INFORMATION

Delaware Bicycle Facility Master Plan Full Report and Executive Summary

Statewide | New Castle | Kent | Sussex

Statewide Bicycle Routes

Bicycle Route 1 (Existing & Proposed Northwest Branch)
Roadways Followed:
Route Mileage: 180
Destinations Connected:
Newark, Middletown in New Castle County. Clayton, Cheswold, Dover, Wyoming, Felton, Killens Pond and Houston in Kent County. Milton, Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach in Sussex County.
Routes and Trails Connected:
In New Castle County: Recreational Connectors: utilizing SR41, SR141, SR48; Regional Bicycle Routes: Newark to Delaware City along SR72, Newark to Wilmington; Recreational Bicycle Routes: utilizing SR15, SR42, CR202, US 13, Firetown Rd, Evans Rd, Tomahawk Rd, Williamsville Rd, Oak Rd; In Kent County: Regional Bicycle Routes along SR 6, SR8, SR10, SR12, SR14. In Sussex County: Recreational Connectors utilizing Sandbox Rd, CR37, CR36, Oak Rd, CR 225, CR230, CR22B, CR257, CR259, SR1 and Kings Hwy; Regional Bicycle Routes: SR14 to Milford and Slaughter Beach, SR16 from Greenwood to Broadkill Beach, Milton to Mossey Landing, Bridgeville to Cape Henlopen, MD Border to SR24/SR1; Statewide Bicycle Routes: Wilmington to Selbyville.
Major Barriers and Issues:
In New Castle County: I-95; Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal; White Clay Creek; CSX Railroad and Amtrak Northeast Corridor; no major barriers in Kent County; In Sussex County: SR 1 traffic volumes, speeds, and access points. Intersections along SR1 are signalized, but high-volume and complex.

Wilmington-Selbyville
Roadways Followed:
Route Mileage: 143
Destinations Connected:
Newark, Middletown in New Castle County. Clayton, Cheswold, Dover, Wyoming, Felton, Killens Pond and Houston in Kent County. Milton, Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach in Sussex County, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware City, Odessa in New Castle County. Dover, Magnolia and Frederica in Kent County. Milford, Georgetown and Selbyville in Sussex County.
Routes and Trails Connected:
In New Castle County: Regional Connectors utilizing State Routes: 92, 273, 299, 9, and Newark to Wilmington; Trails: Kennett Pike Greenway, Northern Delaware Greenway, C&D Trail. In Kent County: Recreational Connectors along Paddock Rd/Thoroughfares Neck Rd, SR42, US13, SR8, Barkers Landing Rd, Skeeterneck Rd., Milford Neck Rd., CR 409, CR 225, Oak Rd; Regional Bicycle Routes: on SR6, SR8, SR10, SR9, SR12, SR14; Statewide Bicycle Route: Bicycle Route 1. In Sussex County: Recreational Connectors utilizing Front Street, CR62, CR331, SR27 and the American Discovery Trail; Regional Bicycle Routes: SR14/SR36 from Milford to Slaughter Beach, SR16 from Greenwood to Broadkill Beach, SR404 from Bridgeville to Georgetown, SR9 from Laurel to Lewes, SR 30 from Seaford/Blades to Millsboro; SR24 from Millsboro to SR1, SR26 from Dagsboro to Bethany Beach, SR54 from SR26 to SR54/Fenwick Island; Statewide Bicycle Route: Bicycle Route 1.
Major Barriers and Issues:
Interstates 495 and 295; the C&D Canal (St. George's Bridge); Christiana River; Amtrak Northeast Corridor Railway underpass; Intersections of Kings Highway and US13 and Warner Road and US 113 have high traffic volumes with complex road geometry. No shoulders or designated travel lanes for bicycles; Georgetown Round-a-Bout

Delmar-Felton
Roadways Followed:
Route Mileage: 41
Destinations Connected:
Harrington in Kent County. Bridgeville, Seaford, Blades, Laurel and Delmar in Sussex County.
Routes and Trails Connected:
In Sussex County: Recreational Connectors utilizing SR279, SR289, Armington Rd, Williamsville Rd, CR61, US13, CR600, CR36, CR584, CR492, CR509, CR510; Regional Bicycle Routes: MD Border on SR14 to Harrington and Milford, SR16 from Greenwood to Slaughter Beach, MD Border to Bridgeville and Georgetown along SR18 and SR404, MD Border to Seaford/Blades and Millsboro along SR20, MD Border to Laurel and Millsboro on SR 24, and SR30 to SR26 and SR54 to Selbyville and Fenwick Island.
Major Barriers and Issues:
Drawbridges over the Nanticoke River and the Broad Creek have no shoulders and no designated space for bicycle travel. Sidewalks are available for dismounted cyclists.

