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.

Our top recommended trails for cyclists in Delaware

Riding on roads is for the newbies. If you’re up for a tougher challenge and want to take your cycling to the next level well there’s a trail ride in the waiting. So if you’re in Delaware and up for the ride here are some places we recommend you pay a visit.

Cape Henlopen State trail

state trail

This is a 4-mile trail with loads of scenic spots in and around the area one of which is the World War 2 tower. Rider and runners love to take a break and go up the stairs to enjoy the panoramic view of the entire area.

Apart from that, you’ll find paths that lead to the dunes and spots inhabited by plenty of deer. The fishing camps, Gordon’s pond and the cape where migrating birds are present are some other points of interest.

Greenway Trail

greenway trail

Those looking for a short and quiet getaway from the busy city streets on their bikes will love this trail. Most of the trail is along a deserted road which ultimately connects to the New Castle and the famous Wilmington Riverfront.

It’s a 4-5 mile long trail that starts around Christina River and ends near the castle. In between, you’ll get awesome urban landscape views and lush green fields. It’s the perfect trail for the newbie riders.

Loblolly Trail

Loblolly Trail

This trail is present in the area around the Trap pond and since it runs across a forest and a dam present at the Raccoon pond you can expect some amazing panoramic views so carry your camera along.

Another point of interest is the Cypress point and is one the top spots for birdwatchers around the country. The cypress trees are home to a variety of bird species such as woodpeckers etc. An age-old stone church is worth a stop but the best part remains the pond camping site.

The Breakwater trail

Junction Breakwater

This is one of the lengthiest trails in the list and stretches to a total of about 6-7 miles. It begins at the Gills Neck road and ends at the Rehoboth beach. The trail is mostly stone clad with a few smooth areas towards the end so prep for a bumpy ride.

On your ride, you’ll come across wetlands near Holland Glade and further down some cornfields, thick pine forest trees and some wildlife such as geese, squirrels, deer etc. The various outlets give you the opportunity to fuel up during the rides.

Before you hit any of these trails make you’re well trained and prepared. Clock miles riding uphill and downhill on roads and integrate other muscle strengthening workouts into your routine such as a treadmill or rowing machine workout. Concept2 Model D rowers are the most comfortable, challenging and yet affordable rowers.

Also make sure you carry the required equipment and gear. Water bottles, puncture kit, first aid box etc. are simply a must.