Must Read: $20 Million approved to improve cycling and walking in Delaware

We have all heard about a number of deaths caused by road accidents in Delaware especially among the cyclists and pedestrians and in the high-tech fast moving world of today these modes of transports have taken a back seat but guess what good news is just around the corner.

On the 1st of July, the Delaware General Assembly agreed to fund $20 million in order to improve safety and of cyclists and pedestrians in the state. While big strides have been made in the past year regarding these issues it’s expected that this record amount will provide the infrastructure the much-needed boost.

Yes, you heard it right, it’s a new record. The same assembly in the year 2012 approved $13m which has now been surpassed by $7m. This comes as a surprise because when the budget was initially drafted it was only around $18-$19m but the $1m add-on is certainly a positive sign and it’s now expected to speed up the previously made efforts.

One of the major tasks set out to be completed through the budget is the Wilmington-New Castle Greenway. For those unaware, this is a secure, straightforward, well paved and smooth path designed especially for the morning joggers and cyclists.

It’s a 6-mile long motorist free path planned to be covering the Wilmington Riverfront and downtown new castle. Apart from that one of the more interesting projects that are also being targeted with the newly sanctioned funds is the Lewes-Georgetown Trail, one that will interest the mountain bikers or trail runners looking for a new adventure.

Wilmington Riverfront
Wilmington Riverfront

This is going to be a 10-11 foot broad path and is expected to cover a distance of about 15-17 miles stretching from Lewes to Georgetown breaking another record of the lengthiest trail in Delaware.

While these projects aren’t immediate solutions to the growing problems it’s encouraging to see serious steps being taken towards a better and fitter future and us here on behalf of everyone would love to thank all members of the assembly especially the State Senator and Governor for initiating the funds and future steps. To end with, here’s an interesting fact.

A few days back the senator cycled his way to the office which is about 50-60 miles and this was emulated by the governor a few days later, sounds great, doesn’t it? So what’s keeping you hold up in your room? Get out and get fitter.

You can share with us your views and comments on the funds approved and projects being undertaken in the comments section below. Let’s together make Delaware a safer and greener place.

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