New Castle County Regional Bicycle Routes

Newark to Wilmington via White Clay Creek State Park
Roadways Followed: SR 2, SR 34, SR 48 to US 13
Route Mileage: 20
Destinations Connected:
Newark, Stanton, Marshalltown, White Clay Creek State Park, Wilmington
Routes and Trails Connected:
Regional Bicycle Routes: Newark to Delaware City; Maryland Border to Newark; Statewide Bicycle Routes: Bicycle Route 1; Recreational Connectors between Newark and Wilmington utilizing State Routes 41 and 141. Statewide Bicycle Route: Wilmington to Selbyville
Major Barriers and Issues:
Traffic near Newark along SR 2. Traffic volumes as the route enters and travels through Wilmington. Intersections: Route 202/SR48 carries heavy traffic volumes and no shoulders; SR41/Faukland Road has a steep hill and no shoulders. Railroad crossings: Faulkland Road near Red Creek at grade crossing with no shoulders; Railroad bridge near Lancaster Ave restricts roadway.

MD Border to Bike Route 1
Roadways Followed: SR 273 at MD Border to SR 273/SR 141
Route Mileage: 16
Destinations Connected:
Newark, Ogletown, Christiana, Pleasantville, New Castle
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors in Newark utilizing SR896; Regional Bicycle Routes: SR2/SR896 to SR4/SR273; SR896/MD Border to Newark; SR9/SR896 to SR72/SR7; Statewide Bicycle Route: Bicycle Route 1.
Major Barriers and Issues:
No shoulders and moderate to heavy traffic at I-95 underpass, SR273 south of underpass, intersection of SR273 and US13, Liberty Ave. and Marrows Road. Urban roads may include reduced typical sections and increased traffic volumes. Turn lanes and parked cars may conflict with bicycles traveling in shoulders.

Newark Circulator
Roadways Followed: Newark SR 4 from SR 896 to SR 273
Route Mileage: 5
Destinations Connected:
Downtown Newark
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing SR896 and US 301; Regional Bicycle Routes: SR273/MD Border to Bike Route 1; MD896/MD Border to Newark;SR9/SR896 to SR72/SR7, Newark/SR2 to Wilmington. Local feeder network.
Major Barriers and Issues:
Traffic volumes the entire length of the route are heavy. Streets are urbanized with driveways to access businesses and large, complex intersections. Right turn lanes at intersections eliminate the shoulder on which bicycles ride.

Brandywine to Naamans Corner
Roadways Followed: US202/SR 92 to SR 92/US 13
Route Mileage: 6
Destinations Connected:
Brandywine, Naamans Corner, Delaware River
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing CR214 and SR3. Statewide Bicycle Routes: Wilmington-Selbyville.
Major Barriers and Issues:
From the CSX rail crossing to Merribrook Road the shoulder is used by traffic to access businesses and residential subdivisions. The intersection of SR202 and SR92 is very complex.

Middletown to Odessa
Roadways Followed: SR 71/SR 299 to SR 299/SR 9
Route Mileage: 7
Destinations Connected:
Odessa, Middletown
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors using SR1, SR13, SR71 and US301; Statewide Bicycle Routes: Bicycle Route 1 and Wilmington-Selbyville.
Major Barriers and Issues:
Appoquinimink River crossing and surrounding wetlands; considerably narrowed roadway.

Delaware City to White Clay Creek State Park
Roadways Followed: SR 9/ SR 896 To SR 72/SR 7
Route Mileage: 31
Destinations Connected:
Newark, Delaware City
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors using SR7, US40, Porter Road, SR71, and US13. Regional Bicycle Routes: SR896/2 to SR4/SR273; Statewide Bicycle Route: Bicycle Route 1.
Major Barriers and Issues:
Reedy Point Bridge over the C&D Canal; traffic volumes crossing the White Clay Creek; The off-ramp from SR273 to Salem Church Road; no shoulders on SR72 between Webb Lane and I-95 and Paper Mill Road; Steep hill on winding road on SR72 southwest of SR7.

MD Border To Newark
Roadways Followed: SR 896 to SR 2/SR 72
Route Mileage: 6
Destinations Connected:
Downtown Newark, Main Street, University of Delaware
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connector along SR896; Regional Bicycle Routes: SR72 from SR7 (north of Newark) to Delaware City, SR273/MD Border to Bicycle Route 1; Statewide Bicycle Route: Wilmington-Selbyville; Local feeder network.
Major Barriers and Issues:
Intersections of SR2/SR4 and SR2/Main Street have no dedicated space for bicycles and active turning movements. Bridge of White Clay Creek has no shoulder. Bridge at the intersection of Capitol Trail and Possum Park Road is narrow with no shoulder. Marked bicycle lanes along SR896 between Murray Road and Delaware Avenue disappear.

