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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

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October 2011

E-NEWS

WILMAPCO Meetings

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.      

 

Nonmotorized Transportation Working Group 

October 4, 3 p.m.

 

Air Quality Subcommittee 

October 13, 10 a.m. 

   

Congestion Management Subcommittee 

October 13, 1 p.m.

   

Data and Demographics Subcommittee  

October 17, 10 a.m.

 

Technical Advisory Committee 

October 20, 10 a.m.

   

October 24, 7 p.m.

 

Visit WILMAPCO's Exhibit Table at the Following Events:  

 

October 1
Bob Carpenter Center, Newark

 

Delaware Bike Summit 

October 14

 

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.

 

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walkerWILMAPCO News

   

POSCecil County Public Opinion Survey

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
www.wilmapco.org/survey-results.   

 

SolarPlanning 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 bswiatek@wilmapco.org.    

 

BikeSummitDelaware Bike Summit

WILMAPCO is 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.     

 

 

trainMember Agency News

 

CTPMaryland Transportation Officials Come to Cecil County to Discuss the Six-Year Transportation Program 

The annual "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.

 

BusStopNew 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.

 

car graphicLocal News

 

RedLightCameraDelaware 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 visit http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110914/NEWS02/109140349/State-ramping-up-red-light-fine-collection?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Local.

 

APAWebsiteAPA Delaware  Website Get's a Facelift

The Delaware 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.   

 

AIASustainable Delaware 2011 

The American 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. 

 

bikeNational News
 

WalktoSchoolWalk 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.     

 

SRTSFederal Safe Routes to School Program Reaches More Than 10,400 Schools Across All Income Levels

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.

 

APTAAPTA'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.

 

PlaceHow to Turn a Place Around

This two-day 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/.    

 

ClimateClimate 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.

   

BikeShareNew 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 visit www.nytimes.com/2011/09/15/nyregion/new-york-picks-alta-to-run-bike-share-program.html?_r=1.

 

DrivingHabitsDriving 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.  

About Us
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.

 

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