• It’s Good To Be First

    by  • July 4, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The First State

    States are like people. Before jumping in the water, most states (like most people) prefer to let others go first, just to be safe. Could be rocks. Or sharks. Or it could be cold!

    Not Delaware. We like going first. The “United States of America”? Last one in is a rotten egg!*** The vote was unanimous in 1787, just like the unanimous vote two months ago for “Walkable, Bikeable Delaware.”

    I’m not saying that Delaware is better than other states….wait, actually, I am.

    Happy Independence Day!

    *** For the record, Rhode Island ratified the Constitution 2 1/2 years after Delaware. Just sayin’.


    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 the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance 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.

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