Comment Card Reply and Correspondence Summary
September 27 - 29, 2004
A second round of public workshops by DelDOT was held on September 27th in New Castle County; September 28th in Sussex County and on September 29th in Kent County to update stakeholders on the plan's progress and to solicit input on plan.
Following is a sample of the types of comments we received.
Comments from Workshops:
- Bike facility maintenance is especially important over bridges where no option exists for shifting if the lane has debris. (Bike facilities need to be swept.)
- Maintenance of bicycle facilities is a major issue. Striping of bicycle lanes is fading and debris often causes dangerous conditions, particularly at intersections.
- Bicycle lanes should not be provided adjacent to on-street parking unless a buffer can be placed between the bicycle lane and on-street parking. Otherwise, bicyclists are too close to cars and may be hit by opening doors.
- Suggestion to use bicycle symbols without bicycle lane marking next to on-street parking.
- DelDOT should continue to pursue options to educate bicyclists like the continued funding of the Bicycle Safety Training Course at the beach.
- Need more connections in northwestern New Castle County (specifically, along Little Baltimore Road)
- Emphasized need for a safe crossing of the C&D Canal
- The entire length of SR1 between Lewes and the south end of Dewey Beach needs to be maintained as a bicycle route, not just the portion noted on the s.
- US 13 north of Dover should be added as a regional bicycle route.
Additional public comments can be made by contacting DelDOT using the link on this webpage.
February 9-11, 2004
The Delaware Bicycle Facility Master Plan was introduced to the public through a series of Public Workshops in February 2004. Now that the Project is underway, public comments are coming in from many sources. In addition to all that we heard at the Workshops, we have also received calls, emails, and letters. All of the feedback is valuable to the development of the Plan.
Following is a sample of the types of comments we have received so far. We look forward to hearing from you throughout this process and encourage you to forward all comments through the DelDOT website.
Comments from the Public Workshops and Letters
- Need to expand the network of bicycle routes, lanes, and trails.
- Provide routes between Wilmington, New Castle, and points south.
- Provide better conditions for bicycles along Route 1.
- There need to be community bicycle networks as well as regional bicycle networks
- Better connections needed
- Improve the crossings over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.
- Make passage across I-95 interchanges safer.
- One dangerous stretch can ruin a whole trail or corridor!
- Maintain the existing routes and bike lanes
- Need to keep shoulders and bike lanes clear of debris.
- Make sure that when roads are repaved, the shoulders are repaved as well.
- Keep bicycle lanes from being removed when turn lanes, traffic islands are added.
- Maintain signage for bicycle routes, ensure all turns and routes are clearly marked.
- Improve safety for bicyclists
- Move bicycle lanes to roads parallel to the main roads
- Keep bicycles separate from the noise, dangers of heavy traffic!
- The bicycle plan will not be complete until mothers feel safe letting their children bike to the store.
- Other comments
- Educate drivers to make them aware of the rules of the road for bicyclists.
Summary of Comment Card Replies
How often do you ride a bicycle?
Why do you ride a bicycle?
Commuting, Travel to school, Running errands
If you have children, do you permit them to ride their bicycle
What are the most important things that influence your decision to ride a bicycle?
What kinds of improvements would cause you or your family to bicycle more frequently?