2012 Delaware Bike Summit

“Active Transportation” 

September 7, 2012

Dover Downs Hotel and Casino

The fourth annual Delaware Bike Summit did not disappoint.  More than 200 people attended the information-filled event. Presentations illustrated why Delaware is a national role model for bike friendliness.  Keynote speaker Andy Clarke, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists, listed ten reasons Delaware has become one of the top ten bicycle friendly states and pulled no punches when discussing the new federal transportation legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), and its effects on biking.  Local bicycle friendly communities Newark and Lewes were highlighted along with the Dover/Kent MPO Bicycle Plan.  DelDOT Secretary Shailen P. Bhatt unveiled the agency’s new “See it Both Ways” bike safety campaign and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara described the many new pedestrian and bicycle pathways planned throughout the state.  The grand finale of the event was when attendees got the opportunity to celebrate Delaware’s many biking successes by taking a victory lap around the Dover Downs ”Monster Mile” racetrack.  Led by Senator Sokola, who moderated the event, and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, bike summit attendees enjoyed a rare opportunity to ride their bikes on a professional racecar speedway.   

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To view presentations from the Delaware Bike Summit, please click the links below.

Andy Clarke, League of American Bicyclists - Delaware, A Role Model  (1.48 MB)
Tracey Hadden Low, National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse - Federal Transportation Legislation Update: Map-21 (413 KB)
Shailen P. Bhatt, DelDOT Secretary – The First State Trails and Pathways Initiative Bike Safety Campaign (1.24 MB)
Mike Tyler, City of Lewes – Bike Friendly Community (1.10 MB)
Mike Fortner, City of Newark – Bike Friendly Community (658 KB) 
Bud Heberling, DE State Police – Bicycle Safety, and the Rights and Responsibilities of Cyclists (4.72 MB)
Rich Vetter, Dover/Kent County MPO – Dover/Kent County MPO Bike Plan (1.37)
Ann Marie Townshend, City of Dover City – Capital City Trail (1 MB)
Doug Tynan, Nemours Health and Prevention Services and Jen McCue, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children - Encouraging Youth and Nontraditional Populations (387 KB)
Liz Pisarczyk, Neighborhood Bike Works - Gearing Up (1.28 MB)
Jim Ennis, Urban Bike Project and Nicole Suto, Newark Bike Project – Presentation (3.56 MB)
Collin O’Mara, DNREC Secretary  – The First State Trails and Pathways Plan – One Year Later (35.87 MB)

DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara

Mike Fortner, City of Newark

DelDOT’s new bicycle safety campaign, “See it Both Ways” is unveiled.

Rich Vetter, Dover/Kent MPO

Ann Marie Townshend, City of Dover

Collin O’Mara and Senator Sokola lead attendees in a celebratory lap around the Dover Downs’ “Monster Mile” racetrack.

Andy Clarke, League of American Bicyclists

Monster Mile victory lap