Walkable Bikeable Delaware is a campaign for making smart and strategic investments in walking and cycling infrastructure in Delaware. Here are some key milestones in this campaign:
In May of 2011, the Delaware General Assembly unanimously passed Walkable Bikeable Delaware, which directed the Delaware Department of Transportation to make strategic investments in walking and bicycling.
In 2011, the League of American Bicyclists ranked Delaware in the 30s among Bicycle Friendly States in the United States. After the passage of Walkable Bikeable Delaware, however, Delaware advanced in this ranking for 5 years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever. Delaware is now ranked as the #3 Bicycle Friendly State in America.
In May of 2016, Governor Jack Markell signed the Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act at the 2016 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit, a new state law to facilitate the development of “complete communities,” or compact, walkable, bikeable, transit accessible and mixed-use neighborhoods in Delaware.
In 2017, Delaware broke ground on the biggest-ever cycling project in state history: the final missing piece of an over 7 mile long bikeway (including a football-field long bike bridge) extending from the Wilmington Riverfront to downtown New Castle.
Check out some of the many articles Bike Delaware has published on the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign below (in reverse chronological order):
The first phase of the Lewes-Georgetown Trail opened last year (photo above). Are you ready for more? The Georgetown to Lewes Trail Pathway PHASE II is a project that proposes to extend the existing 10 foot wide paved trail from Savannah Road in Lewes west for more than three miles towards Georgetown GOING UNDER...Read more →
The most compelling economic argument for cycling is when cycling is part of a transportation system that enables the formation of new households with lower levels of personal vehicle ownership. That’s because the formation such “car-lite” households is a fiscal stimulus to the communities in which they are located worth, on average, about $9,000 per...Read more →
Spending Money Nearby, Instead of on Fuel, Makes a Community Healthy, Wealthy and Cool According to AAA, owning, insuring, maintaining and fueling a personal vehicle costs the average household about $9,000 a year per vehicle. That’s what makes transportation – not food or clothing or healthcare or our personal electronics – the 2nd largest...Read more →
If you’ve driven north into Wilmington on I95 anytime recently, you might have noticed some mysterious activity – including two huge cranes – happening in the Christina River: This is Delaware’s biggest-ever cycling project. It’s the final missing piece of an over 7 mile long bikeway extending from the Wilmington Riverfront to downtown New...Read more →
Governor Jack Markell‘s last full day in office was last Monday. Under his leadership, Delaware spent $10s of millions on spectacular new trails – and we’re not done. Over the next few years we’re going to spend $10s of millions more. Even in much larger states like Maryland or Pennsylvania, these new trails would represent a...Read more →
It’s late October but it will nevertheless be 80° (!) today at 2PM in Lewes for the official opening of the first phase of the Lewes-Georgetown Trail. This is the first 1.1-mile section – from Gills Neck Road to Savannah Road in Lewes – of what will eventually be a 10 foot wide paved trail that extends...Read more →
Decades after it was first proposed, Delaware has signed a contract with a local construction firm to complete the long-awaited Wilmington-New Castle Greenway. It’s a project of superlatives: It’s the state’s biggest-ever cycling network improvement project. And it will include a football-field long bike bridge spanning the Christina River which will be, by far, the longest bike bridge ever built...Read more →
The Delaware General Assembly voted early Friday morning to approve a capital budget for the state of Delaware that includes a record $20.7 million for cycling and walking improvements. In each year since the passage of Walkable Bikeable Delaware in 2011 the state of Delaware has made substantial financial commitments to improving cycling and walking infrastructure in the...Read more →
UPDATE: Bikes+Transit (Complete Communities) legislation signed into law. Led by the effective advocacy of its prime sponsors Senators Harris McDowell and Colin Bonini, the Delaware Senate voted 17 to 3 to approve the Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act. The fate of this innovative bicycle-friendly development legislation is now with the Delaware House of Representatives....Read more →
In a major milestone for a project that Bike Delaware has been advocating for since 2011, DelDOT has – finally – awarded the contract to build Phase I of the Lewes-Georgetown Trail. Bike Delaware’s first article on this project was published over 4 years ago – on June 14, 2011! – and was simply titled...Read more →