• CORRECTION: This Could Actually Happen…If We Demand It

    by  • September 25, 2013 • Events, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 5 Comments


    ThisCould_Handwriting_900Bring your kids. Bring your siblings or folks. Bring your friends and neighbors. You can drop by for 10 or 15 minutes and then leave. But, whatever you do, just show up.

    What used to be a crazy, pie-in-the-sky scheme (a bicycle highway connecting the downtowns of Delaware’s largest and third-largest cities) is poised to become a real project with an official DelDOT Public Workshop TODAY!

    But note the critical word: “poised“.

    Big transportation projects get killed all the time when DelDOT workshops reveal public opposition to a project. Conversely, strong public support at these workshops can give projects a huge shot in the arm. Decision makers at DelDOT and among our elected officials are human. And they always have more projects that could be funded than they have funds. With a choice between two plausible projects to fund – one with a lot of visible and vocal public support and one with little or no visible support – which one do you think they are likely to choose to move forward on?

    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!)? Or do you just live in Wilmington and Newark and want your cities to be vibrant, thriving bike-accessible destinations?

    This DelDOT “Public Workshop” is TODAY. Show your support – in person – for this project.

    You could send a thousand emails over the next 12 months about this project and those emails might have less of an impact than just showing up and “voting”, in person, today in Newark for a few minutes. And if you show up with your whole family or six of your best friends in tow, that’s even better!

    A lot of people – including Governor Markell – have worked hard to get us to this point. Now it’s our turn to move the ball.


    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




      James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware.






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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.

    5 Responses to CORRECTION: This Could Actually Happen…If We Demand It

    1. Joseph Tuminello
      October 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

      I am all for this. It’s about time!

      • October 1, 2013 at 10:15 am

        We totally agree!

        Bring your family and friends to all “vote” at DelDOT’s worskhop today!

    2. Mark DeNio
      October 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      I hope my presence helped somehow. It was extremely free-form there. I didn’t see anyone from DelDOT, just some people from WILMAPCO and the firm that drew up the proposed trails. Please also correct that they are not trying to connect the downtown areas. All the plans I saw for Wilmington end at the Amtrak station or Brandywine Park. (I guess that could be quibbling but people will still have to ride from either point into downtown on their own.) I asked a few questions because I live in N. Wilmington and the Northern Delaware Greenway appears to be my best option for connecting to the “highway”. That piece was marked as “more difficult to implement” so if it doesn’t get built there will be no connection from the north.

      • Mark DeNio
        October 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm

        I should clarify the “piece” I mean is the proposed path around Rockford Park. I could take the Greenway up to Kentmere Parkway then the streets until the proposed new trail.

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