Kent County Regional Bicycle Routes

MD Border to Slaughter Beach
Roadways Followed: SR 14 at Maryland Border to SR 36 in Sussex County
Route Mileage: 24
Destinations Connected:
Harrington, Houston, Milford, Slaughter Beach, Milford Neck Wildlife Area
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors on Drapers Corners Rd, Andrewsville Rd, Farmington Rd, Hunting Quarter Rd, CR443, CR364, CR409, CR225; Statewide Bicycle Routes: Bicycle Route 1 and Wilmington-Selbyville.
Major Barriers and Issues:
Majority of roadways are typical rural segments without shoulders except in municipal areas where shoulders are provided but on-street parking permitted. The intersection with US 13 features restaurants in the median. Ramps at the interchange at SR1.

MD Border To Port Mahon
Roadways Followed: SR 8 to SR 15 to Port Mahon Road
Route Mileage: 28
Destinations Connected:
Dover, Little Creek, Port Mahon
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing CR67, CR66, CR206, CR220, CR198, Sharon Hill Road; Regional Bicycle Route: SR9 to Hummocks Bay. Statewide Bicycle Routes: Bicycle Route 1 and Wilmington-Selbyville.
Major Barriers and Issues:
City of Dover there is traffic, on-street parking, shoulders used for through traffic. The intersection of SR8 and SR13 in Dover is a high-volume intersection with minimal shoulders on one side. City of Dover has multiple high-volume intersections.

MD Border To Dover Air Force Base
Roadways Followed: SR 10 to US 113
Route Mileage: 19
Destinations Connected:
Wyoming, Camden, Dover Air Force Base
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing Lords Corner Rd, Chandlers Rd, Firetower Rd, US13. Statewide Bicycle Routes: Bicycle Route 1 and Wilmington-Selbyville.
Major Barriers and Issues:
No major barriers.

MD Border To W. Frederica
Roadways Followed: SR 12 to SR 12/CR 380
Route Mileage: 14
Destinations Connected:
Felton, Frederica
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing Two Mile Rd, Black Swamp Rd, Canterbury Rd. Statewide Bicycle Routes: Bicycle Route 1; route parallel to US 13 from Bicycle Route 1- south of Felton, and Wilmington-Selbyville.
Major Barriers and Issues:
Intersection of SR12 and US13 near Felton contains turn lanes and access points that may conflict with bicycles.

MD Border To Woodland Beach
Roadways Followed: SR6 to Woodland Beach
Route Mileage: 18
Destinations Connected:
Clayton, Smyrna, Woodland Beach Wildlife Area
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing SR42 and US 13. - Statewide Bicycle Routes: Bicycle Route 1 and Wilmington-Selbyville.
Major Barriers and Issues:
Road has limited space for bicycle travel in wetland and beach areas . The intersection of SR6 and SR1 has two 10-foot lanes with turn lanes and no shoulders for bicycles to use. Where SR6 crosses SR9 into the Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, there are 4-foot shoulders on either side of the bridge.

NE Dover To Kitts Hummock/Delaware Bay
Roadways Followed: SR 9/CR 337 to US 1
Route Mileage: 12
Destinations Connected:
Little Creek, Little Creek Wildlife Area, Dover Air Force Base, John Dickenson Plantation, Kitts Hummock
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors traveling west-east from SR9 on CR87 and SR8. Regional Bicycle Routes: SR8 from Dover to Port Mahon. Statewide Bicycle Routes: Wilmington-Selbyville.
Major Barriers and Issues:
No major barriers.

Sussex County Regional Bicycle Routes

SR30/US13 to Fenwick Island
Roadways Followed: US 13/SR 30 to SR 54/SR 26, SR 54 to US 1
Route Mileage: 30
Destinations Connected:
Selbyville, Bunting, Williamsville Cypress Swamp, Keen-wik, Fenwick Island
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing US13, CR422A, SR17, CR390; Regional Bicycle Routes: SR26/SR30 to Millsboro and Dagsboro, SR20/54 to Dagsboro; Statewide Bicycle Routes: Wilmington-Selbyville and Bicycle Route 1.
Major Barriers and Issues:
SR54 in area of Cypress Swamp has no shoulders or designated bicycle lanes.

MD Border to Bethany Beach
Roadways Followed: SR 24 to SR 26. Follows SR 26 to US 1.
Route Mileage: 37
Destinations Connected:
Laurel, Millville, Dagsboro, Ocean View, Bethany Beach
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing CR509, CR 492, US13, CR449, CR437A, CR422A, CR346, CR347, CR352, CR359, CR361; Regional Bicycle Routes: West Milton to SR26/30 past Millsboro; Statewide Bicycle Routes: Delmar-Felton, Wilmington-Selbyville, Bicycle Route 1.
Major Barriers and Issues:
No major barriers.

