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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

September 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.    

   

September 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

September 6, 10 a.m.
(meeting tentative)

 

WILMAPCO Council

September 6, 6:30 p.m.

 

Data and Demographics Subcommittee
September 10, 10 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
September 13, 1 p.m.

Marshallton Public Workshop
September 13, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Mill Creek Fire Hall

 

September 20, 10 a.m.

 

Visit the WILMAPCO Exhibit Table at the Following Events:

Newark Community Day
September 16
University of Delaware

Elkton Fall Festival
September 22
Main Street, Elkton
 

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

 

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DEBikeSummitRegister for the 2012 Delaware Bike Summit  

Don't miss your chance to attend the Delaware Bike Summit on September 7.  Moderated by Senator Sokola, this free event will bring together advocates, elected officials, town planners, health practitioners, and many more to learn about how Delaware can work to make biking a more viable form of transportation.


Sessions will include a workshop on how to apply for bicycle friendly community status, from the League of American Bicyclists. This session will use the City of Dover as a real world example as we go through their application with them.  Sessions will also include how to encourage youth and non-traditional populations to cycle, and bicycle safety including the rights and responsibilities of cyclists.  We'll hear from the Secretaries of DelDOT and DNREC on how the First StateTrails and Pathways Plan has progressed during the past year, and from national experts about how Delaware is a role model for other states.  

 

This event will be held at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino and will include a victory lap around the Monster Mile racetrack, awards, and a reception at Frankie's. Discount room rates are available for summit attendees.  For more information and to register, please visit www.wilmapco.org/bikesummit.   

 

MarshalltonMarshallton Public Workshop

Please join the Marshallton Civic Association, DelDOT, New Castle County, and WILMAPCO at a public workshop for the Marshallton Traffic Circulation Study on Thursday, September 13.  Attend anytime between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.   

 

The Marshallton Circulation Study will address heavy cut-through traffic, high vehicle speeds along Old Capitol Trail, and other traffic issues in Marshallton. This workshop will focus on redesign options for the intersections of Old Capitol Trail and Newport and Stanton Roads.  The workshop will be held at Mill Creek Fire Hall, 3900 Kirkwood Highway, Marshallton.  For more information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/marshallton.

 

BikeSkillsBicycle Traffic Skills 101

Join instructors from the League of American Bicyclists and White Clay Bicycle Club for Traffic Skills 101 on September 29 at WILMAPCO. This class gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Students will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques. The class is recommended for adults and children above age fourteen. The curriculum is fast-paced, nine-hours, and prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling. Fee is $50.00 ($30 for WCBC members).

Advanced registration is required. Please contact Paul Hess at  302-897-7311, or  pehess@comcast.net. The class will be limited to 12 participants. Equipment required includes: bike, helmet, and riding clothes.

 

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CTPCapital Transportation Program Hearings Set
Interested persons are encouraged to participate in the development of the state's six-year Capital Transportation Program (CTP) for Fiscal Years 2013 - 2018, by attending public hearings to be held in September. The hearings are jointly sponsored by the WILMAPCO, Dover/Kent County MPO, Sussex County, the Council on Transportation (COT), and the DelDOT.

 

The hearings provide an opportunity to review current and suggested transportation projects. The hearings also include capital investments for DART First State public transit and will be used to
satisfy the public involvement requirements of Federal Transit Administration Section 5307. The public hearings will be held in an open house format, with a court reporter available to take
public comment. 

 

The New Castle County hearing will be held on September 5, anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., at WILMAPCO.  More information can be found at www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4448.

MarketStDelDOT Completes Safety Improvement Project   

According to an August 17 AASHTO Journal, "DelDOT celebrated the completion of a major safety improvement project that will greatly improve the quality of life for citizens near Wilmington's Market Street. DelDOT's $4.43 million Market Street Improvement Project moved Market Street above the floodplain, which will save approximately 16,000 daily motorists from major delays during rain events. This project was completed on time and within budget and was fully funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, making it one of the final DelDOT projects to be completed with ARRA funding."  For more information, please visit http://deldot.gov/information/projects/jfk_mem_hwy_improvement/jfkmhip_overview.shtml.

 

 

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RuralGuideUSDA Releases Rural Community Federal Resource Guide

According to a July 20 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) news release, "USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development announced the publication of a guide outlining all programs the federal government has available to support rural communities as they promote economic development and enhance the quality of life for rural residents. This publication will provide easy, one-stop access to federal programs."  To view the guide, please visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/supportdocuments/RD_FedResourcesSustainableCommunities.pdf.

 

DriveLessAmericans are Driving Less

According to a Rails to Trails Conservancy blog, "A new report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) and the Frontier Group demonstrates that Americans have been driving less since the middle of the last decade. The report, Transportation and the New Generation: Why Young People are Driving Less and What it Means for Transportation Policy, shows that young people in particular are decreasing the amount they drive and increasing their use of transportation alternatives."  For more information, please visit http://www.uspirg.org/reports/usp/transportation-and-new-generation.

CDCCDC Releases New Vital Signs Report on Walking  

According to the August Vital Signs Issue released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), "More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. More than six in 10 people walk for transportation or for fun, relaxation, or exercise, or for activities such as walking the dog. The percentage of people who report walking at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week rose from 56% (2005) to 62% (2010).."  For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns.

 

SingingSinging in the Car makes you a Worse Driver  

According to an article in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, "Researchers recently published an article that looks at how driving abilities differ between people who are driving and singing, driving while listening to music, or driving with no music. In driving simulations, 21 drivers were tested on their ability to detect and react to conditions on the road. Drivers who were either singing with music or just listening were found to have slower reaction times than those not listening to music. Singing drivers were more likely to vary their speeds and to drive at an overall slower rate. The research also shows that singing drivers had significantly less movement within lanes than those not listening to music."  For more information, please visit http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0001457512002552.   

 

TrafficSafetyFactsTraffic Safety Facts: 2010 Overview

According Federal Research News, "The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a traffic safety overview fact sheet that contains statistics on motor vehicle fatalities based on data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).  FARS is a census of fatal crashes within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico."  For more information, please visit www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811630.pdf.

 

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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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