Governor Jack Markell, October 14, 2011:
“My goal is to make Delaware walkable and bikeable, so more of us can enjoy the great Delaware outdoors. We can create a network of bicycle and pedestrian trails by building on existing pathways and trails. We create jobs and connect communities across the state and at the same time, expand recreational and transportation opportunities for Delawareans and visitors.”
In a bold vision for the creation of a truly multi-modal transportation network in Delaware, Governor Jack Markell directed the Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources and Environmental Control to develop a world class interconnected network of shared use pathways and trails that will support non-motorized travel and recreational trails opportunities within the State of Delaware for Delawareans and visitors alike. The result – the First State Trails and Pathways Plan – is the boldest vision for building a walkable and bikeable state that Delaware has ever seen. It is also a monumental task of epic proportions that includes, in particular, four ambitious bikeways connecting Delaware’s largest cities:
• Newark Wilmington Pathway (~12 miles)
• Wilmington New Castle Industrial Track Greenway (~ 6 miles)
• Dover Clayton Rail Pathway (~10 miles)
• Lewes Georgetown Trail (~18 miles)
Governor Markell’s plan was first announced at the Sussex Outdoors Summit on October 13, an event which brought together a whole host of Delaware outdoors and health organizations at Trap Pond State Park. It was revisited and signed at the Delaware Bike Summit the next day. It is the latest in a string of recent -and astonishing – successes this year towards building a truly walkable and bikeable Delaware.