News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

January 2013 

web header

WILMAPCO Meetings 
All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the WILMAPCO Conference Room.   
In case of inclement weather, please call (302) 737-6205, or toll free from Cecil County at (888) 808-7088 for cancellations or postponements. 
January 9, 10 a.m. 
January 9, 1 p.m.

January 9, 6:30 p.m.

January 13, 10 a.m. 
January 16, 10 a.m.

Other Events
WILMAPCO will be closed on January 1 for New Year's Day.

Have a safe, happy, and healthy New Year!

For updates or more information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit

  Find us on Facebook 
In this issue...
Member Agency News 

Local News 

National News
Member Agency News bike


DEGreenwaysCorridor Management Plan for the Delaware Bayshore Byway Published

According to a Delaware Greenways e-News, "Delaware Greenways has announced that the Corridor Management Plan for Delaware's Bayshore Byway has been approved by Delaware's Secretary of Transportation, Shailen Bhatt. The Corridor Management Plan, covering Route 9 from the City of New Castle to State Route 1 at the Dover Air Base, is the collaborative product of Delaware Greenways, the Delaware Department of Transportation, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), and a 45-member Planning Advisory Committee made up of representatives of communities along the route of the Byway, Bombay Hook Natural Wildlife Refuge, environmental groups, and citizens. The 200-page document discusses how the natural features and wildlife relate to the manmade environment, and tells the story of how everyday citizens and leaders have united to protect this natural treasure from industrial development." For more information, please visit'a%20Bayshore%20Byway%20CMP.pdf


DNRECDNREC's Announces the Availability of Coastal Conservation Management Grant Funds 

According to a DNREC release, "Delaware Coastal Management Program (DCMP) has announced the availability of grant funding to support projects and activities that improve local and regional capacity to conserve, manage, and promote the incorporation of coastal management issues into local planning and implementation activities throughout Delaware.


A workshop will be held on Saturday, January 11 at the St. Jones Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The workshop will review grant requirements and how to prepare a competitive grant application for submission.  The workshop is free and is not mandatory, but attendees must pre-register by Tuesday, January 7." To register for the upcoming workshop, please visit For more information please contact the Delaware Coastal Programs at 302-739-9283.  


Local News 


UBPUrban Bike Project Moves to 1500 N. Walnut Street 

According to a release from the Urban Bike Project, "Urban Bike Project has entered into an agreement with the City of Wilmington to occupy space at 1500 N. Walnut Street in Wilmington. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places and once served as the City's horse stables. The Urban Bike Project provides educational programs and mechanical assistance to City of Wilmington residents and youth in need. The five-year-old Urban Bike Project was previously housed at 1908 N. Market Street. The building is slated for demolition."  For more information, please visit  

car graphic
National News
SchoolkidsStudy Reveals More K-8 Children are Walking to School
According to a December 2nd National Center for Safe Routes to School release, "New research from the National Center for Safe Routes to School shows that more K-8 students are walking to and from school across the country.  The percentage of K-8 children who walked to school in the morning increased from 12.4 percent to 15.7 percent (representing a 27 percent increase). Similarly, the percentage of K-8 children who walked from school in the afternoon increased from 15.8 percent to 19.7 percent (representing a 24 percent increase). Another significant finding of this research was that the percentage of parents who reported that their child's school supporting walking and bicycling for the school commute rose from 24.9 percent to 33 percent." To view the full report, please visit


TextingTeens Text less then Adults While Driving    

According to a AAA release, "High school-aged teens report using their phones or texting while driving substantially less often than adults do, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.  While the public often cites teens as being the most common offenders, a recent survey found that adult drivers ages 25-39 were the most likely to admit engaging in these risky behaviors behind the wheel."  For more information, please visit

APBPAPBP Bikeshare Transit Webinar Series

According to an Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announcement, "Join APBP for a 3-part webinar series that explores bike sharing as bicycle transit in the larger context of transportation planning. Each session features case studies and perspectives from professionals in cities with a wide range of experience in bicycle sharing operations and business models."  The webinars will be held on January 8, February 5, and March 5 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. To register, please visit     

APARegistration opens for the APA's 2014 National Planning Conference

According to the American Planning Association (APA) website, "In April, all roads lead to Atlanta. This historic Southern city is the epicenter of one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States. And for planners, it's a city with stories to tell and lessons to share. Whether you're wrapping up your 2013 funds or budgeting for 2014, APA's National Planning Conference is a great use of your professional development dollars."  For more information, please visit   


About Us
The Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) is the regional transportation planning agency for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland. As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), WILMAPCO is charged with planning and coordinating transportation investments for the region based on federal policy, local input, technical analysis, and best practices.  For more information, please visit our website at
color modes