The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) has ranked Delaware as the 6th most bicycle friendly state in the nation. Delaware was previously ranked 7th in the previous report issued in 2017 and has ranked in the top ten since 2012.
The Bicycle Friendly State ranking provides a ranking for all 50 states based on four public data sources and a Bicycle Friendly State survey that is answered by each state’s Department of Transportation and/or a statewide bicycle advocacy organization.
“From our growing network of trails across the state to legislation like the Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act I signed into law in 2017, we continue to focus on building a truly multimodal transportation system,” said Governor John Carney. “By providing opportunities for safe cycling, we are reducing risk, encouraging more Delawareans to cycle beyond recreational activities to live healthier lifestyles, and making Delaware an even better place to live and work.”
“I am very proud of the work we have done over the past few years with the completion of the new Markell Trail connecting Wilmington and New Castle, Phase 2 of the Lewes to Georgetown Trail, and many other projects to make cycling safer and more accessible to all Delawareans and our visitors,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.
DelDOT Bicycle Coordinator Anthony Aglio commented, “Once again, we are excited to
be among the top ten Bicycle Friendly States, and we don’t take this recognition for
granted. As depicted in our ranking, we at DelDOT take all aspects of the LAB bicycling
report seriously, whether it be infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement,
legislation and enforcement, policies and programs and evaluation and planning. With the adoption of our new bike plan we have set forth a process to further address and engage others in the journey towards true bicycle friendliness.”
“The Friendly State’ ranking primarily reflects the increased commitment of the Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to make strategic investments in creating ‘low stress’ bicycle networks that are safe for everyone in Delaware to use no matter their age or their ability. These networks are an essential part of a transportation system that provides Delawareans with the mobility they need but at significantly lower cost to constrained household budgets,” offered James Wilson, Executive Director of Bike Delaware.
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