Bicycle Master Plan

In 2019, the City of Milford was awarded a planning grant from the State of Delaware Department of Transportation to update the bicycle portion of the City's 2011 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.  Between October 2019 and November 2021, the City of Milford, DelDOT and Century Engineering completed a master planning effort which established a Bicycle Advisory Committee for the project, engaged residents and cycling enthusiasts and gathered feedback from community stakeholders.  Seven meetings were held with the Bicycle Advisory Committee to discuss the condition of existing bicycle infrastructure, identify key destinations and origins, identify gaps and impediments in the existing network and make recommendations on proposed route locations and bicycle infrastructure types.  Three public workshops were held at each key stage of the process to solicit feedback from the community.  City Council adopted the final recommendations report by Resolution on November 22, 2021.  Below is a copy of the final recommendations report along with information pertaining to the master planning process.

2021 Bicycle Master Plan - Final Report

Bicycle Advisory Meeting #1 - October 2, 2019

This meeting was used to introduce stakeholders to the master planning process, determine the goals of the working group and identify additional stakeholders that should be part of the process.

Bicycle Advisory Meeting #2 - December 11, 2019

The BAC performed a Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis and developed an overall goal statement for the master plan update.  The goal is to "Provide all users of all experience levels a dynamic, active transportation system using safe trails, roads and paths that is functional for commuting and recreation while providing increased economic vitality to Milford.

Existing system conditions and land use patterns were reviewed in preparation for the first Public Workshop.

Public Workshop #1 - February 12, 2020

The initial public workshop was held at the Milford Public Library.  The workshop was used to gather comments from the public regarding destinations, gaps & impediments, preferred routes and to validate the existing level of stress map.

Bicycle Advisory Meeting #3 - March 11, 2020

The BAC reviewed the input from the Public Workshop, which included identifying destinations, gaps and impediments in the existing system, where cyclists like to ride and where they would like to ride.  The meeting was also used to validate the current Low Stress Map.

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Bicycle Advisory Meeting #4 - August 4, 2020

The committee reviewed proposed routes that were created based on feedback from the previous BAC meetings and public input from the February workshop.  The Planning Department, DelDOT and Century Engineering performed field investigations in the Spring to determine the most practical locations for the recommended routes and facility types.

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Public Workshop #2 - September 12, 2020

The second public workshop was held outdoors adjacent to the farmer's market along the Riverwalk.  The workshop was used to gather public feedback on the recommended routes and facility types.

Bicycle Advisory Meeting #5 - October 15, 2020

The committee reviewed the results of the September workshop and reviewed facility types and locations before moving forward with the prioritization process.

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Bicycle Advisory Meeting #6 - March 10, 2021

The committee reviewed the results of the prioritization model and discussed holding a final public workshop to share results with the public.

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Public Workshop #3 - May 11, 2021

The third public workshop was held virtually and was used to explain the prioritization process and obtain feedback from the public.

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Bicycle Advisory Meeting #7 - October 5, 2021

The committee will review and provide a recommendation to City Council on the final draft plan update.  

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City Council Workshop and Public Hearing - November 22, 2021

City Council reviewed and approved the final recommendations report by the adoption of Resolution 2021-20.

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For more information on the project and the 2021 Bicycle Master Plan, please contact Rob Pierce, Planning Director, at (302) 424-8396 or at