• Share the Road Chautaqua

    by  • September 7, 2014 • 0 Comments


      (Sung to the tune of Kumbaya) Share the road, my friend, share the road. Share the road, my friend, share the road. Oh, friend, share the road.   As we were preparing the syllabus for our introduction to road cycling class, my co-instructor, a long-time biker and experienced teacher, wanted to begin with this...

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    Delaware Pedestrian Fatalities Are Down Slightly in 2014

    by  • August 19, 2014 • 1 Comment


    “Nowhere in America was it more dangerous to cross the street than in Delaware, where nearly three pedestrians died in traffic accidents per 100,000 residents in 2012.” – USA Today, August 10, 2014 A recent article in USA Today highlighted the very sobering fact that, in 2012, Delaware was the most dangerous state in...

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    Delaware’s Report Card

    by  • August 18, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Watch out Washington, Minnesota and Wisconsin!

    Have you seen Delaware’s 2014 Bicycle Friendly State “Report Card” from the League of American Bicyclists?  RELATED • Delaware’s 2014 Bicycle Friendly State Report Card (PDF) • League of American Bicyclists: “What Does My State Ranking Mean?”

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    Rumble Strips, Colorado Style

    by  • August 11, 2014 • 1 Comment


      In late spring, bike riders in Sussex County encountered rumble strips that a DelDOT contractor erroneously ground in the center of the shoulder along a couple of popular cycling routes. Colorado seems to have figured this issue out, at least along one road up in the mountains. Even though I’ve been babysitting my grandkids...

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    The Shorefire Ride (Saturday, August 16)

    by  • August 5, 2014 • 22 Comments

    Brought to you by the mighty White Clay Bicycle Club.

    White Clay Bicycle Club is again offering the Shorefire Century ride with its scenic routes (35, 65, and 100 miles) on Saturday, August 16, taking you through flat to gently rolling farmland in central Delaware. All routes will be marked and provided with sag support (until 5 pm.). A wide array of bicycle friendly...

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    Cyclists Report That Second Try’s the Charm for Rumble Strip Patch

    by  • July 26, 2014 • 2 Comments


    Local cyclists are reporting that a 2nd patching test by DelDOT contractor Safety Improvements LLC (SI) is rideable. “Our opinion is that the repair is acceptable,” said Sussex Cyclists’ President John Kurpjuweit,  “and better than being forced into heavy traffic.” An earlier test by SI to fix the improperly installed rumble strips, on Route 24 near Robinsonville, failed. ...

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    Soak. Rinse. Spin. (Wash Cycle Laundry)

    by  • July 23, 2014 • 1 Comment


    Returning from a bike ride south of the canal a couple of months ago, I was surprised to see a group of bike riders that I didn’t recognize, near the intersections of Rt.1, 7 and 273. One rider was pulling a trailer sporting an orange logo, and they were accompanied by a delivery truck with the...

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    The most important committee for bicycling you’ve probably never heard of

    by  • July 16, 2014 • 8 Comments


    Warning: only read this article if you have a strong stomach for acronyms. The most important committee for bicycling you’ve probably never heard of is the  National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) Bicycle Technical Committee. Since 1972, the NCUTCD has been the formal advisory committee to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regarding...

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    DelDOT Contractor Makes 2nd Try at Fixing Bad Rumble Strips

    by  • July 14, 2014 • 10 Comments

    A first try at fixing the bad rumble strips failed, but led to last Thursday's second effort.

    On Thursday, DelDOT contractor Safety Improvements LLC made a second try at fixing improperly installed rumble strips (see image above). The second test took place on the eastbound side of Route 9, west of Lakeview Boulevard near Lewes (map). Several weeks earlier, Safety Improvements made a first try at fixing the bad rumble strips on Route 24 near Robinsonville...

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    Delaware General Assembly Votes $6.3 Million for Cycling

    by  • June 30, 2014 • 1 Comment

    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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    U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Wastes Everyone’s Time

    by  • June 26, 2014 • 16 Comments

    U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey (Pennsylvania)

    Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey (Pennsylvania) introduced an amendment in the Senate Finance Committee to de-fund the federal Transportation Alternatives Program. Ugh. Not again. Five years ago, after the previous federal surface transportation bill expired and the U.S. Congress started a long debate about its replacement (eventually known as “MAP-21″), a series of congressional...

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    Bicycle Advocate Larry Wonderlin Honored With Plaque on Junction & Breakwater Trail

    by  • June 24, 2014 • 0 Comments


    At a ceremony on Wednesday near the Holland Glade trestle bridge on the Junction and Breakwater Trail, a plaque dedicated to the late Larry Wonderlin, recognizing the former long-time Sussex County resident for his bicycle advocacy, was unveiled. Larry was an active and devoted cyclist earning medals in Delaware and National Senior Olympic competitive bike...

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    DelDOT Proposed Walking/Cycling Regulation

    by  • June 23, 2014 • 1 Comment


    DelDOT is revising its regulations. Among the regulations being revised are those that govern access to DelDOT controlled roads by property owners. Among the many proposed changes is a proposed change to the regulations governing the provision of walking and cycling facilities. The current and proposed new regulations are shown below, with proposed deletions shown as strike throughs...

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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 • 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 • 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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    Governor Markell Signs Bill To Make Cycling Official State Sport of Delaware

    by  • June 15, 2014 • 3 Comments


      June 14, 2014 – Bear, Delaware With happy students from Wilbur and Southern Elementary Schools looking on, Governor Jack Markell signed a bill on Saturday to make cycling the Official Sport of Delaware. The prime sponsors of House Bill 235 were Representative Valerie Longhurst, Senator Nicole Poore and Senator David Sokola. Additional sponsors were Reps. Gerald Brady and Debra Heffernan;...

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    WEDNESDAY: Grand Opening of the Gordons Pond Trail Near Lewes

    by  • June 13, 2014 • 4 Comments


    Like the Castle Trail near Delaware City and the Pomeroy Trail in Newark, Delaware is about to finally open another long-awaited trail. This time, it’s the Gordons Pond Trail near Lewes! The new trail, part of Governor Markell’s First State Trails and Pathways Plan, will extend from the observation platform at Gordons Pond to...

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    Booker, Menendez, Carper and Colleagues Ask USDOT’s Foxx for Walking/Cycling Safety Measure

    by  • June 9, 2014 • 0 Comments


    In a recent letter to United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, New Jersey senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, joined by several of their senate colleagues – including Tom Carper – asked Secretary Foxx to establish a safety “performance measure” for walking and cycling: “To: The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Secretary, United States...

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