Tuesday, April 28 2009 @ 01:22 AM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
At the first Delaware Bike Summit last Friday, March 24, Governor Jack Markell signed a Complete Streets Executive Order. The Delaware DOT now will be required, whenever possible, to incorporate all transportation modes into road design and maintenance.
"We can agree, certainly, that bicycles are inexpensive and environmentally friendly, but there's also no escaping the reality that the vast majority of our transportation infrastructure is designed for cars and trucks," said Markell.
The 275 attendees also heard from Complete Streets advocate and friend Michael Ronkin, whose keynote speech emphasized the need road diets to slow traffic and make room for bicyclists and pedestrians. "We need to make changes because roads are extremely inefficient when used only by one mode of transportation," Ronkin said. "We can significantly raise the capacity of our roads by including other forms of transportation."