• Walkable Bikeable Delaware

    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).

    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

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    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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    The Time Is Now For Delaware’s 1st Protected Bike Lane

    by  • September 18, 2014 • Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 3 Comments

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    The City of Newark has so much going for it these days, including a number of recently received awards, mostly highlighting its vibrant downtown area, and there are many reasons to celebrate. Though not remarkable, back in May Newark also received a repeat honor in the form of “Bronze” status as a “Bicycle Friendly...

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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

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    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 General Assembly Votes $6.3 Million for Cycling

    by  • June 30, 2014 • Federal Funding, Legislation and Policy, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 2 Comments

    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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    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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    Budget Writing Committee Wrestles With $12 Million “Funding Gap”

    by  • June 17, 2014 • Legislation and Policy, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

    Senator Robert Venables (D-Laurel) cited the Georgetown - to - Lewes Trail

    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...

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    Key Committee Meets This Week To Decide State’s Infrastructure Budget

    by  • June 16, 2014 • Legislation and Policy, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

    Senator Robert Venables (D-Laurel) cited the Georgetown - to - Lewes Trail

    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...

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    Concrete Progress for Wilmington – New Castle Greenway (Literally!)

    by  • June 6, 2014 • Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 2 Comments

    The Wilmington - New Castle Greenway

    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...

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    Newark to Wilmington Trail Study Presentation by DelDOT

    by  • June 2, 2014 • Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, No Digest, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 1 Comment

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    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...

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    DelDOT Public Workshop on Phase I of Georgetown to Lewes Trail

    by  • May 9, 2014 • Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 1 Comment

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    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...

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    For Transportation Nerds: America’s Only Bicycle Boulevard T-Shirt

    by  • May 8, 2014 • Traffic Control, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 7 Comments

    Did you get your "neighborway" T-shirt at last week's Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit?

    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...

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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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    May 1: Get This Prescription Filled

    by  • March 19, 2014 • Events, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 1 Comment

    Let's get this prescription filled.

    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...

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    May 1: The Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit

    by  • March 18, 2014 • Events, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 2 Comments

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    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...

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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 • 62 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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    Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit set for May 1 in Dover

    by  • February 28, 2014 • Bicycle Friendly Places, Events, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 38 Comments

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    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...

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    TODAY: Extending the Junction and Breakwater Trail to Downtown Rehoboth (DelDOT Workshop)

    by  • January 13, 2014 • Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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    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...

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    Connecting an Orphaned Trail in New Castle

    by  • October 24, 2013 • Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 3 Comments

    October 22, 2013!

    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...

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    This Is Not Your Father’s DelDOT Project

    by  • October 14, 2013 • Events, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, No Digest, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 4 Comments

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    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....

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    “Yes, Please!” (Newark-Wilmington Bicycle Highway)

    by  • October 9, 2013 • Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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    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>>>

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    80% Of Success Is Showing Up

    by  • September 26, 2013 • Events, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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      “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...

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    CORRECTION: This Could Actually Happen…If We Demand It

    by  • September 25, 2013 • Events, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 5 Comments

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      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...

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    This Could Actually Happen In Delaware

    by  • September 20, 2013 • Events, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 1 Comment

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      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...

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    Bike and Pedestrian Improvements Funded at Reduced Level

    by  • June 21, 2013 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 1 Comment

    Senator Robert Venables (D-Laurel) cited the Georgetown - to - Lewes Trail

    Yesterday the Joint Committee on Capital Improvement of the Delaware General Assembly voted – unanimously – to approve capital budgets for DelDOT and DNREC that include new funding for walking and cycling. BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS (DELDOT) In last year’s Bond Bill, the Joint Committee approved a request from the Governor and DelDOT to fund...

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    Critical vote TODAY on Bike and Pedestrian Improvements funding for DelDOT

    by  • June 20, 2013 • No Digest, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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    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...

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