Public Policy and Advocacy

UPDATE 3/26/13


The Walkable Bikeable Delaware 2013 Summit, on May 1 in Dover, is Delaware's only statewide education and advocacy event on greenways and trails in 2013. It will bring together elected leaders, engineers, public health professionals, agency staff, advocates and citizens from all over Delaware.    

Delaware Greenways is co-hosting this event with Sussex Outdoors, Bike Delaware and Nemours Health and Prevention Services.

The theme of the summit is "Active Transportation, Healthy Families." Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Bhatt and Delaware Department of Heath and Social Service Director of Public Health Rattay will discuss the urgent connection between Delaware's transportation and health objectives in an afternoon panel.  

Governor Markell,
DelDOT Secretary Bhatt
and other state leaders share their visions
for making Delaware the most walkable and bikeable
state in America.

Governor Markell will speak at 1 PM.

Many will attend the summit after cycling to Dover from New Castle or Sussex Counties as part of the Legislators' Bike to Work Ride. Senator David Sokola will lead the New Castle County contingent down to Dover.

Register here for the Walkable Bikeable Delaware 2013 Summit

In our effort to promote healthy communities and protection and enhancement of community resources, Delaware Greenways engages in advocacy and the area of public policy. Our work in these areas are guided by our mission and driven by the project work that we are currently conducting.

Recent advocacy activities include:

Keep visiting this page for White Papers outlining where Delaware Greenways stands on our issue areas.

Other advocacy resources:

Delaware Greenways Submits Comments to the 2012 Draft County Comp Plan Update
On February 1, 2012 Delaware Greenways submited comments to the New Castle County Department of Land Use and the New Castle County Planning Board regarding the Draft 2012 County Comprehensive Plan Update. The comments represent a consensus of the Delaware Greenways Board that the 2012 Comprehensive Plan Update needs to specify how the County will strive toward the admirable vision and goals laid out in the Plan. A clearer set of strategies will create a more focused, predictable effort, which will enable other organizations and individuals to collaborate.

Click HERE to view the submitted letter and supplemental document of detailed comments.

Delaware Byways Conference Series

Partnering with DelDOT, Delaware Greenways is co-hosting a series of conferences to assist DelDOT and the state's Byways organizations with staying current on transportation and land use issues. The topic of the first conference will be Context Sensitive Solutions for Byways and focus on collaborative problem solving, livability, preservation, stewardship, and sustainability. These conferences provide byways stakeholders a forum to learn and discuss together the most innovative transportation and land use practices for Byway communities. As a managing organization for three of the state's byways and an advocate for sustainable land use and transportation, Delaware Greenways looks forward to the outcomes of these conferences. The first conference will be held September 13, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the Delaware Technical and Community College in Dover.

Partnering with Delaware Greenways on this effort are: