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Open to everyone

The many different experiences that people seek outdoors - the many different ways they can seek them - on foot, o a bicycle, on a kayak - the many different abilities - fully accessible 

Active transportation

Instead of driving, walk or bike to to your school, park, store, or library. Read more



Set a goal to exercise outdoors for at least 20 minutes 2-3 times per week. Read more

To be with others


Instead of meeting friends over lunch, take a walk together. 

To enjoy nature

Instead of meeting friends over lunch, take a walk together. 


When you need a break, turn to nature.   

Active transportation

Active transportation

Goal: When you need to get somewhere, try to sometimes leave your car behind.  Instead, aim to walk or cycle at least 40 minutes (20 minutes each way), 2 to 3 times per week.

  • Why 20 minutes? Research suggests this is the typical length of active transportation trips.   

Where to begin

  • Start by mapping where you travel in Kennett, and see if there might be a comfortable route you could use to reach your destination in 20 minutes on foot (about 1 mile) or by bike (abut 3-5 miles)

  • Do a dry run - chose a nice day to try the route out

  • Consider how you will bring what you need, and how you might dress differently under different whether conditions

  • Note that this could shift where you go - perhaps choosing a store that can be safely accessed by bike over another that cannot (as in the example to the right)

What we can do in Kennett 

One way to help people in Kennett get outdoors every day is to identify or create Rural Active Transportation Routes.  These are combinations of paths, routes, or trails that a lot of people can readily use to walk or bike to places they are likely to visit at least weekly, and that ideally are appropriate for most or all people regardless of their age and/or abilities

  • A lot of people: We can look at clusters of at least 10 households who could benefit

  • Routes that are readily used are those that require less than 1 mile for those walking and less than 3-5 miles for those on bicycles

  • Places they are likely to visit at least weekly: School, park, food store, library.  

We restrict these criteria to rural routes because, in contrast to urban/suburban settings, we do not expect that people are much less likely to walk or bike to their place of work.  

When the weather is nice, Margot and I often ride our tandem to shop at Harvest Market in Hockessin (a 15 minute ride) or the Giant west of Kennett (a 20 minute ride). While the Giant at Longwood is actually closer, there is no safe bike route to get there. 

Open to all

  • Appropriate to most if not all people: To the greatest extent possible,

    • For most users 

      • Walking routes are either on well-maintained paths or sidewalks, or roads with traffic that is extremely low volume (Average Daily Traffic or ADT less than 400) traveling at low speed (prevailing speeds less than 30 mph)

      • Cycling routes have a Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress or LTS of 2 or less, without steep grades or sections with limited sight distance given prevailing speeds

    • To be appropriate to all users, the route must be continuously accessible to wheelchair users as defined using federal criteria.

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