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ThinkBike Workshop Delaware Day 1 Recap

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Tuesday, April 30th, saw the opening of a two-day ThinkBike Workshop in Delaware.

The workshop was hosted by the Delaware Department of Transportation in the state capital of Dover. As is typical with the ThinkBike format, after a brief presentation by the Dutch Cycling Embassy, the vast majority of the first day was spent on two wheels, visiting the sites of real-life “hot spots”, proposed infrastructure projects, and experiencing the actual cycling conditions in that particular city.

But rather than focus on one specific city, the state-wide mandate meant the group split into three different parties, of approximately a dozen people each, and toured locations in Delaware’s three distinct counties: New Castle, Sussex, and Kent. Each of these groups were lead by an expert from the Dutch Cycling Embassy network, including Sjors van Duren and Wim van der Wijk of Royal HaskoningDHV, and Eric van Dijk of the Province of Utrecht.

In New Castle County—the state’s most populous—municipal employees and associated consultants toured the cities of Newark and Wilmington. The highlight of the latter was the 8-mile, $23-million Christina River Trail, which included a 345-foot long arched bridge.

Each and every stop on these tours sparked an exciting and engaging new conversation about the challenges the design team were facing, the solution they were proposing, and questions about how engineers in the Netherlands would deal with a similar situation. These discussions will form the basis for the second day of the workshop, which will see those three groups each develop a number of schematic solutions for the sites that they visited on day one. We can’t wait to see what Dutch-inspired ideas they have in store.

For a full photo gallery of the day one proceedings, please click here.

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