• Best of Bike Delaware 2013: Goodbye “Share The Road”

    by  • December 27, 2013 • 1 Comment


    2013 Look Back: This post was originally published on November 4, 2013.  It was the 5th most viewed Bike Delaware article of 2013.   In August, Bike Delaware asked DelDOT to permanently discontinue its use of the “Share The Road” plaque in Delaware. The article on our ask, which can be read HERE, was...

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    Best of Bike Delaware 2013: This Could Actually Happen In Delaware

    by  • December 22, 2013 • 0 Comments


    2013 Look Back: This article was originally published on September 20, 2013.  It was the 9th most viewed Bike Delaware article of 2013. 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,...

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    DelDOT Pushes the Envelope for Bicycle-Friendly Traffic Signal System in Fenwick Island

    by  • December 21, 2013 • 2 Comments


    Video/Thermal Detection of Bicycles. An Exclusive Bicycle Left-Turn Signal Phase. An Exclusive Bicycle Signal Head. Creative, innovative and bicycle-friendly traffic engineering. In Delaware. Yes, it’s geeky technology! That makes engineers swoon! But even non-engineer cyclists can understand this much: DelDOT is pushing the envelope of traffic control devices to make Delaware more bicycle-friendly. DelDOT...

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    Crime Prevention For Wilmington For About $140,000 Per Mile

    by  • December 6, 2013 • 1 Comment


    The front page headline in yesterday’s News Journal described discussions in Wilmington about whether to remove Wilmington’s Chief of Police. Wilmington’s murder rate is more than 5 times higher than New York City’s and one of the highest among small cities in the country. But the current Chief of Police in Wilmington, Christine Dunning,...

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    DelDOT Pilot Study Looks at Cycling “Hot Spots”

    by  • December 2, 2013 • 0 Comments


    Loose gravel. Sand. Trash. Whatever the type, debris in road shoulders can be a hazard for cyclists. We call them “hot spots“: places where debris accumulates unusually quickly in shoulder areas. Using DelDOT’s “Report a Road Condition” form, cyclists have complained about hot spots for years. It was boring and it wasted a lot of our...

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    Can Traffic Calming Reduce Crime in Wilmington?

    by  • November 27, 2013 • 7 Comments


    “You can’t make people use streets they have no reason to use. You can’t make people watch streets they do not want to watch. Safety on the streets by surveillance and mutual policing of one another sounds grim, but in real life it is not grim. The safety of the street works best, most...

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    Here They Come

    by  • November 22, 2013 • 0 Comments


    Here they come. Thanks to the City of Newark Department of Public Works, “Bikes May Use Full Lane” signs have been deployed on Newark’s Main Street. The signs complement, and reinforce, the city’s recent installation of “sharrows”. While most motor vehicle traffic on Main Street is, unfortunately, just through traffic without any local destination,...

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    The Seven Word “Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act”

    by  • November 19, 2013 • 0 Comments


    A bipartisan group of four congressmen last week introduced the “Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act” in the U.S. House of Representatives. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Howard Coble (R-NC), Peter Fazio (D-OR) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) are the co-sponsors of H.R.3494, which would, in the impenetrable language of government – “amend title 23, United States Code,...

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    The Next Mayor of Newark

    by  • November 14, 2013 • 1 Comment


    Registered voters in Newark head to the polls today  (Tuesday) to elect their next mayor. If you are a registered voter in Newark, you can find your local polling place HERE. We wondered what the next mayor of Newark (which is one of only two communities in Delaware rated as “bicycle-friendly”) thinks about cycling....

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    Goodbye “Share The Road”

    by  • November 4, 2013 • 7 Comments


    In August, Bike Delaware asked DelDOT to permanently discontinue its use of the “Share The Road” plaque in Delaware. The article on our ask, which can be read HERE, was viewed on the web more than 15,000 times, “liked” more than 1,800 times and generated many thoughtful comments. (Bike Delaware shared all these comments...

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    How To Make A Great “Neighborway” in Wilmington

    by  • October 28, 2013 • 5 Comments


    TO: Director of Transportation, City of Wilmington Department of Public Works FROM: James Wilson, Executive Director, Bike Delaware We are excited about the opportunity presented to Wilmington by a federal Transportation Alternatives program grant and by the idea of using this grant to create a neighborway in the city. The City of Portland has had...

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    Connecting an Orphaned Trail in New Castle

    by  • October 24, 2013 • 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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    New Castle Weekly: “The End Is in Sight”

    by  • October 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Wilmington - New Castle Greenway

    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 –...

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    Michael Castle Trail Opened

    by  • October 22, 2013 • 2 Comments


    “I’ve never been a fan of having anything named after me. I feel like it’s the beginning of the end. But if you’re going to have something named for you, this is as good as it gets.” – Mike Castle, October 18, 2013 “Each time we open a new trail, we are a step...

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    Thank You

    by  • October 17, 2013 • 1 Comment


    Thank you to all our new and renewing members for making the Uniquely Delaware membership drive our most successful membership campaign ever. With your help, Bike Delaware has become a powerful and influential force for improving walking and bicycling in Delaware. We’ve proven that you can do big things in a small state. The...

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    This Is Not Your Father’s DelDOT Project

    by  • October 14, 2013 • 2 Comments


    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 • 0 Comments


    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 • 0 Comments


      “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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    Boulder Biking Slowed By Floods

    by  • September 25, 2013 • 4 Comments

    Massive flash flooding in Colorado

    I arrived in Boulder to visit my daughter’s family at the peak of the record breaking rainfall that has caused flooding of historic proportions across the entire county and beyond.  I had hoped to do some bicycling while in Colorado, enjoying some of the many wonderful bike paths and bikeways.  Instead I’ve been watching...

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    CORRECTION: This Could Actually Happen…If We Demand It

    by  • September 25, 2013 • 5 Comments


      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 • 1 Comment


      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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    What’s Next For California’s “Senator Asphalt”?

    by  • September 18, 2013 • 0 Comments


      Yesterday, we published an article about how Hockessin area legislators, including State Representative Deborah Hudson and State Senator David Sokola, had collaborated to help fund a new walkway on Valley Road in Hockessin. The article also mentioned – but did not emphasize – that the funding from the legislators would be used to...

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    Hockessin Area Legislators Fund Valley Road Walkway

    by  • September 17, 2013 • 0 Comments


      State Representative Deborah Hudson (R-Fairthorne) recently sent out an update on a project on Valley Road in Hockessin to her constituents: The pedestrian path will connect Swift Park and Hockessin Village to Lantana Square Shopping Center and Tweeds Park. The 0.7 mile-long connector will consist of a paved ribbon, six feet wide, separated...

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