On Sept 28, 2011, participants from a broad range of civic groups and governmental agencies packed WILMAPCO’s conference room in Newark for the first ever joint meeting of the Wilmington Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Newark Bicycle Committee. For over 2 hours, over 30 participants discussed ideas for an “off-alignment” multi-use path (greenway/pathway) that would link Wilmington (our largest city) and Newark (our third largest – and only “bike friendly” city).
Michael Leventry of the Wilmington Bicycle Advisory Committee and Jeff Riegner of the Newark Bicycle Committee chaired the meeting. Senator Dave Sokola, plus representatives from
- Bike Delaware
- City of Wilmington
- Civic League For New Castle County
- Council on Greenways and Trails
- Delaware Bicycle Council
- Delaware Greenways
- Delaware State Parks
- Delaware Trail Spinners
- Marshallton Civic Association
- Milltown-Limestone Civic Alliance
- Nemours Health and Prevention Services
- Newark Parks and Recreation
- New Castle County
- Office of Congressman Carney
- Office of Senator Coons
- Pike Creek Valley Civic League
- Sierra Club and
all spoke and contributed ideas.
The opportunity to make a major investment to connect Wilmington and Newark for walking and bicycling in a way that would serve both transportation and recreational needs is before us because of the leadership of Governor Markell and the General Assembly, which passed Walkable, Bikeable Delaware in May.
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