• Cape Gazette: Lawmakers seek more bike paths, walkways

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    Senate resolution calls for more bike paths, walkways

    By Kara Nuzback

    Published May 24, 2011 in the Cape Gazette

    DOVER — A handful of Sussex County legislators wants to use state funds to get Delawareans out of their cars and onto bike paths and walkways. On May 12, state legislators passed a resolution to improve the health of their constituents and reduce transportation costs by asking Delaware Department of Transportation to fund a network of walkways and bike paths within and between towns in Delaware.

    Senate Concurrent Resolution 13, written by Sen. Robert Venables, D-Laurel, passed unanimously through the Senate and passed by voice vote in the House. Seven of the sponsors represent Sussex County, including Venables.

    “I’m a bicyclist myself,” Venables said. He said the resolution promotes exercise, safety and recreation in Delaware. Venables said he was approached by bicycle enthusiasts and became concerned about the safety of his constituents when he heard residents were biking from Laurel to Seaford for work.

    According to the resolution, rising fuel costs will add to the importance of safe, cost-effective travel. The resolution says promoting nonmotorized forms of transportation will also reduce Delaware’s dependence on foreign oil.
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    About

    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever. Delaware is now officially ranked as the #3 Bicycle Friendly State in America.

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