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    WILMAPCO Votes Funding to Complete Wilmington-New Castle Greenway

    by  • March 14, 2014 • Bikeway Networks, Federal Funding, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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    Yesterday, the Wilmington – New Castle Greenway - a safe, flat, direct and paved 7 mile long and 10 foot wide “bicycle highway” between downtown Wilmington and downtown New Castle - took a giant step forward. The Wilmington Area Planning Council (“WILMAPCO”, the federally created metropolitan planning organization that covers New Castle County) voted to approve...

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    Senator Coons and Representative Carney Will Co-Sponsor the Bicycle and Pedestrian Road Safety Act

    by  • March 7, 2014 • Cool People, Legislation, Safety • 1 Comment

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    Washington, DC – Senator Chris Coons and Representative John Carney will be co-sponsors of the “Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act” in the United States Congress. Last year, overall traffic fatalities fell in Delaware to their lowest level in 50 years. But this decline has been entirely driven by a decline in motor vehicle occupant fatalities. Pedestrian and...

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    To Improve Road Safety in Delaware, the Federal “Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act” Is Important

    by  • March 4, 2014 • Legislation, Safety • 3 Comments

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    I am in Washington, DC today where I will be speaking at the National Bike Summit about how advocates can be effective in fighting for improved road safety. Tomorrow (Wednesday) Delaware’s cycling delegation, led by House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, will head to Capitol Hill to deliver a similar road safety message directly to...

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    Road Safety in Delaware: How We Can Reduce the Number of Dead Pedestrians (Part 1)

    by  • February 4, 2014 • Engineering, Safety, Traffic Control • 7 Comments

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    “I’m sorry, Officer! He came out of nowhere!“ “Sorry, mate, I didn’t see you!” Every cyclist has, at one time or another, had the feeling of being “invisible” to motorists. Bike Delaware has written about this phenomenon - called “inattentional blindness” - which has been extensively studied by psychologists. But while we have grown to understand why...

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    To Fight Crime in Wilmington, Build a Neighborway from One Side of the City to the Other

    by  • January 15, 2014 • Bicycle Friendly Places, Bikeway Networks, Engineering, Traffic Control • 0 Comments

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    As Mayor Williams moves forward with his meetings with civic leaders about crime in Wilmington, it seems an opportune time to again suggest an additional strategy. From accounts in the news, discussions about crime in Wilmington – including the mayor’s – seem to go around and around discussing the same ideas: Persuading drug dealers to...

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    Crime Prevention For Wilmington For About $140,000 Per Mile

    by  • December 6, 2013 • Engineering, Traffic Control • 1 Comment

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    The front page headline in yesterday’s News Journal described discussions in Wilmington about whether to remove Wilmington’s Chief of Police. Wilmington’s murder rate is more than 5 times higher than New York City’s and one of the highest among small cities in the country. But the current Chief of Police in Wilmington, Christine Dunning,...

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    Goodbye “Share The Road”

    by  • November 4, 2013 • Traffic Control • 7 Comments

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    In August, Bike Delaware asked DelDOT to permanently discontinue its use of the “Share The Road” plaque in Delaware. The article on our ask, which can be read HERE, was viewed on the web more than 15,000 times, “liked” more than 1,800 times and generated many thoughtful comments. (Bike Delaware shared all these comments...

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    80% Of Success Is Showing Up

    by  • September 26, 2013 • Bikeway Networks, Events, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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      “80% of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen Is Woody Allen’s advice still valid in 2013? Yes. For politics, it’s more valid than ever. But in a world of pervasive and ubiquitous email, social media, mobile devices and ‘online’ communication of all kinds the need to, and the huge impact of, just ‘showing...

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    CORRECTION: This Could Actually Happen…If We Demand It

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

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      Bring 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...

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    This Could Actually Happen In Delaware

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

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      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...

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    Safety First. And Congestion Reduction Last.

    by  • August 21, 2013 • Economics, Safety

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      Nearly one-third of traffic fatalities in Delaware in 2012 were pedestrians and bicyclists. As the Delaware Department of Transportation and the Council on Transportation revise the Department’s process about deciding which transportation projects should get built, it is a good time for everybody to be reminded about the differing magnitudes of the cost...

