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ThinkBike Workshop Delaware Day 2 Recap

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Wednesday, May 1st, marked the second of a two-day ThinkBike Workshop in Delaware.

The Delaware Department of Transportation in the state capital of Dover once more hosted this second day of the ThinkBike Workshop. Having spent the first day touring Delaware’s three counties by bicycle, participants reconvened in their three distinct working groups, and started to hash out possible solutions for two or three “hot spots” in those cities. The New Castle County group were led by Wim van der Wijk of Royal HaskoningDHV, Sussex County by Sjors van Duren of Royal HaskoningDHV, and Kent County by Eric van Dijk of the Province of Utrecht. Professor Peter Furth of Northeastern University also joined the New Castle group as a special guest.

The discussions ranged in scale from network-level planning, to the placement of traffic lights, and the detail of curb cuts used in the Netherlands, all with an eye on importing decades of bike-focused knowledge to the streets of Delaware. These conversations were punctuated by a series of 15- to 20-minute break out sessions, where the Dutch experts presented on requested topics such as protected intersections, roundabout design, and how engineers can best handle the interface between bicycle infrastructure and bus stops.

After a full day of learning all they possibly could from the Dutch experts—and translating it into a North American setting--the three groups converged into one large meeting room, and presented their findings and potential designs to the larger group. In each case, a series of pragmatic and thoughtful proposals were presented, and in each case, the appropriate authority was identified to ensure these ideas were incorporated into existing visioning and network planning documents. Participants left inspired to start thinking about how bikes should take priority into their day-to-day work, and in the weeks and months moving forward, the State of Delaware will take cycling more seriously as a mode of transportation.

Tomorrow is the final day of our program: the 2019 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit!

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

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