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, please call (302) 737-6205, or toll free from
Cecil County at (888) 808-7088 for cancellations or postponements.
Transportation Working Group
June 5, 3 p.m.
Adapting Cities to
Climate Change APA Webcast and Panel Discussion
Executive Banquet and Conference Center
Data and Demographics
June 11, 10 a.m.
Air Quality Subcommittee
June 14, 10 a.m.
June 14, 1 p.m.
Newport Train Station
Feasibility Study - Public Workshop
June 14, 4 p.m. to
Old Newport Town
15 N. Augustine
June 18, 7 p.m.
June 21, 10 a.m.
2012 Cabot Community
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
For updates or more
information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
Cecil County Bicycle Plan
Public Meeting Tonight
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
Thursday, May 31st
Anytime between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Chesapeake City Town Hall
108 Bohemia Avenue
City, MD 21915
Cities to Climate Change APA Webcast and Value-added Session
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 http://www.delawareapa.org/.
Newport Train Station
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 www.wilmapco.org/newport.
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
- 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.
information or to register for the Glasgow workshop, please contact
Susan Eggert at (302) 395-5651 or SEggert@nccde.org. To learn
more about WILMAPCO's Walkable Workshop Program, please visit www.wilmapco.org/walk.
information or to register for the Chesapeake City workshop, please
contact Sharon Weygand at (410) 885-5298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Member Agency News
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.
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: www.destateparks.com/2012PathwaySurvey.
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
For more information, please contact Bobbie Geier at Roberta.email@example.com,
or (302) 760-2119. To view the event flyer, please visit www.wilmapco.org/freight/Delmarva_Summit_Flyer.pdf.
Delaware receives the 2012 Karen B. Smith Overall Chapter Achievement
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
Changes 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 www.dartfirststate.com/pdfs/King_St_Passenger_Notice2.pdf.
Plan to Address Climate Change - Public Meeting
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
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
information, please visit www.mde.state.md.us.
Wilmington Bike Cruise
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 www.bikewilmington.org.
Eastern 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 http://www.eslc.org/our-work/annual-planning-conference/?utm_source=ESLC+APC+2012&utm_campaign=PMD+drafts&utm_medium=email.
2012 Community Tour Walks, Bikes, and Rolls into
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
Delaware 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,
cycle.maryland.gov, as well as Twitter @CycleMaryland, and Facebook
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 http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20120529/OPI01/205290346.
UD Real Estate Breakfast
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
www.facebook.com/events/386360121414573. To register,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Brie
at (302) 654-9923.
ULI 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.
where and how we live impacts development
connecting the built environment, global business, and human
creating successful infrastructure, environments, and communities.
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 https://netforum.uli.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?site=ULIMC&webcode=DCouncilEventInfo&Reg_evt_key=9e671b66-b178-42dd-ad15-1baebe6d9730&RegPath=EventRegFees.
Want More Bikers? Build More Bike Lanes
According to an
April 16 Washington Post WonkBlog entry, "A new study (http://policy.rutgers.edu/faculty/pucher/bikepaths.pdf)
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 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/want-more-bikers-build-more-bike-lanes/2012/04/16/gIQAcVQQLT_blog.html.
AASHTO 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 www.adventurecycling.org/usbrs.
Data 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 http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/ntpp/2012_report/.
Webinar series based on
TCRP Report 153 - Guidelines for Providing Access to Public
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 www.ntionline.com/courses/courseinfo.php?id=224.
The following topics will be reviewed:
8-step planning process
case studies and how the planning process is applied
level case studies
guidelines for auto, feeder transit, bicycle, walk, and TOD access
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 www.ntionline.com/courses/courseinfo.php?id=225.
Topics to be covered include:
of the tool and default values
the tool can be tailored to local conditions
example application of the tool
Google 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 (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/02/watch-out-self-drivingcars-approved-in-nevada/)
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
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.