Friday, January 2, 2015

Newark Bicycle Committee's 20 Greatest Hits for 2014

A HUGE tip of the helmet to Mark Deshon and the Newark Bicycle Committee for another stellar year:
  1. Launched a Facebook page.
  2. Bicycle Friendly Community application was submitted to the League of American Bicyclists (LAB).
  3. Newark City Council approved NBC-crafted Newark Bike Plan.
  4. Pomeroy Trail was designated a National Recreational Trail.
  5. Four Bicycle Safety Checkpoint events were held on UD campus (two each semester).
  6. UD and Newark Bike Project partnered to present bike-commuting workshop.
  7. UD's HealthyU Employee Wellness hosted bike-safety event.
  8. Heals & Wheels Delaware Walk & Bike Summit was held at UD's Clayton Hall in March.
  9. Walkable/Bikeable Delaware Summit was held in May in Dover.
  10. Bike to Work Day event was held in Newark on May 19.
  11. In May, LAB announced Newark again had received Bronze status as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC).
  12. Dialogue began on setting project goals for our committee; a cycle track on Delaware Avenue emerged as a key project.
  13. Newark City Council approved its sending a partnership request letter to DelDOT for a cycle track project on Delaware Avenue.
  14. Newark Bike Project (NBP) opened a new shop location on South Main Street.
  15. NBC displayed at Newark Community Day.
  16. UD Parking announced that plans for a BikeShare program for UD and the community are being developed.
  17. NBC made recommendations for adjustments to UD's STAR Campus master plan with respect to improving bicycle accommodations.
  18. Committee discussed LAB's post-BFC award feedback.
  19. Plans have begun for a Mayor's Ride event in Newark.
  20. NBP has started discussing ways to encourage local businesses to apply for Bicycle Friendly Business status through the LAB.
Want to know more? The Newark Bicycle Committee gives ongoing advice and support to the City of Newark and the Delaware Department of Transportation. Meetings are held at WILMAPCO on the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 4 p.m. Visit their webpage for complete details, and how you can become involved!

Mark Deshon, NBC Chair, addresses throngs of bicyclists at the 2012 Bike to Work Day event in Newark, as does Cleon Cauley of Wilmington's DPW (below) in 2011.

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