Let Your Voice Be Heard

We often feel we don’t get to directly affect decisions that are made in our society. On Monday, March 6, though, there is an important opportunity to do just that with regard to improving conditions for bicycling.

public meeting notice from the City of NewarkThis public meeting will take place on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at the Newark Senior Center, off Marrows Road. This meeting will be the final chance for the bicycling community to vocally support the recommendations made by the Cleveland Avenue Improvements Task Force before City Council deliberates, votes, and forwards its wishes to DelDOT ahead of DelDOT’s pave and rehab work along the length of this busy east-west corridor.

In addition to the task force recommendations, DelDOT’s suggestion of implementing a “Florida-T” configuration at the intersection of Cleveland Ave. and Kirkwood Highway will also be discussed.

BikeNewark is in favor of this use of the Florida-T and each of the recommended improvements along Cleveland Avenue.


logo for Blueprint for a Bicycle-Friendly DelawareIn addition to the aforementioned meeting, initial meetings were held recently regarding bicycling in Delaware.

Four statewide public-input sessions have already occurred in advance of the initial drafting of a statewide bicycle policy document—the Delaware Bicycle Plan.

> More info on the Blueprint for a Bicycle-Friendly Delaware

Newark Not Chosen for The Big Jump

logo of The Big Jump a PeopleForBikes ProjectThis past fall, the City of Newark, with assistance from BikeNewark, applied for an ambitious new program offered by PeopleForBikes—The Big Jump project. The Big Jump is a strategic three-year effort to help show that quickly connecting good bicycle networks and encouraging use can result in a big jump in bicycling, even doubling or tripling the number of trips. Newark was one of 80 cities nationwide that applied with the hope of being one of the ten cities to benefit from The Big Jump project.

Awardees were announced on January 24. Unfortunately, Newark was not one of the ten cities chosen:

  • Austin, Tex.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • New Orleans, La.
  • New York City, N.Y.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Providence, R.I.
  • and Tuscon, Ariz.

While we’re disappointed that Newark wasn’t selected, BikeNewark still looks forward to working with interested bicyclists and partner organizations to see expanded bicycling facilities and programs that result in less congestion and air pollution, greater comfort and safety, and enhanced health and economy.

Want to share innovative ideas for expanding our bicycling network? Do you have artistic, social media, or marketing skills to help market more and safer cycling to our community? Would you enjoy building some demonstrations to show how neighborhood bikeways might function? Like to organize rides? We encourage you to get involved with BikeNewark, joining one of our subcommittees or helping with events.

Cleveland Ave. Task Force concludes

photo of Cleveland Avenue as it looks in 2016On Wednesday, October 5, the Cleveland Avenue Improvement Task Force concluded its eight-month effort to consider curb-to-curb upgrades of Cleveland Avenue that could be integrated into DelDOT’s upcoming pave-and-rehab project. The committee voted on the following improvements based on the results of modeling work and analyses conducted by DelDOT. These will now be considered by the Newark Traffic Committee and, if approved, will then move on to the Newark City Council for final approval.

  • Eastbound and westbound bike lanes from New London Road to Kirkwood Highway
  • A “road diet” between Paper Mill and Kirkwood Highway (reducing two travel lanes each direction to one travel lane each direction plus a middle left-turn lane)
  • Crosswalk improvements at the Wilbur Street intersection
  • Addition of a crosswalk near the McKees Lane intersection
  • Changing the travel direction on Margaret Street to one-way, northbound

> See a more detailed presentation of the proposed changes.

All task force meetings were open to the public and neighboring property owners were invited to participate in the work of the committee. The committee represented a number of stakeholders in the community.

The Newark Bicycle Committee thanks the Task Force voting members for their work:

Fred Nelson
Newark Police Department and Task Force Chair

Tom Coleman
Newark Department of Public Works & Water Resources

Maureen Feeney-Roser
Newark Department of Planning & Development

Dave Gula
WILMAPCO

Chris Locke
The Mill at White Clay

Susan Grasso
Newark Bicycle Committee

Mark Luszcz
Delaware Department of Transportation

Tom Parkins
Resident

Skip Homiak
University of Delaware

Eve Slapp
Matt Slapp Subaru

Amy Roe
NAACP

Meghan George
Newark Housing Authority

Christine Herman
Herman’s Quality Meat Shoppe

Kaylee Olnee
Resident