• Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit set for May 1 in Dover

    by  • February 28, 2014 • Bicycle Friendly Places, Events, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 23 Comments

    Register here for 2014 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit


    The American Heart Association, Bike Delaware, the Delaware Department of Transportation, Delaware Greenways and Sussex Outdoors will together host the 2014 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit in Dover on May 1.

    The summit will bring together Robert Burchfield, the City Traffic Engineer for the Portland Bureau of Transportation; Tracy Winfree, the Director of Public Works for the City of Boulder, Colorado; and Delaware elected officials, engineers, planners, cyclists, public health professionals and greenway and trail advocates. Portland and Boulder are two of only four “platinum”-ranked “bicycle-friendly” communities in the United States. Burchfield and Winfree will explain the steps their communities took to make cycling a mainstream and family-friendly part of the transportation systems of Portland and Boulder.

    Robert Burchfield, City Traffic Engineer of the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Tracy Winfree, the Director of Public Works of the City of Boulder

    What are the bicycle-friendly “secret recipes” of Portland and Boulder? The 2014 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit will bring Robert Burchfield, City Traffic Engineer of the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Tracy Winfree, the Director of Public Works of the City of Boulder, to Delaware to find out.

    Delaware has two “bronze”-ranked communities, Newark and Lewes. No other communities in Delaware have yet been recognized as “bicycle-friendly”.

    At last year’s Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit, DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara announced that Delaware had been ranked as the 5th most bicycle-friendly state in America (and the most bicycle-friendly state east of the Mississippi River). Just a few years earlier, Delaware had been ranked in the 30s among U.S. states. Delaware’s remarkable progress is in large part due to a supportive state government administration and legislature. A combination of state and federal funds has been used to invest in projects such as the Wilmington-New Castle Greenway and the Georgetown-Lewes Trail. A concept for a bikeway connecting Wilmington and Newark has also made progress.

    In a recent State of the State speech, Governor Jack Markell said “One of the best ways we can improve our quality of life, and promote healthy lifestyles at the same time, is to make our state more walkable and bikeable.” By learning from the most bicycle-friendly places in America, the 2014 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit on May 1 will show us how we can make Governor Markell’s vision a reality in Delaware.


    Thank you to our incredible partners and sponsors!

    Sussex OutdoorsBike DelawareDelaware Greenways





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    23 Responses to Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit set for May 1 in Dover

    1. Andrew Siegel
      March 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      I’ve registered for the Walkable Bikeable…but I need information. Maybe I’m missing it, but I don’t see where it is (other than Dover) or what time it starts.

      • March 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

        Andrew – Thank you for registering! We sent you additional information via email.

    2. Anna Husfelt
      March 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      I am interested in attending the Summit but would need to know the location and time frame of the event. Thank you!

      • March 19, 2014 at 9:26 am

        Hi Anna! The summit is 9AM to 4PM in Dover on Thursday, May 1.

        We will be publishing a more detailed agenda within a few weeks. But the summit partners are building the summit program around our visitors from Portland and Boulder. As transportation professionals who are building and managing transportation systems for their communities that have integrated cycling as a mainstream transportation option, we think Delaware can learn a lot from them! And May 1 may be our only chance to hear from them in person.

    3. Mike Cz
      April 11, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Is registration closed? Can’t seem to get to a registration page.

      • bob
        April 12, 2014 at 1:08 am

        We had multiple things go on. 1) our hosting provider has been having technical issues. We have fixed that by switching hosting providers tonight. 2) We have hit our limit of 150 attendees. We are looking into what we can do to bump that up higher. We’ll post more information as it comes out.

      • bob
        April 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm

        We have extended registration to an additional 50 people. Please act quickly.

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