• “Place Matters”

    by  • April 28, 2012 • Land Use • 0 Comments

    Richard E. Killingsworth, the Executive Director & COO the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, spoke on Thursday at Walkable, Bikeable Delaware in Dover on the impact that our built environment has on our health and well-being.

    "Place Matters"

    Killingsworth noted that, according to the Trust for America’s Health, an investment of $10 per person per year to increase physical activity and other community health promotion programs could save the U.S. more than $16 billion annually within 5 years. This is a return of $5.60 for every $1 invested.  In Delaware, the potential annual savings would be $57 million per year.

    Our built environment reflects our priorities.

    “We are where we live.”


    Unlike the effects of motivational and educational approaches, changes in the built environment are long lasting – both for good and, unfortunately, for ill.



    Making Delaware the Most Walkable and Bikeable State in America

    • Walkable Bikeable Delaware in Photos

    • WHYY’s coverage of Walkable, Bikeable Delaware

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

    • Obesity Costs Delaware $207 Million Every Year


    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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