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 for cancellations or
WILMAPCO Public Workshop
August 29, 4 - 7 p.m.
August 29, 7 p.m.
note: check WILMAPCO's website or call
(302) 737- 6205, for weather-related cancellations.
Joint WILMAPCO and DelDOT Public Hearing
September 1, 4
p.m. - 7 p.m.
September 8, 1 p.m.
September 8, 6:30 p.m.
Data and Demographics
September 12, 10 a.m.
September 15, 10 a.m.
Exhibit Table at the Following Events:
WILMAPCO will be
closed for Labor Day on September 5.
For updates or more
information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
You are invited to
attend a workshop on August 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., about upcoming
transportation projects. WILMAPCO staff welcome comments on the
draft amended FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
The workshop will be held at WILMAPCO:
August 29, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
850 Library Avenue, Newark, Delaware 19711
The draft FY
2012-2015 TIP for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County,
Maryland is a four-year listing of transportation priorities and
projects based upon available funding. Projects are drawn from
recommendations in the long-range Regional
Transportation Plan for the WILMAPCO region. Proposed amendments to
the New Castle County portion of the TIP include $15 million to
relocate the Mid-County DMV, $200,000 for Claymont Train Station
disability access improvements, and $600,000 for the New Castle
Industrial Track Greenway.
If you cannot
attend the workshop, please visit our "virtual public
workshop" online at www.wilmapco.org/tip.
The TIP public
comment period extends through September 7. Those wishing to submit
comments on the TIP can:
comments to WILMAPCO at 850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark, DE
comments during the August 29 public workshop
comments via email to email@example.com
note: check WILMAPCO's website or call (302) 737-6205, for the most
updated information on hurricane-related cancellations.
Joint WILMAPCO and DelDOT
A joint WILMAPCO
and DelDOT Public Hearing will be held on September 1, from 4 p.m. to 7
p.m. WILMAPCO and DelDOT staff welcome comments on the draft
amended FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the
statewide FY 2012-2017 Delaware Capital Transportation Plan (CTP).
The workshop will be held at WILMAPCO:
September 1, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
850 Library Avenue, Newark, Delaware 19711
The FY 2012-2017
CTP lists projects and services planned for the next six years in
Delaware, including those in the WILMAPCO TIP. It is developed
with the assistance of WILMAPCO, Dover/Kent Metropolitan Planning
Organization, and Sussex County, recognizing the priorities that have
been set in their transportation improvement programs.
participants can review both draft documents, ask questions of WILMAPCO
and DelDOT staff, and submit written comments to both agencies.
The format of the workshop is informal and people may attend at their
convenience between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
A court reporter
will be available to take public comments. Interested persons are also
encouraged to submit written comments during the public hearing
is Now Open for the Third Delaware Bike Summit
The 2012 Delaware
Bike Summit will be held on October 14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in
Lewes, Delaware. The Delaware Bike Summit's goal is to unite
bicycle advocates, healthy communities advocates, decision makers, and
others to network and plan a healthier, bikeable future for
include Rina Cutler of Philadelphia's City Council. Cutler will
address how to get bike projects completed. Other speakers will include
Carol Silldorff of Bike Maryland. Silldorff will address how to
build legislative initiatives and partnerships. There will also be
sessions on the building blocks of bikeable communities, steps to
achieving results, and a session on the various bike project funding
The Summit will be
followed by a post-summit bike ride at 3:30 p.m., and a reception/award
ceremony at Irish Eyes at 6 p.m.
The summit is free
of charge, but due to limited seating, you must register. To learn more
or to register for the Delaware Bike Summit, please visit www.wilmapco.org/bikesummit.
Member Agency News
Workshop - US 301 Project Development
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA), and the US Army Corps of Engineers have
announced a Public Workshop for the US 301 Project Development
initiative. The Workshop will be held on August 31, from 3:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m., at the Middletown Fire Hall.
The purpose of the workshop is to update the public on overall project
activities since the March 2009 workshop, including presentation of
items such as:
design plans (US 301 mainline semi-final plans / Spur Road
of environmental impacts and environmental / community mitigation
- A number
of additional design refinements
services access needs
estate acquisition process
and funding concept
forward / next steps
Members of the Project Team
will be on hand at the Workshop to present information, to listen to
ideas, and answer questions. Interested persons are invited to submit
comments on the US 301 Project. Comments will be received during the
Workshop, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or they can be mailed
to DelDOT Public Relations, PO Box 778, Dover, Delaware 19903. Comments
are due by September 12.
Comments received from the
public, along with those from the environmental resource and regulatory
agencies, will be considered by DelDOT and included in the Design
Refinements Report to be submitted to FHWA.
The location is accessible to
persons with disabilities. Any person having special needs or requiring
special aid, such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired, is
requested to contact DelDOT by phone at 1-800-652-5600 or by mail to
DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903 one week in
To view the Public Workshop
Display Boards, visit www.us301.deldot.gov.
For further information contact DelDOT Public Relations at
1-800-652-5600 (in DE) or 302-760-2080, or write to the above address.
Comment on PlanMaryland Initiative ends on September 1, 2011
The Board of County
Commissioners encourages residents to provide comments on the
PlanMaryland initiative being considered by Governor Martin O'Malley
through the Maryland Department of Planning.
Comments are welcome and
encouraged from the public, civic groups, stakeholder organizations,
local, state, and federal agencies, and from private corporations and
organizations. Following the scheduled close of the public
comment period on September 1, 2011, Maryland Department of Planning
staff will review the comments, make adjustments in the plan, and
prepare a generalized response to be included when the plan is
submitted to Governor Martin O'Malley in October 2011.
