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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

June 2012 

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All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the WILMAPCO Conference Room.   


In case of inclement weather, please call  (302) 737-6205, or toll free from Cecil County at (888) 808-7088 for cancellations or postponements.    


Nonmotorized Transportation Working Group

June 5, 3 p.m.  


Adapting Cities to Climate Change APA Webcast and Panel Discussion
June 6
Executive Banquet and Conference Center  


Data and Demographics Subcommittee

June 11, 10 a.m.  


Air Quality Subcommittee

June 14, 10 a.m.    

Congestion Management Subcommittee
June 14, 1 p.m.   


Newport Train Station Feasibility Study - Public Workshop

June 14, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Old Newport Town Hall

15 N. Augustine Street 


Public Advisory Committee 

June 18, 7 p.m.


June 21, 10 a.m.

Visit the WILMAPCO Exhibit Table at the Following Events:

Platinum Picnic

June 6
Banning Park

2012 Cabot Community Tour
June 16
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park

For updates or more information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit


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In this issue...


Member Agency News 

         DelDOT Public Workshop - Cedar Lane Improvements

Local News  

 National News


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CCBPCecil County Bicycle Plan Public Meeting Tonight 

WILMAPCO is developing a coordinated and integrated bicycle network for both Cecil County and the municipalities.  The Cecil County Bicycle Plan seeks to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors by expanding the transportation system to foster safe and convenient choices for bicycle commuting and recreation.  County residents are invited to share their thoughts on the proposed countywide and local bicycle routes and draft recommendations. On Thursday, May 31 attendees are welcome anytime between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the Chesapeake City Town Hall.  For more information, please visit


Thursday, May 31st

Anytime between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Chesapeake City Town Hall

108 Bohemia Avenue

Chesapeake City, MD 21915


ClimateChangeAdapting Cities to Climate Change APA Webcast and Value-added Session 

With climate change places are facing more severe hazards.  In this program, planners explore the subsequent environmental, economic, and infrastructural impacts.  Explore both research and planning work across the United States and in Delaware during this WILMAPCO sponsored event.  After the webcast join the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association for a review of some local climate change planning.  Panelists and topics will include:

The event will be held on June 6 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Executive Banquet and Conference Center, 205 Executive Drive, Newark, DE.  There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be provided.  For more information and to register, please visit


NewportNewport Train Station Public Workshop

WILMAPCO and the Town of Newport want to hear from you at an open house public workshop on Thursday, June 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  This will be the final public workshop for the Newport Transit Feasibility Study currently being conducted.  We are seeking your thoughts on the viability of reopening the Newport station.  The workshop will be held at Newport's Old Town Hall at 15 North Augustine Street.  For more information, please visit 


WCWWalkable Community Workshops  

You are invited to participate in a Walkable Community Workshop.  A Walkable Community Workshop is an interactive community workshop designed to bring together key stakeholders such as citizens, land owners, elected officials, and professionals to focus on issues related to walkability.  


Two workshops are planned this month.  The first will target issues along the Route 40 corridor in Newark near Glasgow Park and the second will focus on Chesapeake City.  

  • Route 40/Glasgow Park Walkable Workshop
    Wednesday, June 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Westside Family Healthcare Center
    404 Fox Hunt Drive
  • Chesapeake City Walkable Workshop
    Wednesday, June 20 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
    Location TBD

For more information or to register for the Glasgow workshop, please contact Susan Eggert at (302) 395-5651 or To learn more about WILMAPCO's Walkable Workshop Program, please visit  


For more information or to register for the Chesapeake City workshop, please contact Sharon Weygand at (410) 885-5298 or


If you plan to attend a workshop please wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the weather that day. Refreshments will also be provided.  For more information about WILMAPCO's walkable workshop program, please visit 



trainMember Agency News

CedarLaneDelDOT Public Workshop - Cedar Lane Improvements

DelDOT is holding a public workshop to obtain comments for proposed improvements to Cedar Lane Road. The project limits will extend from Bridge 403, which is south of Marl Pit Road, to Boyds Corner Road. The workshop will be held on Monday, June 4, 2012 at Cedar Lane Elementary School, 1259 Cedar Lane Road in Middletown. The public is invited to attend any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Attendees will be able to view and discuss the design alternatives for improvements along Cedar Lane Road, which include widening Cedar Lane Road to provide 12-foot travel lanes, 8-foot shoulders, drainage improvements, and a 10-foot multi-use path. In addition, intersection improvements are proposed to the intersection of Cedar Lane Road and Marl Pit Road and the two bridges between Marl Pit Road and Boyds Corner Road will be replaced. For more information contact DelDOT Office of Public Relations at 1-800-652-5600 (in DE) or 302-760-2080.


