Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Introducing the Newark to Wilmington Bikeway Proposal



Laura Wilburn biked XC in 2012
Introduced at the Delaware Walk-Bike Summit, the Newark to Wilmington Bikeway is a collaborative effort between the Delaware Bicycle Council, Delaware Bikes, and Laura Wilburn of the Urban Bike Project (Laura is car-free and bike/bus commutes daily between the 2 cities). Two route concepts begin on Route 4 in Newark by the entrance to Tubby Raymond Field. The center of Newark can be accessed several ways, including via Route 72, Wyoming Road, the Hall Trail, etc.

Option #1 utilizes both Route 4 and Kirkwood Highway, before bypassing areas around Price’s Corner. The second route spends more time on Route 4. Route 4 has wide shoulders all the way between Newark and Limestone Road, and a sidepath along much of the route. After Stanton Road, it turns to 4 lanes with intermittent shoulders, making it difficult to use Route 4 all the way into Wilmington.

Option #2 spends more time on Route 4. Route 4 has wide shoulders all the way between Newark and Limestone Road, and a sidepath along much of the route. After Stanton Road, it turns to 4 lanes with intermittent shoulders, making it difficult to use Route 4 all the way into Wilmington.

We will be collecting feedback from our readers as we gather support and present this proposal to DelDOT. You can click on each of the options above to view close-up segments, or view Option #1 in Google Maps.

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