News from the Wilmington
Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise
noted, meetings are held in the WILMAPCO Conference Room. In case
of inclement weather, call (302) 737-6205 or Cecil County toll
free (888) 808-7088 for cancellations or postponements.
Transportation Working Group
October 4, 3 p.m.
October 13, 10
October 13, 1 p.m.
Data and Demographics
October 17, 10 a.m.
October 20, 10 a.m.
October 24, 7 p.m.
Exhibit Table at the Following Events:
Bob Carpenter Center, Newark
Delaware Bike Summit
Virden Center, Lewes
WILMAPCO will be
closed for Columbus Day on October 10.
For updates or more
information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
Cecil County Public
Each year 600
Cecil County residents are randomly selected to participate in our
annual telephone public opinion survey. The survey is conducted in both
Counties every four years, concurrent with Regional
Transportation Plan updates. The results of the 15-minute survey
help us to determine resident satisfaction with the transportation
system, travel mode choice, perception of congestion, familiarity with
WILMAPCO, and preferred method of providing feedback.
This year's survey results illustrated little change from previous
years surveyed. While overall satisfaction with the transportation
system was high (74%) the majority of those surveyed (68%) used a
vehicle as their primary mode of transportation. When asked about the
availability of alternate forms of transportation including walking,
biking, and transit, satisfaction decreased significantly, with 85%
stating there are few options from which to choose. To view the survey
results, please visit
Planning for Solar Energy
WILMAPCO will host
the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association webcast: Planning for Solar
Energy on October 12, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more
information, please contact Bill Swiatek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
helping to arrange the 2011 Delaware Bike Summit. This year's
Summit is being held in Lewes at the Virden Center on October 14.
Registration has closed for the Summit, but presentations will be
available at www.wilmapco.org/bikesummit. This year's
speakers include DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara, DelDOT Secretary
Shailen Bhatt, and Rina Cutler of the Philadelphia City Council.
Other speakers from the League of American Bicyclists, Bike Delaware,
and Bike Maryland will present topics including the value of bike
advocacy groups and non-motorized transportation funding methods.
Delaware Senator David Sokola will also provide a legislative update,
and former representative Mike Castle will be recognized for his
contributions to bicycling in Delaware.
Member Agency News
Officials Come to Cecil County to Discuss the Six-Year Transportation
"CTP Tour" meeting organized by Maryland Department of
Transportation (MDOT) will be held on November 4, at 2:30 p.m., in the
County Administration Building, Elk Room, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard,
Elkton, MD 21921. Each fall, MDOT presents its draft, six-year capital
program to every county and Baltimore City for review and comment. The
CTP lists proposed transportation projects and programs planned for the
next six years. The meeting provides an opportunity for local
officials, citizens, and state transportation officials to exchange
information on transportation issues and planned projects. For more
information, please visit www.mdot.maryland.gov/Planning/2011_CTP_Tour/2011_CTP_Tour.
New Bus Stop Coming to
Christina Landing ShopRite
Residents of the
Southbridge community in Wilmington rejoiced as construction began on a
bus stop at ShopRite's flagship supermarket in South Wilmington. The
Route 17 will connect residents to the market beginning in
December. The Christina Landing property was developed (under
protest from DART) without a bus stop, forcing bus patrons to cross a
busy stretch of highway to reach the supermarket. Strong pressure
from Southbridge residents, local elected officials, and the South
Wilmington Planning Network (chaired by WILMAPCO) compelled DelDOT and
the developer to work together to add a bus stop to the site.
This transit connection provides better access to healthy and
affordable foods to low-income families, many of whom are
transit-dependent. For more information, please visit www.dartfirststate.com.
Cracking Down on Overdue Red-Light Camera Violation Fines
According to a
September 14 News Journal article, "Beginning October 1, the
red-light violation fine of $112.50 will accrue a late charge of $10
each month if it remains unpaid. Delaware vehicle owners will be
unable to renew their registrations until the fine has been paid.
Unlike a citation issued by police, a violation caught on camera is
considered a civil offense, not a criminal offense, so the violation
and fine will not affect a driver's insurance rate or add points to his
or her driving record." To view the source article, please
Delaware Website Get's a Facelift
Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) has revamped its
website. WILMAPCO has helped to lead the effort. The new site is more
user-friendly and allows APA Delaware members to easily find upcoming
events and information. The Chapter has also published the first
addition of its quarterly newsletter, "Delaware Planner."
Each newsletter will include a list of APA Delaware events as well as
relevant planning news, a variety of articles about planning in
Delaware, and profiles of Delaware planners. For more information or to
view the newsletter, please visit www.delawareapa.org.
