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    2014 Delaware Bike Lovers Voter’s Guide

    by  • October 27, 2014 • Federal Funding, Legislation and Policy, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 3 Comments


    Bike Lovers in Delaware!! READ THIS before you vote on Tuesday, November 4. Candidates running in contested races for the Delaware General Assembly on November 4 are listed below alphabetically by last name. The five “2014 Survey” questions are HERE. Links to the survey questions are also provided below under each candidate for easy...

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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


    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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    Delaware General Assembly Votes $6.3 Million for Cycling

    by  • June 30, 2014 • Federal Funding, Legislation and Policy, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 1 Comment

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

    In a very early vote Tuesday morning, both the Delaware House and Senate voted unanimously to approve an  FY15 capital budget bill (HB425) for the state of Delaware that includes a new and substantial $6.3 million commitment to cycling. The $6.3 million commitment for cycling approved this morning includes $3.6 million for “Bike and Pedestrian Improvements” for...

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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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    Thank you, Governor Markell

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

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

      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 • Federal Funding, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 13 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, Engineering, Federal Funding, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, 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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    Atlanta Gets $18 Million Grant for Trail from U.S.

    by  • September 5, 2013 • Bicycle Friendly Places, Economics, Federal Funding, Transportation Trails • 0 Comments


    Published at beltline.org September 2, 2013 ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta will receive an $18 million TIGER V grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the development of a 2.5-mile portion of the Atlanta BeltLine in the southwest corridor, announced Atlanta Mayor Reed on Monday. The TIGER V grant from the federal...

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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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    Valley Road Pedestrian Pathway (and Bike Lane) Project

    by  • September 11, 2012 • Cool People, Federal Funding • 0 Comments


    Representative Nick Manolakos gets consensus in securing early state funding to complete a pedestrian walkway and bike lane project on Hockessin’s Valley Road, bringing to a close almost 20 years of effort! Hockessin, DE, September 4, 2011 - A dozen state and local officials gathered at the entrance to Tweeds Park today to celebrate...

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    MONDAY: Senator Carper and Governor Markell To Open Newark’s Pomeroy Trail

    by  • September 8, 2012 • Cool People, Federal Funding, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, No Digest, Transportation Trails • 0 Comments

    After years of incredible hard work by the City of Newark, Delaware’s newest rail trail – the Pomeroy Trail – will finally open officially on Monday morning. Senator Carper, who obtained the federal funding for the Trail, and Governor Markell, whose First State Trails and Pathways Initiative is a plan to build many more...

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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, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 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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