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Newark Post: Council approves bike plan for Newark

After getting approval from council Monday night, the city can now move forward with its newest plan to make Newark a more bicycle-friendly community over the next several years.Two years in the making, the 2014 Newark Bicycle Plan was created by the Newark Bicycle Committee and was a collaboration between area residents, city officials, the Wilmington Area Planning Council, the Delaware Department of Transportation and local bicycle advocacy organizations.

According to Planning and Development Supervisor Michael Fortner, the city has come a long way since its last bike plan in 2002 with the creation of the Hall and Pomeroy trails, the Newark Bike Project and a bicycle safety-checkpoint program. In addition to improving bike lanes on South Main Street and Paper Mill Road, Newark now has more bike racks on Main Street and on DART and University of Delaware buses, but there is still more improvements to be made, Fortner said.