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Schedule and Logistics

Want to know what Rock to Rock is like? Check out the draft schedule below, and also read our Rider Q&A! Rock to Rock is a Zero-Waste event.  Please seek out compost and recycling bins placed at each of the rest stops and a compost bin trailing a bike provided by local composting company Peels and Wheels on the 8-mile route!

Before the Ride

8:30 - Optional ride departs from East Rock for event start. An informal group sets off from the corner of Orange and Cold Spring, heading for the event start at Common Ground.

8:30 - Optional ride departs from Yale Campus for event start. An informal group sets off from the corner of Hillhouse and Grove, heading for the event start at Common Ground.

7:15-10:30 - Registration, breakfast, and entertainment at Common Ground High School. Eat a tasty farm breakfast, hear live music by The Foresters, and pick up your fancy t-shirt before hitting the road. Day-of registration will be available at Common Ground, but advanced registration is highly encouraged. Common Ground is located at 358 Springside Avenue in New Haven. Parking at Common Ground is very limited, but overflow parking is available at Southern Connecticut State University's Wintergreen Garage. Read our Rider Q&A for more details.

8-Mile Family Ride

10:30 - Official Ride Kick-off. We ride at a leisurely pace across the city, kept safe by New Haven police along the way. This is the only route with a police escort.

10:45 - Edgewood Park rest stop and activities. Travel through the park to the Coogan Pavilion, where we'll be greeted with a light snack, plenty of water, and a chance to decorate your bicycle and hear live music by Elle Sera.

11:30 - Scantlebury Park rest stop and activities. Take a short rest and check out the new self-service bike repair station in this park hosted by the Friends of Scantlebury. Help us plant some trees and keep this park beautiful!

All the rides end in East Rock Park's College Woods with a Green Fair, live music, and food trucks.

12-Mile Adult Ride

11:00 - Official Ride Kick-off. This ride does not have a police escort, but will be supported by ride guides and support vehicles. We will ride across the city at a steady pace with only one rest stop along the way.

11:30 - Bayview Park rest stop (Open 11:15-1). Check out this beautiful park maintained by Community Greenspace and Land Trust volunteers who are hosting this stop.

All the rides end in East Rock Park's College Woods with a Green Fair, live music, and food trucks.

20-Mile

10:00 - Official Ride Kick-off. Riders set off with ride guides on their way to Sleeping Giant,  and then on to East Rock. This ride does not have a police escort, but will be supported by ride guides and a support vehicle.

Sleeping Giant Rest Stop and Activities (Open 8:30-12). Stop by beautiful Sleeping Giant Park, welcomed by the Sleeping Giant Park Association.

All the rides end in East Rock Park's College Woods with a Green Fair, live music, and food trucks.

 

40-Mile

9:00 - Official Ride Kick-off. This ride does not have a police escort, but will be supported by ride guides and support vehicles.  The 40-mile ride is actually 34-miles, but with an optional ride back to Common Ground or the top of East Rock Park you can make it 40 miles. 

Sleeping Giant Rest Stop and Activities (Open 8:30-12)Stop by beautiful Sleeping Giant Park, welcomed by the Sleeping Giant Park Association.

Lighthouse Point Rest Stop (Open 10:30-2:00). Grab water and snacks. Check out the view!

All the rides end in East Rock Park's College Woods with a Green Fair, live music, and food trucks.

Metric Century

8:00 - Official Ride Kick-off. This ride does not have a police escort, but will be supported by ride guides and support vehicles.

8:30-10- Pond Hill Rd Rest Stop. Grab water and snacks at 115 Pond Hill Rd in Wallingford (new stop in 2016).

10-1 - Perk on Church Rest Stop. Grab water and snacks. 

10:30-2:00 - Lighthouse Point Rest Stop. Grab water and snacks. 

The Green Fair at East Rock will end at 2 pm.  If you are a slower rider and don't want to miss it, take a shorter route.  The ride will not be supported beyond 2pm.

 

After the Ride

11:30-2:00 - Arrival at East Rock Park, CELEBRATION and Lunch. You made it! And now the fun really begins ...

Celebrate our top fundraisers and award winners
Check out a mini "green expo" of local environmental organizations
Listen to more great live music from Lujo & the Jumps and Elle Sera
Grab lunch from local vendors, with part of the proceeds going to support Rock to Rock

11:30-1:30pm Post-ride relaxation: Free mini-yoga sessions with Breathing Room Yoga Center in the Pavilion at College Woods near the Finish Line. Open to all.

Schedule for the Green Fair Stage

11:30-12:30 p.m. - Lujo & the Jumps

12:30 p.m. - ANNOUNCEMENTS

12:45-1:00 p.m. – Elle Sera

1:00-1:40 p.m. - Lujo & the Jumps

1:45-2 p.m. AWARDS CEREMONY

2:00 p.m. - We will hand the stage over to the March for Science.

Getting Home & Back to Common Ground

Wondering how you get home after Rock to Rock? You have lots of options:

  1. Ride back across town, either on your own or as part of the 2:00 group ride. Maps to Common Ground will be provided for those who want to leave earlier. 
  2. Park a car, or arrange a pick-up, from College Woods, at the corner of Orange Street and Cold Spring Avenue.
  3. Ride the CT Transit city bus. Schedules available on the CT Transit Web site. Each city bus has a rack with capacity for two bicycles.
  4. Score a spot on the Common Ground school bus or a Parks Department vehicle, heading across town every half hour between 1:30 and 2:30, with a truck for bicycles provided by New Haven Parks Department. Shuttle transportation will be limited.