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DelDOT Teams with Wikimaps to Keep Bicyclists Safe

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - The Delaware Department of Transportation is working to make the first state more bicycle-friendly by teaming up with Wikimaps to identify routes bicyclists are using.

Wikimaps is an online program that lets users map out their bike paths. DelDOT then can analyze the data to see what areas need to be on alert for bikers.

Some say Sussex County is a hotbed of problems for bikers.

"I wouldn't bike on Route 1," Wendy Rogers said. "I'm afraid to drive on Route 1."

One of the goals is to also identify the routes that cater to more inexperienced bike riders.

Norma Blake agreed this is necessary, she rides her bike through Rehoboth every day.

"It's a very good idea because there's a lot of people especially outside of the town who die in bicycle accidents and here a lot of people get hurt because the drivers they dont pay attention," she said.

Employees at Bike To Go on Rehoboth Avenue also agreed. They said they would recommend the mapping program to their customers.

"I think this is a good idea because it's a lot safer and if people take the back roads also where there's less flow of traffic it'll be a lot safer and less accidents," Austin Mayne said.

Wendy Rogers also said that this program might help the problem with bike safety that she has seen on her visits to the Delaware beach towns.

"Anytime you can get people communicating," she explained. "I think its a good idea cause they're gonna share good ideas and stick together and look out for each other."

Currently, Delaware is the fourth most bike-friendly state, according to the League of American Bikers.  Delaware leaders say they would like to make it number one.

To put your input into the system, sign up on wikimapping.com.
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