News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
Circulation Study is Finalized
After nearly four
years of data collection, traffic analysis, and public outreach the
Wilmington Downtown Circulation Study (WDCS) has been finalized. The
purpose of the WDCS is to evaluate all modes of transportation in
downtown Wilmington, provide recommendations for improvements to
accommodate future transportation demand, and identify transportation's
role in shaping downtown. The study team assessed the transportation
system, both through technical analysis and a visioning process, and
also collected traffic, crash, existing street configuration, sidewalk
condition, and transit operation data. More than 20 past studies were
reviewed and more then 300 public comments were received. To view the
study, please visit http://www.wilmapco.org/wilmington/WDCSFinalReport.pdf.
Association Webcast Series
chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) is a member of the
Planning Webcast Series, a co-op comprised of APA Chapters and
Divisions that provides cost-free webcasts to a national audience.
Webcasts are free to members of APA Delaware. These webcasts are
approved for CM credits. Most webcasts are held on Fridays from 1
p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The webcasts are available from the APA Utah
website here: http://www.utah-apa.org/webcasts.
More information about the webcast series is also available on Facebook
and Twitter @planningwebcast. The webcast schedule
- March 2 - Community Development in a
Global Context: Gender-Aware Planning in African Cities, Ohio
- March 9 - Economic Impacts and
Opportunities of Families: Children, Elders, and Caregivers,
Planning and Women Division
- March 16 - Federal Tools for Aging and
Livable Communities, Private Practice Division
- March 22 - Your Ethical Responsibility
to Social Equity, Michigan Chapter
- March 30 - Technology in Community
Building Applications: Implementation of Social Media, Computer
Programming and Virtual Reality Platforms in Community Planning
Initiatives, New Jersey Chapter
White Clay Bicycle
Club (WCBC) is sponsoring a Bicycle Commuting for Everyday Life
Course. The class will include instruction and a night
ride. It will discuss route selection, bicycle safety, lights,
clothing selection, how to carry gear, and more. The cost is $10 for
WCBC members and $15 for non-members. It will be held on March
21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Bellevue Corporate Center, Bldg.
200, Suite 250 (Ameriprise Financial). To register please contact Ceci
McCormick at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (302) 761-9066.
Second Annual Trail
Spinners Newark Bike Swap
According to the
Delaware Trail Spinners website, The Second Annual Trail Spinners
Newark Bike Swap will be held on Saturday, March 17, at the Aetna Fire
Hall, located at the intersection of Rt. 273 and Kirkwood Highway in
Newark DE, directly across from the Newark Post Office. The event
features individuals and commercial (bike shops, etc.) vendors selling
new and used bikes of all kinds, parts, accessories, clothing and more.
The swap will be open to the public from 10 a.m. through 2
p.m. For more information, please visit http://www.trailspinners.org/swap.
EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
Period Now Open
Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that the application period for
the 11th annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement is now
open. This competition is open to public- and private-sector entities
that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve
communities environmentally, socially, and economically. Winners will
be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, DC, in December 2012. The
official award guidelines and entry form can be found here: http://epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards.htm.
Note that an updated entry form will be posted here by March 2012 with
information on where to send the applications.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Roundtable
Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Roundtable will be held at the Virginia
Tech Research Center, 900 North Glebe Road, in Arlington, Virginia on
March 30. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Roundtable forums
are held in response to the need to look beyond individual planning
areas and foster communication and coordination between regions on
issues. The draft agenda includes sessions on energy, water, and
transportation challenges for the region. For more information, and to
view the draft agenda, please visit http://regional-communities.blogspot.com/2012/02/8th-mid-atlantic-regional-planning.html.
The Association of
Metropolitan Planning Organizations' (AMPO) third webinar on
Climate Change and Energy Planning will take place on March 6, from 2
p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This free webinar will focus on climate
change/energy communications, and address questions such as: How can
MPOs effectively communicate about energy and climate change with local
elected officials, the public, businesses, and others? What future
communications are MPOs contemplating? What works? What doesn't work?
Speakers include Susan Joy Hassol of Climate Communication, Rich Perrin
of the Rochester, NY MPO, Rob Graff of the Philadelphia MPO, and Craig
Casper of the Colorado Springs MPO. Participants are encouraged to ask
questions during the webinar. To register, please visit https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/652542446
Report on Walking and Biking Released
According to a
League of American Bicyclists Blog entry, the Alliance for Biking &
Walking has released their Bicycling and Walking in the United
States: 2012 Benchmarking Report. The Alliance ranks all 50 states and
the 51 largest U.S. cities on bicycling and walking levels, safety,
funding, and other factors. This report comes at a critical moment for
bicycling and walking.
- In 2009,
40% of trips in the United States were shorter than 2 miles, yet
87% of these trips are by car. Twenty-seven percent of trips were
shorter than 1 mile, yet cars were used for 62% of these trips.
bicycling and walking fell 66% between 1960 and 2009, obesity
levels increased 156%.
information, please visit http://blog.bikeleague.org/blog/2012/01/2012-benchmarking-report-out-now/.
National Bicycle Organizations Unite
According to a
February 12 joint statement, "The leadership of the Alliance for
Biking & Walking, Bikes Belong, and the League of American
Bicyclists has agreed that uniting the three organizations would
dramatically improve their effectiveness in increasing bicycle use in
U.S. communities. Leaders of the three groups issued a joint statement
summarizing the outcome of their recent meeting in San
Diego." For more information, please visit http://blog.bikeleague.org/blog/2012/02/new-national-plan-to-transform-bicycling/.
Americans Want Walkable Neighborhoods, Not Big Houses
According to a
February 7th Good Lifestyle article, "The symbol of American
success often involves having the biggest house possible, but our
fantasies seem to be shifting. According to a new survey, more than
three quarters of us consider having sidewalks and places to take a
walk one of our top priorities when deciding where to live. Six in 10
people also said they would sacrifice a bigger house to live in a
neighborhood that featured a mix of houses, stores, and businesses
within an easy walk." For more information, please visit http://www.realtor.org/wps/wcm/connect/a0806b00465fb7babfd0bfce195c5fb4/smart_growth_comm_survey_results_2011.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=a0806b00465fb7babfd0bfce195c5fb4.
U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Recommends
$2.2 Billion to Strengthen America's Transportation Network
According to a February 14th U.S. Department of Transportation
press release, "Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recommended
$2.2 billion in funding to begin or advance construction of 29
significant rail and bus rapid transit projects in 15 states. The
projects, included in President Obama's proposed Fiscal Year 2013
budget, will put thousands of Americans to work building the vital
infrastructure the nation needs to improve access to jobs while
reducing U.S. dependence on oil and spurring new economic
development. In addition to the transit construction projects
that have not yet been funded, the proposed budget provides nearly $1.2
billion for the continued funding of 12 rail and bus rapid transit
projects already under construction in Dallas, Denver, Hartford,
Houston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, Northern Virginia,
Orlando, Salt Lake City, and Seattle." For more information,
please visit http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2012/fta1212.html.
2012 Pocket Guide to
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department
of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration,
has published a quick reference guide to transportation data. For
more information, please visit http://www.bts.gov/publications/pocket_guide_to_transportation/2012/.
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.