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    For cycling, it doesn’t matter whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is president

    by  • October 18, 2014 • Federal Funding, Legislation and Policy, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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    Check out the cycling/walking candidate survey that is happening right now. The deadline for candidates to respond is Wednesday. We all know that Barack Obama is the president of the United States. And most of us know the name of the man he beat in the most recent presidential election. But do you know...

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    Newark City Council Discusses a Protected Bike Lane for Delaware Avenue

    by  • August 25, 2014 • Bicycle Friendly Places, Economics, Engineering, Legislation and Policy, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, Safety, Traffic Control, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 1 Comment

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    The Newark City Council will discuss a protected bike lane for Delaware Avenue as part of its agenda this evening. Support of a protected lane for Delaware Avenue by the council is critically important. In its recent Bicycle Friendly Community “report card” for Newark, one of the key recommendations from the League of Bicyclists was for...

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    National Committee Votes for Bike Signals, Contraflow Bike Lanes, Bike Lanes Through Intersections, Bike Boxes and More

    by  • July 16, 2014 • Engineering, Traffic Control • 6 Comments

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    Warning: only read this article if you have a strong stomach for acronyms. The most important committee for bicycling you’ve (probably) never heard of is the  National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) Bicycle Technical Committee. Since 1972, the NCUTCD has been the formal advisory committee to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regarding...

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    U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Wastes Everyone’s Time

    by  • June 26, 2014 • Federal Funding, Legislation and Policy • 16 Comments

    U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey (Pennsylvania)

    Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey (Pennsylvania) introduced an amendment in the Senate Finance Committee to de-fund the federal Transportation Alternatives Program. Ugh. Not again. Five years ago, after the previous federal surface transportation bill expired and the U.S. Congress started a long debate about its replacement (eventually known as “MAP-21″), a series of congressional...

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    State Budget Committee Backs Markell On Cycling, Including Funding for Bike/Ped Bridge Over the Christina River to Complete Wilmington-New Castle Greenway

    by  • June 20, 2014 • Federal Funding, Legislation and Policy, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

    Governor Jack Markell, the most bicycle-friendly governor in America.

    On Monday, the Delaware General Assembly will vote on an FY15 capital budget bill (House Bill 425) for the state. Delaware’s legislative capital budget writing committee unanimously passed a proposed bill on June 19. Despite lower than projected revenues that necessitated cuts in several of the funding priorities identified in Governor Jack Markell’s budget proposed in January, the committee...

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    Key Committee Meets This Week To Decide State’s Infrastructure Budget

    by  • June 16, 2014 • Legislation and Policy, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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    The Joint Committee on Capital Improvement (also known as the “Bond Committee”) of the Delaware General Assembly is meeting this week to decide on the state of Delaware’s capital budget. The state’s capital budget covers all state agencies, including DelDOT and DNREC. Two years ago, this committee approved an historic commitment to cycling. In...

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    U.S. House Committee Tells USDOT To Reduce Walking and Cycling Fatalities and Injuries

    by  • May 30, 2014 • Legislation and Policy, Safety • 7 Comments

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    Last week the United States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill. The legislation includes funding for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies. In addition, the committee also issued an accompanying report in which it directs...

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    So Close: Just Missing Silver, Newark Wins Bronze Recognition from the League of American Bicyclists

    by  • May 21, 2014 • Bicycle Friendly Places • 0 Comments

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    ***UPDATE: MONDAY, AUGUST 25: “Newark City Council Agenda for August 25” *** (see “6B”) ***UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20: “Cycle track continues to gain city’s support” (Newark Post)***   Just missing recognition as a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Community, Newark has again been recognized as a Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists: •...

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    Safety Act Language for Walking and Cycling Is Included in Federal Transportation Bill Approved by Senate Committee

    by  • May 20, 2014 • Cool People, Legislation and Policy, Safety • 4 Comments

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    Last week, the United States Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 2322, known as the “MAP-21 Reauthorization Act”. The legislation is cosponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Ranking Member of the Committee, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Chairman...

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    WILMAPCO Votes Funding to Complete Wilmington-New Castle Greenway

    by  • March 14, 2014 • Federal Funding, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 62 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 and Policy, 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 and Policy, Safety • 4 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, Engineering, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, 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 seem to always involve (versions of) the same ideas: Persuading drug dealers to stop shooting at each other Jobs...

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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 • 8 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 • Events, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, 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 • Events, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, 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 • Events, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, 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 • Legislation and Policy, 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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