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Gov. Markell establishes group to examine pedestrian issues

Delaware Public Media

Gov. Jack Markell (D-Delaware) is implementing a third prong to his approach of promoting bikeable and walkable communities in Delaware.


Markell is creating a new Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness through an executive order.


The group will ID gaps in pedestrian paths and sidewalks, design new spaces to best accommodate those with disabilities and review traffic rules with regard to safety for those on foot.


In a statement, Markell said, “Improving walkability raises the quality of life in our communities, which in turn makes them more attractive places to live and work, while also increasing property values.”


His office says high levels of pedestrian deaths contributed to the decision. They’ve held steady over the past few years, numbering 25 in 2013, 27 in 2014 and 26 so far this year.


Council members will also review Delaware’s Statewide Pedestrian Action Plan, which was last updated in 2007.


A past executive order created the First State Trails and Pathways Initiative – a cause Markell has set aside tens of millions of dollars for in his budgets.