• Remembering Michael Gropp

    by  • April 6, 2012 • Injuries and Fatalities • 0 Comments

    We remember Michael Gropp, who was killed on April 6, 2010 – 2 years ago today – at the intersection of Rt. 273 and Brownleaf Road east of Newark. Michael and his girlfriend lived on opposite sides of Rt. 273, which is 82 foot wide and has 4 travel lanes near Michael’s neighborhood. Michael was walking his girlfriend home at 10PM when he was struck and killed while trying to cross Rt. 273. Michael was 16 years old.

    Brownleaf Rd where it crosses Rt. 273 here is also “Delaware Bicycle Route 1“.

    Michael has not been forgotten by either his friends or his family; on April 15, they will hold a memory walk in his honor.

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

    Another Pedestrian Struck at Rt. 273 and Brownleaf Road

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    About

    James Wilson 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.

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