• Federal Funding

    Transportation Enhancements, CMAQ, Recreational Trails, TIGER, etc.

    Thank you, Governor Markell

    by  • April 11, 2014 • Cool People, Federal Funding, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

    The Wilmington - New Castle Greenway. Credit: News Journal

      The Honorable Jack Markell Governor of Delaware Tatnall Building William Penn St., 2nd Floor Dover, Delaware 19901 April 10, 2014 Dear Governor Markell, On behalf of the American Heart Association, Bike Delaware, Delaware Greenways, the Delaware Bicycle Council, the Delaware Nature Society, the Historic New Castle Alliance, the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors...

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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

    The Wilmington - New Castle Greenway. Credit: News Journal

    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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    How To Make A Great “Neighborway” in Wilmington

    by  • October 28, 2013 • Bicycle Friendly Places, Bikeway Networks, Engineering, Federal Funding, Traffic Control • 5 Comments


    TO: Director of Transportation, City of Wilmington Department of Public Works FROM: James Wilson, Executive Director, Bike Delaware We are excited about the opportunity presented to Wilmington by a federal Transportation Alternatives program grant and by the idea of using this grant to create a neighborway in the city. The City of Portland has had...

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    Hockessin Area Legislators Fund Valley Road Walkway

    by  • September 17, 2013 • Cool People, Federal Funding • 0 Comments


      State Representative Deborah Hudson (R-Fairthorne) recently sent out an update on a project on Valley Road in Hockessin to her constituents: The pedestrian path will connect Swift Park and Hockessin Village to Lantana Square Shopping Center and Tweeds Park. The 0.7 mile-long connector will consist of a paved ribbon, six feet wide, separated...

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    Really, Senator Paul?

    by  • July 24, 2013 • Federal Funding • 5 Comments


    Last year, under the leadership of key committee chairs Senator Barbara Boxer of California and Representative John Mica of Florida, Congress passed a new transportation bill, MAP-21 (an Orwellan acronym for “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century”), that dismantled dedicated federal funding for biking and walking by combining Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to...

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    DC Insiders Give Anonymous Political Advice to Cyclists

    by  • March 11, 2013 • Federal Funding • 2 Comments


    The League of American Bicyclists has performed yet another signal service to cycling and cyclists by hiring a consultant to conduct anonymous interviews with 30 congressional staffers (half Republican and half Democratic). The report from the consultant, which was released at the National Bike Summit last week, included some very candid, and pointed, advice...

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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


    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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    Maximizing Bike/Ped Funding Under MAP-21, featuring James Wilson

    by  • October 3, 2012 • Federal Funding, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 1 Comment

    From the League of American Bicyclists - After years of advocacy and months of preparation, the new federal transportation bill, MAP-21, goes into effect next week. As we’ve been explaining in our Navigating MAP-21 campaign, states have a lot of flexibility in how they spend their transportation dollars. Over the past few months we’ve...

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    DelDOT Elects To Keep Recreational Trails Program

    by  • August 27, 2012 • Federal Funding • 0 Comments


    Have you been getting all kinds of letters from national groups about the threat to the Recreational Trails Program? Coalition for Recreational Trails – Save RTP! IMBA – Save RTP! Rail-to-Trails Conservancy The reason these email alerts have been going out is that under MAP-21, the new federal surface transportation authorization law passed by...

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    USDOT: Federal Funding For Walking and Bicycling Now Depends on Local Advocates

    by  • August 2, 2012 • Federal Funding • 0 Comments

    United States Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

    United States Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood The new Boxer-Mica Highway Bill (aka MAP-21) eliminated the main federal program that had funded most walking and bicycling projects since 1992.  But United States Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says that federal funding for walking and bicycling is still possible.  But now local advocates...

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    Packed and Dynamic Agenda for WILMAPCO’s Nonmotorized Transportation Working Group on 8/7

    by  • August 2, 2012 • Events, Federal Funding • 0 Comments


    WILMAPCO’s Nonmotorized Transportation Working Group presents quite possibly its greatest agenda of 2012. Details as follows: When: August 7 at 3 pm. Where: WILMAPCO, 850 Library Ave, Newark (map). This is a remarkably dynamic and interesting agenda for the Working Group. As always, this meeting is open to the public, and citizen cyclist participation...

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    LAB: Putting ABILITY in Eligibility

    by  • July 28, 2012 • Federal Funding • 0 Comments


    by Darren Flusche July 25, 2012 Published on League of American Bicyclists blog Under MAP-21, implementing existing and new Complete Streets policies is important, maximizing the Transportation Alternatives program is important – and taking advantage of the full eligibility of bicycling and walking in programs like CMAQ, HSIP, and STP is more important than...

