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.
September 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
September 6, 10 a.m.
September 6, 6:30
Data and Demographics
September 10, 10 a.m.
September 13, 1 p.m.
September 13, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Mill Creek Fire Hall
September 20, 10 a.m.
For updates or more
information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
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.
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
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.
Traffic Skills 101
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
registration is required. Please contact Paul Hess at
302-897-7311, or email@example.com. The class
will be limited to 12 participants. Equipment required includes: bike,
helmet, and riding clothes.
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.
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
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.
DelDOT Completes Safety
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.
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.
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
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.
Singing 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.
Safety Facts: 2010 Overview
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
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.