Developing a proposal for a Newark low-stress bicycle network
BikeNewark’s Engineering committee began discussion in summer 2016 about designing a low-stress bicycle network for Newark.
Consistent with the Newark Bicycle Plan, the Engineering committee continues to explore and plan for a low-stress network, which would include bicycle boulevards and wayfinding amenities, and will work with the City of Newark to help usher in these infrastructure improvements.
League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community program
BikeNewark has been instrumental in helping the City of Newark apply for “Bicycle Friendly Community” status from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). In 2010, the City of Newark became the first city in Delaware to be so recognized by LAB, at a “bronze” level.
In its reapplication in 2014, Newark came whisker close to receiving “silver” status but was recognized again for “bronze.” The rapid pace of bicycle improvement–related activity since then gives the committee a great deal of confidence that, with its 2018 reapplication, LAB will recognize Newark as a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community.
Everyday biking-support programs
Part of its Education and Encouragement committee work, BikeNewark engages in events with its local and state partners to help community members (residents, students, commuters, and visitors) understand local laws and encourage bicycling as a means of transportation. From its “Bike Central” quick tune-up and bike-registration opportunities (primarily benefitting University of Delaware students) to bicycle-training classes to bike-commuting educational material to support for monthly First Friday Rides and the annual Mayor’s Fun Ride, the committee is making an impact for city improvements through bicycling.
The Education and Encouragement committee collaborated with a UD Visual Communications student team to create a bicycle-centered transportation-civility project. The project was initially used as part of a week of bike-related education and etiquette events—UD Bike Days, which culminated in a special First Friday Ride. The goals of the project were to encourage a culture of respect and safety for all users of our paths and streets and help novice bicyclists build confidence and competence when riding around Newark.