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Why does the Wade Park section of the Cross-City Trail use sidewalks?

Cecil Hester
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Some parts of the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail, such as this new section on Bethel Road leading to J.E.L. Wade Park, use sidewalks instead of wide asphalt multi-use paths. Photo by Si Cantwell

Some parts of the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail, such as this new section on Bethel Road leading to J.E.L. Wade Park, use sidewalks instead of wide asphalt multi-use paths. Photo by Si Cantwell

Q. The new section of the cross county trail being installed near Wade Park has newly installed sidewalks on Bethel Road. I thought the plan was for the new trail to be wide asphalt so bikes could travel on them? Bikes are not allowed on sidewalks. Are they installing sidewalks all the way down Waltmoor Road also? Why are some areas sidewalks and others asphalt?

A. Portions of the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail such as this one involve the installation of sidewalks and bicycle lanes instead of wide multi-use paths, according to Dylan Lee, a spokesman for the city of Wilmington. These design decisions are guided by neighborhood input.

In Wilmington, bicycles are allowed on sidewalks, although cyclists who are traveling fast should use bicycle lanes when available instead of sidewalks.

The sidewalks on Waltmoor Road are part of the Gary Shell Cross City Trail, which extends only as far east as Bethel Road.

The estimated completion date for this phase of the trail, from John D. Barry Drive to J.E.L. Wade Park, is Spring 2015.

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ALAN ROBINSON

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