• Good Government

    by  • September 8, 2011 • Federal Funding, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

    The WILMAPCO Council will vote TODAY (Newark, 6:30PM) to approve the FY2012 “TIP” (Transportation Improvement Program) for New Castle County. Among the TIP amendments will be $600,000 for the final phase of the Wilmington-to-New Castle Industrial Track. $480,000 of that $600,000 will be Delaware’s first ever use of federal “CMAQ” funds for a bicycle project.

    How often do we have a chance to thank our government officials for doing a great job? Many of them not only work hard, but also bring dedication and idealism to their work. But they more often hear anger than thanks from the public that they serve. So here’s a chance to praise instead of criticize.

    Plus, maybe they’ll like the praise so much that they’ll want to do more great things for bicycling next year! That’s what’s called a “win-win.”


    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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