While Governor, Jack Markell challenged state agencies to “create a world-class statewide network of pathways and trails for Delaware’s citizens and visitors, to promote biking, hiking, walking and active living.” To meet this challenge, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control lead and formed a partnership with regional and local organizations and government to create the Delaware Trails and Pathways Initiative. The goal is to create an interconnected network of shared-use trails and pathways that will support non-motorized travel and recreation opportunities for Delawareans and visitors. The focus is on bicycling and walking and providing safe and convenient ways to reach local work, shops, schools, recreational sites and transit.
To support the Initiative, the Delaware General Assembly passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 13 in June of 2011. It approved the study of the building and maintaining of non-motorized travel connections within and between communities, cities and towns in Delaware and to link these connections to form uninterrupted networks for walking and bicycling. The General Assembly allocated $7 million and $13 million respectively within the Fiscal Year 2012 and 2013 Capital Improvements Budgets (or Bond Bill).
This video, produced by the Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), was featured at the 2015 Walkable, Bikeable Delaware Summit held on May 7, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. It highlights the numerous recreational trail opportunities and alternative transportation options that are offered on Delaware’s 500+ miles of trails and pathways.