• Michael Gropp Memory Walk is April 15

    by  • March 16, 2012 • Events, Injuries and Fatalities • 0 Comments

    Two years ago, Michael Gropp was killed at the intersection of Rt. 273 and Brownleaf Road east of Newark.  Michael and his girlfriend lived on opposite sides of Rt. 273, an 82 foot wide, 4 lane arterial road near Michael’s home. Michael was walking her home at 10PM on April 6, 2010 when he was struck and killed by a motorist. Michael was 16 years old.

    As the 2 year mark of this tragedy approaches, Michael’s neighbors and friends are planning a 2 mile memory walk on April 15 to honor Michael and keep his memory alive.  Michael loved baseball, and proceeds from the April 15 event will help kids – who would otherwise not be able to afford to – participate in Little League Baseball.

    Michael Gropp Memory Walk: April 15, 2012 – rain or shine – beginning at Newark National Little League’s Field.

    Registration: 10:00AM

    Walk Start: 11:00am.

    Until April 1, 2012 the cost of the event is $15 (includes a shirt). From April 2, 2012 until the day of the race the cost will be $20.



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    16 year old killed while crossing Rt.273 on Bike Rt.1

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    Another Pedestrian Struck at Rt. 273 and Brownleaf Road

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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 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.

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