• This Could Actually Happen In Delaware

    by  • September 20, 2013 • Events, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 1 Comment


    A bicycle highway connecting the downtowns of Delaware’s largest and third-largest cities?

    A greenway easily accessible (within 2 miles) to 20% of the entire population of Delaware?

    It’s not just a crazy, pie-in-the-sky scheme anymore. It’s an actual, official DelDOT Public Workshop on October 1.

    How often do we have a chance like this to make where we live a better place? If you live in northern New Castle County – and especially if you live in Wilmington, Newark or the suburban communities in between – this is the kind of opportunity that only comes around very, very rarely. Maybe once in a lifetime.

    A lot of people – including Governor Markell – have worked hard to get us to this point. But we’re not talking here about a few thousand bucks for some painted bike lanes. We are talking about a multi-million dollar project to build a bicycle highway / greenway – largely on independent right-of-way (i.e. off-road) – all the way from downtown Wilmington to downtown Newark. That is a big, big project. It won’t just magically happen without intense support from the public, especially from the citizens of Wilmington, Newark and the communities in-between.

    Do you live west of Wilmington? Do you want to be able to commute to your job in Wilmington by bike, or bicycle down to the Wilmington Riverfront and see a Blue Rocks game with your kids? Or to hop on an Amtrak train without having to pay for parking?

    Do you live east of Newark and work or go to school in Newark? Would you like to be able to bicycle easily in and out of Newark (i.e. not on Kirkwood Highway!)?

    Do you live in Wilmington and Newark and want your downtowns to be flourishing destinations easily accessible to commuters and visitors by bicycle?

    Do you own a business that would benefit from Delaware becoming a major cycling tourist destination?

    What are you doing on October 1 (between 4PM and 7PM)? Do you have some place more important to be?


    Public Workshop
    Newark-to-Wilmington Trail Study
    Wilmington Area Planning Council
    850 Library Avenue, Suite 100
    October 1, 2013
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (show up anytime during these 3 hours!)



      James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware.






    DelDOT Announcement of Public Workshop

    Archive of articles on Newark-to-Wilmington Trail

    • How do we connect Wilmington and Newark for bicycling?

    • Imagine: Bicycling Between Wilmington and Newark

    • See the World-Class Statewide Network of Pathways and Trails DelDOT and DNREC Propose to Build

    • Delaware General Assembly Votes $13.25 Million for Walking and Bicycling 


    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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