• #DelawareBicyclePlan workshop: New Castle County

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    Where does your community need improvements to its bicycle network? The final Delaware Bicycle Plan public workshop is TODAY in Wilmington:

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 4-7pm Wilmington Public Library, 10 E. 10th Street

    Every great bicycle network improvement project started its life as just a line on a map. Whether its a huge and ambitious project like the Wilmington-New Castle Greenway or the Lewes-Georgetown Trail or a little “neighborhood connector” that connected a community into a larger network someone – someone like you – first drew a line on a map!

    If you have an idea – large or small – for a “low stress” bicycle network improvement that will enable more people in your community to access a nearby trail, or bike to school, to the store, to a restaurant, to the park, to a library or to work, we want to know! Let us know in the form below!

    If you can, please also consider attending the very last public workshop (in Wilmington TODAY) on the Delaware Bicycle Plan, which is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to get the bicycle improvements your community needs in an official plan. (If you miss this opportunity, your next opportunity may not come around again until 2027!) And let your neighbors know about these meetings. One person demanding a bicycle connection is a crank. But five people demanding a bicycle connection are irresistible!

    Remember: the last Delaware Bicycle Plan was in 2005. You probably don’t want to wait another decade for the next one.

    The "neighborhood connector" that recently linked the Jefferson Farms subdivision to the Wilmington-New Castle Greenway started out as a line - in fact, this line - on a map.

    The “neighborhood connector” that recently linked the Jefferson Farms subdivision to the Wilmington-New Castle Greenway started out as a line – in fact, this line right here – on a map.

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    Nearby destination missing a low stress bicycle route for me and my neighbors to bike to it.

    Being as specific as possible (i.e. describing where a line on a map would go), where could a low stress connection be built in your community that would enable everyone in your community - no matter their age or ability - to access an important destination that right now is dangerous or scary to bike to?

    Upcoming Delaware Bicycle Plan meetings in Georgetown, Middletown, Dover and Wilmington:

    • Wed., February 22, 2017, 4-7pm     Sussex County Council Chambers    2 The Circle, Georgetown past
    • Mon., February 27, 2017, 4-7pm     Middletown High School     120 Silver Lake Rd, Middletown past
    • Tues., February 28, 2017, 4:30-7:30pm    Dover Public Library     35 East Loockerman St, Dover past
    • Wed., March 1, 2017, 4-7pm     Wilmington Public Library     10 East 10th St, Wilmington


    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 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. Delaware is now officially ranked as the #3 Bicycle Friendly State in America.

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