Biking is by far the smarter, cheaper and healthier way to get around New Haven.
"All students should bike, because New Haven is the perfect city for biking," David Streever, a cycling enthusiast on the board of Elm City Cycling, says. "New Haven is a relatively flat city with a layout that is centralized. Most destinations are close to each other."
Elm City Cycling is a nonprofit organization with more than 400 advocates who work at making New Haven more accessible and safer for cyclists. They hold monthly public meetings on the second Monday of every month.
"It's a great group full of friendly and helpful people, which makes it the place for newcomers to the city," Streever says.
More than just an advocacy organization, Elm City Cycling leads large group rides throughout the year.
"We do group rides designed for people of all levels and abilities so everyone can experience the city in a different way," Streever said. Elm City Cycling's website (www.elmcitycycling.org) has a calendar with upcoming rides and meetings.
Elm City Cycling and Devil's Gear Bike Shop organize the New Haven Century, a 100 mile bike ride through New Haven County. Usually held in June, it's been moved to the end of September this year. "We wanted everyone who wants to participate to be able to. In the summer many people (such as students) aren't here," Streever says.
In October, Elm City Cycling and Devil's Gear team up again for Artspace's annual City-Wide Open Studios. They'll offer guided bike tours to artists' studios, allowing cyclists of all levels to experience New Haven's vibrant arts scene.
To gear up and learn more, swing by the Devil's Gear (151 Orange St., New Haven, 203-773-9288, thedevilsgear.com).