Delaware Senate District 16  encompasses the suburban communities east and south of Dover. It stretches from Little Creek on the Delaware River and then down to Dover Air Force Base and Frederica in the South. The incumbent for District 16, State Senator Colin Bonini, is being challenged by Ms. Louisa Phillips on November 6. Bike Delaware…
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Delaware Senate District 16  encompasses the suburban communities east and south of Dover. It stretches from Little Creek on the Delaware River and then down to Dover Air Force Base and Frederica in the South. The incumbent for District 16, State Senator Colin Bonini, is being challenged by Ms. Louisa Phillips on November 6.

Bike Delaware sent a short (just three questions) survey to Senator Bonini and Ms. Phillips. Each question simply asked for the candidates' views on the three major pieces of walking/cycling legislation that have been passed by the Delaware General Assembly in the last 8 years:

I voted for, or agree with,  Walkable Bikeable Delaware (2011), which called for strategic investments by the Delaware Department of Transportation in infrastructure for walking and cycling.I voted for, or agree with, the Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act (2016), which established a mechanism in Delaware state law for State and local governments to coordinate transportation investments and land use regulation in order to encourage the development of walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly communities.I voted for, or agree with, the Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act (2017), which made changes to Delaware's Rules of the Road relating to bicycles (and farm equipment and animal-drawn vehicles).

Senator Bonini answered “Strongly Agree” to statements #1 and #2 and “Agree” to statement #3. In addition,  Senator Bonini was one of the Prime Sponsors of the Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act in the Delaware Senate. He played a critical role in persuading his caucus of the bill's merits even though the bill was not introduced by his own party (and the other three Prime Sponsors of the bill were all from the opposing party).

Ms. Phillips answered “Strongly Agree” to all three statements.

From Claymont in the North to Dagsboro in the South, there are dozens of competitive Delaware Senate and House races that will be decided by our votes on November 6. Check out Bike Delaware's 2018 Voter's Guide for information on all these races.

Get informed. And then vote smart on November 6.

Check out Bike Delaware's 2018 Voter's Guide