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    Governor Markell, Cyclist

    by  • July 30, 2013 • Cool People • 0 Comments

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    In Israel a few weeks back promoting Delaware business, Governor Markell rented a “Tel-O-Fun” bike to ride along the Mediterranean Sea and the Yarkon River. In Vermont this week, he biked the Island Line Trail:   Our governor really likes to bike. But that’s not all. Delaware has leapt ahead among states in the...

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    If you’ve never contacted your state senator or representative before, now would be a good first time

    by  • June 13, 2013 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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    If you care about cycling in Delaware but you’ve never contacted your elected representatives in Dover, today would be a good day to do that for the first time. Our elected representatives in Dover will vote THIS WEEK (week of June 17) on DelDOT’s annual capital authorization. It will be up to them to...

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    The most important vote of 2013

    by  • June 7, 2013 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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    This week (week of June 17) the most important vote for cycling in Delaware in 2013 will happen. By contacting your state senator and representative today, you can help influence this vote. Delaware was recently named the #5 Bicycle Friendly State in America by the League of American Bicyclists. We (obviously!) want to keep...

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    We need 7 votes for cycling in 1 week

    by  • June 6, 2013 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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    Next week, a committee of the Delaware General Assembly will vote on whether to authorize funding for cycling improvements by the Delaware Department of Transportation next year. For cyclists in Delaware, this is the most important vote of 2013. Let me repeat that: this is the most important vote of 2013. Last year, the...

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    Congestion or crashes? Which costs Delaware more?

    by  • May 28, 2013 • Economics, Safety • 5 Comments

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    “The top priorities at DOT are to keep the traveling public safe and secure, increase their mobility, and have our transportation system contribute to the nation’s economic growth.” – United State Department of Transportation Nearly one-third of traffic fatalities in Delaware in 2012 were pedestrians and bicyclists. In the next few weeks, the Delaware...

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    Delaware the 5th most bicycle-friendly state in America? “I figured either LAB had gone crazy or else I had.”

    by  • May 17, 2013 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 19 Comments

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      “When I first saw the headline, I figured either LAB had gone crazy or else I had.” – recent comment by Bike Delaware reader Just a few years ago, Delaware’s “Bicycle Friendly State” ranking by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) was somewhere in the 30s among the 50 states. In 2011, we...

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    Lawmakers in Florida agree to $50 million for a 275-mile coast-to-coast trail

    by  • April 24, 2013 • Bicycle Friendly Places, Transportation Trails • 2 Comments

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    “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.”  - Daniel H. Burnham US architect & city planner (1846 – 1912)  The Cross Bayou Bridge, part of Florida’s Pinellas Trail Although not in Governor Rick Scott’s proposed budget, Florida lawmakers agreed last week...

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    Broad Creek Byway Bike Tour

    by  • March 13, 2013 • Events • 1 Comment

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    The Broad Creek Byway Bike Tour on June 1 is sponsored by the Laurel Chamber of Commerce located in historic Laurel Delaware. Explore the Western Sussex Scenic and Historic Byway This is a quiet adventure starting on Central Avenue along the banks of the historic Broad Creek in Laurel. Tree lined streets in Laurel give...

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    Will the Delaware General Assembly Vote For Bike and Pedestrian Improvements This Year?

    by  • February 22, 2013 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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    We know what we want. And it all comes back to the “Bike and Pedestrian Improvements” program authorization for the Delaware Department of Transportation. We know what we want because, at Bike Delaware’s Strategic Vision 2013 conference in November and in online voting through December 31, the result was overwhelming. “State Authorized Funding for...

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    City of Newark Applies for Federal Funding for Main Street Sharrows

    by  • February 20, 2013 • Federal Funding, Traffic Control • 3 Comments

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    The City of Newark has submitted an application for funding under the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) for sharrows for its Main Street. If approved, the sharrows on Main Street will connect the Pomeroy Trail to New London Road. The “sharrow” (or “shared lane”) pavement marking is a relatively recent pavement marking that was...

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