Institute of Architects is sponsoring a professional seminar for the
Delaware design, governance, ecology, and public health communities
that will focus on connecting the varied sustainability issues for
efficient policy and practice at the local, county, and state levels.
The seminar is being held at the University of Delaware Marine Cannon
Laboratory on October 20. APA Delaware is a co-sponsor of the
event. To register, please visit www.delawareapa.org.
to School Day
Walk to School Day
is a one-day event in the U.S. that is a part of an international
effort to celebrate the many benefits of walking and bicycling to
school throughout the month of October. Now in its 14th year, this
year's event will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 5. Walk to School
Day participation reached a record high in 2010 with more than 3,500
registered U.S. events, and that number is expected to rise once again
in 2011. In New Castle County Mount Pleasant Elementary School
and Thomas Edison Charter School are participating in Walk to School
Day activities, offering fun prizes to children who walk or bike to
school. For more information, please visit www.walktoschool.org.
Federal Safe Routes to
School Program Reaches More Than 10,400 Schools Across All Income
According to a
September 1 press release, "The National Center for Safe Routes to
School announced the release of the Federal Safe Routes to School
Program Progress Report, which examines the progress of the federal
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program and the implementation of the
legislation, which established SRTS - the Safe, Accountable, Flexible and
Efficient Transportation Equity Act - a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU,
2005). According to the Progress Report, since 2005, when the federal
program was established, more than 10,400 U.S. schools across all
income levels have participated in SRTS programs and all three main
requirements of the law have been achieved." To view the Federal
Safe Routes to School Program Progress Report, please visit www.saferoutesinfo.org/program-tools/federal-safe-routes-school-program-progress-report.
APTA's EXPO 2011
Held every three
years, the American Public Transit Association (APTA) EXPO is public
transportation's premier showcase of technology, products, and
services. The event provides the opportunity to network with more than
17,000 professionals and explore 750 public transportation-related
companies. EXPO 2011 will be held at the Ernest N. Morial
Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana from October 3 through
October 5. For more information, please visit www.aptaexpo.com/apta2011/public/enter.aspx.
How to Turn a Place
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) training course, How to Turn a Place
Around, is being offered in New York City on October 27 and 28.
The course introduces new ways of thinking about public spaces and how
placemaking can be used to bring communities together and revitalize
under-performing spaces. This training course will provide tools and
case study examples of successful solutions that unlock both the social
as well as economic potential of public spaces. Discussion sessions
will also focus on the particular issues of participants. For
more information, please visit www.pps.org/training/httapa/.
Climate Report Links
Extreme Weather Events to Global Warming
According to a
September 8 USA Today article, "Heat waves, droughts, blizzards,
and the rest of the year's U.S. record-breaking extreme weather, likely
enjoyed a boost from global warming, suggests a climate report.
Hurricane Irene this year pushed the U.S. yearly record for
billion-dollar natural disasters to 10, smashing the 2008 record of
nine. In the 'Current Extreme Weather and Climate Change' report,
released by the Climate Communication scientific group, leading climate
scientists outlined how increasing global atmospheric temperatures and
other climate change effects -- triggered by industrial emissions of
greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide and methane -- are loading
the dice for the sort of extreme weather seen this year." To
view the source article, please visit http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2011/09/climate-report-links-2011-extreme-weather-events-to-global-warming/1.
York Announces Largest Bike-Share Program in the Country
According to a
September 15 New York Times article, "the Bloomberg administration
has announced it had selected a Portland, Oregon company to run an
ambitious bike-share program in New York City. The city will
integrate 600 rental stations and 10,000 bicycles into the streets and
sidewalks of New York." To view the source article, please
Habits Changing Among Younger Americans
Referring to the
2001 and 2008 National Household Transportation Survey, Clark
Williams-Derry of the Sightline Institute wrote, "Among older
folks, driving didn't change that much between the two studies. But
among younger Americans, driving habits changed radically: folks
between the ages of 20 and 40 drove far less in 2008 than their
counterparts did in 2001. This is perhaps the most compelling piece of
evidence I've seen suggesting that there's been a profound generational
shift in America's driving habits." For more information,
please visit http://daily.sightline.org/2011/08/25/a-generational-shift-in-driving/?utm_source=Sightline&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WeeklyScore.
The Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) is the regional
transportation planning agency for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil
County, Maryland. As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO), WILMAPCO is charged with planning and coordinating
transportation investments for the region based on federal policy, local
input, technical analysis, and best practices. For more
information, please visit our website at www.wilmapco.org.