• Why attend Walkable Bikeable Delaware?

    by  • March 29, 2013 • Events, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 11 Comments

    Do you live in a development with one entrance? Does your child have a friend in a neighboring development? Do you have to drive your child to her friend’s house, because there are no sidewalks between the developments? If this is something you have experienced then you need to be in Dover on May 1.

    Do you live close to a grocery store in a strip mall? Would you like to ride your bike or walk there, but feel like you can’t because the only way to get there is a 4 lane road full of trucks and SUVs that should be labeled a highway? If this is something you have experienced then you need to be in Dover on May 1.

    Bike Delaware strives to create a state in which active transportation is not a fringe way of life, but rather a viable option. We are fortunate on two fronts. First we as Delawareans have elected an amazing set of elected officials who understand these issues and are not afraid to take action. Second we have a smart and politically savvy cycling community. That combination is beginning to pay solid dividends. Last year, out of every state in the country, the Alliance for Biking and Walking identified Delaware as having the “Winning Campaign of the Year.” And the League of American Bicyclists moved Delaware up 8 places in its ranking of bicycle friendly states, the biggest jump of any state in the country.

    But “beginning” is the key word! The last several years have seen millions sent towards Bikeable and Walkable projects. But in the current proposed state capital budget for the next fiscal year shows that we must keep the pressure up. There is a grand total of $0 for Bike and Pedestrian Improvements in that proposed budget! Z – E – R – O !

    We need to keep the pipeline of funding full to keep the momentum up rather than letting it come in drips and drabs. Over the next few months the budget for the next fiscal year is coming under scrutiny. Now is the time to come out in force and establish that there is a gigantic community these projects! A major showing at this event could be the difference between continued support and funding this next fiscal year OR not.

    Register Here!

    We’ll see you there!


       

       

       Bob Ruddy is a volunteer for Bike Delaware.

     

     

     

     

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    11 Responses to Why attend Walkable Bikeable Delaware?

    1. Angela
      March 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      That is a beautiful photo of Bob and his lovely little daughter! I remember that day very well – Frank and I were on Main Street, Newark (where the photo was taken) and we were trying to coax Bob to come into Panera for a cup of tea with us, but alas, there was no bike parking available on Main Street for his wonderful cargo bike :-( Best wishes to Bike Delaware for a successful event.

    2. Scritchy
      March 29, 2013 at 3:01 pm

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      Anyone who thinks this utopian idea has any real chance of happening is a dreamer. To connect our communities, houses in each would have to be bought by the state and demolished, making way for a pathway (or narrow road, for emergency use only – might be a better selling point). Then there is the NIMBY factor on both sides of said property, unless somehow they come out in favor (fat chance). The very prospect of doing this is daunting, at best, if not impossible. The county blew its chances a long time ago, when sensible land use practices could have required such connections with new developments. Unless you live in a city with older neighborhoods, the only way out for most DE residents is on to an arterial highway, and the best hope is converting those to “starterials” (street arterials, i.e. Route 4 in Ogletown-Newark). It sux, but thinking it can be done any other way is delusional, at best.

    3. Scritchy
      March 29, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      “Do you live in a development with one entrance? Does your child have a friend in a neighboring development? Do you have to drive your child to her friend’s house, because there are no sidewalks between the developments? ”

      Anyone who thinks this utopian idea has any real chance of happening is a dreamer. To connect our communities, houses in each would have to be bought by the state and demolished, making way for a pathway (or narrow road, for emergency use only – might be a better selling point). Then there is the NIMBY factor on both sides of said property, unless somehow they come out in favor (fat chance). The very prospect of doing this is daunting, at best, if not impossible. The county blew its chances a long time ago, when sensible land use practices could have required such connections with new developments. Unless you live in a city with older neighborhoods, the only way out for most DE residents is on to an arterial highway, and the best hope is converting those to “starterials” (street arterials, i.e. Route 4 in Ogletown-Newark). It sux, but thinking it can be done any other way is delusional, at best.

    4. Amy Wilburn
      April 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      May 1 will soon be here. As you may very well have noticed, this year, the Legislator’s Ride is on the same day as the Walkable Bikeable Delaware 2013 Summit, which gives you the opportunity to attend both. These are two separate events, however, so if you plan to attend both, it’s important that you sign up for each one separately. Just as Bike Delaware is providing logistical support for the WBD event, the Delaware Bicycle Council is responsible for the logistics of the Legislator’s Ride. We need to know whether you need transportation back to the start and when you need to return as well as your t-shirt size! So if you will be participating in the Legislator’s Ride, take this as a friendly reminder to please make sure to register by going to http://www.deldot.gov/information/community_programs_and_services/bike/

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