MD Border to Millsboro via Seaford and Blades
Roadways Followed: SR 30 to US113/SR 24/SR 30. Follows SR 24 to SR 1
Route Mileage: 53
Destinations Connected:
Seaford, Blades, Millsboro, Resort Area Outlet Malls
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing CR78, CR536A, CR483, CR74, CR331, CR305, CR280B, CR279, SR1; Regional Bicycle Routes: US9 Laurel to Cape Henlopen, SR30/SR16 West Milton to SR30/SR26, SR5 Milton to SR23 Mossey Beach; Statewide Bicycle Routes: Bicycle Route 1, Wilmington-Selbyville.
Major Barriers and Issues:
Urbanized roads in Seaford, Blades, Millsboro, and towards SR1 including increased traffic volumes, on-street parking, access points for businesses. Drawbridge across Nanticoke River has no shoulders. Railroad bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad has a small shoulder with limited line of sight.

Greenwood to Broadkill Beach
Roadways Followed: SR 16/US 113 on SR 26 to Broadkill Beach
Route Mileage: 22
Destinations Connected:
Greenwood, Ellendale, Pine Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Broadkill Beach
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing CR600, US13, CR599, CR594, CR220, CR22B; Regional Bicycle Routes: SR30/24 to Millsboro; Statewide Bicycle Routes: Delmar-Felton, Bicycle Route 1, Wilmington-Selbyville.
Major Barriers and Issues:
SR16 in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge has no shoulders and has guard rails at the edge of the pavement. Intersections of SR 16 with US13, US 113, and SR1 are difficult with limited lane widths, turning lanes, business access points, and traffic volumes.

MD Border to Georgetown
Roadways Followed: SR 18 to US113
Route Mileage: 20
Destinations Connected:
Bridgeville, Georgetown
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing CR558, CR30, US13, CR522, CR520; Statewide Bicycle Routes: Delmar-Felton, Wilmington-Selbyville.
Major Barriers and Issues:
No major barriers.

Dagsboro to west of Fenwick Island
Roadways Followed: SR 20/SR 26 to SR 20/SR 54
Route Mileage: 9
Destinations Connected:
Dagsboro, Keen-wik, Fenwick Island
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing CR370A, SR17, CR384, CR382A; Regional Bicycle Routes: SR30/US13 to Fenwick Island, SR26 to Bethany Beach; Statewide Bicycle Routes: Wilmington-Selbyville, Bicycle Route 1.
Major Barriers and Issues:
No major barriers.

West Milton To Millsboro
Roadways Followed: SR30/SR16 to SR30/SR26
Route Mileage: 26
Destinations Connected:
Milton, Millsboro
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing CR230, CR250, CR241, CR254, CR331, CR472; Regional Bicycle Routes: SR16 from Greenwood to Broadkill Beach, SR9 from Laurel to Lewes SR20 from Blades to Georgetown, SR24 and SR26 Laurel to Dagsboro.
Major Barriers and Issues:
Bridge over Indian River has drainage grates in path of bicycle travel. Intersections of SR30 and SR24 and US113 and SR20 are high volume roads with heavy turning activity to businesses and cross-roads.

Milton to Rehoboth Bay
Roadways Followed: SR 5 and SR 23
Route Mileage: 18
Destinations Connected:
Milton, Rehoboth Bay
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing CR250, CR257,CR259, CR354, SR23, CR305; Regional Bicycle Routes: US9 Georgetown to Lewes, SR24 Millsboro to SR 1; Statewide Bicycle Routes: Bicycle Route 1.
Major Barriers and Issues:
No major barriers.

Laurel to Lewes
Roadways Followed: US 9 from Laurel to Lewes
Route Mileage: 29
Destinations Connected:
Laurel, Georgetown, Lewes
Routes and Trails Connected:
Recreational Connectors utilizing Sycamore Rd, CR465, CR483, CR62, CR254, CR247, Kings Hwy; Regional Bicycle Routes: MD Border to Bethany Beach, SR20 from MD Border to Millsboro, SR30 Milton to Millsboro, SR5/SR23 to Rehoboth Bay; Statewide Bicycle Routes: Delmar-Felton, Wilmington-Selbyville, Bicycle Route 1; Feeder routes at Cape Henlopen.
Major Barriers and Issues:
Bridges across Broad Creek and the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal are drawbridges without shoulders or designated bicycle lanes. -US 9 in Georgetown has increased traffic volumes, access points, turning movements, and sporadic shoulders or space for bicycles. - Traffic circle in Georgetown permits parking in outer lane.