Bike Route: BEAVER POND – CITY POINT (Ellsworth Ave. – Howard Ave.)

This ride offers a North-South route through the city’s west side. It functions as a potential commuter track as well as a recreational ride. The primary North-South route in western New Haven is Ella T. Grasso Boulevard. However, The Boulevard, south of Derby Avenue, is currently not designed to accommodate anything but cars and trucks. This route might help with that problem.

The Beaver Pond <—> City Point route can serve all New Haven riders as it crosses through the  following neighborhoods:

The route may also serve commuters destined for these places:

Links to Google Maps:

To access maps and directions, click on the appropriate picture below. The link will connect you to the Google maps driving directions for that route. You’ll be able to follow the 3-D streetview (by clicking the white arrows), plus you’ll get a scope of the entire route.

Southbound (starting in Beaver Hills):

Start of Southbound route (Ellsworth Ave.)

Northbound (starting in City Point/ the Hill):

Start of Northbound route (Howard Ave.)

Here are a few things to see along the route:

Riders gather during last year's Rock to Rock ride
  • Beaver Hills Historic District* – “With its numerous well-preserved examples of large and moderately sized houses (designed and built in a variety of popular early 20th-century architectural styles) the Beaver Hills Historic District is one of New Haven’s most substantially intact collections of suburban residential architecture erected prior to the Second World War.”
  • Chapelseed Community Garden – a botanical refuge at 1592 Chapel St. (Between Ellsworth & Norton).
Chapelseed Community Garden

Coming from the Hill side, there are at least three significant historical districts off Howard Avenue to the South, East and West:

City Point and Oyster Point Historic District*“City Point was originally part of New Haven’s undeveloped “suburbs” on the western edge of town known as the Oyster Point Quarter or simply Oyster Point…. Although Oyster Point and Oyster Point Quarter often were used interchangeably, most 19th century maps use the name Oyster Point to describe the narrow peninsula bounded by the West River salt marsh and the harbor., i.e. the area today bounded by Greenwich Ave., Hallock Ave. and South Water Street.”


Glimpse of New Haven Harbor from the pier at City Point

Trowbridge Square Historic District* – “The Trowbridge Square Historic District is New Haven’s most intact and cohesive example of a 19th century working-class residential.”

Redfield/West St. Historic District* – “The district is representative of what much of the surrounding area once looked like, and is significant for having a concentration of surviving historic buildings. It is set apart from the surrounding area by modern in-fill housing, apartments, and institutional buildings, making the district a remnant of its historic context.”

*If you’re looking to explore more, two good companions are Colin M. Caplan’s A Guide to Historic New Haven, Connecticut, or New Haven: A Guide to Architecture and Urban Design, by Elizabeth Mills Brown. Also, although I’ve never read it, Robert Lattanzi published a history of the Hill in 2000 under the title, Oyster Village to Melting Pot.


Here’s the southbound route (beginning in Beaver Hills on Ellsworth Avenue)

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Here’s the northbound route (beginning in City Point on Howard Avenue)

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  1. Hey Bill, can I send you an invite to edit the 2011 ECC Bike Plan Map to reflect your opinions on where bike routes should go?

  2. Out of curiosity, why did you choose to put the route along Ellsworth as opposed to Boulevard (which has bike lanes)? You could still link to Chapel/Edgewood and from there to Howe/Park to Howard.

  3. Sure, Brian. I’d be happy to share some thoughts with the Bike Plan.

    About the route- The nice thing about riding through Beaver Hills and Edgewood is that you could actually take any of those N-S streets (ETG Blvd., Ellsworth, Norton) and pretty much end end up at the same place. I just personally like Ellsworth. This is not meant to replace the city’s bike route which is very practical, like you said.

  4. Here’s the link to the 2011 bike plan map (right now it’s just a duplicate of the 2010 bike plan map, but it will change as things get built and plans change). Feel free to adjust recommended bike routes.

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