• Remembering Michael Gropp

    by  • April 6, 2011 • Engineering, Injuries and Fatalities • 1 Comment

    We remember Michael Gropp, who was killed 1 year ago today at the intersection of Rt. 273 and Brownleaf. Michael and his girlfriend lived on opposite sides of Rt. 273, an 82 foot wide, 4 lane arterial road in east Newark. Michael was walking her home at 10PM on April 6, 2010 when he was struck and killed while trying to cross Rt. 273. Michael was 16 years old.

    Brownleaf Rd where it crosses Rt. 273 here is also Delaware Bicycle Route 1.

    After Michael’s death, Bike Delaware wrote a report on pedestrian safety at arterial road signalized interesections. The report recommended

    • “hot-response” pedestrian-friendly traffic signals
    • median refuge islands
    • lighting

    as standard treatments for similar intersections.

    After Michael’s death, DelDOT upgraded the intersection with crosswalks on all 4 sides, along with the standard button activated walk/don’t walk pedestrian signalization. Though these treatments did not meet the report’s recommendations, the installation of pedestrian signals is a notable improvement and permits the implementation of ‘hot response’ timing should a decision to do so ever be made.

    Read Bike Delaware’s report on safety at arterial road signalized intersections HERE.


    Improving Nonmotorized Safety and Mobility with Infrastructure at Arterial Road Signalized Intersections

    16 year old killed while crossing Rt.273 on Bike Rt.1

    Another Pedestrian Struck at Rt. 273 and Brownleaf Road

    Who Will We Blame This Time?


    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever.

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