Wilmington News Journal – April 12, 2012.
Stacey MacDonald sat on a stone wall at Battery Park overlooking the Delaware River. Nearby, two of her children played on a log and her youngest, a freckle-faced 6-year-old, collected shells.
The New Castle family enjoys spending time in Delaware’s parks and on its trails — they especially love Fox Point State Park — because it gives the kids something to do. “It’s a whole lot better than sitting at home,” MacDonald said.
They recently moved from Glasgow, where they would often walk to do their errands. They now live close to a new rail-to-trail project that goes from Del. 273 to just south of I-295, part of a push in Delaware to get more people walking and biking safely.
The state would like to eventually connect that trail to the Wilmington Riverfront, but there are financial and other impediments, such as two major highways and the Christina River.
Gov. Jack Markell allocated $13 million in his proposed budget to make the state more walkable and bikeable. The First State Trails and Pathways Plan developed by Markell last year charged the Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control with creating and connecting communities with a system of maintained trails and paths. [Continue reading ...]
Poster’s note: From a legal standpoint, Rt.141 is not off-limits to bicycling. A number of skilled (or brazen) commuters are forced to use portions of this highway en-route to major employers, including DuPont and AstraZeneca. Most, however, would still consider it off-limits from a safety standpoint – especially with the deterioration of concrete shoulders.