• Walkable Bikeable Delaware Wins National Recognition

    by  • March 30, 2012 • Events, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

    At a packed reception at the National Bike Summit, the Alliance for Biking & Walking announced its 2012 Advocacy Award winners.  Walkable Bikeable Delaware was honored with the Winning Campaign of the Year award.

    The success of Walkable Bikeable Delaware shows what can be accomplished when bicyclists are united and focused.  Even more importantly, it underlines the importance of forming coalitions with the public health, business, environmental and civic communities (and not just with a narrowly defined “bicyclist community”).  Bicycling (and walking!) belong to everyone.  We all suffer from the effects of the walking- and bicycling-unfriendly built environment that has been created in Delaware over the last 50+ years, and we will all benefit from the investments that the General Assembly voted last year to start reversing some of the damage.  And we will all benefit even more if the General Assembly this summer approves Governor Markell’s proposal to make even larger investments to “make Delaware one of the most walkable and bikeable states in America…”

    Walkable Bikeable Delaware belongs to many people and many organizations, including:

    Delaware General Assembly

    Governor Jack Markell

    Sussex Outdoors

    Nemours Health and Prevention Services

    Bike Delaware

    Delaware Greenways

    Delaware Bicycle Council

    American Heart Association

    Delaware Nature Society

    Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Historic New Castle Alliance

    Riverfront Development Corporation

    East Coast Greenway Alliance

    White Clay Bicycle Club

    Sussex Cyclists

    Trail Spinners


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    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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