To view the draft plan, please
Comments can be sent to: email@example.com.
Or mailed to:
Maryland Department of
Attn: Plan Maryland Comments
301 West Preston Street, Suite
Baltimore, MD 21201
Please include your name,
return address, or e-mail address as part of your comments. All
comments will become part of the official record for Plan Maryland.
"Imagine A Litter-Free Delaware" Clean Up Day
DelDOT has announced its Seventh Annual "Imagine A Litter-Free
Delaware" Clean Up Day on Saturday, October 1. DelDOT has
designated this as a statewide cleanup day when everyone is invited to
come out to clean Delaware's roads, highways, and community areas.
Residents and business keepers are also being asked to ensure that
trash is well contained, to pick up debris blowing around their property,
and to step outside to sweep a sidewalk, pick up sticks, or rake up
some leaves. In addition, Secretary of Transportation Shailen Bhatt is
requesting that DelDOT maintenance pay special attention to cleaning
Delaware's roadsides during the week of October 3 to 7.
To register, please visit
DelDOT's web site at www.deldot.gov,
under Hot Topics, or by contacting the Office of Public Relations at
302-760-2080 or 1-800-652-5600. The deadline for registration is
Friday, September 30. There is no fee to participate.
Bike Project - Bike BLOW OUT
Urban Bike Project
will host its 1st BIKE BLOW-OUT
on Sunday, August
28, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 1908 N. Market Street, in Wilmington.
Refurbished bikes including
road bikes, cruisers, and BMX will be available for sale at reasonable
prices. All bikes will be sold in as-is condition. For more
information, please visit www.urbanbikeproject.org/2011/08/urban-bike-project-bike-blow-out.html.
Byways - Fall Conference
Byways - Fall Conference is being held on September 17 in Dover. This
conference is open to DelDOT Personnel, Communities, Consultants, and
Organizations involved in the Delaware Byways Program. Scenic Byways
are specially designated roads or waterways that travel through an area
of natural or cultural significance. For more information, please
Healthy People Global Goods
Healthy People Global Goods builds on the Clean Air Council's ongoing
Goods Movement Program. The goal of the conference is to educate public
health and environmental advocacy organizations, planners, public
health agencies, and elected officials about the public health impacts
of goods movement and the roles that they can play in addressing these impacts.
The conference will be held Friday, September 23, at the
University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. For more
information, please visit www.cleanair.org/program/transportation/freight_transport/healthy_people_global_goods.
Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC) is hosting a one-day
conference on the CSSC's economic development outlook, transportation
successes and challenges, higher education's role in tomorrow's
workforce, and entrepreneurial opportunities within the region. The
Beyond BRAC: Shining the Light on Innovation and Opportunity in the
CSSC Region Conference will be held on September 28, in Aberdeen,
Maryland. For more information, please visit http://www.apg-cssc.com/registration/index.cfm.
Foot Passing Bill signed in Delaware
According the July 28 Bike Delaware News, "On Monday July 25,
Governor Markell signed SB 38, Delaware's 'three foot passing' bill.
With the signing of this bill, Delaware becomes the nineteenth state to
have a passing law to protect cyclists. The law not only provides
additional legal protection, it provides an important educational
The Law states that the driver of a motor vehicle, when approaching a
bicyclist traveling in the same direction, must ensure the safety and
protection of the bicyclist by:
with caution and yielding the right-of-way by making a lane change
into a lane not adjacent to that of the bicyclist, if possible, if
on a roadway that has at least four lanes; or
with caution and reducing to a safe speed, leaving a reasonable
distance by providing a minimum of three-feet of clearance while
passing a bicyclist, if changing lanes would be impossible or
Commuting Habits Influenced by Many Factors
of Americans drive to work, but the figures are lower in metropolitan
areas such as New York City, San Francisco, and Boston. Length of
commute, weather, job type, and population density all influence
how people commute, according to an analysis by University of Maine
economics professor Todd Gabe. People who live in drier
climates, or who have creative jobs, are more likely are to walk,
bike, or use public transportation to get to work, Gabe found. For more
information, please visit www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/07/the-geography-of-how-we-get-to-work/240258/.
New York City Bans
Downtown Vehicles in August
Saturdays in August, New York City banned vehicles on seven miles of
roads in Manhattan, allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to more safely
use downtown streets. The "Summer Streets" program, now
in its fourth year, began as part of the city's overall greening
initiatives in an effort to encourage New Yorkers to leave their cars
at home and consider more sustainable modes of transportation.
For more information, please visit www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/about/about.shtml.
Place Matters National
The Place Matters National Conference will be held on September 7, in
Washington D.C. The Joint Center for Political and Economic
Studies Health Policy Institute invites you to attend this one-day
event to address the relationship between place and health,
particularly as it pertains to racial and ethnic health inequities. The
conference will convene key stakeholders, including grassroots leaders,
elected officials, researchers, public health practitioners,
policymakers, and community organizers. For more information, please
Conference on Performance Measures for
Transportation and Livability
Transportation Research Board (TRB) is cosponsoring the Conference on
Performance Measures for Transportation and Livability on September 7
through 8, in Austin, Texas. The conference will focus on the
development and application of performance measures for transportation
and livability. The conference will address the current state of the
practice in transportation and livability performance measures,
review current research, and identify future research needs. For
more information, please visit http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/Conference_on_Performance_Measures_for_Transportat_164759.aspx.
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.