In May the General Assembly passed a Resolution – with a little help from Bike Delaware, Nemours and others – directing DelDOT to build “multi-use paths for pedestrian and bicycle user travel within and between cities and towns in Delaware on independent right-of-way outside of the right-of-way of existing roadways.” Combined with the recent vote of the General Assembly last month allocating $5,000,000 for state bike routes, Bike Delaware has helped to create an opportunity that would have been unthinkable just 1 year ago:
We have the opportunity – now – to advocate that some of the state bike route money that we worked so very hard to secure be used to begin planning for an “off-alignment” Wilmington-to-Newark multi-use path. Connecting Delaware’s largest city and 3rd largest (and only “bike friendly”) city along independent right-of-way (i.e. not next to roads), and passing through areas that comprise a significant percentage of the state’s population, it is difficult to overstate the impact that a Wilmington-to-Newark “off-alignment” Bikeway would have for Delaware.
Want to learn more, and throw your support behind this project? Come out and join both the Newark Bicycle Committee and the Wilmington Bicycle Advisory Committee as they participate in their very first joint meeting. The two will spend ample time going over the details, including maps of the different alignment options. In short, they are planning to lay the beginning foundation of what amounts to a socioeconomic windfall.
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 28, at 4pm.
Location: WILMAPCO office, 850 Library Avenue, Suite 100 in Newark (map).