• Wilmington to New Castle Route

    by  • August 13, 2011 • Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 2 Comments

    Also Overdue

    Originally posted: June 15, 2011

    Shane Hoffman, Wilmington: “As a resident of Wilmington who works in New Castle, the creation of a Wilmington-to-New Castle bicycle highway would improve my quality of life tremendously. I have attempted to commute to work by bicycle, but the only routes available to me feel much too dangerous, especially during rush-hour traffic. If a safe route becomes available, it will allow me to realize my goal of leaving the car at home and bicycling to work to improve both my health and my personal budget. Additionally, I would welcome the ability to bicycle with my wife and children from Wilmington to New Castle for weekend outings. This project would be an enormous leap forward for New Castle County.” 

    Rebecca and Todd Keyser, Wilmington: “Completion of the New Castle Industrial Track Greenway will provide safe, non-motorized passage in these areas. It will allow safe, direct access between areas where people work, shop, and live. There is a need for a safe crossing over the Christina River traveling both north and south, the arching railroad overpass on South Market Street, and the I-295 interchange with Route 9. The completion of the NCITG will provide these facilities, and connect existing islands of non-motorized infrastructure in Wilmington and New Castle. It will allow us to safely commute by bicycle on more days, regardless of weather, roadwork, or accidents, and further reduce our carbon footprint. Furthermore, the elimination of real and perceived barriers will encourage less-experienced cyclists to commute by bicycle.

    “We urge our state, county, and local officials to support funding for and construction of this project. Please provide this desperately needed connection for non-motorized transportation for the benefit of Delaware’s environmental and public health.”

    Esther Lovlie, President, Historic New Castle Alliance: “A six-mile transportation and recreation corridor between the Wilmington Riverfront and old New Castle will bring new visitors and energy (but no new automotive traffic!) to New Castle and will be an important part of the commercial renaissance of the city.”

    Sarah Willoughby, Executive Director, Greater Wilmington and Brandywine Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau: “Based on various research from other states, the economic impact and the number of jobs created by tourists traveling and staying overnight strongly supports the great need for Delaware to have the Wilmington to New Castle Greenway completed. In addition, with the National Park proposal, it is safe to bet that we will all see an increase of tourism in and around New Castle County.

    “Our Visitor Center provides current biking information and we are always asked to recommend longer rides.”

    Read more about the Wilmington-to-New Castle Bicycle Highway HERE.


    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.

    2 Responses to Wilmington to New Castle Route

    1. Anonymous
      June 28, 2011 at 7:51 am

      What is the current status of construction for the trail, from Rt.13 heading north to the river? Is there an expected date that it will be open for use, even if it's just to the river? Lastly, how is the trail crossing 295? Last I saw, the underside was closed off during the big updating project. Thank you and safe riding to all.

    2. James
      August 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      Phase 2 (Rt 13 to the river) should be built this year by New Castle County. Crossing 295 is the responsibility of the DRBA. There will probably be two crossings: (1) a tunnel under 295 and (2) a ramp and a short MUP on Rt. 13. The latter would be useful if a decision is made to close the tunnel at night.

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