Create a world-class statewide network of pathways and trails for Delaware’s citizens
and visitors, to promote biking, hiking, walking and active living.
Delaware Governor Markell
has challenged a team of state agencies to create an interconnected
network of shared-use trails and pathways that will support non-motorized travel
and recreation opportunities for Delawareans and visitors.
The focus is on bicycling and walking and providing safe and convenient ways to
reach local work, shops, schools, recreational sites and transit.
The Trails and Pathways Initiative
In June of 2011, the Delaware General Assembly passed Senate Concurrent Resolution
requesting the study of the building and maintaining of non-motorized
travel connections within and between communities, cities and towns in Delaware
and to link these connections to form uninterrupted networks for walking and bicycling.
Building upon past local, state and federal investments in trails, pathways, riverwalks
and promenades, this new Trails and Pathways Initiative will extend those systems
within communities and make linkages city-to-city.
At the request of Governor Markell, the General Assembly allocated $7 million within
the Fiscal Year 2012 Capital Improvements Budget (the Bond Bill) to begin this work.
in Fiscal Year 2013, the Bond Bill allocated $13 million for trails and pathways.
The Trails and Pathways Initiative is a partnership led by the Department of Transportation
and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
with regional and local organization and government partners.
The Existing Trails and Pathways Network
Delaware has approximately 506 miles of public trails and multi-use pathways.
The State operates and maintains almost two-thirds (312 miles) of the existing trails
and pathways network, with nearly half of the state’s portion located in Delaware’s
Federal, county and municipal governments maintain another third (150 miles) of
the trail network, while 35.3 miles are maintained as part of private conservation
There are 13,507 lane miles of roads and highways.