TrailSurveyHelp Define the Future of Trails and Pathways in Delaware

To gauge public recreational trail uses and patterns, a survey has been developed. Both trail users and non-users alike are invited to participate in the 2012 Delaware Trails and Pathways Survey to express their trail needs and preferences. Results from this survey will help planners to understand both trail users and non-users, define issues, assess needs, and give direction to the Statewide Trails & Pathways Initiative. Please take a few moments to fill out the 2012 Delaware Trails and Pathways Survey by visiting:   


freightsummitDelmarva Freight Summit

The Delaware and Maryland Departments of Transportation are hosting the Delmarva Freight Summit on June 20 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Dover Downs in Dover, DE. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m.  WILMAPCO staff will be among the presenters.  To register, please visit  For more information, please contact Bobbie Geier at, or (302) 760-2119. To view the event flyer, please visit


DEAPAAwardAPA Delaware receives the 2012 Karen B. Smith Overall Chapter Achievement Award

The Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association has received the 2012 Karen B. Smith Overall Chapter Achievement Award from APA's Chapter President's Council.  Chapter president David Edgell, Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination (pictured on the left) and chapter vice president Bill Swiatek, WILMAPCO (pictured in the middle) received the award on April 17 at the national planning conference in Los Angeles.  



RodneySqChanges to the King Street Bus Stop at Rodney Square
According to a DART press release, "Changes to the King Street Bus Stop are due to the Landscape Improvement Project on Rodney Square. DART is shifting its King Street bus stop to either King Street just north of 11th Street at the former U.S. Post Office; on King Street just south of 10th Street at the Library; or on King Street at 9th Street, depending on the route. Route specific boarding locations will be posted on the bus stops. The 11th Street and 10th Street sides of Rodney Square will remain open for bus service as usual." For route and boarding information around Rodney Square, please visit


MDClimatePlanMaryland's Plan to Address Climate Change - Public Meeting 

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is seeking your thoughts on the 2011 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Draft Plan - Maryland's strategy for addressing climate change. The draft plan includes 65 control measures to address the potential impact of climate change. The law also requires the actions in the plan to have a positive impact on job creation and to contribute to Maryland's economy. The draft plan will create 36,000 jobs and have a $6 billion economic benefit to our state's economy. MDE wants to hear from you on this important issue. You are invited to attend a public meeting and share your ideas and opinions.


May 31, 2012 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
C1 Conference Room
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401


June 5, 2012 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Maryland Department of the Environment
First Floor - Aqua & Terra Conference Rooms
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

For more information, please visit


WBACWilmington Bike Cruise

To celebrate National Bike to Work Day, the City of Wilmington's Bicycle Advisory Committee (WBAC) offered guided group rides along three routes into the heart of downtown.  The committee was created by Mayor James M. Baker to advise and coordinate bike-related initiatives in the city as well as to advocate for bicycle transportation and recreation opportunities.  The rides highlight the core of the WBAC's mission.  This summer, during the 4th Wednesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the WBAC will host a "Bike Cruise".  Dates include: June 27, July 25, and August 22.  Each ride will begin and end at Rockford Tower (Rockford Park).  Anyone can join the ride at a relaxed (slow) pace.  Families are welcome.  For more information, visit


ESLCEastern Shore Land Conservancy's 13th Annual Planning Conference: Rural Jobs Summit: Vibrant Towns and Working Landscapes

The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy announces its 13th Annual Planning Conference, being held Friday, June 8 at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Maryland. The conference will draw together community leaders, elected officials, planners, designers, entrepreneurs, and farmers from around the region to discuss and envision the economic landscape of rural areas. For more information, please visit



bikeLocal News


Cabot2012 Community Tour Walks, Bikes, and Rolls into Wilmington

The 2012 Community Tour celebrates those who give their hearts, time, and skills to strengthen communities. The two-month program kicks off on May 12 in Miami, Florida, and continues up the East Coast, closely following the route of the East Coast Greenway and culminating in Portland, Maine, on July 7, the International Day of Cooperatives. The tour features eight major weekend stops in key cities along the northerly route, including Miami, Charleston, Durham, Fredericksburg, Wilmington, New York City, Providence, and Portland. Additionally, smaller weekday events will take place at stops along the route between the key cities. While events and activities will vary by market, the overall theme of cooperatives, community service, and volunteerism will be the hallmark of each celebration.


The Wilmington event will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park.  The free event will include live entertainment from community theaters and groups, children's activities, giveaways (including bike helmets), a sports zone, and more. The event will also showcase local community and nonprofit organizations and proceeds from vendor fees will benefit the Food Bank of Delaware.  For more information, please visit 


BFSDelaware and Maryland Rank Top Ten Bicycle Friendly States

According to a May 29 News Journal article, "The League of American Bicyclists has released its annual Bicycle Friendly States rankings, and Maryland and Delaware are both in the Top 10. Both states earned marks for six of the Top 10 signs of success for a bike-friendly state -- a safe passing/vulnerable road user law, a complete streets policy, dedicated state funding, an active state advocacy group, a state bicycle plan adopted within the last 10 years and a share the road campaign.


