If biking with others, don’t bike with more than two across.
  • Communicate directions with hand signals.

Keeping these simple tips in mind can make the roads safer for you and motorists.

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Bikes Trails in and Around New Haven

While there are plenty of bike-friendly routes to get you from point-A to point B in New Haven, there are also a couple of bike trails where you can go for fun and more exercise. 

East Rock Park

Known for its beautiful views of New Haven, take a challenging ride to the top of East Rock. Once you get to the top, you’ll be able to see the entire Elm City! East Rock Park is closed from sunset to sunrise, so keep that in mind as you plan your visit.

Farmington Canal Trail

The Farmington Canal Trail runs from Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven to Southwick, MA. Talk about a long bike ride! The trail is part of the larger East Coast Greenway Initiative. Since the path is so long, you can decide what part of the route you want to include in your trip.

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No Bike? No Problem!

If you’re a Yale student, faculty, or staff member, Yale offers a bike share program. There are 50 shared-use bicycles available for use. The university partners with Noa Technologies which uses cloud-based fleet management software to provide real-time bike location, status, and alerts. This is an added perk if you’re part of the Yale University family.

Bike Storage

There is also an added perk for residents of New Haven Towers. We offer secure bike storage so that you don’t have to worry about your bike getting stolen. You can safely store your bike within the building so that you know where it is at all times. This not only protects it from thieves, but also from the effects of the weather.

When it comes to biking around New Haven, there are plenty of accessible routes to help you get to where you need to go. With those routes and the leisure trails, pedal power never looked so appealing in New Haven!

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