Newark — “As I stand here on this beautiful campus, on this lovely spring morning, I want to repeat my message. DelDOT is committed to continuing our efforts to make Delaware more bicycle friendly,” said Cleon Cauley, Sr., acting secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), in a speech given Friday, May 21, at the Trabant Center on the University of Delaware Newark campus.
Cauley was joined by Newark Mayor Vance Funk and University of Delaware Provost Tom Apple. The event celebrated National Bike to Work Day, an event designed to demonstrate that bicycling to work is a feasible option for many Americans. The Newark event was organized by the Newark Bicycle Committee, a partnership of interested cyclists and agencies working to improve bicycling in Newark. The City of Wilmington held an event Friday morning at the Bike Boutique in downtown Wilmington.
Cauley explained why alternative transportation is an important aspect of Delaware’s transportation system. “First, we do it to save lives,” Cauley said. “Last year, there were 158 car/bicycle accidents, 90 of which were in New Castle County. Three of those crashes were fatal. Twenty-one percent of those crashes involved children younger than 15 years old. Ninety-six percent of bike-car accidents result in an injury. Like most of you, I find those numbers unacceptable. We must provide better facilities for bikes, and we must have fewer people getting killed. (Cont. HERE)