The 3rd annual, 2011 Delaware Bike Summit on October 14 was an enormous success. 16 distinguished speakers addressed a standing room-only crowd at the University of Delaware’s Virden Center in Lewes. Among the attendees were scores of advocates and government officials working in unison to achieve the League of American Bicyclist’s highest possible BFS (Bicycle Friendly States) ranking. Formerly a top 10, Delaware slipped to 17th in 2010.
A Bicycle Friendly State promotes cycling through legislation, policies, programs, and by creating new places to ride, educating motorists and cyclists, and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.
4 awards were also presented, which included former Delaware Governor and Representative Mike Castle for “Lifetime Achievement in Bikability”, Lewes Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Betsy Reamer for “Outstanding Bicycle Commuter”, Senator Robert Venables for “Bicycle Friendly Elected Official”, and Delaware Bicycle Council Chair Amy Wilburn for “Bicycle Advocate of the Year”.
A tip of the helmet to those folks who’s passion and dedication year in and year out ensure talk turns to action!