• If you don’t care about health, how about real estate?

    by  • April 28, 2012 • Economics • 0 Comments

    Collin O’Mara, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control spoke on Thursday at Walkable, Bikeable Delaware in Dover on the economic benefits of trails and pathways.  O’Mara noted that nationally trip related sales on trails are worth over $30 billion dollars annually, while well-designed trails that connect communities, like the Grand Allegheny Passage, have become the lifeblood of local economies.

    The Grand Allegheny Passage connects communities in southwest Pennsylvania.


    In Delaware, O’Mara noted our one example of a trail that connects two communities: the Junction and Breakwater Trail in Sussex County.  The J&B Trail not only connects Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, and the intervening communities, it also increases the value of real estate along the Trail.



    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 is the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness and serves on the board of directors of the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance. 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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