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    WILMAPCO approves $6.4 million for statewide bike and pedestrian improvements

    by  • July 14, 2012 • Federal Funding, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments


    For 20 years, from 1992 until 2011, not one dime of federal CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) program money had ever been spent on a cycling project in Delaware. Last September, however, WILMAPCO voted to program $480,000 of FY2012 federal CMAQ funds for the Wilmington-New Castle Greenway. View the League of American Bicyclists...

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    American Bicyclist: Five Ideas From Delaware

    by  • July 5, 2012 • Bike Delaware, Federal Funding, Left Column 1, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments


    Getting and Leveraging Public Funds: Five Lessons from Delaware By Darren Flusche League of American Bicyclists Published in American Bicyclist (May/June 2012) Delaware is a tiny state with less than 1 million people, but there have been some big victories for biking and walking here during the past year.  While each state has its...

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    DEFEAT FOR CYCLING: Boxer-Mica Law Eliminates 20 Year Transportation Enhancements Program

    by  • June 30, 2012 • Federal Funding • 1 Comment

    Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative John Mica (R-FL), the lead conference negotiators of the transportation bill passed in 2011.  Their bill eliminated the Transportation Enhancements, Safe Route to School and Recreational Trails programs.

    In a vote just minutes after a similar House vote, the United States Senate voted 74-19 on Friday for the Boxer-Mica highway bill (aka : “MAP-21″), eliminating Transportation Enhancements, the spectacularly successful federal program that funded 10s of thousands of walking/cycling projects in the United States between 1992 and 2012. Senators Tom Carper (press releases...

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    Sen. Carper Reacts to Transportation Bill Compromise Vote

    by  • June 29, 2012 • Federal Funding • 0 Comments

    Senator  Tom Carper Receives the League of American Bicyclists' National Leadership Award on March 10, 2011

    Jun 29 2012 Compromise Vote Package Reinvests in Nation’s Infrastructure, Extends Flood Insurance Coverage for Delawareans, Stops Student Loan Rate Hike WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) released a statement following Senate and House approval of a bipartisan bill that reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program, prevents college student loan interest rates from...

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    Statement from Senator Coons on vote to reauthorize surface transportation programs

    by  • June 29, 2012 • Federal Funding • 0 Comments

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 29, 2012 CONTACT: Ian Koski at 202-224-5042 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement after voting Friday to reauthorize federal surface transportation programs, which are set to expire on Saturday. Their expiration would immediately endanger nearly $200 million in projects on I-95 in Delaware alone...

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    U.S. House Passes Anti-Bike Transportation Bill

    by  • June 29, 2012 • Federal Funding, No Digest • 0 Comments

    Minutes ago, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed (373-52) the Boxer-Mica “highway” bill that defunds the most important federal program for walking and bicycling.  The 20 year “Transportation Enhancements” program, which has funded 10s of thousands of walking/cycling projects since 1992 (e.g. the Northern Delaware Greenway) will soon cease to exist if, as expected...

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    Rep. Mica: “Millions” Put Out of Work Unless His Highway Bill Passed Right Away

    by  • June 29, 2012 • Federal Funding • 0 Comments


    Speaking on the U.S. House floor today, House Transportation and Infrastructure committee chair John Mica (R-FL) held up the specter of “millions” of lost jobs if the Boxer-Mica highway bill was not passed immediately: “Tomorrow would actually close down thousands of transportation projects around the country,” he said. “Transportation departments around the country were...

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    U.S. bill killing Transportation Enhancements set for House vote today

    by  • June 29, 2012 • Federal Funding, No Digest • 0 Comments

    By Joan Lowy Friday, June 29, 3:01AM Associated Press WASHINGTON – Republican leaders pushed a sweeping highways-student loans package salvaging millions of construction jobs*** and maintaining low interest rates on millions of new college loans toward a House vote Friday even as conservative groups mounted a last-minute and likely futile campaign against it. Read...

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    Senate adjourns awaiting House vote on U.S. highway bill

    by  • June 28, 2012 • Federal Funding, No Digest • 0 Comments

    By Daniel Strauss June 28, 07:45 PM ET Published in The Hill The Senate adjourned Thursday evening without voting on three major pieces of legislation with fast approaching deadlines. The chamber adjourned without voting on a highway bill… Read entire article HERE>>>   RELATED: •  Why advocates are distraught over new U.S. transportation bill...

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