• TIP Workshop rescheduled for Thursday, 9/1

    by  • August 29, 2011 • Federal Funding, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 1 Comment

    Repeating on Thursday, 9/1 due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irene

    Support Hard Work by Castle, Coons, Carper, Venables, Markell and O’Mara

    If you have any plans to be in Newark this Thursday (between 4PM and 7PM) – and if you have 10 minutes to spare – be sure to drop by the Workshop (WILMAPCO, 850 Library Avenue in Newark) to show your support for the bicycling projects in the TIP. Sign in and fill out a comment form at the Workshop on the proposed amendments to this year’s TIP (“Transportation Improvement Program”), which are the most pro-bicycling in quite a while because of a lot of effort by a lot of people:

    Castle, Coons and Item 56:

    Item 56, otherwise known as the C&D Canal Trail

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    is the result by a lot of effort by former Congressman Mike Castle and, more recently, Senator Chris Coons. Congressman Castle secured the federal earmarks that will allow this project – a path along the C&D Canal between Delaware City and Chesapeake City – to advance.

    Carper and Item 85

    Item 85, otherwise known as the Pomeroy Trail, will be an off-alignment bikeway extending north in Newark from the Hall Trail to White Clay Creek State Park. We owe this TIP amendment to a federal earmark secured by Senator Tom Carper, and to the WILMAPCO Council, which identified the Pomeroy Trail as one of its top priorities back in 2005. (The remarkable thing about this project is that the federal earmark to fund it is from 2005! It’s taken 6 years to actually get it started. But construction finally began last week.)

    Venables, Markell, O’Mara and Item 84

    Items 56 and 85 are in the TIP because of federal earmarks. But Item 84 is different. It is the result of a state initiative called Walkable, Bikeable Delaware. Item 84, also known as the final phase of the Wilmington-to-New Castle Industrial Track – a six mile off-alignment bikeway between Wilmington and New Castle – is the first (but not the last) project that will benefit from this state program. Senator Bob Venables (D-Laurel), Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary O’Mara all share the credit for this proposed TIP amendment.
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    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 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. Delaware is now officially ranked as the #3 Bicycle Friendly State in America.

    One Response to TIP Workshop rescheduled for Thursday, 9/1

    1. Heather Dunigan
      August 29, 2011 at 11:27 am

      Thanks for reminding your readers to come out for tonight's workshop. For those still dealing w/ power outages, tree damage, etc., we will be having a second workshop date on September 1, 4 – 7 p.m. at WILMAPCO.

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