A Message from the Governor
According to the League of American Bicyclists, Delaware is the sixth most bicycle-friend state in the United States, and – as an avid cyclist and your governor – I am committed to policies and infrastructure improvements that will make our state an even more safe and convenient place to travel by bicycle.
Through programs and policies such as Rails-to-Trails and Complete Streets, the Delaware Department of Transportation has taken the lead in creating facilities that encourage cycling throughout the First State, and the Delaware General Assembly has passed laws to protect cyclists and promote cycling.
Among our recent accomplishments is the opening of the Jack A. Markell Trail, a bicycle trail between Wilmington and New Castle, in September 2018, and the Delaware Department of Transportation’s recognition as a silver level bicycle-friendly business by the League of American Bicyclists.
In October 2017, I signed the Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act, which reforms the Rules of the Road regarding interactions between motorists and bicyclists. Delaware's new rules now require motorists to change lanes when passing bicyclists (when lanes are too narrow for side-by-side sharing), forbid motorists from maliciously honking at bicyclists, permit bicyclists to safely yield at stop signs and to ride two abreast, eliminate the requirement for bicyclists to always ride far to the right as well as other safety improvements.
Improving the safety and convenience of bicycling has many advantages. It encourages people to get more exercise. It reduces fuel consumption and vehicles emissions that harm human health and the environment, and it enables people to enjoy the scenic beauty of our wonderful state.
I look forward to working with the Bicycle Council throughout my time in office to make Delaware an even more bicycle-friendly place for our residents and our visitors. We’ve come a long way, but our work is not done.
I look forward to seeing you on the road.
Governor John Carney