• Safety

    While motor vehicle occupant fatalities have fallen to historic lows in Delaware, pedestrian and cyclist fatalities have remained high. Pedestrian fatalities alone now account for more than 25% of all traffic fatalities in Delaware.

    To see what Bike Delaware and others are doing to change this, see these articles on the

    Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act, and
    • the DelDOT-led Pedestrian / Bicycle Safety Working Group

    All articles Bike Delaware has published about bicyclist and pedestrian safety are listed below in reverse chronological order.

    For articles about specific injury and fatality incidents involving pedestrians and cyclists, please refer to the Injuries and Fatalities section of the Archive.

    “Safety”: The 2016 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit

    by  • April 1, 2016 • Events, Safety • 3 Comments

    Engineers, planners, community leaders, pedestrian safety advocates, public health professionals, police, cyclists and concerned citizens will join Governor Jack Markell and DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan for a day long discussion on pedestrian safety at the 2016 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit. Past summits have celebrated Delaware’s advance in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings. After being...

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    Why are Delaware roads so deadly for pedestrians? (video)

    by  • November 21, 2015 • Injuries and Fatalities, Land Use, Media, Safety, Traffic Control, Transit • 10 Comments

    WHYY talks with the Delaware State Police, the Office of Highway Safety, DelDOT and Bike Delaware about why Delaware is America’s deadliest state for pedestrians. RELATED: • Why are Delaware roads so deadly for pedestrians? (WHYY) • Stupidity Is the Reason that Delaware Pedestrians Die So Frequently. But It’s Not the Stupidity You Think....

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    Stupidity Is the Reason that Delaware Pedestrians Die So Frequently. But It’s Not the Stupidity You Think.

    by  • October 19, 2015 • Media, Safety • 16 Comments

    A recent News Journal front page story caught the attention of thousands of Delawareans: “Delaware is America’s Deadliest State for Pedestrians“ On the News Journal’s Facebook page, the post associated with the article prompted dozens of emphatic comments like these: David Knisley wrote: “Deadliest state or dumbest state? Well if you don’t try playing frogger...

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    “Every Skill. Every Age. Everyone.” The 2015 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit

    by  • March 20, 2015 • Bicycle Friendly Places, Economics, Engineering, Events, Health, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, Safety, Traffic Control, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 12 Comments

    The 2015 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit will be held this year on May 7 in Dover. ***REGISTRATION IS CLOSED*** To add your name to the waiting list, please email wbd bikede.org with your name, city and zip code. The 2015 summit will be hosted by the American Heart Association, the Delaware Department of Transportation,...

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    News Journal: “Can motorists, bicyclists share the road?”

    by  • September 22, 2014 • Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, Media, Safety • 8 Comments

    by Melissa Nann Burke Published in The News Journal September 21 2014 Every road-riding cyclist has a story about a time a motorist came within inches of killing them. A car recently ran John McCormick off the road when turning into the Brandywine Town Center from Naamans Road in Brandywine Hundred, he said. McCormick...

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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

    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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    Delaware Pedestrian Fatalities Are Down Slightly in 2014

    by  • August 19, 2014 • Safety • 1 Comment

    “Nowhere in America was it more dangerous to cross the street than in Delaware, where nearly three pedestrians died in traffic accidents per 100,000 residents in 2012.” – USA Today, August 10, 2014 A recent article in USA Today highlighted the very sobering fact that, in 2012, Delaware was the most dangerous state in...

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    Deadly Weekend: One Pedestrian and One Cyclist Are Dead, Another Pedestrian Is Critically Injured

    by  • July 28, 2014 • Injuries and Fatalities, Safety • 2 Comments

    Three crashes over the weekend left one pedestrian and one cyclist dead and another pedestrian critically injured. Joanne “Jo-Jo” Johnson, 67, a long-time employee at the News Journal, was struck by a minivan and killed Friday afternoon west of New Castle as she tried to cross Dupont Highway (US 13) just north of  the...

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