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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

March 2012
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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, please call  (302) 737-6205, or toll free from Cecil County at (888) 808-7088 for cancellations or postponements.      

 

March 8, 10 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
March 8, 1 p.m.

 

March 8, 6:30 p.m. 


Data and Demographics Subcommittee
March 12, 10 a.m. 

 

March 15, 10 a.m.

For updates or more information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.

 

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WDCSWilmington Downtown 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. 

 

 

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DEAPAAmerican Planning Association Webcast Series

The Delaware 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 at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Planning-Webcast-Series/274203962600243, and Twitter @planningwebcast.  The webcast schedule includes: 

  • March 2 - Community Development in a Global Context: Gender-Aware Planning in African Cities, Ohio State University
  • 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

 

Local News

   

BikeCommuteCourseBicycle Commuting Course

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 j.c.mccormick@verizon.net, or (302) 761-9066.

 

BikeSwapSecond 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.

 

SmartGrowthAward2012 EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
Application Period Now Open  

The Environmental 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.     

 

MidAtlantic8th Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Roundtable

The 8th 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.

 

 

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ClimateChangeClimate Change Webinar 

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

 

WalkBikeReportBenchmarking 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.

Highlights include:

  • 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.
  • While bicycling and walking fell 66% between 1960 and 2009, obesity levels increased 156%.

For more information, please visit http://blog.bikeleague.org/blog/2012/01/2012-benchmarking-report-out-now/.

 

BikeOrgsMergeThree 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/.

 

WalkableNeighborhoodsMost 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.

twobillionU.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.

PocketGuide2012 Pocket Guide to Transportation
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/.

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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