• 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).

    Thank you, Governor Markell

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

    The Wilmington - New Castle Greenway. Credit: News Journal

      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 • 1 Comment

    Cyclist_Square

    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 • Bikeway Networks, Federal Funding, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 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 • 7 Comments

    Cyclist_Square

    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 • 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 • Bikeway Networks, Events, No Digest, Transportation Trails, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 2 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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    80% Of Success Is Showing Up

    by  • September 26, 2013 • Bikeway Networks, Events, 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 • Bikeway Networks, Events, 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 • Bikeway Networks, Events, 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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    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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    News Journal: Markell proposes casino bailout from tax revenue windfall

    by  • June 18, 2013 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 1 Comment

    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...

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    If you’ve never contacted your state senator or representative before, now would be a good first time

    by  • June 13, 2013 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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    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...

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    The most important vote of 2013

    by  • June 7, 2013 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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    This week (week of June 17) the most important vote for cycling in Delaware in 2013 will happen. By contacting your state senator and representative today, you can help influence this vote. Delaware was recently named the #5 Bicycle Friendly State in America by the League of American Bicyclists. We (obviously!) want to keep...

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    We need 7 votes for cycling in 1 week

    by  • June 6, 2013 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

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    Next week, a committee of the Delaware General Assembly will vote on whether to authorize funding for cycling improvements by the Delaware Department of Transportation next year. For cyclists in Delaware, this is the most important vote of 2013. Let me repeat that: this is the most important vote of 2013. Last year, the...

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    Delaware the 5th most bicycle-friendly state in America? “I figured either LAB had gone crazy or else I had.”

    by  • May 17, 2013 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 19 Comments

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      “When I first saw the headline, I figured either LAB had gone crazy or else I had.” – recent comment by Bike Delaware reader Just a few years ago, Delaware’s “Bicycle Friendly State” ranking by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) was somewhere in the 30s among the 50 states. In 2011, we...

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    The most bicycle-friendly state east of the Mississippi River

    by  • May 1, 2013 • Bicycle Friendly Places, Left Column 1, Walkable Bikeable Delaware

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    Dover – May 1, 2013 – At the Walkable Bikeable Delaware 2013 Summit in Dover this morning,  DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara announced Delaware’s new Bicycle Friendly State ranking. In the sixth annual assessment by the League of American Bicyclists, Delaware achieved a #5 ranking nationally, while placing #1 among...

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    Our Summit Sponsors Rock

    by  • April 17, 2013 • Events, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 2 Comments

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    WALKABLE BIKEABLE DELAWARE 2013 SUMMIT Active Transportation, Healthy Families May 1 | Dover, Delaware REGISTER HERE  SUMMIT PROGRAM The Walkable Bikeable Delaware 2013 Summit would be impossible without its sponsors. What’s another way of saying that? They rock. Check out their awesomeness:    

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