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 June of 2011, the Delaware General Assembly voted $5,000,000 for state bike routes.
In September of 2011, the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) voted to program $480,000 of federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program funds for the Wilmington – New Castle Greenway (the first time federal CMAQ funds were used for a cycling project in Delaware history).
In January of 2012, Governor Jack Markell proposed over $13 million to “make Delaware one of the most walkable and bikeable states in America.”
In March of 2012, the Alliance for Walking and Biking recognized “Walkable Bikeable Delaware” as the “Winning Campaign of the Year.”
In June of 2012, the Delaware General Assembly unanimously approved a capital budget for the state of Delaware that included $13.25 million for walking and bicycling projects.
In July of 2012, WILMAPCO voted to approve $6.4 million from the federal CMAQ program for Bike and Pedestrian Improvements Statewide.
Articles on Walkable Bikeable Delaware are below (in reverse chronological order).
￼￼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...Read more →
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...Read more →
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...Read more →
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. The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council met yesterday and updated the...Read more →
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...Read more →
RELATED • Thank you, Governor Markell • WILMAPCO Votes Funding to Complete Wilmington-New Castle Greenway • Wilmington – to – New Castle Industrial Track Greenway • Connecting an Orphaned Trail in New Castle • News Journal: “State agencies draw up a dream trail for cyclists” • Wilmington-New Castle Greenway: It’s the red route • New Castle Industrial...Read more →
If you’d like to get an update on the Newark to Wilmington Trail, DelDOT will be presenting the results of its study that evaluated potential trail connections across New Castle County between Newark and Wilmington. When will DelDOT be moving on a first segment of this trail? Today at 3PM in Newark is your chance to...Read more →
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is holding a Public Workshop to present to the surrounding residents, businesses and the general public for the proposed Georgetown to Lewes Rail with Trail, Phase I Facility. The project proposes to construct a 10 foot wide multi-use path from the east of Savannah Road to Gills Neck...Read more →
RELATED: • Delaware’s 2014 Bicycle Friendly State Report Card • The Fourth Most Bicycle Friendly State in America • 2014 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit • Neighborhood Greenways (Portland Bureau of Transportation) • Crime Prevention For Wilmington For About $140,000 Per Mile • In Portland Every Day is Walk & Bike to School Day (VIDEO) • Can Traffic...Read more →
May is “Bike Month” in Delaware and across the Unites States. Read the proclamation of Bike Month by Governor Markell and Lt. Governor Denn made at last week’s 2014 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit:Read more →
DOVER – May 2, 2014 – At yesterday’s Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit, the president of the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) announced that Delaware had moved up in the Bicycle Friendly State rankings among all states to #4 in the U.S. Along with the new ranking, LAB also issues Bicycle Friendly State “Report Cards”...Read more →
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...Read more →
Thank you Mississippi and West Virginia! Delaware is the “First State” because we were the first to ratify the United States Constitution. But it’s only thanks to our sister states Mississippi and West Virginia that (according to a recent Gallup survey) we are not the “First State in Obesity.” But Mississippi and West Virginia...Read more →
REGISTER HERE FOR THE 2014 WALKABLE BIKEABLE DELAWARE SUMMIT At last year’s Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit, DelDOT Secretary Bhatt and DNREC Secretary O’Mara jointly announced Delaware’s new #5 Bicycle Friendly State ranking; Civil Engineering Professor Peter Furth described how Delaware could make simple and cost-effective investments in a “low traffic stress” network to grow...Read more →
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...Read more →
The American Heart Association, Bike Delaware, the Delaware Department of Transportation, Delaware Greenways and Sussex Outdoors will together host the 2014 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit in Dover on May 1. The summit will bring together Robert Burchfield, the City Traffic Engineer for the Portland Bureau of Transportation; Tracy Winfree, the Director of Public Works...Read more →
TODAY – The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is holding a Public Workshop to obtain comments from surrounding residents, businesses and the general public for the proposed extension of the Junction and Breakwater Trail to Rehoboth Avenue. The project proposes to construct a 10 foot wide multi-use path from the termination of the existing...Read more →
Back in January of 2012, we published this inquiry from a Bike Delaware reader: Dear Bike Delaware, I have been bicycling as an adult since 1969, was on the original Governor’s Bicycle Task Force in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s, and in 1985 founded Delaware’s premier bike event, the Delaware Double Cross. After...Read more →
Published in the New Castle Weekly October 16, 2013 The New Castle Bike Rangers were treated to a sneak peak of the recently completed section of the Industrial Track by Bike Delaware Executive Director, James Wilson. From the current end of the trail at the edge of the Christina River, the final destination –...Read more →
If you missed the first DelDOT Public Workshop on the Wilmington-to-Newark Bicycle Highway, here is your second chance! Public Workshop Newark-to-Wilmington Trail Study Doubletree Hotel 700 North King Street Wilmington Wednesday October 16, 2013 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM As we said about the Newark workshop a couple of weeks ago: “Bring your kids....Read more →
by Melissa Nann Burke Published in the News Journal October 8, 2013 NEWARK — The public recently got its first look at conceptual routes for an off-road Newark-to-Wilmington path for cyclists and pedestrians. The response was a resounding, “Yes, please!” Read rest of article in The News Journal>>>Read more →
“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...Read more →
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...Read more →
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...Read more →
1:05PM: UPDATE Committee increases state’s Transportation Enhancements program by 73% (votes to add $2.6 million in state money to $3.5M program). They also vote to add $0.25 million in state money to Bike and Pedestrian Improvements program. (This is on top of the $1.25 million in federal CMAQ money the committee voted about an...Read more →
By Jen Rini Delaware State News June 18, 2013 DOVER — Lawmakers on the Bond Bill Committee have an extra pot of money to work with, but their list of additional capital projects may prove to be problematic to fund. Numbers from the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council’s June report, coupled with $24.5...Read more →
by Doug Denison and Jonathan Starkey The News Journal June 18, 2013 State officials announced Monday that higher personal income tax collections helped produce an extra $21.3 million for lawmakers to budget in the coming year, and Gov. Jack Markell proposed using $8 million of that to bail out Delaware’s three casinos struggling with...Read more →
Dear Senators and Representatives: On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Delaware, thank you for your support of the Bike and Pedestrian Improvements program in last year’s Bond Bill. We ask that you continue your support in the FY14 Bond Bill. We urge you to keep intact the Bike and Pedestrians...Read more →
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...Read more →