Maryland, ranked eighth, received kudos for its recently established Cycle Maryland program, which Gov. Martin O'Malley started in June 2011 to make the state more accessible and safer for bicyclists.  This spring, O'Malley announced $5 million in Cycle Maryland grants for new bikeway connections and to bring bikeshare stations to the state. Cycle Maryland also has an active online presence, with an active website,, as well as Twitter @CycleMaryland, and Facebook accounts.


Delaware jumped from No. 18 to No. 10 in the rankings because of support from top state government officials, with the league specifically praising Gov. Jack Markell and DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt for prioritizing resources for bicycling. In October, Markell announced his First State Trails and Pathways Initiative, with the goal of creating a statewide network of pathways and trails for non-motorized travel and recreation for the state's citizens and visitors."  To view the source article, please visit


UDUD Real Estate Breakfast Symposium 

The 2nd Annual University of Delaware (UD) Lerner College of Business & Economics Real Estate Symposium will be held on June 14 at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware.  The event includes an academic and professional program designed to provide new ideas on how to creatively brand real estate, develop "place making" draw, and drive economic development strategies through redeveloping real estate.  The symposium will feature a panel on national and local success stories, recipes for real estate branding, and economic development stardom, and how strategic marketing plans for underutilized real estate can be "game changers" in today's market.  For more information, please visit To register, please email or call Brie at (302) 654-9923.

ULIULI Philadelphia - Global Marketplace

Join the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Philadelphia for Global Marketplace: Live, Work, Connect, Invest.  The event will be held on June 7.   

  • Live: where and how we live impacts development
  • Work: connecting the built environment, global business, and human capital 
  • Connect: creating successful infrastructure, environments, and communities.
  • Invest: discover opportunities and what's trending now.

During this event attendees will have the opportunity to Interact with 25+ top speakers, attend breakout panel discussions, share ideas and network with colleagues, and meet with exhibitors providing lending, development, planning, design, and related services.  For more information, please visit


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BikeLanesStudy: Want More Bikers? Build More Bike Lanes 

According to an April 16 Washington Post WonkBlog entry, "A new study ( in the journal Transport Policy, Ralph Buehler and John Pucher suggest that cities might actually be able to influence how many cyclists are on the road. Perhaps all they have to do is build more bike lanes and bike paths. Buehler and Pucher found that the presence of off-road bike paths and on-street bike lanes were, by far, the biggest determinant of cycling rates in cities. The results, the authors write, 'are consistent with the hypothesis that bike lanes and bike paths encourage cycling.'''  To view the blog post, please visit


AASHTOAASHTO Committees Approve New U.S. Bicycle Routes

According to an American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) press release, "The AASHTO Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering and its Standing Committee on Highways has approved the addition of U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) 35 in Michigan, USBR 45 in Minnesota, and realignments for USBR 1 in North Carolina to the U.S. Bicycle Route System. When complete, the U.S. Bicycle Route System will be the largest official bike route network on the planet, encompassing more than 50,000 miles of routes. Learn more at


NTPPData Released on Congress' Successful Experiment in Non-Motorized Transportation

The data from the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP), a Congress-mandated experiment into the impact of dedicated investment in bike/walk infrastructure in four communities, has just been released. Study results estimate more than half a million additional walking/biking trips were taken in Columbia in 2010 versus 2007 as a result of the program. Across all four pilot communities, bicycling mode share increased 36 percent, walking mode share increased 14 percent, and driving mode share decreased three percent.  To view the report, please visit

webinarWebinar series based on TCRP Report 153 - Guidelines for Providing Access to Public Transportation Stations
This pair of webinars is targeted to groups involved in planning, developing, and improving access to high capacity transit stations, including public transportation and highway agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, planners, developers, and affected citizens.

Part 1: Planning Process, Case Studies and Design Guidelines (TCRP Report 153) will be held on Thursday, June 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  To register, visit  The following topics will be reviewed:

  • The 8-step planning process
  • Agency case studies and how the planning process is applied
  • Station level case studies
  • Design guidelines for auto, feeder transit, bicycle, walk, and TOD access modes

Part 2: Station Typologies and Mode of Access Planning Tool will be held on Thursday, June 21 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. To register, visit  Topics to be covered include:

  • Station typologies
  • Derivation of the tool and default values
  • How the tool can be tailored to local conditions
  • An example application of the tool

googleGoogle Self-Driving Car License Approved in Nevada
According to a May 8 ABC news article, "Nevada is putting the pedal to the metal on autonomous automobiles. It was just two months ago that the state approved and set regulations ( that would allow self-driving vehicles on the state's roadways. Nevada has announced that it has approved Google for the first testing license under the new rules. Google, which was instrumental in pushing through the original legislation in Nevada, has been testing its very own self-driving automobile for a number of years on its campuses and other secret locations."

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


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