May 8 , 2013

Dover – DelDot recognizing the importance of bicycling as a cost effective and environmentally-friendly alternative to driving has chosen May as Bicycle Month.

Within this month, there will be many interesting events to create public awareness on the bicycle as the transportation of the year. It was evident on a study made about traveling that motorist’s trips are usually about three miles or less which is an ideal distance easily transverse by bicycles. Most people have realized that, bicycling is one of the best means of transportation that are not only more affordable but greener than driving a vehicle. Anthony Aglio who is DelDOT Senior Planner said that people should be awakened to the benefits to both health and environment of driving this two-wheel contraption.

Aglio announced that the Legislators of the State have launched a program, entitled as Delaware Summit Ride with the Walkable Bikeable in the month of May. Starting the 1st day of May, all state dads will pedal their bicycles in the Legislative Annual Bike Ride towards the Legislative Mall. They will be biking a distance of around 60 miles from Newark, 37 miles from Milton, 30 miles from Middletown and 24 miles from Milford all the way to the finishing line in Dover. Registration is opened for any cyclist who wishes to join; he/she can register for the ride at www.bike.deldot.gov.

Biking to School Day is scheduled on May 8 where all children in the local schools are motivated to bike on their way to school and also bike back home. DelDOT will be supporting and motivating the communities of Dover, Lewis, Newark and Wilmington to sponsor their own Bike to Work Days.

Other highlights of the celebration: On May 16, any customers eating in Caffe Gelato via bicycle is entitled to a free lunch with max value of $7.50; but limited to only one bicyclist per table. On May 17, those cyclists who were killed by motor vehicles are remembered on the Ride of Silence at 7:00 PM. The route will include: from Newark Charter School to Elkton Road and Lewis is from the parking lot of Tile Market on Dartmouth Road west of Rt. 1 behind the WaWa in the Lewes/Rehoboth area. Parking against the building is prohibited while riders need to wear helmets.

These events are created not only to encourage people to use their bicycles but also to remind them to use roadways safely. The streets are there for both the use of motorists and bicyclists; they must learn to share the streets and cooperate to maintain safety. DelDOT is also determined in better safety travel by constructing new bicycle lanes on several roads. They are also installing more lockers and bicycle racks at the facilities at Park & Ride, as well as, making many more bike racks along bus routes. Last Fiscal Year in 2012, a $10 million construction bike trails and pathways and trails throughout the state were some of the worthy accomplishments of DelDOT.

These events are created not only to encourage people to use their bicycles but also to remind them to use roadways safely. The streets are there for both the use of motorists and bicyclists; they must learn to share the streets and cooperate to maintain safety.

DelDOT is also determined to pursue a better safety travel by constructing new bicycle lanes on several roads. They are also installing more lockers and bicycle racks at the facilities at Park & Ride, as well as, making many more bike racks along bus routes. Last Fiscal Year in 2012, a $10 million construction bike trails and pathways and trails throughout the state were some of the worthy accomplishments of DelDOT.

In 2012, the state of Delaware was able to make a big jump up of at least eight steps in the League of American Bicyclists’ ranking as a bicycle friendly-state.

If you have received a traffic ticket for bike safety in Delaware, please contact an experienced traffic ticket lawyer. Protect your right to drive legally

Source: Ride Share Delaware Org

(http://www.ridesharedelaware.org/news/2013/04/deldot-promotes-bicycle-month/)

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